Just a quick little intro to this article. I was searching through my files of articles the other day, the stuff I have published in the past as well as the misfit articles I have banished so they will never see the light of day, when I stumbled upon this one that went unpublished. I actually wrote this last summer, but with spring break coming up for many people in the United States, the information is extra relevant so I decided to finally put it up today. Enjoy! – Clay

With the spring season coming up, it won’t be long before the cold and dark winter days are over. If you’re looking for some great locations to travel that will really amaze you, here are a few suggestions. The Caribbean isn’t known for being cheap, but some places are cheaper than others.

Barbados:

Photo Credit: Berit Watkin
Photo Credit: Berit Watkin

The best time to get here for the budget traveler is in the spring, they have their best deals then and it’s right before the influx of travelers during the high-peak season. You can go to awesome festivals and hang out on the beach all day long playing beach volleyball and jumping in the surf.

Cancun:

Photo Credit: Neil Cornwall
Photo Credit: Neil Cornwall

There is a reason Cancun has been one of the most popular tourist destinations for sun-deprived travelers. The miles of beaches, near 90 degree Fahrenheit weather, and loads of activities to entertain everyone from the stereotypical college kid to grandparents; it proves to be a great destination for everyone and great deals are only a quick Google search away.

Punta Cana:

Photo Credit: Sasvata (Shash) Chatterjee
Photo Credit: Sasvata (Shash) Chatterjee

The easternmost province of the Dominican Republic is home to Pico Duarte which is the highest mountain in the Caribbean, towering at more than 10,000 feet. Budget traveling here can be a bit tricky, but it’s definitely doable, with a little research you should be able to book some awesome deals.

Bahamas:

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Photo Credit: Matt Becker

Only a short distance from Florida, you can catch a flight from Miami and be there in less than an hour! If you are looking for a day filled with activities at a giant resort or you just want to relax on the beach and drink a martini, this is your place. With roughly 2,000 local islands, you are sure to find your own piece of paradise.

Aruba:

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Photo Credit: Rick Seidel

With turquoise waters and pristine beaches, Aruba is an amazing island owned by the Dutch. The island is home to more than 90 nationalities and it has a rich history. You’ll have a blast playing beach tennis and windsurfing.

Jamaica:

Photo Credit: Chris Ford
Photo Credit: Chris Ford

A huge spot for tourists thanks to cheap flights, great views, and a fun culture you can sun bath your way into vacation heaven. The lush vegetation and tropical atmosphere makes it an amazing place to go hiking and experience nature. The best place to go for great deals is their South Coast, which is away from the central tourist areas.

Montego Bay, Jamaica:

Photo Credit: Steve Bennett
Photo Credit: Steve Bennett

The cheapest destination on our list, Montego Bay is a great place to get cheap street food and accommodation. Overall, Jamaica is a great destination for anyone not looking to spend much cash, but Montego Bay was too beautiful to not give it special attention.

St. Lucia:

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Photo Credit: webmink

You can find great hotels with decent rates and beautiful beaches. Generally, St. Lucia is an escape for travelers with deep pockets, but it doesn’t have to be. You’ll be able to find hotel rooms starting out less than 100 USD per night and will be able to find plenty of fun activities to do like snorkeling and visiting museums.

Santo Domingo:

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Photo Credit: Storm Crypt

The former Spanish colony that was formed in 1496 by Bartholomew Columbus is the largest city in the Caribbean. You will be able to combine a great nightlife with even better beaches during the day. The city has a population of 2.9 million people and an area of 40 square miles.

Montserrat:

Photo Credit: José Luis Mieza
Photo Credit: José Luis Mieza

Attached to the Lesser Antilles, in the West Indies, the island is only 39 square miles with a population nearing 6,000 people. Two volcanoes destroyed their capital, Plymouth, in the 1990’s, but now it is being reopened to tourists! The temperature averages between 76 and 88 degrees Fahrenheit year round, so no matter when you go, you’ll be able to go for swim!

These definitely are not the cheapest destinations around the world, but my goal is to tell you that any place can be traveled on a low budget with enough research. Have you been to any of these places? What were your thoughts?

6 COMMENTS

  1. I’ve only been to the Yucatan area of Mexico and I lived in Grand Cayman for a while but I so want to explore the rest of the Caribbean. In fact I have a dream of buying a sailboat and become a Caribbean cruiser for a couple of years.

  2. I’m a fan of the Bahamas…well, the island of Eleuthera at least. I visited as a teenager and absolutely loved it and have wanted to go back ever since that 1st visit. It’s where I had my first fresh pineapple and my first (and only) taste of conch. Beautiful people too!

  3. I haven’t been in all of the places mentioned here. The places are amazingly beautiful! I don’t know where to start to travel. Cancun is very nice but Jamaica also is very interesting. Please help me decide! Thank you.

  4. You’re right about some places being cheaper than others. You also did your readers a great service by highlighting Spring is cheaper for Barbados. Also, your tips on hotels, weather, and more will be especially useful.

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