Sandy beaches, sunny weather, palm trees, turquoise waters… know where we’re talking about as yet? Yep, you guessed it! The Caribbean. This wonderful set of islands attracts a huge number of visitors every year and tourism plays a massive part economically for some of these islands. The Caribbean is one of those places that we all have wanted to visit at some point. Due to each island’s unique culture, to lay on the beautiful beaches and spend a couple weeks relaxing without the weather letting us down. But how do you get to visit this wonderful region on a budget? Let’s be honest, a trip to the Caribbean can be quite pricey. So, let us help you get to the Caribbean on a budget.
Time of the year
First things first, the time of year you want to go to the Caribbean can be what is sending the prices you’re receiving up. Peak times like when the kids are on school holidays will no doubt be expensive. This is the time families are looking to get away after all. However, if you book for late August, you will get considerably cheaper prices on hotels and flights. When the Caribbean is experiencing warm, dry weather, prices tend to be high too. So anytime between December and April, you’ll be sure to encounter some unwanted price tags. Instead opt for late spring, late autumn or early summer to lower prices on flights and hotels.
All inclusive might be a viable option to look at when it comes to staying on budget in the Caribbean. This is most likely the case when you’re travelling with the whole family. Many all inclusive resorts will be based at a good location, many on sandy beaches. As well as getting your food and drinks included in the price, you may even get a number of activities included too. Depending on which hotel you book, many offer water sports like windsurfing or jet skis and there may even be a kids club, which will keep the kids entertained throughout their stay.
Some Caribbean islands will be significantly cheaper than others, so if you are keen to sticking to a tight budget, perhaps a visit to Cuba or the Dominican Republic is suitable. Cuba is one of the most affordable islands during your stay. However, you may have to keep in mind that you will pay more for your flight. Regardless, Havana is dirt-cheap and many of the main attractions here, such as exploring the Cuban streets and admiring colonial buildings and sites along with street art are cheap! In addition, Barbados has many budget hotels, so if an all inclusive affair doesn’t cut it for you, booking a budget hotel and building your own itinerary may work out a lot cheaper.