True or false: Peak season in the sunny Caribbean, with its wonderfully warm waters and frangipani-scented breezes, always means a hefty price tag. Despite what you may have heard, the truth is there are dozens of reasonably priced hotels (those $250 or under in peak season); we’ve vetted them all and then narrowed the list to our favorites. The best of the bunch earned big points for going the extra mile (complimentary surfboards or free breakfast by the pool, for example) and for designing interiors that reflect the island’s personality. Regardless, each hotel on the Cheap and Chic list is so comfortable and welcoming that you may find yourself unable to leave your cabana’s hammock. All the better, because at these prices, you can afford to stay a couple extra nights.
By Christine Ciarmello