12 Best Value Hotels in the Caribbean

Posted by Fodor's Editors on January 20, 2010 at 4:00:24 PM EST | Post a Comment

The Caribbean isn't all about five-star resorts. Often, you may want to save a bit of your vacation cash to eat in elegant restaurants or to shop for the perfect gift. Saving money in the Caribbean doesn't have to mean sacrificing comfort. Sometimes it just means going to a cheaper island, such as the Dominican Republic, Saba, or Dominica. But there are some unique inns and resorts in the Caribbean, where you can sleep for much less and still have a great time.

Rockhouse Hotel

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Jamaica
Perched on the cliffs of Negril's West End, unique bungalows blend comfort and rustic style. Regular rooms keep costs down, but if you want to spend a bit more, the dramatic villas are worth every penny. (full review)

What's Nearby: Stretching for 7 mi (11 km), the long, white-sand Negril Beach is arguably Jamaica's finest.

Bellafonte Chateau de la Mer

Bonaire
An oceanfront room at this chic, palazzo-style hotel will remind you why you came to the Caribbean. Their year-round deal whereby guests who pay for six days get a seventh day free. (full review)

What's Nearby: Circling the island, Bonaire Marine Park is a well-policed conservation area that has an amazing diversity of underwater life. Turtles, rays, and fish of every imaginable color abound in the pristine waters of the park.

Carringtons Inn

St. Croix
A stay at this spacious bed-and-breakfast harks back to a gentler time, when people spent winter, rather than a week, in the Caribbean. Hands-on owners Claudia and Roger Carrington make you feel right at home. (full review)

What's Nearby: The upscale neighborhood of Judith's Fancy includes an old great-house and tower of the same name, both remnants of a circa-1750 Danish sugar plantation.

Beachcombers Hotel

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St. Vincent
Cheryl Hornsey's family home, once a tiny B&B, has morphed into a popular, 31-room beachfront hotel overlooking the sea at Villa Beach. It's a great value and location, and has the best beachfront in the area. (full review)

What's Nearby: Some of the best beach on the island is right in front of the hotel.

Coco Palm

St. Lucia
Rodney Bay is a beehive of activity, and this stylish boutique hotel is definitely homey—beautiful rooms, amenities you'd expect at pricier resorts, a great restaurant, and nightly entertainment. (full review)

What's Nearby: Jutting out from the northwest coast, Pigeon Island is connected to the mainland by a causeway. Tales are told of Jambe de Bois (Wooden Leg), who once hid out here. Now it's a national park, and scattered around the grounds are ruins of barracks, batteries, and garrisons that date from the 18th century.

The Horny Toad

St. Maarten/St. Martin
A marvelous little oceanfront guesthouse with a funky name offers the island's best value for those who want to keep costs down. (full review)

What's Nearby: The secluded, half-moon stretch of white-sand beach called Simpson Bay Beach is a hidden gem of the Caribbean—and it's right outside the Horny Toad's door.

La Sagesse Nature Center

Grenada
A secluded country inn on La Sagesse Bay, 10 miles from town, the La Sagesse Nature Center has guest rooms just 30 feet from the beach and a hop, skip, and jump from surrounding nature trails. (full review)

What's Nearby: You don't need to go far. The property, though remote, has plenty for you to do: explore the salt-pond bird sanctuary, take a walk among the mangrove trees, or relax on the .5 mi of tree-shaded beach.

Bayaleau Point Cottages

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Carriacou, Grenada
Owner Dave Goldhill built four colorful gingerbread guest cottages on this peaceful Windward hillside overlooking the Grenadines, as well as a a 28-foot boat to take his guests on snorkel trips. (full review)

What's Nearby: The small nearby town of Windward is a boatbuilding community. At certain times of the year, primarily during school vacations, you may encounter a work in progress along the roadside, where Grenada's Ministry of Culture has set up a training ground for interested youngsters to learn from seasoned boatbuilders.

Frangipani Hotel

Bequia, The Grenadines
Luxurious guest rooms, built of local stone and hardwoods, are tucked into a gentle slope filled with fragrant frangipani trees and overlook picturesque Admiralty Bay. (full review)

What's Nearby: Port Elizabeth is only a few blocks long and and a couple of blocks deep. Check out the open-air market, where you can buy local fruits and vegetables; farther along, you can find the model-boat builders' workshops for which Bequia is renowned.

Peach & Quiet

Barbados
This small seaside inn on the southeast coast is the sweetest deal in Barbados. Forego the flashy accoutrements of a resort and, instead, claim one of these stylish suites. (full review)

What's Nearby: Nearby Silver Sands Beach is a beautiful strand of white sand that always has a stiff breeze. That makes it the best beach in Barbados for intermediate and advanced windsurfers and, more recently, kitesurfers.

Turtle Nest Inn & Condos

Cayman Islands
This affordable, intimate seaside inn has enchanting apartments and a pool overlooking a narrow beach with good snorkeling. They offer good-value packages including a rental car for weeklong stays.(full review)

What's Nearby: Take a drive to the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park, a Fodor's Choice 65-acre wilderness preserve on the eastern side of Grand Cayman. The park showcases a wide range of indigenous and non-indigenous tropical vegetation, approximately 2,000 species in total.

Bay Gardens Beach Resort

St. Lucia
One of three Bay Gardens properties in Rodney Bay known for their friendly hospitality, this family-friendly hotel has a prime location on Reduit Beach. (full review)

What's Nearby: The island's finest beach is Reduit Beach, and it's just a short walk from the resort.

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  • mhgbrooklyn on Jan 21, 10 at 07:41 PM

    With the help of fellow travelers, we're putting together a guide to the best small hotels, b&b's, and guest houses around the world with rooms under $150. Travelers nominate their all-time favorite places, and we select the most extraordinary to include on our website, www.darngooddigs.com.

    Jakes's, Rockhouse, Turtle Nest, Carringtons, and Peach and Quiet are all included in our guide so far. We have a few more in the Caribbean that could be added to your list - like Casa de Amistad on Vieques.

    Thanks for the list - we hope to visit some of the other places you described, like the Bayaleau Point Cottages in Grenada!

  • AdamT Fodor's editor on Jan 21, 10 at 03:19 PM

    Hi mymoosie, thanks for that correction. We'll confirm and update the story.

  • mymoosie on Jan 21, 10 at 09:28 AM

    I'm pretty sure the owner/builder of Bayaleau Point Cottages is Dave Goldhill (not Dan Golden)...

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