The Caribbean boasts some of the world’s finest five-star resorts, but their pricey room rates are prohibitive for many sunseekers. However, among all the A-list hot spots you’ll find plenty of small, intimate inns with all of the basic amenities of their glitzier neighbors. Lower nightly rates at these places mean longer vacations for those on a budget. Pay less to play more and you’ll have more cash to spend seeing the islands, taking boat excursions, parasailing, scuba diving, relaxing, or doing nothing at all.
Below is our shortlist of the Caribbean’s best hotel values.
St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
A stay at this spacious bed-and-breakfast harks back to a gentler time, when people spent the winter, rather than a week, in the Caribbean. Nightly room rates: $100-150
A marvelous little oceanfront guest house with a funky name offers the island’s best value for those who want to keep costs down. Nightly room rates: $107-198
Peach & Quiet
This small seaside inn on the southeast coast is the sweetest deal on Barbados. Nightly room rates: $99-109 (open winter season only)
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. Nightly room rates: $95-375
Turtle Nest Inn
On otherwise expensive Grand Cayman, this Spanish-style seaside inn has roomy one-bedroom apartments on a small beach. Nightly room rates: $99-229
Smart spenders on the Forums don’t mind sharing their Caribbean bargain success stories.
“I don’t know what island you have your eye on today, but you could save money by doing an apartment rather than a villa where you would still have the space and cooking facilities of a villa, but it would be more spartan.” (more from the Forums)
“I would recommend that you check out, pronto, the auctions for Long Bay Beach Resort, Tortola, on www.skyauction.com. I’d bet you could get them in the $75/night range.” (more from the Forums)
“We all love to have an ocean view, but you can also save money by picking a garden view room as well. Keep in mind that most folks spend very little time in their hotel room while on vacation, so you can certainly save here as well.” (more from the Forums)
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