The Caribbean is made up of over 5000 islands, reefs and cays, each with its own unique attractions and price ranges. In recent years, even very secluded islands have been transformed in to some of the world’s most exclusive vacationing destinations. There is a misconception that a trip to the islands will be extremely expensive and not a viable destination for budget travelers. While accommodation can be expensive, costs of food and activities can vary greatly island to island. With so many places to choose from in this guide, you’ll find a corner of the Caribbean suitable to your budget.
Accommodation – Hostels cost around $20 USD per evening in the off season, with budget hotels coming in at around $80 USD for single or double occupancy. While there are a lot of islands in the Caribbean and prices vary widely, remember that overall, this is an expensive part of the world
Food – Prices vary considerably depending on which island you are on, with a cheap to go meal in the Dominican Republic costing as little as $10 USD or as much as $20 USD in Aruba. My advice for the region: avoid restaurants near cruise ports and resorts, find the local markets, and cook your food as often as you can. Rarely are the fancy meals worth their exorbitant price!
Transportation – Bus services on the islands are inexpensive, rarely more than $3 USD. You can hitchhike safely around most of the islands too (save Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, Cuba, and Haiti). On islands without a bus system, a taxi may be the only form of transport with fares getting up to $15 USD for even a short journey. To get between islands, you’ll need your own boat or to fly. In the Lower Antilles, there are ferries that connect the island together since they aren’t too far apart but, generally speaking, flights are the most realistic option.
Activities – In general, tours, historical, and architectural attractions are relatively inexpensive ($5-20 USD), while diving trips usually costing a minimum of $125 USD. Snorkeling is about $20 for the dya.
Money Saving Tips
While each country guide has specific tips, here are some general money saving tips for the region:
Travel off-season – Prices for vacations plummet the third week in April. You can save 30% or more are possible during the “summer” season (April–December 21st).
Drink local alcohol – Rum is around 1/3 the price in the Caribbean than in the US, and many islands have their own local beers which are much cheaper than the more famous imported beers (such as Corona, Budweiser etc.).
Camp – Some islands allow visitors to camp on the beach for around $10 USD. This can be a good way to save money on accommodation on some of the safer, less inhabited islands or on those where typical hotel prices are astronomical.
Take a cruise – Cruising can offer a low-cost way of seeing various islands, as well as getting your transport, accommodation, and food paid in advance. Many cruises can be as cheap as $50 USD per day, especially if booked far in advance or very last minute. You won’t see much of the culture of each place but if you’re short on time, this gives you the most for your buck.
Couchsurf – Couchsurfing is a website that connects locals and travelers. It’s a form of cross-cultural exchange as well as a means to get a free place to stay each night! There are hosts all over the region and, with accommodation costs so high, this is a sure fire way to save money and meet locals who can take you to all the cheap places on each island!
Top Things to See and Do in the Caribbean
Antigua – 365 pink and white beaches can be found in Antigua, one of the largest Caribbean islands. If you’re into sailing, sign up to be a deckhand or just observe Sailing Week, the world renowned regatta.
Dunn’s River Falls, Jamaica – This is the most popular visitor attraction in Jamaica. At 660 ft, it consists of an impressive waterfall and collection of plunge pools which lead directly into the ocean. You can add bouldering to your tour for a more energetic way to get back to the beach.
Havana, Cuba – Often eliciting images of revolutionary heroes and a turbulent history, Havana is the largest city in the Caribbean. However, in recent times, the city has emerged as a tourist hotspot, rich in history, architecture, and culture. Try to visit the country in July when Santiago (the second-largest city) celebrates its annual Carnival de Santiago de Cuba. From July 24-26, the streets fill with music and dancing, a real sight to behold.How to get rid of brown recluse spiders? Q: what are your tips for getting enough sleep? How old is too old to have a baby How to build raised garden beds? How to connect canon printer to wifi How to get a girl? How to get dry erase marker out of clothes What does hiatal mean What does a kiss on the forehead mean How to make a night vision potion? What does it mean to dream about a crocodile How to be a man? How to see airpod battery What are dryer balls What does mutually exclusive mean How to pull off ghost tricks How to deal with heartbreak? How to cut How to dye easter eggs? What does a maid of honor pay for How much does it cost to reside a house How to clean a bowl? What does the name sabrina mean Tips when having anal How to drive stick shift? How to answer multiple choice questions tips What are microservices architecture What does mahwah mean What causes tips of toes to be pink and red radh on cheeks What does confit mean Why are the tips of my gel nails turning brown What does check engine light look like What does cousin removed mean How to get a copy of w2 fast How to grow cucumbers vertically? What side of the cue tips go up when replacing How long does diflucan take to work? What does pork mean for new years What time does mall close What does verbose mean What happened to the tips and notes section in duolingo? What does tail wagging mean How to cancel itunes subscriptions? What does isoelectronic mean How to test for lyme disease What does 711 mean spiritually Do all of the groups have the same number of branches or branch tips what does this result indicate What does re stand for What are tricks to help get an erection What does sexual assault mean What does it mean to be a ravenclaw What does it mean to dream about someone What is nnn mean What does vehemently mean How to find sin? How to get rid of pneumonia fast What does pendejo mean in mexico What is wrong when plants turn brown on the tips What does ytd mean How to calm inflamed intestines? What does testicular torsion feel like What does rip mean What does the word meek mean What does being spiritual mean What does putting your finger tips together mean How to do scooter tricks on flat ground What does high noon mean What are caplets What is nail tips What does mbn mean What does configure mean What does nsfw mean on social media What does nfs mean on snap What does a bumble bee nest look like What does let's go branden mean On the nubrilliance microdermabrasion why do i need to replace the diamond tips What does it mean when a hawk visits you What does nom mean How to have multiple orgasims? How to cash in savings bonds How to draw eyelashes? How to tie a scarf How to get intel from a character What does it mean to be intuitive How to cook soft boiled eggs How to build a responsive dropdown menu css tricks Why do marijuana plants get white tips How to get a ladder in animal crossing How do you cook beef rib tips How to tame a llama in minecraft Why are q tips called q tips How to make chicken wings How to chromecast from iphone? Why put mercury in bullet tips Why the string tricks works for removing ring How to hard boil eggs? What does ostracized mean What does cc mean in an email What does safe mode mean How to cure bv? How long do antibiotics take to work? Who tricks napolean in animal farm What time does the eclipse start tonight What does whimsical mean How to make thread in little alchemy? What does the red heart mean How long does it take a body to decompose? What makes eyelasher long the base or tips How to create a zip file on mac? How to get brick in minecraft? Tips on how to find a pvc pipe in a wall How to take off nexgen and tips What time does disney world close What does illiterate mean What does ebk mean Elden ring how to use ashes of war? Tips for a firl on how to hot a speed bag. What does ketosis feel like How to update gpu drivers? What does axel mean What part of the body does aquarius rule What does kt mean What does tbh mean in snapchat How to clean a laptop screen? What does a white vinegar bath do for females 10 tips on how to stay safe online What does it mean when you have deja vu How to cancel costco membership How to cook french fries in air fryer? How much do you make on tips colorado How to make amedieval light tricks in minecraft How are table tips disperse What grade are 9 year olds in What time does sunrise How to sleep with curly hair? How to smokea joint? What does desolate mean Why wont my kittens do tricks any more What was the name of an old show that played tricks on people How to calculate gpa high school? What countries are open to americans How to cook asparagus on stove? Tips on how to manage stress What are tips in your file folder Tips for kids who can't stop arguing What are consequential damages What are clouds made out of What does the triangle symbol mean How to caramelize onions 7 tips on how to survive your ordination exam canon foder What does a bed bite look like How to find the horizontal asymptote? How to download ios 15 What does balance transfer mean What time does day 3 of the nfl draft start What does convalescent mean How to be charming Texas how to temporarily change address How to transfer photos from iphone to mac What are restaurant table tips What does smol mean What does edging mean Tips on how to flirt with a girl What are skinwalkers Tips on how to keep your hair straight all day What does physiological mean How to do text tricks in discord What does outstanding shares mean Fortnite save the world tips and tricks where to find honey The useful tips on how to stay warm in a tent How to get rid of a male yeast infection fast? How to delete a google review What does interrogation mean How to watch out of-market nfl games 2021 What does olfactory mean How to make lanterns in minecraft? How to make a caramel frappe What does ftm mean Safty tips when working with wood What does afib mean Operating dozer how to 2 to 1 slope tips What are meatballs made of What are indentured servants How to disable tips in chrome How to be a good roleplayee 12 tips What does penetrating mean What position does jj watt play What are voip calls How to put on a tie? What does speed mean How to glow up tips How to not sweat as much? What does -2 mean when checking cervix How to make black garlic? What do white spots on teeth mean What tricks do rats like What does lymphedema pain feel like How to log out of twitter? What does shein mean How to make an end portal How to tell parents you're pregnant? What foods are good for kidneys How to spawn ender dragon How long to cook rice on stove? What does it mean to be content Tips when seeing a therapist How to ace an interview 5 tips from a harvard career advisor Sora and riku fanfiction where they go to a school and sora tricks riku into thinking he likes him What tricks can you do on rollerblades What does nuclear deterrent forces mean Gta v xbox 360 online tips and tricks how to change clothes When to cut back red tips What does white toenails polish mean What time does lakeside mall close How to use slack What does da mean in russian What does sb mean on facebook What does resolute mean Linus tech tips how to build a desktop What does my soulmate look like How to get rid of bamboo Book about a british woman who tricks everyone How to cook barley? How to calculate square feet from inches What does rad mean How old to sit in front seat How to turn on autocorrect? What drip tips fit my kangertech subox mini c Plants are photoautotrophs. what does this mean? What does uncut mean When an opponent claims the rest of the tricks How to change your name in roblox How to know which airpod pro tips to use Tips and tricks on how to get a class b cdl in ohio How to dress for an interview? Easy magic tricks how to How to sew a shirt What are the 5 elements How to make scrambled eggs in the microwave How much can you contribute to roth ira What does dilating feel like What time does gervonta fight tonight What does wtg mean What does the name alex mean Tips for a bookkeeper when doing a real estate agents books What does censured mean What tricks can you do to keep your coffee fresh 25 google search tricks you don't know how ever lived without How to deactivate fb? What does mead taste like How to sell stuff on ebay What does elephant mean How to do magic tricks with marbles Best practices and practical tips on how to make such decision-making more effective What are the 3 dimensions What does a healthy vagina look like How to stop hemorrhoids Tricks on how to hide long cords How to get iron in animal crossing How to train your dragon book What does ineffable mean What is conjunction mean How to wear a pocket square What does it mean to dream about someone dying Tips should follow when creating his professional blog What does ohayo mean in japanese How to use drywall anchors?
Share this Post
Where to Go in Cebu Philippines?
Cebu, Philippines is the 2009 fourth best island destination in Asia based on Condé Nast Traveler Magazine. A consistent…Read More
Manila tourist Guide
Manila is chaotic, polluted and thrilling; an old city but one overflowing with life, which is steadily increasing in popularity…Read More