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Best Affordable Caribbean Destinations

To help you find the right island for the right price, U.S. News Travel ranked the best affordable Caribbean vacations based on expertise from industry gurus and thousands of frequent travelers. Many of these reader-favorite islands can be experienced on a budget due to perks like free beach lounging and frequent deals on airfare and hotels. Vote for your ideal bargain beach getaway below or use these rankings to guide you to your next sandy retreat. 

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Why go: Like its neighbor, Puerto Plata, Punta Cana is an affordable haven for sun-worshippers. Known as the "Cancún of the Dominican Republic" because of its high volume of low-priced accommodations, this resort town offers everything from oceanfront views to top-notch cuisine. Read More»

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Why go: Puerto Rico allows travelers to experience the Caribbean without the hassle of international travel. More and more low-cost American airlines are offering nonstop flights to San Juan, making it easier to enjoy the island's powdery sands, turquoise waters and delectable seafood. Read More»

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Why go: Jamaica has long been a popular tourist hotspot thanks to its laid-back culture, gorgeous scenery and versatile attractions. Although you might spend more than you would in Puerto Rico or the Dominican Republic, budget-oriented travelers can easily nab cheap flights and hotels. Read More»

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Why go: This Dominican Republic resort town offers plenty for travelers looking to venture away from the hotel. While here, take advantage of watersports in Cabarete and jaw-dropping sights like the Damajaqua Cascades. And with daily nonstop flights from the U.S., getting here is a breeze. Read More»

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Why go: Dominica's lush landscape has been preserved by a lack of development, meaning that lodging options are limited and sometimes pricier than in other Caribbean destinations. But you can make up for the higher rates by enjoying the island's best asset, its unspoiled landscape, for free. Read More»

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Why go: Grenada is often overlooked by American travelers, meaning that those who do visit can experience the island's beaches and culture without burning through their savings. But surely Grenada won't stay a secret for long, so take advantage of the low cost while it lasts. Read More»

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Why go: There's no shortage of lodging options on these two islands, meaning that it shouldn't be too hard to find a decent room rate. But if you're planning to visit for the Carnival in February, be prepared to shell out a little extra, especially if you wait too long to book your accommodations. Read More»

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Why go: These two islands are difficult to reach, but well worth the trek. The high-tourist season here is shorter than on most Caribbean islands and finding affordable room rates is easy. Just keep in mind that many hotels close during hurricane season. Read More»

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Why go: If you plan far enough in advance — at least two months — you have a good chance of scoring a deal on a decent room in USVI. Just steer clear of the ports of call; the Virgin Islands are a popular stopping point for cruises and prices around the docks are often inflated. Read More»

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Why go: Venture to the Caribbean's most populous city and enjoy superb bargain rates. You can walk the scenic Malecón boardwalk, explore the Zona Colonial neighborhood and visit the Monasterio de San Francisco — all for free. Read More»

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Why go: Finding a bargain in Barbados will require patience, especially if you plan to visit in winter. Warm temperatures and lively festivals draw visitors in droves. If you can wait until mid-April to experience the island, you'll find much more agreeable rates. Read More»

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