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Best Affordable Caribbean Destinations

To help you find the right island for the right price, U.S. News ranked the best affordable Caribbean vacations based on top recommendations from industry experts and everyday travelers. Many of these hot spots can be experienced on a budget due to perks like free beach access and frequent deals on airfare and hotels. Vote for your ideal bargain Caribbean getaway below and 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. Plus, more low-cost American airlines now offer nonstop flights to San Juan, making it easier to enjoy the island's powdery sands, clear waters and delectable seafood. Read More»

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Why go: Jamaica has long been a prime destination for tourists thanks to its laid-back culture, impressive scenery and varied attractions. You may spend more than you would in Puerto Rico or the Dominican Republic, but budget-oriented travelers can easily nab cheap flights and hotels. Read More»

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Why go: This Dominican Republic beach town offers plenty for those seeking off-resort activities. Here, you can enjoy water sports in Cabarete and jaw-dropping sights like the Damajaqua Cascades. And with daily nonstop flights from the U.S., getting to Puerto Plata is a cinch. Read More»

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Why go: Dominica's landscape has been preserved by a lack of development, meaning that lodging options are limited and often pricier than those in other Caribbean destinations. But this island's jaw-dropping natural attractions are free of charge. 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 white-sand beaches and laid-back vibes without burning through their savings. But surely Grenada won't stay a secret for long, so take advantage of low costs while they last. Read More»

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Why go: With optimal scuba diving conditions and protected coral reefs, Curaçao is an aquatic-lover's paradise. But the island also appeals to landlopers with impressive flora and fauna. Getting here can be pricey but if you visit in summer, you'll find steeply reduced hotel rates. Read More»

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Why go: These islands are difficult to reach, but that's part of the appeal. With flowing fairways, and secluded sands, there's plenty to entertain you. Plus, finding affordable room rates is easy. But keep in mind that many hotels close during hurricane season. 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 reasonable room rate. But if you're planning to visit for the Trinidad Carnival in February, be prepared to shell out a little extra, especially if you wait to book your accommodations. 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 great hotel deal 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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