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The 10 Most Affordable Caribbean Destinations

Turquoise waters, pristine beaches and low price tags draw travelers to these island escapes.

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The 10 Most Affordable Caribbean Destinations

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Thoughts of a Caribbean vacation often conjure up images of turquoise waters, white-sand beaches, vibrant cultures – and high price tags. But as long as you pick the right destination, an island vacation doesn't have to be expensive. With the help of reader votes and expert analysis, U.S. News scoured the region to find the most budget-friendly locales. These destinations offer money-savers like nonstop flights, all-inclusive resorts and cheap (or free) activities without sacrificing the service, amenities and breathtaking views of the ultimate Caribbean getaway. And if you like to cruise, you'll be happy to know that deals to the Caribbean can be found year-round.

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10. St. Kitts & Nevis

Why it's a good value: Even though these twin islands are known as a celebrity retreat, an affordable vacation is still easy to obtain during the offseasons of summer and fall. Those looking for a quiet getaway should spend time on Nevis while those looking to soak up the culture should hop over to St. Kitts. The lively St. Kitts offers an abundance of restaurants and resorts, allowing travelers to choose accommodations that best fit their needs and budgets.

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Drift away for less

Thoughts of a Caribbean vacation often conjure up images of turquoise waters, white-sand beaches, vibrant cultures – and high price tags. But as long as you pick the right destination, an island vacation doesn't have to be expensive. With the help of reader votes and expert analysis, U.S. News scoured the region to find the most budget-friendly locales. These destinations offer money-savers like nonstop flights, all-inclusive resorts and cheap (or free) activities without sacrificing the service, amenities and breathtaking views of the ultimate Caribbean getaway. And if you like to cruise, you'll be happy to know that deals to the Caribbean can be found year-round.

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The 10 Best Affordable Caribbean Destinations

10. St. Kitts & Nevis

Why it's a good value: Even though these twin islands are known as a celebrity retreat, an affordable vacation is still easy to obtain during the offseasons of summer and fall. Those looking for a quiet getaway should spend time on Nevis while those looking to soak up the culture should hop over to St. Kitts. The lively St. Kitts offers an abundance of restaurants and resorts, allowing travelers to choose accommodations that best fit their needs and budgets.

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Best Things to Do in St. Kitts & Nevis

9. Barbados

Why it's a good value: Though it can be difficult to find deals during the peak winter season, major carriers offer an abundance of flights to Barbados, meaning a trip to the easternmost island in the Caribbean isn't out of reach for the budget-minded traveler. Once there, travelers can relax along 60 public beaches. Although U.S. dollars are generally accepted, you can save even more by taking advantage of the favorable exchange rate. Those who visit in the summer should make plans to attend the Crop Over festival – the country's carnival-like equivalent. 

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8. U.S. Virgin Islands

Why it's a good value: Travelers seeking deals should head for St. Croix. Although not as luxurious as sister islands St. Thomas and St. John, St. Croix makes up for it by enticing travelers with lower prices and more diverse activities. Travelers will find historical sites, such as Fort Frederik and Fort Christiansvaern that are either free to explore or charge a minimal admission fee, alongside beautiful beaches and picturesque mountains.

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7. Dominica

Why it's a good value: Dominica's underdeveloped landscape is its main appeal, but this lack of commercial development also means accommodation options are more limited than on other Caribbean islands. With few beaches, visitors who plan to spend most of their time hiking and enjoying the pristine views should plan ahead and book reservations early. As with other Caribbean destinations, visiting Dominica in the summer and fall offseasons is the surest way to score a deal.

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6. Grenada

Why it's a good value: South of Barbados and St. Vincent and the Grenadines, the island of Grenada is often passed over by American travelers because it can be difficult to reach and may cost a bundle in airfare. But if you can get over the sticker shock of the flight, you'll find it's easy to stay on budget once you land. To cut down on transportation costs, stay in a hotel that's centrally located along Grand Anse Beach. U.S. Dollars are accepted, but you should take advantage of the fixed exchange rate of the East Caribbean Dollar to get even more bang for your buck.

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5. Puerto Plata

Why it's a good value: One of two destinations in the Dominican Republic to make this list, Puerto Plata sits on the northwestern side of the island and offers a more authentic experience than other tourist towns in the country, thanks to its untouched beaches and fascinating historical district. To experience Puerto Plata like a local (and to save some cash), skip the all-inclusive resorts and opt for accommodations located downtown. Also, bargaining is popular here, so brush up on your bartering skills to snag some deals on souvenirs.

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4. Jamaica

Why it's a good value: Jamaica has long been known as an inexpensive Caribbean destination. Value-minded tourists have flocked here for years thanks to plenty of affordable flights offered by low-cost carriers and the variety of cruise ships that stop here on a regular basis. No matter how you choose to get here, you'll find wallet-friendly all-inclusive resorts and delectable (and affordable) cuisine from street vendors.

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3. Punta Cana

Why it's a good value: In recent years, Americans have been getting in on the budget-friendly secret that is Punta Cana. This tourist destination in the Dominican Republic – which has long been popular with European and South American travelers – overflows with a variety of all-inclusive resorts that will satisfy any deal seeker. With food, drinks, water sports and entertainment all found in one place, many tourists don't feel the need to leave their resorts, making it a cinch to stay on budget.

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2. Curacao

Why it's a good value: Curaçao sets itself apart from other Caribbean destinations with its mix of Dutch and African cultures. Visitors can take in the brightly colored buildings on their way to the ocean, and those who visit in the summer can see as much as a 50 percent reduction in room rates. Another plus? The island's location. Situated between Aruba and Bonaire off the northern coast of Venezuela, Curaçao's location not only means plenty of flight options but it also allows travelers to easily hop between islands.

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1. Puerto Rico

Why it's a good value: Looking for a vacation with a distinct culture that doesn't break the bank? You may want to consider Puerto Rico. Since the island is a United States territory, there are plenty of nonstop flights from the U.S. Puerto Rico's relationship and proximity to the U.S. also means it's easy to find affordable vacation packages year-round. The island offers resorts for relaxing, underground caves for exploring and historic sites for more educational pursuits. 

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