A vacation in the Caribbean is often associated with white beaches, clear blue oceans, luxury resorts, and most commonly, an eye-watering price. The good news is that there are some Caribbean destinations that provide a great travel experience at a manageable price, giving you more than your money’s worth. Here are some of the most affordable Caribbean destinations:
Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Ocho Rios, meaning ‘eight rivers’ in Spanish is a beach town located near Montego Bay. Its name comes from a misnomer. Instead of rivers, you’ve got a variety of waterfalls where you can partake in several adventure activities. The most famous of them is Dunn’s River Falls which is also one of the most popular tourist spots in Jamaica. The waterfall has a variety of attractions such as hiking tours, and a beach. Other waterfalls in Ocho Rios are Island Gully Falls, Turtle River Falls, and Konoko Falls. Some of them have their own beaches but there are other individual beaches worth visiting such as Bamboo Beach Club, Ocho Rios Bay Beach and James Bond Beach. The Bay Beach, also known as Turtle beach, is near Ocho Rios and has a variety of amenities such as a bar and water sports. The James Bond beach as its name suggests, was where Ian Fleming had written many of the novels and you can find many James Bond themed establishments here. Finally, if you’re looking for some adventure activities besides the waterfalls, the Mystic Mountain is ideal. This is a 700 foot tall mountain very close to Dunn’s river falls. You can explore the natural environment and marvel at the view it gives of Ocho Rios. The featured attraction here is the Sky Explorer: a chairlift ride where you get a spectacular view of the nearby rainforest.
Curaçao is one of the ABC islands in the Lesser Antilles. Its capital Willemstad has a very colorful architecture; a sign of its history as a Dutch colony and its biggest attraction is the Old Town, also known as the inner city and harbor. It was first settled in the early 17th century and this history designates it as a UN World Heritage. You can walk around the city and visit the several galleries, restaurants, and the Queen Emma Pontoon bridge. Next, Curacao has gorgeous seaside attractions. If you love snorkeling then you’ll love the blue room cave. There are various ways to get to the cave with the cheapest being by foot, but it is recommended you book a tour. You will likely need some company. The cave’s deep blue environment is absolutely captivating and you can find interesting spots nearby including a shipwreck site and a coral reef. The dolphins and schools of fish to see are just a cherry on top! Another amazing snorkel site is Grote Knip beach where you get to snorkel with sea turtles. If snorkeling isn’t your cup of tea, the beach is still a great place to lay back or swim in, with its white coast, clear blue water and lush green hills making a picture perfect setting. Finally, the Christoffel National Park has impressive natural attractions. You can appreciate the park’s natural landscape through the hiking routes or driving trails. A fun adventure activity includes beach camping. And if you’re physically quite fit and up to the task, then you can try hiking to the top of the mountain.
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
The Dominican Republic is a popular destination in the Caribbean for affordable vacations. Among its places, one of them that gives you the biggest bang for your buck is Punta Cana. Here you find rejuvenation, adventure, and environmental wonders. Two popular beaches here are Macao and Bavaro Beach, with both of them featuring picturesque white soft sands and clear blue sea. The difference in environment is that Bavaro beach is flat and dotted with palms everywhere while Macao beach has densely forested hills and cliffs nearby. Macao beach is also an optimal surfing spot. If you’re looking for a more ecological spot, then you will enjoy a trip to the Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park. Here you can hike through trails filled with diverse flora and fauna and swim in crystal clear lagoons. Finally, Punta Cana has a selection of driving tours, providing a great way to explore the place and all it has in store for you. If you wish to know even more about what Punta Cana has to offer, then this article may be helpful
While not one of the places typically considered to be Caribbean, Cozumel is an island that has much of the same type of attractions. You can get to Cozumel by flight or ferry. The island has spectacular snorkeling locations, natural attractions and beautiful beaches. Alongside that, Cozumel also has historical sites, the most prominent being the Mayan San Gervasio Ruins. It was a sacred location for the Mayans and here you can get a close look at these ruins. As for beaches, there are several options. Some include Playa Chen Rio, Playa Punta Morena, and Playa Mia. You might also want to pay a visit to the pearl farm. For snorkeling some beaches are Playa El Cielo, andPlaya Dzul-Ha. The Palancar Reef is one of the best diving spots with the number of fish and unspoilt environment.