A Caribbean vacation on a budget? Yes, it’s possible, and these 10 properties offer just that. With starting rates—according to TripAdvisor, SmarterTravel’s parent company—less than $100 per night, you can afford your dream vacation to these islands.
Cheap Caribbean Hotels Under $100
Of course, this rate isn’t available 365 days of the year (expect to pay a bit more during the popular winter season), but these hotels are significantly less than their island counterparts. Don’t expect five-star service or beach access at every one, but know you’ll be getting the most bang for your buck.
La Pasion Hotel Boutique in Playa del Carmen has a rooftop pool and lounge and is located just three blocks from the beach and two blocks from the main shopping areas. Nearby restaurants and free Wi-Fi make this cheap Caribbean hotel a steal at under $100 per night.
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For divers, Caribbean Club Bonaire is an ideal cheap Caribbean hotel, as it’s located steps away from the island’s best dive sites. The full-service resort has a variety of room types ranging from a Budget Studio to a Cottage Deluxe with ocean views.
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This cheap Caribbean hotel in Martinique is located a little off the beaten path in the small village of Trinite. Residence Oceane Hotel sits right on the coastline, with a secluded beach and access to hiking trails. There are some restaurant options, but you can also make your own meals in your room’s kitchenette.
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El Beaterio is the first hotel-museum in the Dominican Republic. Not only is it super affordable, but the hotel has a central location in Santo Domingo, well-designed rooms, and a special history as well. The 500-year-old building was previously a nunnery, and since it’s well-preserved and many artifacts remain on the property, it’s also classified as a museum. While it’s not on the beach, it’s right in the historic downtown and has a terrace and roof deck.
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Hotel Melia Ponce is a historic inn located in Ponce’s city center and is within walking distance to tourist spots and restaurants. Reviewers note that the room design could use an update, but agree that the hotel is clean and comfortable. It offers a swimming pool, a full-service bistro, and free Wi-Fi, and is less than a 10-minute drive from Ponce’s airport.
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The Westender Inn is a popular boutique hotel on Jamaica’s West End … hence the name. The hotel is family-owned and has gorgeous grounds that blend right into the coastline. You’ll find a variety of room offerings—from cottage bungalows to deluxe ocean-view rooms—all at an affordable price point. Relax on your balcony’s hammock, snorkel above the reef, or enjoy the cuisine at the on-site restaurant.
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You’ll find Casa de Isabella in Santa Marta, just steps away from where Colombia meets the Caribbean Sea. This coastal city is known as the gateway for Tayrona National Park, but it’s also worth an overnight visit. The boutique hotel has comfortable rooms, colorful design, and lounge areas like pools and terraces.
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Landhuis Klein Santa Martha is on the more natural side of Curacao, with easy access to some of the best beaches, dive sites, and parks. The hotel—formerly a plantation house—has a highly recommended on-site restaurant, and reviewers love that the hotel has a different feel than the typical beach resort due to its architecture and location.
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A cheap Caribbean hotel in Barbados? Yes, I found one: the Ocean Spray Beach Apartments. It has everything you need for a relaxing tropical vacation, from a yoga pavilion to beach access—a beach that also happens to be one of the best beginner surf spots in the Caribbean. Located off the beaten path on the southern tip of the island, the hotel has its own farm-to-table restaurant and tropical fruit forest and is close to shopping in the town of Oistins.
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What to Pack
Women’s Swimsuit with Cover-Up and Everlane Sandals
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Editor’s note: This story was originally published in 2018. It has been updated to reflect the most current information.