Traveling the Caribbean on a Budget

Posted on: February 17th, 2012 by paul

We all want to escape the cold in the harsh Canadian winter months, but for many of us, it seems nearly impossible. Financially, this may not be the year that you can set aside a wad of extra dough to indulge yourself in a mid-winter getaway in the sun, sand, and surf. However, what if there was a way to travel in the Caribbean where you spend economically without coming home feeling tanned and broke? There are several ways to travel on a budget and get great travel deals, and when it comes to the Caribbean, here’s how you can make that happen.

Coastline Near Havanna


Do your research and keep a close watch on for fare sales. If you are flexible with your dates, you might snag a great deal at a lower price than you even expected. Be vigilant and it will pay off.


Although there is a lot of hype surrounding the Caribbean’s mega-resorts and all inclusives, entertain the idea of renting a villa, condo, or staying at a guesthouse. If you are traveling in a large group, a villa or condo will be a much cheaper option. Some villas even have their own private pools! If you are in a smaller group, or on a honeymoon, many guesthouses are very quaint and romantic…and not to mention, much cheaper than your average mega-resort.


Why bother with a long buffet line of mostly American style food when you can enjoy local delicacies served from small shanties on the beach. Many of these shanties offer up some of the islands’ best dining. You can enjoy fresh seafood and local favorites…and the best part is that it is easy to eat well on a budget.


If you’re traveling on a budget and want to enjoy some beverages, stay away from luxury hotel bars and restaurants. Stick with local rum shops or beach bars for cheap beer and rum. Rum is one of the main products of the Caribbean, and almost each island has its own brand. So, if you plan to buy booze for your hotel room, the cheapest option will usually be the local rum and coke.


Be aware that if you want to do the majority of beach activities (namely sailing, kayaking, scuba diving, horseback riding, etc), you will find that they are quite expensive. If you’re itching for an extra activity, do your research online or through your hotel and pick one activity to do based on your budget. Though the beach has many tempting options, if you stick to your one activity you will stay within your budget. There are also many hiking trails and cultural centers that are free of charge. Ask around and explore your options.


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