Bargain Beach Getaways are you so desperate for a warm and sunny escape—and so convinced it’s beyond your means—that you’ve settled for tanning salon sessions and homemade piña coladas?
Really, now: Jetting off to a sandy slice of heaven doesn’t have to send you to the poorhouse. There are plenty of budget-minded locales that are light on your wallet, but still heavy on balmy temperatures, swaying palm trees and beautiful beaches.
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1. Culebra, Puerto Rico
Located off the eastern shores of the main island, sleepy Culebra is rich with uncrowded playas edging calm and cerulean waters–plus a small clutch of basic but bright hotels, like Mamacita’s, averaging $100 nightly.
2. Playa Del Carmen, Mexico
Stretch your dollar in this laid-back Cancún respite, offering diving, snorkeling, shopping and primo sunset- cocktail spots–not to mention inns from charming to chic, like Hotel Cielo or Kinbé Hotel, for $55 to $150 a night.
3. St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Florida
This unfussy chain of barrier islands along the Sunshine State’s west coast really has it all: a variety of wide beaches, cheap seafood-shack meals, a slew of affordable ($65 a night and up) places to stay and a fun nightlife scene.
4. Grand Bahama, Bahamas
Sugary sand, a relaxed vibe and cheap Bahamian eateries abound in Freeport and Lucaya, where hotels include the Island Seas Resort (from $100 nightly) to the more upscale Radisson Our Lucaya (from $165).
Pink sands, pampering resorts, scenic golf courses and incredible snorkeling are all good reasons to head here- -along with cheapcaribbean.com’s four-night, all-inclusive deals from $699 per person, with options including Grotto Bay Beach Resort and Coco Reef Bermuda.