Competition for accommodation in the Caribbean can make finding the right place to stay quite a challenge. But the advantage is that same competition among the best Caribbean resorts can drive prices down, making a dream destination much more affordable. That said, the Caribbean and its resorts are not my area of expertise. I’ve been to Grand Bahama Island to visit a friend, and that’s the full extent of my experience in the Caribbean. So when Andrea Ramirez from alltherooms.com approached me about a being a guest blogger on Feet to Flight so she could post about the best affordable Caribbean resorts, I accepted. After all, who doesn’t want a list of a affordable resorts on beautiful islands at their fingertips?
Be sure to bookmark this post about the best Caribbean resorts, not to mention affordable, so you have it handy when you start planning your dream vaca to the Caribbean.
If you’re looking for a budget-friendly Caribbean resort, it can be tough. Between the all-inclusive resorts, private islands and private beaches, prices in the region can go for up to $1,000 dollars per night or more. If you’re a traveler looking to treat yourself during your stay, check out the best affordably-priced resorts in the Caribbean to plan a stay with all the luxuries that will make you and your family happy with a price range that will make your wallet happy.
Note: Some of these islands have been affected by the 2017 hurricanes and may be working on rebuilding. Please check with up-to-date news before booking a trip.
1. Admiral’s Inn, Antigua
Get all the treatment of a 5-star resort without the 5-star price. Admiral’s Inn, in English Harbour, Antigua, comes with all the amenities of the big resorts, but at a fraction of the price. Stay in one of the suite-style rooms, enjoy the infinity pool, or pamper yourself in the spa. Admiral’s Inn is just a boat ride (free) away from some of Antigua’s best beaches, including Pigeon Beach. Spend your days relaxing on Antigua’s pristine beaches and come back to your resort fit for a celebrity — all at a cost you can afford. Rooms at the Admiral’s Inn can cost as low as $210 per night.
2. Staniel Cay Yacht Club, Bahamas
Bet you didn’t think you could afford a resort in the Bahamas, did you? Meet the Staniel Cay Yacht Club. This literally is where the stars stay. Johnny Depp, Sammy Davis Jr, and Sean Connery have all been rumored to have stayed in one of the charming, pastel-colored bungalows of the Staniel Cay Yacht Club. The resort sits in the Exumas Cay of the Bahamas. Enjoy the picture perfect white sand beaches and clear turquoise water of the Bahamas right at your fingertips. Rooms at the Staniel Cay Yacht Club cost around $200 per night while an all-inclusive stay is only about $200 more.
3. Pagua Bay House, Dominica
Staying in a private cabin in Dominica sounds like something only the rich and famous could do, doesn’t it? Not at Pagua Bay House. Stay in your own private cabin, wake up each morning and watch the day start over the Atlantic Ocean, all from the comfort of your own private patio. During the day, you can rent kayaks from the hotel, jump right in and explore the Pagua River, or hike 45 minutes to a waterfall. The island of Dominica is less built up than some of the other nearby islands, giving you much more native flora and fauna to explore. Stays at Pagua Bay House go for just around 300 dollars per night.
4. Casa Bonita Tropical Lodge, Dominican Republic
Enjoy the white sand shores and perfect blue beaches of the Dominican Republic. On the other side of the country from all the resorts of Punta Cana sits Casa Bonita Tropical Lodge. The lodge is neatly nestled in between the pristine beaches of the Caribbean Sea on one side and the lush, thick forests of the Sierra Barahuco Mountains on the other. The jungle is home to wildlife including bats, flamingoes, crocodiles, orchids, and more. All of this is under 300 dollars per night.
5. The Spa Retreat Boutique Hotel, Jamaica
The ultimate treat yourself vacation is just within your reach. The waterfront Spa Retreat Boutique Hotel, in Negril, Jamaica, is all about pampering you. Rejuvenate your body and soul with the spas, massages, and yoga. Swim and snorkel in the Caribbean Sea, right from the docks of the hotel. At the end of your days getting pampered, exploring, or just lounging around and relaxing in front of the sea’s edge, you can return to your own private cabin. All this goes for just over 200 dollars per night.
6. Cooper Island Beach Club, British Virgin Islands
Reach this peaceful resort by ferry from Tortola. The Cooper Island Beach Club is the perfect place for some peace and quiet, as well as some relaxing beach-filled fun in the Caribbean. Stay in your own cottage along the Manchioneel Bay and spend your days laying in the soft white sand. The clear waters are perfect for snorkeling or diving, or just swimming and enjoying the sea’s calm waves. The resort is entirely eco-friendly and can help supply you with all you need for a relaxing and fun vacation in the British Virgin Islands.
7. Anacaona Boutique Hotel, Anguilla
Yes, even this A-list island has options for a B-list price range. The Anacaona Boutique Hotel was opened with you in mind. The resort was opened by the owners of the esteemed Cap Juluca, whose rooms cost over a thousand dollars per night. The Anacaona, whose rooms are not even half of what the Cap Juluca charges per night, comes with a pool and lounge chairs, top-notch dining options, and a short walk to one of Anguilla’s best beaches, Meads Bay.
8. Sugar Reef Bequia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines
If its isolation you’re looking for, you’ll definitely find it at the Sugar Reef Bequia, in Bequia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines. You can usually only get around by water taxi and you may not see any big name stores or locations for miles, but your time at this Caribbean hideaway will be the escape you need. The Sugar Reef Bequia gives you easy access to swimming pools, gourmet restaurants with authentic food. And of course, it’s walking distance to the pristine beaches of St Vincent and the Grenadines.
9. Le Normandie, St Barthelemy
Did someone say St. Barts? Yep, you too can stay in the luxurious St. Bart’s at a price you can afford. Le Normandie is just walking distance from some of St. Bart’s best and finest beaches, including Lorient Beach. Relax in the pool or eat breakfast in a poolside lounge chair. In the evening, return to the hotel for a free wine hour, happening every night. At Le Normandie, you can get pampered like a star, St. Bart’s style, at a reasonable price.
10. Majestic Colonial Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Who said that Punta Cana is only for the rich? Majestic Colonial is the all-inclusive Caribbean resort you’ve been looking for. Wake up and go for a walk on the beach, dine at the hotel’s gourmet dining halls, enjoy the massive pool that runs the length of almost the whole resort, or enjoy a drink at any of the poolside bars. The Majestic Colonial Punta Cana was designed for your comfort. Plus, the resort is perfect for families with kids with its pools, beach activities, and even indoor activities that kids of all ages will enjoy.
11. Jolly Beach Resort & Spa, Antigua
Check out this all-inclusive resort on a classic beach in Antigua. Full of activities, you’ll be able to get in some fun in the sun at the Jolly Beach Resort & Spa. Rent kayaks to explore the blue seas, or try out the windsurfing and paddle boating. Rent all the equipment you need right at the hotel. Enjoy five gourmet restaurants, 40 acres of property, and two pools for you to enjoy. Nights at the Jolly Beach Resort & Spa come with so many luxurious amenities, for just over 200 dollars per night. How could you say no to this?
12. Paradise Island Harbour Resort, Bahamas
Enjoy your own private beach at this affordable Bahamas resort, Paradise Island Harbour Resort. The family-friendly resort hosts kids camps so your kids will never run out of activities, including sand castle making, arts and crafts, pool volleyball, and beach bowling. With a private beach, a pool, scuba diving lessons, and three restaurants, you and your family will never be bored at this resort. The all-inclusive resort offers you the ultimate comfort without some of the hustle and bustle of some of the bigger, busier resorts, and all at just a small fraction of the price.
13. Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino, St. Maarten
If you’re a couple looking to get away, this might just be the resort for you. The adult-only Sonesta Maho Beach Resort truly gives you the full royal treatment. With unlimited meals and drinks (including alcohol), cocktail parties, aqua aerobics, dances classes, and more. With easy access to St. Maarten’s Great Bay beach, three swimming pools, and four restaurants, a casino and a spa, you’re really in for a treat. Please note that due to September 2017’s Hurricane Irma, much of St Maarten, including the Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino are still under repair. The resort is expected to reopen in August of 2018.
14. Santa Barbara Beach Resort & Golf Club, Curacao
Stay in a protected area of Curacao at the Santa Barbara Beach Resort & Golf Club. With private sections of Curacao’s soft white sand beaches, three pools with ocean views, meditation, hiking, and water sports, this resort is filled with activities fit for the whole family. Check out the 18-hole golf course, or dine in one of the four onsite gourmet restaurants, or treat yourself at the spa.