The Caribbean is made up of over 5,000 islands, reefs, and cays, each with its own unique attractions and price ranges. In recent years, even very secluded islands have been transformed into some of the world’s most exclusive vacationing destinations.
There is a misconception that a vacation to the Caribbean will be extremely expensive and not a viable region of the world for budget travelers.
But that’s not true. After all, this is a huge region and all the islands are different! You can definitely visit the Caribbean on a budget. Sure, while accommodation can be expensive, costs of food and activities vary greatly from island to island.
With so many places to choose from in this guide, you’ll find a corner of the Caribbean suitable to your budget.
This Caribbean travel guide will help point the way by giving you tips on what to see, costs, suggested budgets, ways to save money, and everything else you need to plan a great trip!
- Sail around the Virgin Islands
Whether for one or multiple days, sailing to the remote islands that ferries don’t visit, get away from the crowds, and discover your own hidden snorkeling spots, is a must! There’s ton of sailing options around this part of the world!
- Visit Havana, Cuba
Often eliciting images of revolutionary heroes, Havana is the largest city in the Caribbean. Lately the city has emerged as a tourist hotspot, rich in history, architecture, and culture. Wander the colorful streets of Old Havana, visit the Plaza de la Revolución, and walk the Malecón sea wall.
- Hike the Pitons in St. Lucia
The Pitons are two dormant volcanoes: Gros and Petit Piton. The Gros Piton hike is a challenging two hours from the trailhead at 600 ft to the summit point at 2,600 ft. You must have a guide, which costs 50 USD. Petit Piton is more difficult and a guide is needed for this one too!
- Go zip-lining in St. Lucia
If you’re looking for an adventurous break from sun-tanning, try zip-lining through the rain forest canopy. Adventure Tours St. Lucia has a total of 12 lines, including the highest, longest, and fastest line on the island. There are also five net bridges and lots of opportunities to catch some gorgeous views over St. Lucia. You’ll pay 230 XCD ($85 USD) for a full day of zip lining.
- 5. See the world’s “wickedest” city, Jamaica
Most travelers don’t venture into Jamaica’s eastern parish of Portland — it’s an area off the tourist trail and a nice alternative to the crowds on the coast. But if you do come here, you’ll be rewarded with peaceful beaches, endless natural beauty, and friendly locals who aren’t afraid to chat you up. While you’re here, visit the Blue Lagoon, see Somerset Falls, and sample plenty of jerk chicken in the town of Boston.
- Pretend you’re a pirate, Bahamas
If you’re looking for more pirate culture, check out the Pirates of Nassau Museum in the Bahamas dedicated to the history of piracy. You’ll walk around replica pirate ships, visit the dungeon, and learn through interactive exhibits about how pirates set up base here between 1690 and 1720. Admission is $13.50 USD for adults and $6.75 USD for children.
- Explore the Hato Caves, Curacao
These caves were once hiding spots for escaped slaves who would hide in them for weeks or even months at a time. You can take a guided tour and see the stalagmites, stalactites and cave drawings, which date back 1,500 years. Admission is $9 USD, including the tour. It’s open daily from 9AM-4PM, and tours are every hour on the hour.
- Visit the Baths, British Virgin Islands
After crawling through a tiny opening, you are surrounded by gigantic granite boulders nestled on each other with streams of water flowing all around them. There are nooks and crannies to explore everywhere. After wading through, enjoy the calm and beauty of Dead Man’s Beach. Simply, the Baths are beautiful.