A Caribbean getaway conjures images of turquoise waters, piña coladas, beach bars, and sunsets. Pictures of sunbathing, snorkeling, exploring, and dancing late into the evenings swirl through your head. What’s not to love about these images? Luckily, there are dozens of desirable, safe, and reasonably priced locations just off the coast of the U.S. These are some of the best bang for your buck getaways. The best part? You can fully enjoy yourself without breaking the bank. (*All prices provided in USD. Flight quotes are round-trip from Miami, FL in mid-April, unless otherwise specified. Hotel quotes are for mid-April.)
1) Dominican Republic
Sharing a border with Haiti is one of the most popular tropical destinations for American holiday-goers. It’s perfect for those looking for a little more adventure than just lounging beachside; however, you can certainly do that too! Boasting the tallest mountain in the Caribbean and some of the most beautiful beaches in the entire region, the DR will not disappoint. Trekking, hiking, windsurfing, whale watching, and scuba diving are just some activities you can find there. Just be aware: these activities are targeted at foreigners, therefore pricier than what you might expect for an otherwise inexpensive area. Local food and drink can be as inexpensive as $1, and public transportation as little $0.50. The all-inclusive luxury beach front Punta Cana Resort can be booked at a bargain price of $169 a night. Flights start at $385.