You’re sitting on the beach, reaching for another ice-cold piña colada, looking up at a spectacular Caribbean sky. There are great beach getaways for every kind of traveler, but there’s a misconception that an all inclusive holiday is always overly expensive.
That’s not the case.
You see, going “all-in” doesn’t have to mean going all out when it comes to the budget; yes, there are all-inclusive holidays that offer dreamy beaches, modern amenities and serious bang for your buck all over the Caribbean.
From chic Barbados to the beach-filled Bahamas, we’ve selected five of the Caribbean’s best budget all-inclusive hotels, where you can add up the savings as you soak up the sun and enjoy some of the region’s top all inclusive holidays.
RIU Republica, Dominican Republic Adults in search of sun, sea, and sand with premium booze, plentiful dining options and free WI-FI on the side can find it all at this 1,000-room resort that’s possibly the best bargain in Punta Cana.
Island Inn, Barbados The island’s lowest all-inclusive rates plus a convenient location in Bridgetown’s Garrison area (but walking distance from the beach) makes this 24-room hotel a great choice for business travelers (and their plus-ones). In other words, you get all the poolside Mount Gay rum you can possibly imagine.
Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa, St Lucia Since its only minutes drive from St. Lucia’s Hewanorra International Airport, visitors won’t have to go far to enjoy this value-packed beachfront complex, which boasts family and adults-only sections set along a mile-long beach. (Check into the new resort-within-a-resort, Serenity, if you have a bit more cash to flash.)
Divi Aruba Resort While the rates at this Druif Beach playground may not be rock-bottom, they certainly top the charts in terms of value, bundling all the amenities of neighboring Tamarijn Aruba resort to make a stay-at-one/play-at-two deal too good to pass up.
Breezes It will never be mistaken for a luxury resort, but this back-to-basics all-inclusive in Nassau has a secret weapon: Cable Beach, the impossibly-white-sand beach that is among the best in all of the Caribbean. It’s the kind of spectacular stretch of sand that makes everything else an afterthought (altthough of course there are all the all-inclusive food and drink options you’re looking for). And it’s often priced at a decidedly cheap rate. For an easy, sand-filled vacation, it’s a pretty great deal.
Because at the end of the day, if you can get to a great Caribbean beach without ever having to reach for your wallet, all inclusive holidays are very hard to beat, whether you’re an advanced Caribbean travel aficionado or a newbie.
The only question is, how long can you stay?