Caribbean Islands offer the ideal setting for a relaxing gateway that allows vacationers to recharge in a beautiful environment characterized by decent palm trees and dazzling sunsets. They are a reprieve from the stresses of daily life.
The Caribbean white sandy beaches accompanied by cool breezes trigger the brain to release feel-good hormones. But flying out to the Caribbean comes at a price. With proper planning, Caribbean Islands are among the world’s best getaways to explore on a budget. These are the 12 cheapest Caribbean Islands to fly to this summer.
UPDATE: 2022/08/28 22:19 EST BY GABRIEL KIRELLOS
More Cheap Caribbean Islands To Visit This Summer
Visitors to the Caribbean islands this summer can enjoy a great vacation without breaking the bank. This list was updated to include additional unique and cheap Caribbean destinations that people can visit the summer, such as Barbados and Dominica.
12 Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico tops the list of the cheapest Caribbean Islands to visit this summer. Technically three hours away from Miami, this island offers the perfect getaway for vacationers escaping the harsh conditions of winter. Being a tropical area, climate conditions are favorable for a full-day vacationing experience. Puerto Rico has some of the most classic beaches, and the best part about it all is that a good number are free to the public.
- Recommended tour: Guided adventure in El Yunque Rainforest
- Starting price: $55 USD per adult
- Duration: 4 hours
11 Negril, Jamaica
Negril is a tiny town occupying the largest portion of Jamaica’s Western Shore. Compared to Montego, Negril feels underdeveloped, but that doesn’t take anything away from it as a cheap tourist getaway. If anything, its underdeveloped state makes it cheap for everyone. As tiny as it may be, Negril is a beehive of activities, with most of the population living within seven kilometers of the shore. Tourists here are spoiled for choice since luxury hotels and restaurants line up along the shoreline. Vacationers interested in cliff-diving are guaranteed a good time here.
- Recommended tour: Negril and Ricks Cafe Sunset Catamaran Cruise
- Starting price: $75 USD per adult
- Duration: 3.5 hours
As trade winds sweep through Aruba Island, tropical air is cooled, resulting in a chilly breeze perfect for beach activities. Aruba is popular for its all-year-round favorable weather, making it a hotbed for tourist activities. Over twenty percent of the island is isolated in the Arikok National Park, which is another reason why vacationers frequent it here. Go and witness local desert species struggle to grow in tiny rocky spaces. Hotels on this island incorporate a mix of cultures culminating in the perfect spot for cross-cultural vacations.
- Recommended tour: Aruba full island tour
- Starting price: $65 USD per adult
- Duration: 6 hours
9 Puerto Plata
Located in the northern part of the Dominican Republic Coast, Puerto Plata is a popular spot for low-budget adventurers. The elevated costs of vacationing in certain islands are associated with resorts, and this is an area Puerto Plata has handled diligently. This island has a cluster of some of the most affordable hostels that have constant rates for everyone. Puerto Plata’s long beaches offer tourists a wide area to explore. Also, there is minimal crowding which gives vacationers some personal space to relax and enjoy the cool ocean breezes.
- Recommended tour: Sunset horseback riding in Puerto Plata
- Starting price: $79 USD per adult
- Duration: 3 hours and 15 minutes
8 Saint Kitts And Nevis
Adventurers looking for cheap Caribbean getaways far away from America find a good one in Saint Kitts and Nevis Islands. The extended distance can be thrilling as it gives adventurers more exploration space, whether they are flying or cruising. These islands have a rich history that every vacationer needs to experience first-hand. The lush rainforest in these islands gives vacationers a much-coveted hiking experience while sipping some cocktails.
- Recommended tour: The Grand Tour of St Kitts
- Starting price: $65 USD per adult
- Duration: 5 hours
7 The Bahamas
The Bahamas is not what people have been made to think. Celebrities have overhyped this island to the extent it scares away low-budget vacationers. Truth be told, the Bahamas is a good and affordable getaway, even for low-income earners. The Bahamas is a busy route, meaning finding a cheap flight from the East Coast won’t be the hardest thing even for first-timers. This island is known to have some of the most luxurious hotels globally, but that doesn’t mean cheap ones don’t exist. If anything, there are more cheap hotels in the Bahamas than luxury ones. Booking more than three nights in any of the beach resorts leads to discounted prices.
- Recommended tour: Swim with pigs and coral reef snorkeling
- Starting price: $248 USD per adult
- Duration: 4 hours
Caribbean vacationing stretches to a wide range of activities. From enjoying the heated white sand and swimming to cliff diving, adventurers have a lot to do. Curacao Island goes a step ahead by offering the rare opportunity to interact with marine wildlife. Being an aquatic paradise, vacationers are highly encouraged to take part in scuba diving. The warm waters of Curacao Island set the mood right for an adventurer’s underwater tour. Those who don’t dare to dive into the protected coral reefs have a lot more to enjoy from the surface. The island has mind-baffling flora and fauna, most of which are unique to it.
- Recommended tour: Underwater walking tour in Curacao
- Starting price: $120 USD per adult
- Duration: 1 hour
5 Saint Lucia
Popularly described as the ideal mix of land and sea, there is no way Saint Lucia is missing from the list of cheapest Caribbean Islands to fly to this summer. This Island is located a bit far from the U.S., but the distance doesn’t make it a lesser option for a vacationer on a tight budget. Saint Lucia has out-of-this-world sand sanctuaries that serve as the main tourist attraction on its land. The reasonable pricing of the restaurants around St. Lucia makes it one of the most frequented Caribbean islands.
- Recommended tour: Land and sea tour in St Lucia
- Starting price: $115 USD per adult
- Duration: 7 hours
Martinique is home to countless number of free attractions, including St. Louis Cathedral and Les Salines Beach. This beautiful Caribbean island is also known for its budget-friendly street vendors, which adds to the cost-effectiveness of the area. People visiting Martinique will enjoy staying at luxurious hotels for less than USD 200 per night, which is much cheaper than lodgings on other Caribbean islands. Tasty eateries, idyllic pools, on-site amenities, and beach access are also included with the stay at Martinique's resorts. Still, one must keep in mind that popular tourist spots on the island, such as Ste-Anne and Les Trois-Ilets, are more expensive than other areas on Martinique. This is particularly true during the peak spring and winter months.
- Recommended tour: North Island Tour and Martinique Best Secret
- Starting price: $88.72 USD per adult
- Duration: 5.5 hours
Laid-back vibes and white sand beaches can be experienced on this island without burning through savings. Moreover, visitors to Grenada can walk for free through St. George's, the island's colorful capital. And nothing will feel more enchanting than lounging on the gorgeous white sand of Grand Anse Beach. The best time to visit Grenada is during the summer season, when people are expected to find deals on flights and lodgings and when the island is not overcrowded.
- Recommended tour: Full-day tour of the Concord Waterfall, Chocolate Factory, Rum Distillery, Grand Etang
- Starting price: $87.18 USD per adult
- Duration: 7-8 hours
Marine reserves, lush botanical gardens, charming nature, and unique caves are some of the things to explore in Barbados. It's worth visiting this island's beautiful capital, Bridgetown, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Barbados is known for its affordable hotel prices and flight packages. Swimming with turtles, exploring Animal Flower Cave, sailing the Caribbean sea, and exploring the rainforests are some of the amazing things to do in Barbados.
- Recommended tour: Barbados Island Tour, Monkey Feeding and Swimming with Turtles
- Starting price: $130 USD per adult
- Duration: 6 hours
Dominica is known for its sparse commercial development and extensive national park system. The Caribbean island was even named "The Nature Island of the Caribbean" since it's carpeted with volcanic mountains, marine reserves, lush forests, hiking trails, and rushing rivers. Given that Dominica suffered from Hurricane Maria in 2017, voluntourism and eco-tourism will greatly benefit the island today. Thus, it's worth considering a trip with a mix of the two. The lowest hotel prices can be found in Dominica during the months of June, July, and November.
- Recommended tour: PH Whale Watch and Dolphin Cruise in Dominica
- Starting price: $85 USD per adult
- Duration: 3 hours