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    6 Caribbean Vacations You Can Take for Under $3,000

    By Jennifer Taylor,

    20 days ago

    If the Caribbean is calling your name, it’s only polite to answer. What you might not realize is you can enjoy a tropical island vacation without spending a fortune.

    “The Caribbean offers a wealth of stunning destinations perfect for all travelers,” said Aaron Sutherland, founder at Jetsetter . “From pristine beaches and vibrant cultures to luxurious resorts and eco-adventures, the Caribbean truly has something for everyone, and it doesn’t have to break the bank.”

    To maximize your budget , he recommended traveling during off-peak seasons. “Prices are typically lower during the shoulder seasons — spring and fall — and during weekdays,” he said.

    Additionally, he said to consider booking your stay at an all-inclusive resort. “These can offer great value by bundling flights, accommodations, meals, drinks and activities,” he said.

    When booking travel, he advised seeking out early-bird discounts or last-minute deals. “Be flexible with dates and destinations,” he said. “Flexibility can open up more affordable options.”

    Beyond that, he said accommodations, such as vacation rentals, guest houses or smaller boutique hotels can be more budget-friendly than large resorts.

    Now that you’re privy to these travel-booking tips, it’s time to choose your tropical destination. Here’s a look at six Caribbean vacations you can take for less than $3,000.

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    Dominican Republic (Punta Cana)

    “Known for its all-inclusive resorts, Punta Cana offers incredible value with packages that often include flights, accommodations, meals, drinks and activities for under $1,500 per person per week,” Sutherland said.

    If you want a more upscale experience, he recommended staying at the Eden Roc Cap Cana, a Relais and Châteaux property. This would likely be at the top of your budget, as he said rates start at $3,000 per week for a couple.

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    Bahamas (Nassau or Paradise Island)

    “With its Atlantis resort and water park, Nassau [or] Paradise Island is a popular choice for families,” Sutherland said. “Find affordable packages with flights and accommodations for under $1,500 per person per week.”

    As an added bonus, the Bahamas is notably close to the east coast. A flight from New York City to Nassau is only three-and-a-half hours.
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    Turks and Caicos (Providenciales)

    A British Overseas Territory made up of eight major islands — six are inhabited — Turks and Caicos is located between the Bahamas and the Dominican Republic. Sutherland recommended visiting the island of Providenciales.

    “This island boasts some of the world’s most beautiful beaches, perfect for families seeking relaxation and water activities,” he said. “Condo rentals and all-inclusive options can be found for under $2,000 per person per week.”

    Worth noting, Turks and Caicos uses the U.S. dollar and has U.S.-style electric plugs, which can make vacation preparations a bit easier.
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    Located between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, Dominica sits north of St. Lucia and south of Anguilla. It might not be as well-known as some of the other Caribbean destinations, but don’t let that deter you.

    “This lush island is a haven for nature lovers, with rainforests, waterfalls and volcanic peaks,” Sutherland said. “Hike to Boiling Lake, snorkel in Champagne Reef and immerse yourself in the island’s rich biodiversity.”

    He said a one-week vacation to Dominica would cost around $1,500 to $2,500 per person.
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    St. Lucia

    Roughly three-and-a-half times the size of Washington, D.C., the island of St. Lucia is situated north of Trinidad and Tobago.

    “This mountainous island offers a mix of adventure and relaxation, with opportunities for hiking, zip-lining and diving,” Sutherland said. “Affordable accommodations and all-inclusive options can be found for under $1,800 per person per week.”

    English is the official language of St. Lucia and the currency is the East Caribbean dollar.
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    Grand Cayman

    “Grand Cayman has seen a resurgence in tourism, supported by an increase in nonstop flights from cities like Baltimore, Washington, D.C. and Newark, all under three hours in duration,” said LaDell Carter, founder and lead travel designer at Royal Expression Travels . “This makes it a convenient and attractive destination for a luxurious yet affordable getaway.”

    She said mid-to-early-August is a great time to visit.

    “During this period, you can experience the height of summer without the premium prices often associated with peak travel times.”

    She recommended staying at the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman or The Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort and Spa.

    “Both offer exceptional luxury and service and you can enjoy a four-night stay at either of these properties for under $3,000 in travel expenses,” she said.

    Timing your visit right can allow you to enjoy a luxury stay on a reasonable budget.

    This article originally appeared on : 6 Caribbean Vacations You Can Take for Under $3,000

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