How many of you have dreamed of visiting the white sands and azure blue waters of the Caribbean? I would assume a lot of you are nodding your heads right now, and rightly so.
Lush green vegetation, sparkling water, stunning marine-life, powder white sand and blazing hot, hot sun – who wouldn’t love to lay back and relax on a beach resembling a scene from Castaway, but of course with added cocktails?
You might be under the rather false impression that a holiday in the Caribbean is going to break every bank from here to Timbuktu and back again, but you would also be quite wrong. These days, the Caribbean is much more affordable, and whether you choose to grab a cruise around the islands and visit several during one holiday, or base yourself in one resort, you’ll be guaranteed a holiday as close to paradise as there is.
So where are the best value destinations in this stunning part of the world?
Well, the resorts that won’t break the bank are those that offer more in the way of all inclusive hotels. An all inclusive holiday might cost slightly more at the time of booking, but it will take away the need to budget for food, drinks and entertainment, meaning one less thing to worry about. For those travelling with children, this is also a fantastic choice, meaning that soft drink bill need not even enter your mind – it’s free!
Some of the best resorts for all inclusive holidays in the Caribbean are:
- Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
- Ocho Rios, Jamaica
- Nassau, Bahamas
- Varadero, Cuba
- Montego Bay, Jamaica
The Dominican Republic and Cuba have long been holiday favourites, due to lower prices on average, and the all inclusive pull is what drives prices down and visiting statistics up. There is also much to do on these islands for families and couples alike, which again is a big pull.
All the islands have all inclusive resorts, with St Lucia also on that list, however the above five are where the lower prices generally are. A cruise is a good way to see more for a low price, but you often don’t get to truly experience island life that way, because you’re jumping around a little too often.
Cuba, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic are also high on the list for weddings, and for that reason you’ll find deals on these particular islands.
The all inclusive hotel idea might not be for everyone, but as a base with peace of mind, as well as a cheaper holiday, it is a great way to experience everything the Caribbean has to offer, and believe me, it has more than enough for any holiday.