Get the Best of the Caribbean on a Budget
Your dream island getaway doesn’t have to break the bank
A Caribbean vacation should only make you feel like a million bucks—we don’t believe the price tag has to match.
Budget-friendly Attractions Beyond the Beach
You’ve packed your beach bag, ready for days of crystal waters and stretches of white (even pink!) sand. But beaches are just the beginning of the Caribbean’s unique and affordable attractions. In fact, some highlights of this tropical paradise may cost you less than your beachside mojito. Here are just a few of the free or inexpensive ways to get to know your local destination beyond the beach.
Colorful buildings line the charming cobblestone streets of Old San Juan.
Puerto Rico: Take a ride through Old San Juan on a free trolley. You can hop on and hop off to wander the cobblestone streets and get a closer look at attractions, colorful buildings and lively markets. Then, fly a kite and have a picnic on the vast, beautiful lawns of Castillo San Felipe del Morro, a 16th century fortress—now a National Historic Site and UNESCO World Heritage Site—that stands guard over the harbor and the city.
Climb to the top of the iconic Hope Town lighthouse for an incredible ocean view.
The Bahamas: Visit the charming city of Hope Town and climb the 101 steps to the top of the Hope Town lighthouse. It doesn’t cost a cent, even though the breathtaking view of the coastline is priceless. If you're staying at Comfort Suites Paradise Island, also take advantage of your free access to attractions at Atlantis, a resort complete with the world's largest open-air marine habitat and a 141-acre water park.
Enjoy window shopping, free entertainment and views of the coastline at Camana Bay.
Grand Cayman: Stop at the George Town fish market to experience the city’s energy, live like a local and chat with fishermen about what they’ve reeled in that day. Then, wander the promenades of Camana Bay to enjoy shopping, dining and live music in the courtyards. You can even climb a 75-foot observation tower to take in a panoramic view of the waterfront.
Where to Stay: Comfort Suites Seven Mile Beach
St. George's Cathedral is one of the many impressive historical sights in Georgetown, Guyana.
Guyana: An inexpensive Caribbean vacation can be rich with culture. Guyana’s heritage is on display in several free museums across Georgetown, including the Guyana National Museum and the Walter Roth Museum of Anthropology. You can also visit architectural wonders like St. George's Cathedral, the largest wooden church in the world.
Where to Stay: The Opus Hotel, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member
And don't forget to talk to the best local experts—the hotel staff! They can give you information on local gems and offer recommendations for a memorable trip. Many of our hotels can even arrange transportation to the places they suggest.
Helpful Hints for Booking Hotels
Travel blogger Gloria Atanmo visited Puerto Rico and stayed at the Comfort Inn & Suites Levittown as a guest of Choice Hotels. She said, “The location was ideal for local cheap eats, scenic views of the ocean, and even pretty close to the airport, which is always a plus!" Photo credit: Gloria Atanmo
- Book at the lowest price: While many travel apps and websites advertise deep discounts on hotel rooms, you’ll still find the lowest prices for our hotels on ChoiceHotels.com, guaranteed.1 Don’t pay a higher price than you have to! Book direct when you travel.
- The early bird gets the discount: If you’re planning your trip at least a week in advance, take advantage of our advanced purchase rate2, which can save you up to 20 percent more on your Caribbean getaway.
- Look for added value: Save money with amenities like free WiFi, free breakfast and free shuttles at many hotels.
Take the first step toward your affordable Caribbean vacation by booking one of our hotels!
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