1. Planning – Remember to book online. If you’re planning on going diving, or doing any other expensive activities, be sure to check online for discounts first. You can usually find some deals if you do a bit of research. Travel during the North American spring and summer as well as when kids are in school and save up to 30% on prices. Everyone comes here during the winter and school break and prices skyrocket. Avoid those times!

  2. Transportation – Bus services on the islands are inexpensive, rarely more than $3 USD. You can hitchhike safely around some of the islands too. On islands without a bus system, a taxi may be the only form of transport with fares up to $15 USD for even a short journey. To get between islands, you’ll need your own boat, to fly, or in the Lower Antilles, there are ferries that connect the island together since they aren’t too far apart. The ferries are on average $5-$7 dollars.

  3. Food and Drink – Caribbean food includes dishes with lots of beans, plantains, rice, sweet potatoes, coconut, pork, beef, chicken, and fish. Prices vary depending on which island you are on.  You’re looking at between $10-20 USD for a meal at a restaurant. Prices go up from there. Buy food in the supermarkets, and cook your own meals. Enjoy the local drinks. Rum is around 1/3 the price in the Caribbean than in the US, and many islands have their own local beers which may be much cheaper than the more famous imported beers (such as Corona, Budweiser etc.).

  4. Accommodations – There aren’t many hostels or campgrounds to be found in the Caribbean, but the ones that do exist will cost around $20 USD per night. A basic room in a 2-star budget hotel in a room that sleeps two starts around an $100 USD per night average. Airbnb is also available throughout the Caribbean and you can find entire homes (usually studio apartments) starting around a $80 USD per night average. You can always try for more adventurous accommodations.

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12 Jun 2019