Sometimes all we want to do is to escape from routine; we daydream with a warm beach with an exotic view of the pristine sea and the sun rays hitting our bodies. However, it also comes into mind how expensive it must be to afford such a fantasy; normally these idyllic places are pretty expensive, making it hard for most people to allow themselves to visit them. Therefore, even though it is not widely known there are options for affordable tropical vacations out there, in this piece, there will be a list of potential places to go to enjoy cheap tropical holidays.
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After careful evaluation, these are the top 5 places that will allow you to enjoy the holidays of dreams with a not so high budget:
- Quintana Roo, Mexico
- Kaui, Hawaii
- Negril, Jamaica
- Placencia, Belize
- Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam
These places were picked to give a more global variety. Instead of focusing on just one region worldwide, tourists can research their options and see what suits them the most.
Affordable Tropical Vacations #1: Quintana Roo, Mexico
Quintana Roo is arguably the most popular destination in Latin America and among Latin Americans, even though it is not popularly known as “Quintana Roo” as that refers to the whole region, places such as Cancún and Playa del Carmén as widely popular. Cancún is famous for its beautiful beaches.
However, Quintana Roo has much more to offer other than Cancún and Playa del Carmén; beyond that, we can find:
- La Riviera Maya
- Isla Mujeres
- Isla Holbox, Cozumel
Quintana Roo offers visitors beautiful and pristine beaches, but also you can afford to visit ancient Mayan ruins. Also, enjoy the incredibly delicious Mexican gastronomy and all for very low prices. Flights and resort packages are also pretty affordable, and they appeal to different kinds of visitors.
Affordable Tropical Vacations #2: Kauai, Hawaii
Hawaii is usually not linked with the words “cheap or affordable”. But it turns out that the popular archipelago is home to an island that will let you have affordable tropical vacations: Kauai or also known as The Garden Isle.
The fourth-largest of the Hawaiian islands and the geologically oldest of the main Hawaiian islands. Kauai is excellent for those who love nature; Kauai offers not only its beautiful beaches and spectacular coastline but also mounts like Mount Waialeale, a vast amount of waterfalls and a rain forest. In addition, Kauai is the most affordable option among the main Hawaiian islands. It is better to avoid it around holidays because it will be too crowded.
In Kauai, tourists can explore the island through different methods: air in a helicopter or sea in a cruise; these cruises include snorkelling stops and lunch. And also, you can explore the inside of the island by Ranch.
Affordable Tropical Vacations #3: Negril, Jamaica
Negril is located one hour and a half away from Montego Bay; Negril offers a variety of cheap hotels in which visitors can stay during their vacations to Jamaica. But that is not the only benefit you will get from staying at Negril. It is also gifted with fewer crowds and shopping centres than Montego Bay. You can be sure that you will experience a relaxed time. In Negril, you can walk along and swim in the jaw-dropping seven-mile beach or just stay there and wait until the sunset arrives, a fantastic experience.
But Negril is actually far from being boring. On the contrary, it offers the adventurous side of Jamaica, such as cliff jumping at Rick Café, and the Ys falls, a place where you can enjoy not only one but several swimming pools, you can plug off from a rope swing and zip line over the falls.
Affordable Tropical Vacations #4: Placencia, Belize
Belize is a country located in Central America, just under Mexico´s Quintana Roo, so it is not a surprise that a location in Belize made it to this list. Placencia is a small village located in the Stann Creek District of Belize; you can enjoy a variety of white sand beaches along the coastline, which is about 16 miles long; in this quiet town that is quite far from the most populated city in the country:
Belize City, you will find opportunities to taste seafood, do fishing and also snorkelling, kayaking and diving. You can also visit the Placencia Lagoon, a lagoon where you can see marine wild animals such as dolphins, manatees, and rays, explore the mangrove ecosystem by kayak; and visit Mayan Ruins; Belize, just like Mexico, has a solid connection to the ancient Maya culture.
Affordable Tropical Vacations #5: Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam
In the southernmost part of Vietnam, Phu Quoc Island is considered a secret paradise. This is because the island offers its visitors untouched beaches and excellent hotels at a very low price; considering that Vietnam is located in the not so cheap Southeast Asia, Phu Quoc Island is an affordable paradise, given that reaching Ho Chi Minh from the US is not expensive either.
The island is actually a UNESCO National Park. Besides its beautiful beaches, you can also find local markets, bars and some traditional villages that will allow you to get in touch with the island´s culture. Within the island´s bays, you will be able to meet a vast variety of marine wildlife, e.g. Around 108 species of corals and around 130 species of molluscs.