Sometimes all we want to do is to escape from routine and the insensitive cold weather that dominates from Fall until the end of Winter, 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 our minds how expensive it must be to afford such a fantasy, normally these idyllic places are quite expensive making it hard for most people to allow themselves to visit them. 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 in order to enjoy affordable tropical vacations.

Tropical Destinations

This year there is a huge variety of cheap and affordable places to visit in case you want to enjoy some exciting tropical vacations, after careful evaluation, these are the top 5 places that will allow you to enjoy the vacations 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 in order to give a more global variety, instead of focusing on just one region around the world, tourists can research their options and see what suits them the most.

Quintana Roo, Mexico

Quintana Roo is arguably the most popular destination in Latin America and among Latin Americans as well, 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. As Cancún is popular 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
  • Tulum

Quintana Roo offers visitors beautiful and pristine beaches but also you can afford to visit ancient Mayan ruins. Enjoy from the extremely delicious Mexican gastronomy and all for very cheap prices. Flights and resort packages are also pretty affordable, and they appeal to different kinds of visitors, whether if you come alone, with your family, friends or as a romantic vacation as well.

Kauai, Hawaii

Hawaii, the 50th US State, located in the Pacific Ocean, is usually not linked at all with the words “cheap or affordable” but 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 the Mount Waialeale, a vast amount of waterfalls and a rain forest. Kauai is the most affordable option among the main Hawaiian islands for which is better to avoid it around holidays because it will be too crowded.

In Kauai tourists can explore the island through different methods, by air in a helicopter, by the sea in a cruise, these cruises include snorkeling stops and lunch. And also, you can explore the inside of the island by Ranch.

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 that you will get for staying at Negril because it is also gifted with fewer crowds and shopping centers than Montego Bay, you can be sure that 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, an amazing experience.

But Negril is actually far from being boring, if true that it is a relaxed and not so crowded place, it offers the adventurous side of Jamaica such as Cliff Jumping at Rick Café and explore the Ys falls, a place where you can enjoy from not only one but several swimming pools that you will rather have a hard time picking one, you can plug off from a rope swing and zip line over the falls.

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 from a variety of white sand beaches along the coastline, that 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 snorkeling, kayaking and diving. You can also visit the Placencia Lagoon, a lagoon where you can see some marine wild animals such as dolphins, manatees, and rays and explore the mangrove ecosystem by kayak; and visit Mayan Ruins, Belize, just like Mexico, has a strong connection to the ancient Maya culture, and it is interesting to meet a perception of this culture from a different view.

Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam

Last but not least, Phu Quoc Island located in the southernmost part of Vietnam, considered a secret paradise, even though it is very cheap to get plane tickets from Vietnam´s Capital City: Ho Chi Minh City. The island offers its visitors untouched beaches and amazing hotels for a very cheap price, considering that Vietnam is located in the not so cheap Southeast Asia, Phu Quoc Island is an affordable paradise, given that reaching to Ho Chi Minh from the US is not expensive either.

The island is actually a UNESCO National Park where besides its wonderful 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 mollusks.