10 Budget Beach Destinations
Bali, Indonesia - Although flights can be a bit pricey, highly rated hotels are available for as little as $50 a night, and a casual meal there might run you around $3. Keep your eye out for deals on flights and rest assured you will keep your budget in tact once you get there!
Corfu, Greece - Travelers can often score relatively inexpensive flights directly to the island by booking through smaller, regional airlines, and once there, visitors will find that hotels, restaurants, and activities can be pretty cheap.
Phuket, Thailand - Phuket certainly has its luxury side, but it also has a great choice of cheap or free attractions, budget hotels and affordable food options. If you can find a cheap flight you’ll be set with a small budget once you arrive!
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic - With low-season deals and kids-stay-free summer offers at more than 80 all-inclusive resorts, great values abound. Even in winter, several all-inclusive properties advertise room rates that are less than $300 per night for two people!
Guardalavaca, Cuba - Travel to Guardalavaca and you’ll find Playa Esmeralda, a white sand beach with turquoise water and thriving reefs. Rooms at four-star, all-inclusive resorts can cost as little as $152 per night for two people, while local vacation rentals commonly go for less than $50 per night. Can’t beat that!
San Juan, Puerto Rico - Packed with culture, color and beautiful beaches, San Juan is full of culture and sun. An added incentive? Americans don't need a passport to enjoy San Juan!
Koh Samui, Thailand - With street food, night markets and lots of free attractions, Koh Samui is a great place to explore a new culture without spending a ton of money.
Willemstad, Curacao - With lots of smaller, independent hotels in Curacao you can find great accommodations for less. Much of the charm comes from free activities such as exploring the colorful streets and visiting the beautiful beaches.
Algarve, Portugal -While Lisbon lures tourists looking for a cultural fix, Algarve attracts visitors seeking a relaxing beach vacation, thanks to its mild, year-round climate (it reportedly receives 300 days of sun per year!) and stunning coastline.
Palawan Island, Philippines - Palawan is a secluded island paradise that is shockingly affordable. With hotels as inexpensive as $30, you'll be free to spend on cool water activities like parasailing and amazing island cuisine. It's the perfect opportunity to treat yourself without breaking the bank.