These are budget beach hotels with immediate access to the water and with internet.
Hostels away from the shore and/or offline are of course cheaper. Some of these hotels include breakfast and possibly dinner.
= low cost, under $100 per double room per night and maybe as little as $20 per person out of high season.
$$= moderate ($100 - $300) often means just a better room such as ocean view/en suite bathroom etc. In high season some rates double.
Dominican Republic, Hotel Las Ballenas Escondidas $
Run by a French couple, this remote, simple and secluded place with 12 bungalows hidden in lush vegetation is an escape from it all. From as little as $20 per person a night, you can have the benefit of a private beach, an infinity pool, an outdoor Jacuzzi and French and Dominican cuisine at its restaurant, ceiling fan or air conditioning at a price, no TV in the room and no night-life either. But they do have internet and whale-watching from January to March!
Las Ballenas Escondidas is located on DR's southeast coast, 15 minutes east of Santa Barbara de Samaná on the road to Las Galeras.
Grenada, Carriacou Island, Bayaleau Point Cottages $
Just 4 lovely little cottages with full kitchens and terraces on an idyllic waterfront, Bayaleau Point is perfect for couples or families. It is about 6.5 km away from the main town of Hillsborough on Carriacou, where you can still feel the real West Indies. The owners offer wifi and various activities including dinners, rum punch, scuba diving, kite boarding and a famous boat trip called 'Mostly Harmless Expeditions'!
It requires a 20 minute flight or a 90 minute high-speed ferry from Grenada.
Trinidad, D'Coconut Cove Holiday Beach Resort $
This sea front resort along Manzanilla bay on the east coast is a beach wanderer's paradise. Excellent for nature lovers and families, the unspoilt beaches are backed by coconut trees and host leatherback
turtles and their eggs in season.
There are 12 simple, neat, rooms individually decorated, a swimming pool and a
restaurant that serves local cuisine.
Although it's high season, the
best time to go Trinidad is in Carnival season in February.
Rivers & Rosalie Forest Eco Lodge $
Set in a secluded rainforest valley, Rosalie Eco Lodge is an award
winning eco resort with inexpensive dormitory rooms, self-contained
cottages and forest cabins as well as camping facilities. It offers
solar/hydro-powered electricity and showers and loads of nature
activities for both adults and children.
Although it not located on beaches, you can swim in natural river
pools and on a superb Atlantic Beach 20 minutes walk away.
Water Caye, IZE Marine Lodge & Leslie
This is a place for sun-seekers who want to be part of marine nature
and also to be as eco-friendly as possible.
In fact, Belize is the home of the world's second longest barrier
reef, 180 miles from Mexico to the Sapodilla Cayes, and this tiny
12-acre island off Dangriga is a part of it. You can experience
the some of the world's most exciting snorkeling, diving and fishing
there, organised by IZE (International Zoological Expeditions).
Accommodation ranges from dorms to private cottages. Various education/family packages and workshops are available.
Ambergris Caye (resort) and Caye Caulker (low-key caye!) are also
Virgin Islands, St. John, Maho Bay Camp and Harmony Studios $-$$
Maho Bay is an eco-resort with 114 tented 'cottages'
set on a rainforest slope above a fine sandy beach and surrounded
Virgin National Park. Although there're
no bathrooms attached to the tents, there are proper beds, decks,
electricity, cooking and eating facilities.
The hotel has an open-air restaurant and also a good water-activity
program. You can be close to nature in comfort.
It's a unique concept in the Caribbean
and reasonably priced and excellent for families and the young.
Maho Bay also offers 12 studios on a hill, large rooms each with a private bathroom and a deck overlooking the wild blue yonder,just 5 minutes walk from the tented cottages.
Aruba, Marriott's Aruba Surf Club $-$$
This four star beachfront resort offered by SellMyTimeshareNow.com features a lagoon-like lazy river which winds through the property among palm trees, a water slide and a swim-up pool bar. One, two, or three bedroom villas offer living rooms, dining rooms, full kitchens and balconies.
The resort is beside Palm Beach near Orenjestad, only a few minutes away from Aruba's main attractions and 13 minutes from the Reina Beatrix International Airport.
Jamaica, Rock House Hotel $$
There is NO beachfront but this boutique hotel in a spectacular cliff setting offers some of finest Jamaican dining in town, a lavish yet affordable Caribbean experience. An infinity pool, spa water sports facilities and the magnificent sunsets are all yours, but the management do not accept children under the age of 12.
New Providence Island, Compass
Point Beach Resort $$-$$$
Although the main island of New Providence,
especially Nassau (the
capital), is already over-developed
with massive resort hotels, Compass
Point is a solitary gem just 2 miles from Nassau airport.
a small, hip-hotel with 18 individual wooden
cabanas painted in vivid colours, each with ocean views or on the
ocean front. There are two private sandy coves and an adjacent
two mile public area called Love Beach.
Rental Kayaks and snorkeling equipment are available. There's a
nearby dive centre, charter boat pick up for boating, fishing, picnicking,
and PADI certified dive center.
Compass Point is simple but comfortable and home to a popular restaurant serving great
food and reasonable prices.
The resort is excellent for divers but not so great for party
people because it's a long way from from any night action.
Virgin Islands (BVI), Virgin Gorda, Mango
Bay Resort $$-$$$
Mango Bay opens right onto reef-fringed
Mahoe Bay, one of the best beaches on the island, along with the
Bath, Trunk Bay, and Spring Bay.
Mango Bay is a villa rental
resort. Each villa (from studios to 1-6 bedrooms)
has a kitchen, bathroom, an outdoor shower and terraces with sunset
The 7-acre grounds are filled with tropical flowers and different
kinds of palm trees. Baby-sitters are available at local cost, so
parents can go out for dinner at restaurants in North Sound or Spanish
It's comfortable, good value for money and ideal for families. Weekly
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