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10 cheap tropical Vacay destinations for 2019

Sunny vacay getaways are more affordable than ever in warm-weather locales like India, Mexico, Costa Rica and the Caribbean islands. Here are 10 tropical vacay destinations that are a lot more affordable than you may think.

Goa, India

Situated on India’s western coast, this little state borders the Arabian Sea and is separated into North and South Goa. You can fly directly into Goa from New Delhi in less than 3 hours for about $50 one-way. Flights are inexpensive from major U.S. cities like Chicago and Boston, thanks to budget airline WOW Air’s latest route to New Delhi. Once a Portuguese colony, Goa offers a broad mixture of cultures and landscapes. Make preparations to discover tiny, native villages, well-liked beaches, flea markets, ancient temples, 17th-century churches and a variety of cuisines.

Where to stay: Fairfield by Marriott’s Goa Anjuna Hotel is a newer property with clean and modern amenities, a well-reviewed restaurant and a large pool.

Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam

Accessible via a brief and cheap flight from Ho Chi Minh city (Saigon), Phu Quoc is a picturesque island paradise. Whereas getting to Southeast Asia isn’t “cheap,” it’s presently fairly reasonable to fly to Ho Chi Minh city, with round-trip flights hovering around $800 from New York Cown, Boston, Chicago and Los Angeles. The island is just off the Mekong Delta and still has some untouched beaches and reasonable luxury resorts, making this tropical destination an excellent value getaway. It’s additionally deemed a “Special Economic Zone” therefore guests don’t need a visa if they’re solely staying here.

Where to stay: Lahana Resort has a Balinese feel, with ocean views, outdoor showers, lush grounds and ocean views, plus affordable nightly rates.


This Dutch island is situated in the southern a part of the Caribbean and is best noted as a hot spot for European and Canadian travelers, however there are direct, cheap routes from U.S. hubs like New York City and Miami, too. Curacao is one amongst the best-known diving spots within the Caribbean and has cheaper hotels than the other close islands like Aruba. You’ll be quite impressed with the color of the water, moreover as by the reasonable prices at hip restaurants and bars within the Pietermaai area.

Where to stay: The colorful Scuba Lodge Ocean Suites gives you the best of both worlds: It’s located in the ideal location for downtown Willemstad and Pietermaai, plus the property sits on its own small strip of beach and has an infinity pool.


Transportation to Hawaii was low cost for a lot of of 2018, and trends suggest these cheaper prices may continue well into 2019, particularly if fuel costs keep low. Southwest is anticipated to begin selling fares from the West Coast any day now, and Hawaiian Airlines will sell basic economy fares beginning this year. To minimize on-the-ground prices, book a hotel that’s near to (rather than right on) the beach; and for eating out, choose to visit native poke joints rather than overpriced resorts.

Where to stay: Outside Waikiki, Big Island resorts like Outrigger Royal Sea Cliff tend to have slightly more affordable prices. Or, check vacation rental websites like FlipKey or HomeAway that offer vacation rentals for more space and more savings.

Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Head to the sea-coast of Costa Rica for some pura vida. The country’s Guanacaste province makes for an inexpensive tropical vacation this year because of its value-priced hotels and reasonable on-the-ground prices. The family-friendly beach area is excellent for relaxing, however it’s additionally near to a number of the country’s natural tourist attractions like national parks, volcanoes and waterfalls. Fly into close by Liberia, whose airport offers direct and fairly priced flights from U.S. cities like Los Angeles, Houston and New York City.

Where to stay: Family-friendly Sugar Beach Hotel is located on a secluded beach, and the onsite restaurant offers affordable and healthy options.


Samana, Dominican Republic

This newer vacation spot within the Dominican Republic ranks among the most affordable Caribbean spots this year on the Price of Travel Index. With its own airport (built in 2006) and direct routes from Montreal and Toronto, this is often a hidden gem of the Caribbean. Uncrowded beaches, whale watching and a national park provide this region a well-balanced mixture of tropical vacation activities. Visit this year while it’s still comparatively quiet and costs are inexpensive.

Where to stay: Located on a private beach, Xeliter Vista Mare is the ideal location for an affordable tropical getaway if you’re looking to have the beach to yourself.

Quintana Roo, Mexico

The Mexican state of Quintana Roo includes tourist areas like Cancun, Playa del Carmen, the Riviera Maya, Tulum, Isla Mujeres, Isla Holbox and Cozumel. With reasonable airfares, a powerful dollar against the peso, low cost hotel costs because of competition, and a good variety of all-inclusive resort packages that are attractive to all or any ages of travelers, this state is certain to be a fun and low-cost tropical getaway. Cancun International airport is a straightforward gateway to the region. Beyond Cancun, every city and town offers bucket-list activities with its own distinctive ambiance — after all, where else are you able to swim in a cenote, visit ancient Maya ruins and lounge on the beach all in one day?

Where to stay: Isla Holbox is 2019’s Tulum. Check out Hotel El Pueblito for its central location, boho design, affordable price and good value.

Placencia, Belize

This fishing village is found on Belize’s southeastern facet, far from a lot of well-liked tourist destinations within the country. Whereas it’s a touch harder to get to — about a hundred and sixty miles from Belize city — here you’ll find a 16-mile coastline that has a number of nicest beaches in the country. There’s additionally snorkeling, diving and fishing, as well as a natural reserve on the mainland and a “barefoot-friendly” city with retailers, seafood restaurants and cafes. You’ll be able to fly directly to the peninsula; but, there’s additionally a less-expensive shuttle service you’ll be able to take from Belize city.

Where to stay: Beachfront Paradise Vacation Hotel is a comfortable and affordable place to stay right in Placencia village. Each stay includes free use of the rooftop Jacuzzi, kayaks, bikes, and Wi-Fi.

Negril, Jamaica

In Negril, just about an hour and a half from Montego Bay, you’ll find low cost hotels and a mixture of upscale, distinctive lodging choices. You’ll additionally find coral reefs and 7 Mile Beach. What you won’t notice are popular over-crowded and overpriced all-inclusives that are so common in Montego Bay. You’ll still want to fly into the Montego Bay — one amongst the biggest and busiest airports within the Caribbean since direct and cheap flights are simple to find from major U.S. hubs.

Where to stay: Travelers love the more secluded Westender Inn. It’s nestled in a rocky cove with a sea pool and has appealing onsite food options.

Bimini, the Bahamas

With nonstop flights for about $100 round trip from the East Coast to Fort Lauderdale and Miami, you’ll easily reach the 2 main islands of Bimini, that additionally happen to be the closest entry point to the Bahamas from the U.S. being only fifty miles from Florida’s coast. Charter flights from Fort Lauderdale and Miami are often costlier, therefore instead elect the daily, two-hour ferry that leaves the Port of Miami. Once on Bimini, relish pristine beaches and interesting history — Ernest Hemingway, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Jimmy Buffet all have an affiliation to this tiny part of the Bahamas.

Where to stay: Due to the island’s small size, there are limited lodging options. However, you can find good value at Bimini Big Game Club Resort & Marina, Hilton at Resorts World Bimini (depending on dates), or by
checking vacation rental websites like FlipKey or HomeAway.

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