Going on a tropical vacay doesn’t need to necessarily cost a bundle. You can save a lot on a vacay by simply choosing the right time to travel. Hotels and resorts, particularly in tropical climates, usually have high prices throughout peak travel season, however you can find considerably lower rates throughout the “low season” which might be just as nice weather-wise. In fact, traveling during the low season will sometimes be even better since you’re not fighting with the masses for pool space or a cocktail at the bar.
For instance, last December you could’ve gone a vacation right before Christmas in Belize. The weather was wonderful, and you would’ve been able to afford your own bungalow on the beach as opposed to a lousy hotel room miles from the water, which is what you would probably be able to afford a number of months later. You could have booked last-minute tours, get reservations at the local restaurant, and have an incredible time for half the price of traveling in March or April (high season there).
If you’ve got a small budget and a beachside vacay in your sights, research when the off-season is for your dream spot and try to book during that time. When the “low season” is can vary a great deal by where you’re going, sometimes even by resort. VacayDaze has rounded up a listing of some tropical islands you’ll be able to stay for $100 or less a night, some even not during the low season.
A few places to put on your radar are below. In some cases you may find the best price comes with some less than typical accommodations, like camping on the beach. In others, you’re able to snag that beach house for less than $100 a night.