The Caribbean — just hearing the name elicits images of long beaches, sparkling waters, bronzed bodies, and big smiles on the faces of your travel companions. But, for many, making this vision a reality can seem out of reach.
If you are looking to have a dream vacation without breaking the bank, read on for three tips for visiting the Caribbean on a budget.
The best way to keep your trip to the Caribbean on a budget is to opt to visit during the off-season, which is during the North American fall and winter because you will be able to save up to 30% on prices for resorts and hotels.
In general, if possible, try to avoid visiting when school holidays are happening because not only will you be able to obtain lower prices, but you will also be able to experience the islands with fewer people. A win-win scenario!
When planning your trip, make sure that you use the Internet to do research and to check online for any discounts and deals that are happening. Generally, with a little bit of time and effort, you can find some fantastic deals to ensure that you have a dream vacation on a budget.
Whenever you travel, you should always look to consume local foods and drinks because they are an essential insight into a different culture and way of living. Who doesn’t want to taste the local cuisine when they are traveling?
It is essential to keep in mind that each of the countries in the Caribbean has its own distinct cuisine. However, while you are in the region, not only will you be introduced to some of the freshest fish, conch, and seafood in the world, but you will also have the chance to try some other local specialities such as jerk chicken, roast pork with rice and beans, pepperpot (a rich and thick stew), and even goat stew.
Additionally, eating the local food and drinking the local beverages is always the most budget-savvy way to nourish yourself. Instead of continually eating at the fancy Western-style restaurants or international establishments, go where the locals are dining.
If you are interested in drinking alcohol, then go for the local specialty — rum. Rum is about 1/3 of the price in the Caribbean than it is anywhere else in the world.
Additionally, many countries and islands in the Caribbean have their own local beers. By opting to drink these local beverages, you will spend a lot less money than you would if you were to order the imported beers with which you are more familiar.
One of the benefits of visiting a country in a region that has (almost) 365 days of perfect weather is that you can spend your days seeing the island on foot. Whether you opt to take a free organized walking tour or create your own walking tour with your fellow travelers, there is no more excellent way to enjoy a foreign destination than this.
Countries in the Caribbean region are known for being welcoming and filled with helpful and people residents, so if you get confused while walking around, there is undoubtedly going to be a local around who will be willing to help!
What to do when you fall in love with the Caribbean?
After one trip to the Caribbean, especially if you embrace the local customs and lifestyle, there is a very high chance that you are going to be looking for ways to return again and again.
The fantastic lifestyle and work-life balance that these nations offer are what initially attract people; but, once they hear of the multitude of benefits that come from second citizenship programs, they become even more intrigued.
For example, by obtaining an Antigua and Barbuda citizenship by investment, a family can have a lot more global mobility and ease in traveling and working around the world. Furthermore, having a second citizenship is a way to ensure that your family has plenty of future options.
Have you ever considered obtaining a second citizenship in the Caribbean? Why or why not? Let us know in the comments below!
Kaline Kennard is the co-founder of Citizens International, a white-glove specialist firm offering private client services necessary for citizenship investment into the Caribbean. Based in the Caribbean for the past 15 years, she is an experienced consultant who works directly with many professional partners and advises clients worldwide.