#3. Dominican Republic
Can you afford azure waters and silky white-sand beaches? In the Dominican Republic, you can. While the Caribbean isn’t known for its affordability (we recently wrote an entire story on the region’s most expensive islands), the Dominican Republic remains — at least for now — a bastion of value in a sea of high prices. With service from low-cost carriers including AirTran, Frontier, and JetBlue, and air-and-hotel vacation packages from not only a slew of airlines but also discount providers like CheapCaribbean.com, the Dominican Republic seems to have an endless supply of affordable options. Prefer to head off the beaten path once you arrive? The Guardian recently rounded up 10 great budget beach hotels in the Dominican Republic.