After the holiday season has died down, you may find yourself in need of a sunny beach to cure those winter-time blues. While this may sound like a dream come true, if you’re anything like me, the aftermath of Christmas may have left your wallet a little on the light side. So what do you do? Well, with this list of best value beaches, you can truly have the beach and the Caribbean or Mexico for around $600! Don’t believe me? Then read on…
If you’re looking to get away without being too far from home, Cancun is a great place to thaw out without roasting your bank account. Although it’s traditionally known as a haven for spring breakers and party goers, Cancun is the perfect place to soak up some sun, sand and beautiful scenery while staying within your budget. With prices starting at $619, you can enjoy 5 days and 4 nights of Cancun’s finest beaches, clubs and adult-only fun at Barcelo Tucancun Beach Resort. With a convenient location and more than 650 ft. of white-sand beach, you’ll have plenty of space to decompress from the stress of the holidays. For a real treat, I recommend waking up early and enjoying breakfast on the beach. Not only will you have your spot saved for the day, but there is nothing better than sipping coffee to the sound of the waves crashing against the shore.
If you want to go a little further south to soak up the cool vibes of Jamaica, I recommend heading over to Montego Bay, where you’ll find crystal-clear water, smiling faces and of course, the “spirit of Jamaica”—reggae! Although some of you may not consider yourselves “music lovers,” I know of a great deal in Montego Bay that will have you jammin’ in no time! Holiday Inn Sunspree is a great resort for budget-minded travelers in search of all-inclusive Caribbean fun. This beautiful, family-operated resort offers an exceptional level of service and amenities that will leave you and your wallet happy as prices start at $649 for 6 days and 5 nights. With clear water and its own little private island, Holiday Inn Sunspree is a wonderful value for the money.
However, if you don’t have a passport, the thought of traveling to the beach may seem as distant as traveling to the moon. Well lucky for you, beach bums can travel anytime to Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands without a passport.
For the golf lovers, I recommend checking out Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Beach Resort in Puerto Rico. This beautiful, 4-Sun resort is located between El Yunque Rainforest and Fajardo’s bioluminescent bay and features two 18-hole, championship golf courses that will have you smiling all the way to the fairway. For as low as $579, you can enjoy this golfer’s paradise for 5 days and 4 nights—so this is definitely a deal you’ll want to swing at!
If you want to see what USVI has to offer, check out Marriott Frenchman's Reef & Morning Star Beach Resort, where you can take advantage of a half-mile stretch of beach, 4 pools and a modern spa for as low as $569! Although the cheaper packages aren’t all-inclusive, it’s still a great way to get the most miles for your buck!
No matter where you’ll find your best value beach, be sure to book early as prices and packages change on a regular basis. So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and treat yourself—an affordable Caribbean or Mexico vacation is a great way to start the New Year off right!