5 Sexy Caribbean Vacations You Can Afford

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After checking out these five amazing (and budget-friendly) islands, we say let the champagne breakfasts and sunset strolls begin. It's your honeymoon: take two! Be sure to use these travel tips to save some money!

  1. The Bahamas

    Perfect for: The sporty twosome seeking classic island-style luxury

    Where to stay: On Eleuthera, you’ll unwind the moment you set foot inside The Cove’s serene beach front cottages (from $245). The doors don’t have locks, but don’t worry—the only thing that’s likely to wander inside your room is an island gecko (800-552-5960).

    Where to eat: Head to the cozy, romantic Café Matisse in Nassau (242-356-7012). In Eleuthera, check out Tippy’s Restaurant, Bar & Beach for seafood served near the sand (877-677-9539 for reservations).

    What to do: -Take kite-boarding lessons.
    -Be James Bond and gamble.
    -People watch at Atlantis.

    Photo courtesy of The Cove

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  2. Jamaica

    Perfect for: The couple who likes it low key -- with low price tags

    Where to stay:Jakes boutique resort in Treasure Beach on the southern coast of Jamaica feels like the middle of nowhere -- in a good way (from $150 per night; 877-JAMAIC8).

    What to eat: If you don't feel like leaving Jakes, enjoy a casual island meal at the resort's Jack Sprat Restaurant. Or try the open-air Rockhouse Restaurant, one of Negril’s top eateries (876-957-4373). Order the Red Stripe-battered snapper.

    What to do: - Tour the Appleton Estate rum distillery and enjoy samples on the house (ya, mon!). (876-963-9215-7)
    - Catch a cool reggae show at Rick’s Cafe in Negril -- just be sure to arrive for a sunset view. (876-957-0380)

    Photo courtesy of Jakes

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  3. Dominican Republic

    Perfect for: Savvy travelers who want to try something off the beaten path.

    Where to stay: At Lifestyle Tropical Beach Resort and Spa in Puerto Plata, you'll lose the private island feeling -- and a chunk of the price tag -- but you'll have direct access to the 1.5-mile Cofresi beach. Fees start at $115 per person, not including airfare.

    What to eat: Head to Capitan Cook on Playa El Cortecito in Punta Cana. (809-552-1061) In Puerto Plata, go to Lucia at the Casa Colonial Beach & Spa Resort for a romantic dinner. (866-376-7831)

    What to do: Explore beautiful Santo Domingo. It's so worth the trip if you can squeeze it in.
    -Tee off at premier Casa de Campo’s Teeth of the Dog golf course, named for the jagged coral it’s built on that resembles canine teeth. (800-877-3643)

    Photo courtesy of Casa Colonial Beach & Spa

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  4. Turks and Caicos

    Perfect for: The busy pair that hasn't been getting enough nooky!

    Where to stay: The twin resorts Ocean Club and Ocean Club West on Grace Bay Beach offer a casual Caribbean vibe amid the high-end resorts that dominate Provo. What you give up in marble you’ll gain in chill, laid-back island ambience (from $209 and $219, respectively; 800-457-8787).

    What to eat: Make like rock stars and do dinner at Parallel23. (866-877-7256) For a casual beach lunch, head to Hemingway’s for mango shrimp salad and finish off with Key lime pie. (877-777-2637)

    What to do:Deep-sea fishing, anyone? Take a full- and half-day charter so you can reel ’em in.

    Photo courtesy of The Sands Resort

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  5. St. Lucia

    Perfect for: The trendy duo who wants to stay on the "it" island

    Where to stay: At the colorful Coco Palm in Rodney Bay Village, you'll find trendy bars and eateries as well as Reduit Beach (from $125; 758-456-2800).

    What to eat: Ku de Ta serves delish Thai food (758-458-4968) and the Treehouse Restaurant serves fab tropical fusion dishes. (800-223-1108)

    What to do: - Go on a guided rain forest tour. Local guides know where to hike and stop for swims in waterfall pools.
    - See the amazing Pitons. If you're near Rodney Bay, take a catamaran cruise down to Soufrière that stops for snorkeling in Marigot Bay.

    Photo courtesy of Anse Chastanet

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