Cheap has a different meaning for everyone.
Especially since costs will vary depending on how far away you are from each destination.
So, when we say cheap, we’re talking about the average hotel price per night for each island.
How did we rank each island?
First, we chose a peak season month for each island. Then we determined the average hotel price per night for each hotel class by utilizing Google Hotels data. Finally, we ordered the list from most expensive to least expensive islands based on the averages.
Now that you know our approach, let’s get to the good part…
Here are 11 surprisingly cheap islands to visit, ranked from most expensive to least expensive.
Located off the northern coast of Venezuela, you’ll find Aruba. It’s a constituent country of the Netherlands and is well-known for its stunning Carribean beaches. Along with its white-sandy beaches, Aruba has incredible desert landscapes and unique wreck diving.
You’ll find resorts and other accommodation types in Aruba, making it the perfect destination for families, couples, and groups of all sizes.
10. Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico is an island located in the Carribean Sea.
It’s an unincorporated U.S. territory, known for its mountains, beaches, waterfalls, and tropical rainforests. Puerto Rico is a great country to visit if you’re looking for a rich culture. It has San Juan, its capital city, the El Yunque tropical rainforest, and tons of beaches along the coasts.
Additionally, you can learn a lot about colonial times through Old San Juan’s Spanish colonial architecture and fortresses. A tropical vacation, history, and culture – what more could you ask for?
9. Roatan, Honduras
If white-sand beaches, stunning coral reefs, and diving sound great to you, book your ticket to Roatan, Honduras.
Roatan is an island located off the eastern coast of Honduras. Originally a British colony, Roatan has both English and Spanish speaking natives living there, making for a unique cultural blend.
While Utila, Honduras is more popular for diving, Roatan is a great place to dive and see all of the wildlife that comes with its coral reef (one of the largest in the world). It’s also a great place to relax, as it is known for its calm, peaceful vibes.
Neighboring Aruba is Curacao, a Carribean island located off the northern coast of Venezuela, also a constituent country of the Netherlands. It’s a small island, with only around 150,000 residents.
Known as the most colorful place in the Carribean, with brightly colored houses and buildings lining the streets. Curacao is popular for its beaches and amazingly blue Carribean waters. Pristine, clean, and stunningly white, Curacao has a variety of beaches that are great for a tropical vacation.
Another popular Carribean island destination is Jamaica. Whether from Bob Marley’s reggae music or its beautiful tropical offerings, you’ve likely already heard of Jamaica. Along with beaches lined with coral reefs, Jamaica has a fun urban culture in its capital, Kingston, mountainous landscapes, and tropical rainforest.
It’s also a popular cruise and resort destination, especially if you’re in Montego Bay. Regardless of where you choose to go, Jamaica is a great, affordable vacation destination.
6. Trinidad & Tobago
One of the closest islands to Venezuela is Trinidad and Tobago, a Carribean island consisting of one big island and many smaller ones.
Trinidad and Tobago is a great tropical vacation destination because of its diversity. If you’re looking for an upbeat, fast-paced vacation, head to Trinidad. If you want peace, seclusion, and tranquility, Tobago is the place for you.
The options don’t stop there, as the smaller islands offer visitors diversity too, from rainforests to mountains and beaches to mangroves, the choices are endless.
In the center of the Philippines is Boracay, a small island near Malay.
Boracay is well known for its resorts and beaches. In Boracay, you’ll encounter pristine white sand beaches and turquoise blue water. Additionally, Boracay is a hub for water sports, including both snorkeling and diving. Its coral reefs and shipwrecks make it a unique place to snorkel, so don’t miss out if you visit.
4. Dominican Republic
Well known for Punta Cana, the Dominican Republic is a Carribean island that shares a coast with Haiti.
The Dominican Republic is a country filled with country, where you’ll hear Spanish and see incredible beaches. Though the Dominican Republic is known for spring break and parties, it also offers visitors a tranquil vacation style, especially if you visit some of the other cities on the coast.
Additionally, it’s a very diverse island, with beaches, savannah, rainforest, and highlands.
3. Palawan, Philippines
Palawan is the largest island in the Province of Palawan, a cluster of islands in the Philippines.
As Palawan is also the fifth-largest island in the Philippines, it’s a great place to start your island-hopping adventure. Or, you can stay on Palawan and explore all that it has to offer.
In Palawan, spend your time sunbathing on the beautiful beaches, playing water sports, swimming in the clear waters, exploring the biodiversity or visiting its unique underground river.
2. Phuket, Thailand
Much like Palawan, Phuket is the largest island in the Province of Phuket, a group of islands in Thailand.
Phuket is Thailand’s largest island, so it’s a great place to take your beach vacation or use as a starting point for a longer vacation. Located in the Andaman Sea, Phuket is not only known for its beaches, nightlife, and food, but also for its rainforests and mountains. It’s a perfect mix of culture and beach for those of you who like activities as much as you like to relax.
1. Bali, Indonesia
It’s no surprise that Bali, Indonesia is first on this list.
Bali is a very popular vacation destination in Indonesia, attracting millions of tourists each year.
This is an island that truly has it all – if you’re looking for yoga and meditation, Bali has it. Want beaches, nature, and water sports? Go to Bali.
Maybe you’re more interested in Indonesian culture, food, and nightlife – Bali is one of the best places to explore. You get the picture.
As you can see, going on an island vacation doesn’t have to be expensive. These 11 options are all cheap islands to visit.