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Your Guide to the Caribbean: Where to go and what to see

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The Caribbean is a collection of over 700 tropical islands, many of which are uninhabited. It’s a perfect place for those who want to relax and unwind after a long day of sightseeing. There are plenty of things to do on these beautiful islands, whether you like snorkeling, diving, hiking, or just relaxing on the beach.

Accommodation costs in the Caribbean

There is a misconception that a Caribbean vacation requires boatloads of money and that only luxury travelers can afford a trip there. That is far from the truth. The archipelago is diverse and expansive, with much to offer every traveler. Whether you splurge or opt for a budget trip, one thing is certain: you will have a memorable vacation. 

Depending on the island, budget hotels vary in cost. For example, in St. Lucia, rooms with private bathrooms start at $80 per night. The same room in Jamaica costs about $40, and $110 in Curaçao. St. John has the highest hotel fares, with the most affordable rooms costing $230 per night.

Airbnb is another common lodging option across the Caribbean. But just like hotels, fees vary depending on the island. For example, in Curaçao, a full apartment costs $250 per night, whereas, in Aruba, it starts at $110. A private room in the Bahamas costs $60 per night, whereas St. John averages $110 per night.

Where to go in the Caribbean

Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic is a small country located in Central America. It is bordered by Haiti to the north, Venezuela to the south, and the Atlantic Ocean to the east and west. The capital city is Santo Domingo. There are many things to do in the Dominican Republic. Some of these include visiting the beautiful beaches, taking a tour of the colonial towns, exploring the caves, and enjoying the delicious food. 

Punta Cana

Perched in the furthest eastern tip of the Dominican Republic, Punta Cana has recently clawed up several bucket lists. And for a good reason. Punta Cana has breathtaking white sandy beaches, exceptional resorts and a tropical vibe like nowhere in the Caribbean. While here, there are several activities to do, such as scuba diving, deep sea fishing, horseback riding, and swimming with dolphins. The exceptional cuisines and robust Dominican culture make this an endearing destination for many.

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Combine two Caribbean adventures in one—a dune buggy outing and a sail on a catamaran—on this single tour from Punta Cana. This full-day tour with both activities saves you time and allows you to pack a full day with Caribbean adventures. Head out in the dune buggies to explore the Dominican Republic's rugged terrain, then return to your hotel to clean up before the sailing outing. Step aboard the catamaran for a trip to the barrier reef and the natural pool. Use of snorkel gear and access to a full bar are included. Learn more

Santo Domingo

For history buffs, a trip to the capital of the Dominican Republic is one you should add to your itinerary. A Santo Domingo city tour will take you past all the historic sites and offer insight into the country's history. Founded in 1496, Santo Domingo is the first city founded in America and is located on the south coast of the island. 

The Colonial Zone

The Colonial Zone has over 300 monuments, museums, and historical houses. The zone must be on your itinerary. It has several sites of relevance, such as the Columbus Alcazar (former residence of Don Diego Columbus), the first cathedral in America, and the monastery of the Dominicans, among others.

Limon Waterfall

For outdoor enthusiasts, a trip to the island isn't complete without visiting El Limon Waterfall. The waterfall reaches 164ft high and has several jumping spots. Tourists can also get a massage under the falls or move further inside to see the hidden caves. There are also several hiking spots in the area, and we recommend you trek to the falls for a comprehensive experience. The trek is only 2km, takes only 30 minutes and is relatively easy.

Conclusion

There is no doubt that the Caribbean is a breathtaking archipelago. The Dominican Republic is the perfect budget destination thanks to its stunning beaches, affordable accommodation, history and exceptional outdoors.

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