Going on a tropical vacation doesn’t have to necessarily cost a bundle.
You can save a ton on a vacation by just choosing the right time to go. Hotels and resorts, especially in tropical climates, often have high prices during peak travel season, but significantly lower rates during the “low season” which can be just as nice weather-wise.
In fact, travelling during the low season can sometimes be even better since you’re not fighting with the masses for pool space or a cocktail at the bar.
For instance, last December I went on a vacation right before Christmas in Belize. The weather was amazing, and we were able to afford our own bungalow on the beach as opposed to the crappy hotel room kilometres from the water, which is what we could afford a few months later. We were able to book last-minute tours, get reservations at the local restaurant, and have an amazing time for half the cost of travelling in March or April (high season there).
If you have a small budget and a beachside vacation in your sights, look up when the off-season is for your dream spot and trying to book then.
When the “low season” is will vary a lot by where you’re going, sometimes even by resort. Outside recently rounded up a list of some tropical islands you can stay on for $145 or less a night, some even not during the low season.
A few ideas to put on your radar:
Lanzarote, Spain - $141/night
Saint Lucia, Caribbean - $131/night
Pahoa, Hawaii - $80/night
Koh Mak, Thailand - $54/night
Anna Maria Island, Florida - $144/night
Isla Holbox, Mexico - $125/night
Culebra, Puerto Rico - $116/night
In some cases, the low price comes with some less-than-typical accommodations, like camping on the beach. In others, you’re able to snag that beach bungalow for less than $145 a night.
And if you’re just hoping for a vacation but don’t have a specific place in mind, the site Wander can be a great spot to find a vacation spot that fits your travel budget rather than trying to make your budget match your chosen travel destination.