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If you're looking for a cheap holiday to the Caribbean, our destination guide will show you how you can make the most of a low budget visit to this exotic country. We'll help you find the best resorts, locations and places to shop and eat for a top quality low cost holiday.

Whether you're booking a self catering, half board or all inclusive holiday in the Caribbean, there's plenty of information in these destination guides to help you get the best experience possible from your package. Many resorts in the Caribbean, offer shimmering stretches of sand, plenty of water sports, a wide range of accommodation from room only to all inclusive, great food and plenty of good nightlife.

  • Getting to and around The Caribbean

    There are cheap direct flights from London to Caribbean destinations including Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, the Bahamas, Barbados and the Cayman Islands. Low-cost enterprise bmi has flights to Barbados and Antigua.

    Once there you'll be able to use the buses or taxis, on the bigger islands anyway. They're frequent but erratic as drivers prefer to wait until the vehicle is full before leaving. It's easy to hire a car, just buy a temporary driving permit. The only negative is other drivers - be prepared for some bumpy rides.

    If you're looking to explore more than one island, there are lots of cheap airlines operating island-hopping services.

  • Beaches in The Caribbean

    For a taster, there's Little Bay on Anguilla, with clear waters and powder sand beaches. Johnson's Point on Antigua has great views at sunset and the snorkelling is really good at Pigeon Point near Falmouth Harbour.

    Pink Sand Beach in the Bahamas is so-called because red plankton's mixed in with the sand. Crane Beach on Barbados has great swimming, clear water and superb white sands; Varadero, in Cuba (on the Straits of Florida) has about 20km of clean beaches and clear waters and is near to lively Havana.

    Most beaches in the Caribbean are scattered with small shacks and brightly coloured shops offering cheap food and drink. There are often locals wandering the lengths of the beaches selling coconuts and small hand made jewellery.

  • Low-cost sightseeing in The Caribbean

    The Caribbean is the place to go on holiday if you’re looking for variety. In Mexico, visit bustling Mexico City before heading for the Baja California coastline and Mayan ruins of Teotihuacan. The Dominican Republic's capital Santo Domingo's Zona Colonial district is fascinating and partying to merengue music is a must.

    Jamaica's the place to chill and enjoy a reggae beat. Visit the Bob Marley Museum in his former home in the capital city of Kingston. While there, check out the National Gallery and the cheap bustling market. If you're into flowers - and hiking, - head to the Blue Mountains from June to September.

    Cuba's capital, Havana, is a bustling city filled with colonial treasures - and nature lovers and families will enjoy the Gran Parque Nacional Sirra Maestra.

  • Eating on Holiday in The Caribbean

    Many hotels and resorts offer buffet meals and full English breakfasts etc. Fast food - including beef and veggie patties - are readily available. Look out for ackee, a yellow fruit, and salt fish in Jamaica. And of course there's Jerk chicken or pork, marinated in spices and peppers.

    In Trinidad try a doubles, made out of two rounds of fried dough, filled with curried chickpeas in a spicy sauce, and in Guyana try a Pepperpot - a pork, beef or lamb stew flavoured with peppers, thyme, chillies and cassareep (grated cassava, brown sugar and cinnamon). All sold at local stalls and restaurants at brilliantly cheap prices for the satisfaction in store. Aruba's well-known for its nightlife, including Vegas-style big shows at its casinos and themed entertainment at its resorts.

  • Shopping in The Caribbean

    Mexico has cheap and colourful clothing, jewellery and leather bags - head to the markets or smaller villages. In Cuba, it's Havana for its markets in La Habana Vieja and the Gran Teatro de la Habana, and St Martin and St Thomas are particularly good for cheap duty-free shopping.

    Swimming, water sports and diving can all be enjoyed here and most big resorts and hotels will offer a crèche or kids programme. There is also plenty of opportunity for nature treks and wildlife spotting.

    In Trinidad and Tobago, families will love the glass-bottomed boat trip to Buccoo Reef, on St Lucia there's a kids summer programme and on Antigua they'll love the Jolly Roger Cruise, all these are affordable.

Deal of the Day
Playa del Carmen, Eastern Mexico, Mexico

7 nights, Bed & Breakfast, 
Dep: 18 Apr 2014,  from Heathrow
Playa del Carmen, Eastern Mexico
7 nights, Bed & Breakfast, Dep: 18 Apr 2014, from Heathrow
Playa del Carmen, Eastern Mexico
7 nights, Room Only, Dep: 18 Apr 2014, from Heathrow
Playa del Carmen, Eastern Mexico
7 nights, Bed & Breakfast, Dep: 18 Apr 2014, from Heathrow

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