We are all looking to take a break from the daily routine and escape to the beach or mountains for some relaxation. The writers over at Forbes have come up with 10 Bargain Beach Getaways that are relaxing and economical to one’s budget.
1. Culebra, Puerto Rico
Located off the eastern shores of the main island, sleepy Culebra is rich with uncrowded playas edging calm and cerulean waters–plus a small clutch of basic but bright hotels, like Mamacita’s, averaging $100 nightly.
Get there: Jet Blue flights from Boston to San Juan start at $124 (one-way), from New York $144 and up; catch the $5 round-trip ferry to Culebra from the town of Fajardo, just over an hour away.
2. Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Stretch your dollar in this laid-back Cancún respite, offering diving, snorkeling, shopping and primo sunset-cocktail spots–not to mention inns from charming to chic, like Hotel Cielo or Kinbé Hotel, for $55 to $150 a night.
Get there: Various airline flights to Cancún average $400 in April; airport car rentals are from $8 daily
3. St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Florida
This unfussy chain of barrier islands along the Sunshine State’s west coast really has it all: a variety of wide beaches, cheap seafood-shack meals, a slew of affordable ($65 a night and up) places to stay and a fun nightlife scene.
Get there: Various carriers have round-trip flights from JFK to Tampa for less than $400.
For the rest go to Forbes