6 Inexpensive & Beautiful Tropical Vacation Getaways

#1 Playa Grande, Costa Rica

Located along the north Pacific Coast in Guanacaste province, Playa Grande is a vital part of the Marino Las Baulas National Park. After being incorporated into the park in 1990, the beach has been open to the public, but remains a highly protected region because it is a nesting site of the leatherback turtles. The pristine shoreline and crystal blue waters of Playa Grande make this one of the most beautiful beaches in Guanacaste.

#2 Little Corn Island, Nicaragua

From the moment you arrive at the Little Corn Island dock on the open panga, you know the journey has been worth it…. You’ve left behind the hustle and bustle of the mainland, or home, and arrived on one of the best kept secrets in the Caribbean, so much so that most Nicaraguans don’t know anything about it!!

#3 Roatan Island, Honduras

Roatan Island Honduras is an adventure traveler’s vacation paradise in the Caribbean. Roatan with blue skies, sun drenched clear turquoise water, and year round temperatures in the high 70s and low 80s. Roatan Island lies 30 miles off the north coast of Honduras and is 33 miles long and 4 miles wide. You can enjoy first class scuba diving, scuba certification, outstanding snorkeling, water activities including deep sea fishing, fly-fishing on the flats and mangroves, swimming with the dolphins, and ocean kayaking and jet ski rental.

#4 Tulum, Mexico

Tulum is the perfect place where you can combine total relaxation and never-ending adventure. This quiet town along the Caribbean coast of the Riviera Maya in Mexico is home to one of today’s best preserved Maya sites and the finest Tulum hotels facing the Caribbean Sea.

#5 Caye Caulker, Belize

On Caye Caulker, there are no cars, no fumes and no hassles, just balmy breezes, fresh seafood, azure waters and a fantastic barrier reef at its doorstep. The easygoing attitude is due in part to the strong Creole presence on the island, which pulses to a classic reggae beat and is home to a small community of Rastafarians.

The island is an ideal base for snorkeling and diving adventures at the nearby reef. The northern part of the island – a tempting destination for kayakers – is mostly mangroves, which are home to an amazing variety of birdlife. Other than that, all visitors should be sure to schedule in plenty of time for swinging in a hammock and enjoying the breeze (which is indeed a legitimate activity on Caye Caulker).

#6 Isla Mujeres, Mexico

Isla Mujeres is a beautiful, peaceful paradise just across the Bahia de Mujeres (Bay of Women) from Cancun Mexico. Isla Mujeres is more laid-back and tranquil than Cancun, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty to do, it just means you can do nothing at all or fill your day with water sports, shopping, exploring and drinking in that special atmosphere that is Isla Mujeres.

Known for beautiful white sand beaches, calm crystal clear turquoise waters and the friendliest locals in the Mexican Caribbean. Isla’s diversity, from the fisherman, artists and musicians to divers, chefs and ex-pats, make up a community unlike any other. With the beauty of the Caribbean, the heritage of the Mayans, and the easygoing charm of the people, Isla Mujeres has become a haven for people from all over the world.