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Caribbean On The Cheap
by Ken McAlpine
You may not get a mint on your pillow,
but there is charm - and genuine Caribbean flavor - in
trading a fancy fitness center and spa for $3 beers on the
honor system or an evening's conversation on the patio with
is a lovely world - described so aptly and
incessantly that we won't do it here. But that loveliness often
comes with a price tag. So with savings in mind, we did some
snooping to find the best hotels for around one Ben Franklin (or
less) per night, avoiding islands where every beach is lined with
megaresorts, and leaning to islands where beaches don't even have
parking lots. We eschewed names like Lavender Hills Estates and The
Hotel de Snooty Pants. And we were discriminating in our sorting.
Some lodgings are beachfront, some aren't - the Caribbean is not
just about beaches. The summer off-season is best for low prices,
and rates can drop substantially if you book for more than a few
days. But plenty of these places fit our budget in every season.
And in the end, it's not about money, it's about memories. Here are
10 inexpensive Caribbean hotels to remember.
1 St. Croix: Hotel Caravelle
Hurricane Hugo (1989) left St. Croix's tourist industry in rubble.
St. Croix has recovered, but tourists have yet to notice. The
largest of the U.S. Virgin Islands, St. Croix is also the most
overlooked. The Hotel Caravelle sits on the water in quiet
Christiansted; most rooms have a view of the harbor, and, in the
equally blue distance, the Caribbean Sea
. Should you opt to partake
in some of the Caribbean's finest diving, you can leap from your
hotel room into the boats departing the harbor-front dock.
2 Anegada: Neptune's Treasure
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