Sunny gateaways are cheaper in the Caribbean islands and warm weather locales like Mexico and India. Here are 7 tropical vacations that are more affordable than you think.

Placencia, Belize

This fishing village in located away from the popular tourist spots in the country. It’s found on Belize’s south-eastern side and a little difficult to get to – 160 miles from Belize town. You’ll find here a 16 mile coastline that has some of the best beaches in the region.

There are also seafood restaurants, a natural reserve on the mainland, snorkelling, diving and a barefoot-friendly city with shops. You can opt to fly directly to Peninsula or take a less-expensive shuttle service from Belize town.

Marathon, Florida

If you are coming to the United States for a long weekend or for a few months, you have to check out Marathon, Florida. Marathon is located in the Florida Keys, near Keys Cove, which is known for its vacation rental homes. Florida boasts of tourist areas like the Riviera Maya, Isla Holbox, Playa del Carmen, Cozumel, Cancun, and Isla Mujeres. With cheap hotel prices, a variety of all-inclusive resort packages and affordable airfares, this destination is guaranteed to be cheap and a fun tropical gateaway.

Beyond Cancun, each city offers a number of fun activities. You can lounge on the beach, visit ancient Maya ruins or swim in a cenote.

Samana, Dominican Republic

This new resort area ranks among the affordable Caribbean destinations. Samana has its own airport and direct routes from Toronto and Montreal. It boasts of uncrowded beaches, a national park and whale watching which gives this spot a balanced mix of tropical picnic activities.

Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam

Phuc Quoc is accessible through a short and affordable flight from Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City). The Island is located along Mekong Delta and has affordable luxury resorts as well as untouched beaches making it a great value getaway.

Travellers staying on this island do not require a visa because it’s deemed as a “Special Economic Zone”. Phuc Quoc is also a picturesque island paradise.

Negril, Jamaica

Negril is about one and a half hours from Montego Bay. You’ll find a mix of unique lodging options and cheap hotels. You’ll also find Seven Mile Beach and coral reefs. The only thing you won’t find here is the expensive all-inclusive that are not only over-crowded but also very popular in Montego Bay.

You can take a flight to the Montego Bay since direct and affordable flights are readily available from major US hubs.

Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Guanacaste is a cheap tropical vacation spot due to its affordable on-the-ground rates and value-priced hotels. The family-friendly beach is perfect for relaxing and close to natural tourist attractions like waterfalls, national parks and volcanoes.

You can fly into nearby Liberia’s airport which offers affordable flights from United States cities like New York City and Los Angeles.

Curacao, Caribbean

Curacao is located in Southern Caribbean and is known as a hot spot for Canadian and European travellers. There are also direct and cheap routes from US hubs such as Miami and Ney York City. This island has cheaper hotels compared to other nearby islands.

If you’re thinking about your next affordable tropical vacation for 2019, consider visiting any of the above destinations.