How much would a family of four have to shell out for a week-long vacation in the Caribbean? What are the priciest islands? Which ones offer the best deals?
The travel experts at TripAdvisor have all the info. According to their just-announced TripIndex Caribbean, here's an idea of what a family can typically expect to pay for roundtrip flights, accommodations, meals and a snorkeling excursion – all for four people for a week – at 20 popular islands.
Let's start with spots for big spenders. Anyone who's ever been to St. Bart's can tell you it's a really classy island – a home away from home for people with names ending in Rockefeller and Rothschild and for super-rockers like Sting, Jay-Z and Beyonce. So it's no wonder St. Bart's tops the list with an average $12,486 stay. Anguilla (known for its “barefoot luxury") is no slouch either, coming in second at $10,710. Neither are the British Virgin Islands (also a Rockefeller fave), where a week will set you back $9,712.
High-end runners up are Turks and Caicos ($8,811), St. Kitts and Nevis ($8,668) and the Cayman Islands ($8,081). Next, with weekly prices from about $8,000 down to $6,700, are (in descending order) Antigua and Barbuda, St. Lucia, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Barbados.
At the other end of the scale, Puerto Rico is the easiest on your wallet with a week for just $4,609, a tad below the tab at Jamaica ($4,630). Next in the bargain basement is Trinidad and Tobago ($4,771), the Dominican Republic ($5,315), St. Maarten/St. Martin ($5,565), The Bahamas ($5,815), Curacao ($5,832), Bermuda ($6,064), Aruba ($6,260) and Grenada ($6,622).
TripAdvisor, said to be the world's largest travel site, found the average nightly rate for a Caribbean hotel during March-April is $396. (Least expensive rooms are in the Dominican Republic, averaging $177 a night.) For flights to the Caribbean departing and returning on a Saturday, the average fare per person during the spring travel period is $813.