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Without stress and worries: 6 colorful and cheap places to live in the Caribbean

Tourists and immigrants flock to the Caribbean every year, but others stay away because they think it's too expensive. In some places it may be, but is such a generalization fair? There are several cheap places to live in the Caribbean, and the publication Money Talks News talked about these.

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If you are thinking about living or buying property in the Caribbean, you need to explore your options. We offer six Caribbean destinations where you get the most bang for your buck

1. Belize

Located on the east coast of Central America, Belize is the only English-speaking country in Central America. This is the heart of the ancient Mayan civilization and you will find plenty of ruins to explore as well as hike.

Belize is one of the cheapest places in the Caribbean, and the two of you can live comfortably on $2000 a month.

It is the only country in the world with a jaguar sanctuary, as well as a paradise for birds and insects. Conservationists estimate that more than 500 species of birds and 500 species of fish live here.

The expat community in Belize is well developed and welcoming. Residential complexes are being built all over the country, making Belize a great option.

Flights, accommodation, cost of drinks and food

You can easily get to Belize for around $150 from the States, but you'll need to shop around to find the best deal. Ticket prices rise in February and during major holidays in the US, but the rest of the year they are quite affordable.

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Airbnb are available for around $30 a night, budget hotels are around $40.

Buying property in Belize is easy and affordable, and investing in holiday property to rent out to tourists is a profitable option.

Most bars offer "happy hours" where you can buy a beer for around $2.

Avoid high prices for imported goods - choose local ones. Belize produces many fruit wines. Wines made from cashews and apples are common and are believed to have medicinal properties.

The best places to eat are local restaurants. In them you will find lobsters for about $12, and most other dishes for less than $10. Rice with beans is the national dish of Belize, served throughout the country.

2. Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic consistently appears on lists of the best destinations in the world. This is one of the most attractive and cheap islands in the Caribbean to live in.

The country, which shares the island of Hispaniola with the nation of Haiti, has experienced rapid development, growth in tourism and an influx of immigrants over the past few years. Real estate prices are low and residence permits can be obtained quickly and easily.

Flights, accommodation, cost of drinks and food

You can fly to the Dominican Republic for about $300 most of the year. Some low cost airlines offer tickets for as little as $100 one way.

Many of the cheapest hotels are not listed online and you will find the best deals upon arrival. Search online for hotels away from the tourist areas and you'll find a clean, comfortable room for less than $30 a night.

A pint of local beer costs about $2, and a bottle of imported beer costs about $2,50.

The national drink is mama juana. It is an infusion of tree bark, herbs, rum, red wine and honey. It tastes like port wine, and the Dominicans are proud of it. It is said to be an aphrodisiac and a medicinal drink for all diseases.

A three-course meal for two at an international restaurant costs about $40. To save money, eat at a local restaurant for $10 per person. La Bandera Dominicana (per. Dominican flag) is a national dish made from rice, beans and stewed chicken or beef. It is eaten at least once a week in most Dominican homes.

In the Dominican Republic, two people can live comfortably on about $1 a month.

3. Curacao

This is an island off the coast of Venezuela. The Dutch-Spanish influence and architecture give Curaçao a unique atmosphere. English, Dutch and Creole are spoken here.

Curacao is an undiscovered gem. The tourist board here is working to attract new visitors. The beaches are empty, which is beneficial, and the future looks promising.

Thanks to the reliable sea breeze, Curaçao is becoming a popular destination for kite and windsurfing, as well as sailing. This would be an ideal place to compete, but the deep water makes it difficult to set up racing buoys.

Curacao is located outside the hurricane belt and is safe all year round.

Flights, accommodation, cost of drinks and food

The minimum cost of flights from the States is approximately $214.

If you are looking for cheaper flights, avoid visiting Curaçao between December and April.

Hotels are inexpensive, but Airbnb is more economical. Hostels also deserve attention.

Alcohol is more expensive here than in other Caribbean countries. A pint of local beer costs about $3,50 and an imported one costs about $4. Happy hours are popular here, when you can enjoy a cold drink while watching the sunset.

Prices at the restaurant vary, but it's quite possible to get enough of a delicious meal for $20 per person. During the day, you can buy a variety of street food from vendors, and at night, food trucks offer tasty and inexpensive options. Always fresh fish available.

4. Puerto Rico

One of the largest producers of rum in the world, Puerto Rico is also known as the Island of Enchantment. It has been a US territory since 1898 and is less popular with tourists than other major islands in the Caribbean. Puerto Rico is authentic and economical.

The bioluminescent bay, where tiny microorganisms light up the water at night, is one of Enchantment Island's top tourist attractions.

Flights, accommodation, cost of drinks and food

You can find flights to Puerto Rico for less than $125. Travel from April to June and you will avoid the high prices as well as the rainy season.

Beach hotels cost about $50 per night - the farther from the beach, the lower the lower.

A pint of local beer costs about $2,75, and an imported one costs about $3,50. Wine is also reasonably priced. You will find many bars. Puerto Rico is the birthplace of pina colada.

A standard lunch for two costs about $40. Look for special deals at seafood restaurants outside of expat areas.

Roadside stands roast and serve pork. The national dish, arroz con gandules (rice with peas), is cheap and definitely worth a try.

5. Grenada

It is a Caribbean country consisting of a main island of the same name and smaller nearby islands. There is a nutmeg plantation on the island of Grenada, and many visitors associate this aroma with this island.

In addition to beaches, Grenada has a rainforest and several hot springs. An underwater volcano heats the pools to a temperature of +35 degrees Celsius (95 degrees Fahrenheit).

The island state is rich in the most beautiful flowers in the world. The Grenadians love them and make amazing compositions out of them. Grenada won 13 gold medals at the Chelsea Flower Show.

Flights, accommodation, cost of drinks and food

Flights to Grenada cost about $250 during the peak season, from January to May. Travel outside of these dates and you'll find flights for less than $200.

Airbnb is your friend in Grenada. There are plenty of luxury and high-end hotels on the island, but Airbnb rooms and suites are available for as little as $30 a night.

Imported beer costs between $3 and $4. A glass of quality wine is more expensive than in the States - consider a couple of rum cocktails instead.

Rum punch is Grenada's signature drink, made from fresh local fruits. Rum is the cheapest drink in Grenada - stronger than anywhere else.

You can eat well for $10 per person, and for $20 you get a three-course meal.

6. Jamaica

Jamaicans are friendly and hospitable.

The island offers endless entertainment. Golf courses in Jamaica attract tourists from all over the world.

The reggae artist Bob Marley was born here, Jamaicans honor and preserve his legacy. You can visit his house as well as the Bob Marley Museum.

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The house where Ian Fleming wrote the James Bond novels is also located in Jamaica. Now it belongs to the owner of Island Records, who signed a contract with Bob Marley.

Flights, accommodation, cost of drinks and food

The best prices for air tickets during the period from November to January. Flights from the States cost about $200.

You'll find comfortable rooms with Wi-Fi ranging from $25 to $35, but you won't have air conditioning. After lunch, the sea breeze cools the island.

Jamaica's local beer is called RedStripe. It is excellent and is sold at a reasonable price of $2 per bottle. Prices vary throughout the island and in non-tourist areas.

Ginger beer and coffee are two of Jamaica's most famous drinks. Stop at a coffee shop for a cup of Blue Mountain Coffee.

Jamaica has some of the best food in the Caribbean: lobster costs less than $10, making it one of the most expensive items on the menu. Ackee and salt fish are other traditional local dishes.


These six directions have several common features.

Temperature. It will be warm or hot all year round. Some of these countries have a rainy season, but still have a few sunny days a week.

World-class beaches and turquoise waters are ideal for scuba diving or snorkelling. Marine life includes tropical fish, turtles, whales and sharks. There are few sharks and the beaches are safe.

A laid-back attitude and a belief in taking each day for what it is. Every place has a unique culture, but all Caribbean destinations have a relaxed, stress-free outlook on life.

If you want to escape the stress and unpleasant weather in your home country, head to the Caribbean.

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