We might not be able to travel right now, however we can always look into post quarantine vacation destinations. From tropical islands to historic cities to dense jungles, we’ve listed a number of underrated and affordable vacation spots. Now is the perfect time to research cheap flights to these amazing destinations.
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Located approximately 40 miles off the eastern coast of Honduras, Roatán is a Caribbean island between Útila and Guanaja. Roatán is situated near the largest barrier reef in the Caribbean Sea, and is an exceptional diving and snorkeling destination. Hotel accommodations on the island are very reasonable. The Beach House Boutique Hotel is a 4 Star hotel, located right on the beach, for only $75 a night. Food is also very reasonable with dinner entrees costing around $8 to $12 and a bottle of beer $2 to $3. Spend your post quarantine vacation trip zip lining, swimming with dolphins, or charter a sailboat.
An archipelago in the mid-Atlantic is where you’ll find the Azores region of Portugal. Rolling green mountains, quaint fishing villages, and clear blue waters make up the breathtaking landscape. Of the nine major Azorean islands, the most spectacular may be Flores Island. On this island, you’ll find 20 waterfalls that pour directly into the Atlantic Ocean. Hotel accommodations on the island are limited, but you’ll be able to find reasonably priced ones such as the Aldeia da Cuada with an average nightly rate of $78. During your trip, take a scenic hike, a boat tour, and immerse yourself in the local culture.
Off the coast of Thailand, you’ll find 33 islands. The largest of these islands is Phuket, with it’s towering mountains, lush rain forests, and breathtaking beaches. Many luxury resorts are located on the island for jawdroppingly low prices. The Santhiya Koh Yao Yai Resort & Spa is located on it’s own private beach and has an average nightly rate of only $50. You can find even cheaper accommodations inland at OYO 386 Phuket Iyh Islands Boutique Hotel for $14 a night. Your money will go a long way on this island while you enjoy relaxing on the beach, touring cultural sites, or shopping at the night markets.
Located off the coast of Greece is the island of Zakynthos. Well known as a summer resort destination, Zakynthos is popular for its beaches, rugged coast, and charming villages. Beach front hotels include the Zante Dahlia, priced at an average of $33 a night, and the Andreolas Luxury Suites, priced at an average of $80 a night. Enjoy your trip with visits to the famous Navagio Shipwreck, the many monasteries, and white sand beaches.
Cheaper than it’s neighboring islands Aruba and Bonaire, Curaçao is the most affordable option of the ABC Islands. Its Dutch influence can be felt all over the island with the pastel colored colonial architecture, cuisine, and road signs. Hotel accommodations are considerably cheaper than Aruba with places like Saint Tropez Boutique Hotel at an average of $88 a night and The Royal Sea Aquarium Resort at an average of $99 a night. Fun things to do on this island include snorkeling over the beautiful coral reefs, lounging on the beaches, and going off-road on an ATV.
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
On the easternmost top of the Dominican Republic lie the sprawling beaches of Punta Cana. Miles of white sandy coastline will have you walking hand in hand with the one you love. Beachfront, all-inclusive resorts like the Catalonia Punta Cana – All Inclusive go for an average nightly rate of $150 and are the most cost effective way to stay on the island. Make the most of your post quarantine vacation with zip-lining, windsurfing, kayaking, and sailing.
Located on the eastern tip of Panama’s Azuero Peninsula is the coastal town of Pedasi. This tiny town is slowly emerging as Panama’s biggest up-and-coming tourist destination. The Spanish-colonial architecture is ornately adorned and hotels like the Pedasi Nature Paradise start around $80 a night. Visitors to Pedasí can also take day trips to the wildlife sanctuary of Isla Iguana, or head down to the popular surfing destination of Playa Venao
A well known, but affordable post quarantine vacation destination is the nation of Belize. Belize offers turquoise blue Caribbean seas to the east and dense jungles to the west. Here you’ll find popular resorts on low lying islands known as cayes (pronounced keys). Beachfront hotel options are plentiful with places like the Lina Point Belize Overwater Resort starting at $106 a night or the Ocean Tide Beach Resort starting at $105 a night. Make the most of your trip to Belize by appreciating the country’s world renowned Mayan ruins, rich marine life, and the massive Belize Barrier Reef, second only in size to the Great Barrier Reef.
Located off the coast of the Istrian Peninsula in western Croatia is the popular summer destination of Poreč. The coastline north and south of town attracts visitors with camping, marinas, and water sports. Luxury accommodations are very reasonable with a high end resort like the BO Hotel Palazzo starting at $73 a night. Spend your time in Poreč touring basilicas, swimming at the largest water park in Croatia, drinking the local wine, and water-skiing.
Between the dazzling Italian coastal cities of Amalfi and Positano, is the less known city of Praiano. This quaint old fishing village is said to be Italy’s best kept secret. In addition to the scenic water views, visitors will get to enjoy medieval monasteries and Renaissance churches. Enjoy water-facing hotels without the high price of Amalfi. Hotels like the Marincanto starts at $166 and the Hotel Margherita starts at $216. The ambiance of Positano is friendly and laid-back. Savor the authentic feeling of a small fishing village while enjoying the cafes, shops, and restaurants.
With it’s gorgeous colonial cities, incredible food, and extremely low costs, Nicaragua is often overlooked as a vacation destination. Officially known as the Republic of Nicaragua, this Central American country boasts lush rain forests, volcanoes, and miles of beaches. The most popular city of Granada offers very affordable accommodations like the Hotel Colonial Granada starting at $75 and the Hotel Granada starting at $55. Spend your post quarantine vacation immersing yourself in the local foliage, trekking a volcano, or riding a horse on the beach.
Not to be confused with neighboring Mallorca, Menorca is known for endless beaches, pine trees & rocky coastal bluffs. This scenic Spanish island is less club like than Ibiza and less expensive than Mallorca. Stunning beachfront hotels dot the island like the White Sands Beach Club by Diamond Resorts from $34 a night and the Blue Hotel Paradis Blau from $44 a night. Soak up the salty air while you explore the caves, eat fresh lobster, and appreciate the historic architecture.
Located in central Philippines, Boracay is known as a resort destination. Along the West coast of the island, visitors will find tropical palm trees, bars, and restaurants. In order to keep the integrity of the island, daily visitors are limited. Beachfront hotels line the coast like the Henann Crystal Sands Resort starting at $101 and the Henann Palm Beach Resort starting at $104. Maximize your vacation by exploring the coral reefs and shipwrecks, offshore.
Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam
Off the southern coast of Cambodia lies Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam . Phu Quoc is known for unspoiled white sand beaches, palm lined coasts, and dense jungles. Accommodations on this island are both incredibly high end and incredibly cheap. Located on it’s own private beach, the Thanh Kieu Beach Resort starts at only $34 a night. Another highly rated beachfront hotel is the Terrace Resort starting at only $29. Spend your days relaxing on the beach and your nights strolling the markets.
It’s no secret that Costa Rica is a place for beautiful beaches and lush rainforests. While it’s not as cheap as it once, there are still reasonably priced options to be found. Located in Puerto Limón, the beachfront Villas Del Caribe starts at $76 a night. Alternatively, located in Guanacaste, the beachfront Hotel La Palapa starts at $77 a night. Spend your trip zip lining, swimming at the base of waterfalls, and drinking cocktails on the beach.
Along the Turkish Riviera is the Mediterranean resort town of Marmaris, Turkey. Also known as the Turquoise Coast, this town is popular for its lively nightlife, bars, and music venues. Hotels in the area are both luxurious as well as cheap. The highly rated Kerme Ottoman Palace – Boutique Class starts at $22 a night and the beachfront Begonville Beach Hotel – Adults Only starts at $52 a night. Spend your trip strolling the shops, take a dip in a traditional Turkish bath, and dance the night away.