Looking for a low-cost island escape? The perfect tropical destination for the whole family? No matter what kind of island getaway you have in mind, you'll find no shortage of options when it comes to the perfect spot for your next great island vacation. With vacation home rentals all across the US, the Caribbean, and beyond, you'll also be sure to score the ideal home base for your trip—whether it's a breezy bungalow or a lavish beachfront villa with plenty of room for everyone in your crew.
Save big with these cheap island vacations
Whether you're looking to stay here in the US or journey a little farther afield, you can find great wallet-friendly island destinations just about everwhere you look. And since islands typically offer all sorts of inexpensive activities—from swimming and sunbathing to fishing, hiking, snorkeling, and more—you'll continue to reap savings even after you arrive. Check out some of our top budget-friendly picks and start planning your next low-cost island vacation today.
Caribbean dreaming in Negril, Jamaica
Thanks to the bustling Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay—one of the Caribbean's busiest airline hubs—you'll find inexpensive flights to Jamaica from most major US cities. But instead of lingering amid the posh all-inclusive resorts and busy beaches of Montego Bay, make the 90-minute drive west to tranquil, secluded Negril. Low-cost activities abound, from strolling on the peaceful white sands of Seven Mile Beach and snorkeling around the area's coral reefs to engaging in some laid-back ecotourism at the Royal Palm Preserve. Look for vacation home rentals with full kitchens and save even more by prepping picnic lunches and in-house dinners using tasty ingredients from the farmers' markets.
Inexpensive island vacations in Curacao
Located in the southern Caribbean and only about 40 miles off Venezuela's northern coast, Curacao is a Dutch Caribbean island that offers a surprisingly affordable array accommodation options. Rentals here range from simple bungalows to lavish villas with sea views, and many go for far less than they would elsewhere in the Caribbean. In Willemstad, the country's capital, you'll find the landmark Queen Emma Bridge, as well as plenty of low-cost bars and eateries in the Pietermaai district. Head to the popular Mambo Beach for swimming and sunbathing, or northwest to Playa Lagun for some of the best snorkeling on the island.
Excellent island vacations in the US
With thousands of mailes of coastline on the Atlantic, the Pacific, and the Gulf of Mexico, there are great spots for island vacations all across the US. Look for beachfront bungalows and cottage rentals from Florida to Hawaii with amenities like decks, kitchens, and BBQs, plus additional perks like hot tubs or pools for the ultimate island escape. Read on and get inspired for your next unforgettable island vacation right here in the USA.
Hawaii's volcanoes, jungles, beaches, and beyond
With its striking volcanic mountains, lush tropical rainforests, and pristine white-sand beaches on the Pacific Ocean, Hawaii is one of the top destinations for island vacations in the USA. Head to happening Oahu for big-wave surfing on the island's northern shore, or peruse the upscale shops, restaurants, and other attractions in well-heeled Waikiki. For a more laid-back island escape, book a cottage rental on tranquil Kauai for easy access to the fishing pier in Hanalei Bay, the red-rock Waimea canyon, and sweeping Pacific Ocean views from the hiking trails of the Na'pali Coast.
Stellar times on secluded Sanibel Island
Connected by a causeway to Florida's western coast, Sanibel Island is home to sandy beaches and spacious wildlife preserves, with plenty of shoreline for all sorts of waterfront activities. Swimming, sunbathing, boating, and fishing are all popular pastimes here, and plenty of vacation homes on the island are set within an easy walk from the beach so you can maximize your fun in the sun. While you're here, check out the 98-foot-tall Sanibel Lighthouse, which dates from 1884, and the extensive seashell collection at the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum.
The best island vacations for families
If you're looking to make the most of your island vacation with the entire crew, don't fret—there are plenty of great island destinations with all sorts of activities for visitors of all ages. From outdoor fun like swimming and beachcombing to all manner of unique kid-friendly activities, entertainment abounds in these great family-friendly island locations. And with the abundance of vacation rentals available, there's no shortage of places to choose from for your home away from home.
Galveston shows there's lots to love in the Lone Star State
Set in the Gulf of Florida just off Texas's southern coast, Galveston is a great place for an island vacation that everyone will love. Vacation homes here range from beachfront condos to cozy cottage rentals and breezy beach houses. Most have full kitchens, and you can find plenty that will accommodate large groups in a compact space with bunk beds or sofabeds. You can go bird-watching, kayaking, hiking, or fishing in Galveston Island State Park, or enjoy the retro rides and arcades at the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier.
Family-friendly fun in Nassau, Bahamas
Known for its colorful architecture, lavish all-inclusive resorts, and clear blue waters, Nassau is a popular spot for visitors of every age. Here, you'll find a number of vacation homes ranging from snug bungalows to Colonial-style villas. Whichever you choose, you'll never be far from popular spots like Cable Beach, where waterfront activities include swimming, boating, and jet skiing. Activities like scooter and buggy rentals are always a hit, as are boat and segway tours, and visits to the local pirate museum. On Paradise Island, towering resorts offer live entertainment, movie theaters, water parks, aquariums, and more.