Despite what you may have heard, the Caribbean islands dont' have to be expensive.

Travelers looking for a deal should try going off-the-beaten path. One island on this list is the once popular Montserrat, which was devastated by hurricanes and volcanic eruptions in the 1990's. Today, as the island slowly rebuilds, adventurous tourists are finding great bargains in forgotten seaside guesthouses.

Budget friendly guesthouses and villas also have their own perks. Most are family run with friendly staff willing to give directions and local secrets to finding the best beaches and places to eat. These types of accommodations are perfect for guests who value location over the luxuries of mega hotels. On the small island of Josh Van Dyke, just off Tortola, guests can stay just 100ft from the ocean in basic private cottages for $55 to $75 per night at Ivan's Stress Free Guest House and Campground.

Staying in a budget accommodation doesn't always mean giving up amenities. Take Rainforest Shangri-La on the island of Dominica for instance; for less than $100 a night, guests are treated to a destination spa resort complete with thermal pools and rejuvenating yoga classes.

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