For most of us, budgets are pretty tight after the holidays. But warm weather and tropical cocktails beckon, and a beach vacation is the best cure for that unavoidable mid-winter funk.
For those with limited funds but endless love for palm trees and ocean views, here are four awesome beach vacations with starting rates under $400. These packages combine roundtrip airfare and hotel stays in some of the most enviable warm-weather environments.
Keep in mind that prices listed are for particular departure cities and dates based on two travelers – click through to search from your home city and see prices.
1. Jamaica: Flights + 3 Nights at 4-Star Guest Rated Boutique Seastar Inn in Negril - $318+
This three-night Jamaica vacation package from BookIt.com includes airfare and a stay for three nights at the 4-star guest rated Seastar Inn, where you can experience the beauty of Negril firsthand.
Be sure to catch the inn's free daily breakfast, and enjoy the poolside bar and live music reggae nights on Saturday. Want to get to the beach ASAP? Take advantage of the hotel's free beach shuttle service.
2. Dominican Republic: Flights + 3 Nights at Ocean View Studio in Super-Chill Juan Dolio Near Capital - $330+
If a tropical getaway to the Dominican Republic sounds tempting to you, check out this budget-friendly package deal, including a stay in an ocean-view studio at the Meridiana Residence in Juan Dolio, a small beach town that hasn't lost its local flavor. You'll be walking distance to the beach, and less than an hour's drive to Santo Domingo, the capital and largest city in the Caribbean.
3. Riviera Maya: Air + 3 Nights at Magic Blue Boutique Hotel in Playa del Carmen - $341+
With this 3-night hotel and airfare combo, you'll stay at the enchanting Magic Blue Boutique Hotel, just a few blocks from the oceanfront in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Rooms are well-equipped with private balconies or patios, plus minibars and espresso makers. Seems too good to be true? More than 700 TripAdvisor reviewers have given this hotel a 4.5-star rating.
4. Miami Vacation Roundup - 3- to 5-Night Beach & City Stays With Airfare - $300+
Miami is ideal for a quick beach vacation, and Priceline's roundup of vacation packages lets you browse a number of three- to five-night getaways in the city and surrounding area — and some of the listed beach vacations under $400 are seriously tempting.
The starting rate is for airfare and a stay at the Miami Beach Resort & Spa in the upscale, chilled-out Mid-Beach area — far enough away from South Beach to be relaxing but close enough to get there easily.