Places You Never Thought You Could Afford in the Caribbean

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You: barefoot on an empty white-sand beach. You: rubbing shoulders with celebrities on vacation. You: sipping a cocktail on St. Barts, Anguilla, or Virgin Gorda. The Caribbean's most exclusive and expensive islands may seem beyond your reach, but where there's a will to go, there's a way to save.

Advertisement recently released a survey naming the Caribbean's most expensive destinations (based on the average price of the cheapest available double hotel room). And while such a designation might scare off some, these islands are simply too fabulous to pass up. And, it turns out, there are ways to significantly cut costs on every one of them. Here's how.

Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands

Leave it to a Rockefeller to turn an unassuming patch of land into the Caribbean's priciest island. When the financier Laurance Rockefeller opened the Little Dix resort on Virgin Gorda in the 1960s, he set a tone of luxurious seclusion that's still prized on the island. With an average nightly rate of $321 per night for a double room, Virgin Gorda is no one's idea of a bargain getaway. But you can still find a great place to stay for much less.

The key to keeping costs down on Virgin Gorda is to think beyond the resort walls. The hundreds of vacation-rental options listed on sites like VRBO and TripAdvisor offer excellent value. For instance, the Coffee & Tea Absolute Beachfront Cottages has a five-out-of-five rating on TripAdvisor and rates from $171 per night. There's also the popular and affordable Guavaberry Spring Bay Vacation Homes, a cluster of ocean-view one-, two-, and three-bedroom units with rates starting at $160 per night in spring and summer and $250 during the winter high season.

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