One of the biggest things holding us back from booking that dream Caribbean summer getaway is the thought of having to pay $500+ for travel tickets alone.

While that’s definitely true for some remote islands that aren’t often serviced by most major U.S. airlines, the idea that traveling somewhere warm and tropical always has to cost an arm and a leg is nothing more than a myth.

And today, we’re going to prove that.

We’ve taken 13 countries and 18 independent territories across the Caribbean and put them through the Skyscanner pricing tool to see which destinations were the cheapest to fly to this summer and believe me when I say that some of these prices are so low they’ll catch even the most budget-savvy of travelers off guard.

5. The Bahamas

The Bahamas from above

Known as a paradise of sun-kissed beaches and translucent-looking waters, it’s no wonder why people can’t seem to get enough of the Bahamas, and if you, too, are one of the millions of travelers looking forward to a getaway on the island this summer, I’ve got good news for you.

Return tickets during the summer months will start at just $228, and the national average isn’t too far off either, at ~$370.

Surprisingly enough, though, it seems like booking your depart and return flights separately might be more economical (at least at the time of writing this article), with the total cost hovering around $200.

4. Jamaica

Seven Mile Beach, Jamaica

There’s plenty to love about Jamaica, and now that new routes connecting the mainland U.S. to the Caribbean island are popping up left and right, you can add “cheap flights” to that list, too.

Round-trip tickets this summer will start at $198.

July is the cheapest month to travel, whereas August is the most expensive, with economy airfare climbing up to $226.

And while departing from cities like Phoneix or El Paso can prove to be expensive, tickets from most of the country rarely surpass the $400 mark, so if there’s ever been a time for you to explore Kingston’s Devon House, Negril’s Seven Mile Beach, or Ocho Rios’ Dunn’s River Falls, it’s this summer.

3. U.S. Virgin Islands

Trunk Bay, St. John

Comprised of St. Thomas, St. John, and St. Croix, this dreamy archipelago is the perfect destination for those who want to take in the paradisic beaches of the Caribbean without even needing a passport.

Airfare prices this summer will get as low as $149 during June, slowly increasing throughout July and August to $193 and $242, respectively, so if you’re thinking about finally taking that trip you’ve been thinking about, you’ll need to move quickly.

Accommodation can seem a bit pricey at first, but when you consider the fact that the places charging $150-$250 are actually all-inclusive resorts, the price tag seems much more reasonable.

2. Dominican Republic

Arenda Gorda beach, Dominican Republic

Given that we’re talking about the most popular country in the Caribbean, you don’t need me telling you (at least not again) what’s so great about the Dominican Republic.

What you’re probably wondering, though, is how cheap you can get to the place you’ve seen so many times plastered all over social media, and on that front, I’ve got good news for you.

Economy flights to and from the Dominican Republic are set to drop down to $179 in June, followed by a very slight increase in July and August, when airfare will start from $182.

1. Puerto Rico

Palm trees in Puerto Rico

Tempted by the idea of lounging on a Caribbean beach without needing a passport but don’t want to go on a tiny, secluded island?

I’ve got just the place for you.

Puerto Rico isn’t only one of the region’s most naturally gorgeous gems but also a cultural treasure trove where that Spanish colonial charm and Caribbean flair create a one-of-a-kind atmosphere.

What’s more, return tickets this June start at $87 – yes, you read that right!

July and August tickets are priced a bit higher at $128 but still affordable enough to leave you some wiggle room in your “fun” travel budget.

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