Budget Island Vacation Ideas

| October 2, 2012

Aerial of Hawaiian island

A beach getaway need not cost a fortune. In fact, certain times of year prove significantly less expensive than others for those who don’t mind a little uncertainty when it comes to the weather. Learn when and where to hit the beach, and then use DexKnows to find a place to stay.


Low season for Mexico starts in April, skips July and August, and ends in mid-December. You can find rates for hotels and rental property vacation rentals discounted by up to 50 percent during these months. That said, May through mid-October serves as the rainy season for Mexico, with hurricane season affecting the Yucatán Peninsula and the southern Pacific coast from around June through October. But if you want to save on hotel rates, going during this time allows you to do exactly that. Explore both coasts of the country when looking for a Mexican beach destination, as Playa del Carmen on the east coast and Zihuatanejo on the west each have their individual charms. Visit Mexico’s official tourism website for more information about the diverse vacation opportunities south of the United States.


Unlike Mexico, the weather elsewhere in the world dictates the low season in Hawaii. Vacationers flock to the islands from mid-December through mid-April to escape the cold where they live, creating a high season, which also includes mid-June through August because of summer vacations. That leaves mid-April to mid-June and September to mid-December, some of the loveliest times of the year in Hawaii, as the low season. Beach hotels and lodging options tend to significantly lower their rates during these months. Visit the Hawaii’s official tourism website for help choosing an island, or several, to visit during your vacation.

Caribbean Islands

More than 7,000 islands make up this region, giving you seemingly endless options for where to go. Just as with Hawaii, though, the weather elsewhere determines the high and low seasons. The lengthy low season in the Caribbean runs from mid-April to mid-December, when rates for hotels and rental property vacation rentals can drop by up to 40 percent. Just as with Mexico, the Caribbean has a hurricane season, from June 1 to Nov. 30, that can disrupt vacation plans. Your best bet for both good weather and low rates on hotels and rental property vacation rentals happens in November and early December. Visit the Caribbean’s official tourism website for more information about the many beach destinations in the region.

When planning a vacation during the off-season in a destination where weather could be an issue, purchasing travel protection proves essential. Use DexKnows travel listings to find not only an agent to help book your trip but also a provider of trip insurance.

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Pamela Mitchell spent more than 15 years at daily newspapers such as the Hartford Courant and Houston Chronicle before becoming a full-time freelancer. She now writes about a variety of topics, from dining and entertainment to pets and travel.