Quaint, comfortable and affordable, B&Bs are found in many Caribbean islands but are an especially popular option in Puerto Rico. If you like to meet local people when you travel, absorb some island culture, and start your day with some authentic regional food, consider staying at a bed and breakfast rather than a big resort.
Aruba's desert outback is home to the Aruba Puur Bed & Breakfast, which has a total of three guest rooms (one with private bath, and two others that share a bath and are suitable for families). This classic Aruban home has an in-ground pool and porch where you can enjoy your morning continental breakfast, and Bianca's beauty salon offers massages and facials. Rates are set year-round at $85 nightly for doubles, including breakfast.
Jamaica's Sugarmill B&B has five garden-view rooms with private baths, Jamaican furniture, and double, queen, or king beds starting at $85 nightly. A gourmet breakfast is included, and the in-house chef also can prepare lunch or dinner for an additional $50 per person per day. Guests have use of the property's in-ground pool, and shopping and the Ironshore Golf Course are within walking distance.
Guests at Bermuda's Granaway Guest House have the option of staying in one of four rooms in the circa 1734 main house or the Granaway Cottage in the garden. Homemade continental breakfast is included at this upscale B&B run by Michael and Carol Ashton, which overlooks Bermuda's Great Sound and has views of Hamilton and Bermuda's offshore islands. Guests have the option of swimming in an in-ground pool or the nearby ocean. Room rates range from $125 to $225 depending on season; the cottage runs $150-$375 nightly.
Located close to the shopping and restaurants of Hamilton, Bermuda, the Erith Guest House has seven guest rooms plus a one-bedroom suite, as well as a private pool and hot tub for guests. The suite and some rooms have kitchenettes, ideal for longer stays. Rates vary seasonally and by room, ranging from $140 to $250 nightly including continental breakfast.
Located in lively Negril, Jamaica, the Banana's Garden B&B offers guests lodging in five rustic, cliffside cottages set amid lush gardens, but also sits right in the middle of the action with a location opposite Rick's Cafe. The eco-friendly property has a spa, private pool, and freshly prepared continental breakfast each morning. Cottages all have kitchenettes, queen beds, and open-air hot showers. Rates run from $80 to $165 nightly.
Spanish and English is spoken at this Curacao B&B run by two Cuban expats. Kasa Kuba has four lodging options, including an apartment, studio, and two double rooms. Rates, which start at $60 nightly, including breakfast made to order. The B&B is located in central Curacao and within a short drive of the capital, Willemstad.
Ponds and a waterfall provide a tranquil atmosphere at the Moonz Bed and Breakfast in Curacao, which also features free Wifi and a guest pool. The location is laid back but the B&B is convenient to some of Curacao's most popular attractions, including the Seaquarium and downtown Willemstad.
Located in Willemstad, Curacao, this B&B has six guest rooms, a private pool and patio, free wifi, and a location close to some good local restaurants. Though technically in the city, Toni Cuchi has a suburban feel with its big lawn and spacious deck. Room rates start at about $75 including breakfast.
Nelson's Dockyard is one of the most beautiful and popular destinations in Antigua, and overlooking this historic port is the Ocean Inn, a spectacular B&B with private cottages, ocean-view, and budget rooms. Breakfast is served poolside each morning, and guests can use the onsite fitness center or relax with a drink from the honor bar. A short walk or drive will bring you to the Dockyard, restaurants, marinas, dive centers, or the famous Shirley Heights lookout.
This rare beachfront B&B is located on the south shore of Provo has four suites and offers some true "resort-style" amenities, including a private beach, kayaks, beach loungers and tiki huts, a villa pool, gourmet breakfast, wireless internet and satellite TV. Suites are oceanfront AND poolside. Rates at Gecko Palms are steep -- starting at $595 nightly, with a three-night minimum -- but the setting on one of Provo's most beautiful beaches is spectacular.