That leaves plenty of leftover cash for daiquiris.
Ready to plan a tropical getaway? Today, we found a handful of great deals on round-trip airfare from New York, Boston, and Washington D.C. to islands scattered across the Caribbean (where there is no shortage of blissful resorts and hotels to bed down) .
For as little as $162 (round-trip) you can fly from any of these major cities on the Eastern seaboard to Guadeloupe and nearby Martinique, a quiet of islands in the French West Indies known for charming Francophile beach hotels. Departure dates for this trip range from mid November to December and can easily be booked through Kayak.
If you prefer the British West Indies, consider a $263 round-trip summer vacation in Antigua. Flights are available from New York City to the island from May 17 until mid June. Expect to find intimate resorts with lush gardens and private islands (think: Jumby Bay) that have attracted celebs like Paul McCartney with rum punch and plantation-style decor. For details, head to the Airfare Spot.
Finally, there’s a cool $285 round-trip fare between New York and Saint Thomas, with departure dates from May 12 to June 8 on either Delta or American Airlines. The infinity-edge pool, tennis courts, and Caribbean-Colonial design of the Ritz-Carlton on Great Bay are reason enough to go.
And if Central America is your preferred beach-and-palm-trees destination, you can still fly round-trip for less than $300 with this flight deal—valid in mid June, or August through October. On your flight to or from New York to Belize, you can even arrange a stopover in sunny Miami
Melanie Lieberman is the Assistant Digital Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @melanietaryn.