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Four Affordable Inns in the Caribbean

The Caribbean: Plein Soleil

Stylish? Yes. Expensive? No. These four island finds have charm to spare.

Harbour Island, Bahamas
Ocean View Club:
The eclectic nine-room inn faces a beautiful pink-sand beach. Inside, there are colorful paintings by Bahamian folk artist Amos Ferguson and breezy rooms with whimsical touches (trumpet lamps; polka-dot couches). $$

Martinique
Plein Soleil (pictured):
The accent is on Creole French in this tasteful collection of villas facing Thalemont Bay. An open-air restaurant serves spicy crab farci and local fruits marinated in mint; the 16 soft-white bedrooms have linen-draped chaise longues worthy of Empress Josephine, Napoleon’s wife—and a Martinique native. $$

Nevis
Hermitage Plantation Inn:
Pastel gingerbread cottages are scattered throughout the tropical garden of this former sugar plantation. Full tea service on the Great House veranda (daily at 4 p.m.) reveals the isle’s rich British heritage. Don’t miss the rum punch—the inn’s 350-year-old recipe is a closely guarded secret. $$

Puerto Rico
Château Cervantes:
This restored 18th-century town house in Old San Juan commemorates Spain’s influence on the New World, from its name (honoring Don Quixote author Miguel de Cervantes) to the shuttered balconies. $

Hotel Pricing Key
$ Less than $200
$$ $200 to $350
$$$ $350 to $500
$$$$ $500 to $1,000
$$$$$ More than $1,000

Photo by Jessica Antola

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