Secret’s Out: These Caribbean Resorts Are (Relatively) Affordable Finds

FOR ANYONE eager to thaw out this winter on a sun-drenched beach in the Caribbean, a word of caution: Brace yourself for sticker shock. Room rates at the luxury hotels have risen considerably since before the pandemic, nearly 25% in some cases, said Melissa Pugh, a Jet World Travel consultant who specializes in high-end Caribbean vacations. “Covid was very expensive for a lot of hotels and still is,” she explained, attributing the price hike, in part, to staffing shortages and enhanced cleaning and safety protocols. Yet, even the soaring costs aren’t enough to quell demand, and the region’s most popular