Let's face it: Bargain hotel rooms in Provo are few and far between (you can still find affordable lodging on the other islands, however). Keep in mind that one way to save on hotel rates is by taking advantage of the special packages advertised on most hotel websites, offering decreased rates and extra perks with extended stays. You can also find hotel (and hotel/air) packages on popular travel-booking websites like Expedia and Travelocity, particularly in the off-season (mid-Apr to Nov). And don't forget to look into villa rentals. Here are my choices for the best of the islands' less-expensive accommodations.
- Sibonné Beach Hotel, Grace Bay, Provo (tel. 800/528-1905): A stay here means a room just steps away from the waters of Grace Bay for a steal. Small and charming Sibonné is one of the oldest resorts on Grace Bay, and its rooms -- all of which have sea views, by the way -- are nothin' fancy but nicely appointed. But the real steal is the oceanfront apartment with full kitchen and two patios -- one screened and one open, each with the same meltingly lovely view of Grace Bay that many of its pricier neighbors share.
- Caribbean Paradise Inn, Grace Bay, Provo (tel. 877/946-5020): The owner, Jean Luc Bohic, has fashioned a comfy little B&B around a tropical courtyard and pool, a 2-minute stroll from Grace Bay. The gourmet restaurant Coyaba moved here in 2006, bringing in a lively scene at night.
- Comfort Suites, Grace Bay, Provo (tel. 888/678-3483): This is a perfectly decent place to stay; the pool area is attractive, and the suites are spacious. And the location is prime: 1 block from Grace Bay and next door to the Ports of Call shops.
- Pelican Beach Hotel, Pelican Beach, North Caicos (tel. 649/946-7112): The price is right at this small, comfortable spot smack-dab on Pelican Point. Rooms are admittedly nothing special, but the beach is grand -- and the food, cooked by owner Susie Gardiner, is superb home-style island fare.
- Blue Horizon Resort, Mudjin Harbor, Middle Caicos (tel. 649/946-6141): New owners have spruced things up here, though don't expect the hermetic seal of a luxury, air-chilled Provo suite. Do expect, however, a comfy perch over some of the most breathtaking views on the islands, a world-class beach at your feet, and the sense of having a stretch of paradise largely to yourself ('cause it won't be so for long).
- Osprey Beach Hotel, Duke Street, Grand Turk (tel. 649/946-2666): You're in the thick of the Duke Street action, yet just steps away from the solitude of the island's southwestern beach. Many of the rooms have four-poster beds and cool white linens, and all are large and clean; those in the main section have private oceanfront patios. You'll see lots of familiar faces from all over the island at the barbecue around the pool every Sunday and Wednesday night.
- Island House, Lighthouse Road, Grand Turk (tel. 649/946-1519): The late British-born owner, Colin Brooker, was charm personified, and his small inn exemplified gracious island hospitality. Perched on a Grand Turk hill, the newly renovated inn has killer views of the sea and the island's sloping green bluffs. The freshwater pool is set in a lovely courtyard framed in tropical vegetation. You aren't on the beach, but the inn provides all guests with a vehicle to get around the island.
- Bohio Dive Resort, Front Street, Grand Turk (tel. 649/946-2135): Set in a prime location on beautiful Pillory Beach, this hotel has rebuilt after Hurricane Ike, and its rooms (the suites have kitchenettes) are spacious and clean; ask about the reasonable dive/lodging packages. Bohio has a good restaurant and a bar overlooking the beach.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.