SmarterTravel, 10 Places You Never Thought You Could Afford

People in Sailing Charter Torero at Tamarind Reef Resort

Considered more expensive and harder to get to than its USVI neighbor St. Thomas, St. Croix is now a stronger possibility for more budget-conscious travelers. The U.S Virgin Islands Department of Tourism has extended its Fantastic Flight Promotion, which includes a $300 airfare credit on six-night packages, the sixth night for free, and a $20 casino certificate, for travel through May 31; purchase by March 31. The offer is good at more than a dozen participating hotels, and you can book through 11 different partners, including CheapCaribbean, Expedia, and JetBlue. Also, USVI's Intimate Treasures promotion, available at a slew of hotels, includes dining and attractions certificates valued up to $100.

Several island hotels have their own deals, too. For example, Hibiscus Beach Resort offers a free fifth night and 25 percent off for those who book at least a year in advance, and Tamarind Reef Resort will discount stays by 15 percent (use promo code: SUN15).

Also remember that U.S. travelers don't need a passport to go to St. Croix, which makes a getaway even easier.