Paradise on a Budget: Eco Retreats that Won't Break the Bank

04/16/2012 07:52 am ET | Updated Jun 16, 2012

Whether lounging on the beach at an exclusive eco lodge or discovering your inner yogi at a luxury retreat, it's easy to assume that paradise will come with a five-figure price tag attached. Thankfully, there are still options for those traveling on a budget, and all-inclusive resorts can actually be a great way to save on expenses, especially if you're careful to avoid hidden costs. Look out for resorts in lesser-frequented destinations or countries where you get more value for your money - South East Asia's spas, for example, are a fraction of the price of their European counterparts, and Central America offers a cheap gateway to the Caribbean. From a detox and yoga retreat in Thailand to Mexican eco-casitas and even a Hawaiian surf camp, here are 8 eco-conscious resorts where you won't have to max out the credit card.

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