Looking for a Cheap Beach Vacation?
A typical beach vacation at a resort is expensive - too expensive
for many. So how do you find a cheaper way to visit a sunny shore?
You can start by identifying what you really want of your vacation.
Is a big resort really necessary? Perhaps it is for you, but
you still want to save some money. In that case, you need to
be flexible. Check prices during the "shoulder season"
(just before the prime season gets going or right after it ends).
There may be deals that save you as much as 50% at these times.
Check different dates for both plane tickets and hotels, because
sometimes the difference of a day or two can save you hundreds
Maybe you don't need a big resort vacation. Maybe you just
want to travel to any warm and relaxing place. Perhaps you aren't
sure what you want for your beach vacation, but you know it has
to be a cheap. In that case, here are some ideas for less expensive
Friends And Family
It can be nice to have family or friends with spare beds who
live near the beach - or on it. Maybe some of them have already
told you to come for a visit. Time to take them up on the offer!
For future vacations, you might also want to encourage your friends
to move to nice beach towns.
There may be somebody just waiting for you to come and stay
in their house in Hawaii, California or Costa Rica. They need
somebody to water the plants and get the mail for them, and in
exchange you get to stay in a beautiful home. To make this a
beach vacation, find one of these caretaking opportunities near
the coast. Check out the Caretaker Gazette online for more information
on these opportunities.
Most of us have seen those Corona beer advertisements on television.
It looks like a great time. If it gets too relaxing, you can
collect seashells and driftwood up and down the shoreline, or
bring a metal detector and search for coins and jewelry. Jump
in the ocean when it gets too hot, and watch the sunset every
But how do you make this a cheap beach vacation? Try camping.
There are many places you can camp in your RV, or in a tent,
right next to the ocean. At the state parks in northern Florida
we saw dolphins swimming by. We flew a kite while collecting
some of the most colorful sea shells we have found. The $22 per
night fee was certainly cheaper than the hotels in the area.
If you wanted to go really cheap, there were free campgrounds
within thirty minutes of the shore.
Lakes Michigan, Huron and Superior are like oceans of fresh
water, but cheaper to visit. In Michigan's upper peninsula in
particular, you can often find cheap motels on or near the beach
(they are all along Highway 2). Most vacationers visit these
beaches in summer, but the best deals may be in September, while
the days are still hot and the water is often at it's warmest
of the year.
Perhaps friends of yours also want a cheap beach vacation.
If so, you can share the expenses to make it more affordable
for everyone. Sharing a room as college kids do during spring
break is one way. You could also rent an RV together. The cheapest
option might be to all get in one car and drive to the nearest
warm beach with a couple tents and coolers full of Corona.