Inexpensive Beach Vacation Ideas
Who doesn’t dream of a vacation spent reclining on the beach in the warm sun? If the thought of spending an entire month’s pay on a trip to one of the Hawaiian islands has you wondering if a beach vacation is even within sights for you, don’t worry! There are alternatives to those expensive destinations that still offer the same level of amenities, adventure and warm weather you’re after. Here are five affordable destinations you can consider.
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Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica
While the rich hit up the popular resorts on the Pacific coast, head to Costa Rica’s beautiful coast with the surfers. This small town is very laid-back with excellent Costa Rican and South American food and — best of all — miles of deserted beaches to wander all the way to Panama. The best place to find affordable accommodations is just south of the town where bungalows within walking distance of the pristine beaches go for less than $85/night.
This seven-mile stretch of beach is packed with people during the busiest times of the season and you’ll love hanging out for hours soaking in the sun while locals stop by selling everything from freshly sliced pineapple to massages. Watch the beautiful sunsets or follow the divers and try your hand at cliff diving. One of the coolest hotels here is Rockhouse, where you can rent a bungalow carved in the rock from as low as $125/night. You can also try the White Sands hotel on the beach which starts at $75 during the busiest time of the year for a room with a kitchenette.
Tulum is only one hour south of Cancun and it’s where all the budget travelers headed after Cancun exploded in popularity — and price — in the 1970’s and 80’s. The town is most known for its Mayan ruins and its great, uncrowded beaches. One of the best places to stay is the Posada Dos Ceibas, with daily beach yoga and a restaurant, with prices starting at $60/night.
Cannon Beach, Oregon
You don’t need to leave the United States to enjoy an affordable beach vacation. Cannon Beach is only 90 minutes from Portland and it’s often called the Carmel of Oregon, although you’ll find the prices must lower here. Some of the greatest things to see include Haystack Rock, which towers over the shallow waters of the hamlet, and Ecola State Park, where you can explore the beautiful 300-year-old spruce trees similar in size to the great redwoods. You can also wander the pink beaches and enjoy Kumamota oysters at local restaurants.