Best Budget Beach Trips

Summer is officially here, and for many, that means a vacation to the beach. However, beach trips can quickly take a toll on your bank account, depending on which destinations you choose. If you’re looking to take a beach vacation without breaking the bank, the following list should have you covered. Here are some of the best budget beach trips.

Surfside Beach

South Carolina

Surfside Beach is a laidback vacation destination that’s just about perfect for families. It offers a two-mile stretch of amazing beach and a brand new pier. During the summer months, families can explore concerts, festivals and a couple of farmers markets each week.

Bar Harbor


Bar Harbor is gorgeous in the summertime. The temperatures are warm during the day, with little rainfall and the nights offer cool ocean breezes. The scenery alone makes it worth the trip, where visitors can experience Frenchman Bay and the beautiful Acadia National Park.

Boca Raton


Boca Raton is the “snowbird” capital of the world, where folks from northern climates usually come down and stay for several months out of the year to get away from the cold winters. During these months, prices in the area can be a bit steep. However, during the summer months, hotel prices drop considerably and the beaches and other attractions in the area are far less crowded.

Fort Lauderdale


Like Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale sees prices drop dramatically during the summer months. Visitors can explore more than 160 miles of waterways and take in the views of the city’s many marinas, which host more boats than any other city in America.

Fort Myers


Fort Myers is on the Gulf Coast of Florida, and not only is it reasonably priced during the summer months, it’s also a great place for families, with plenty of activities available to keep everyone happy. Two museums in the area are “must-dos” should you decide to visit—the Henry Ford Museum and the Thomas Edison Museum. Nature lovers will find plenty to keep them busy as well, with several wildlife refuges in the area full of birds, gators and various other wildlife.