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Where are the Best Beaches for the Budget Conscious?

Updated on July 23, 2017
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Stella has published a selection of travel articles and destination guides, accompanied by a wealth of photographs.

Fun in the Sun


Beach-based Holidays With a Bonus

A beach vacation is an ideal break for the budget conscious. What more could you want? Sun, sea and sangria on Spain's Costa del Sol if you live in Europe or a cheap flight to Florida or California if you live in the U.S.

The beauty of beach vacations is that they are possible for all; however small your budget you'll be able to find somewhere in the world that offers you and your family a memorable beach-based holiday either at home or abroad - look what it did for Simon the Ogre - courtesy of Thomson.

The Transformation of Simon, the Ogre:

Choose the Right Time of Year

Be careful to pick the right time of year appropriate for the particular climate of the country you are travelling to or you may spend more time playing board games in your vacation rental home waiting for the clouds to disperse.

Broadly speaking, Mediterranean destinations have a May to end of October season and other times of the year although pleasant, will not be hot enough for serious sun worship.

The Caribbean is a great year round destination but June to end of November is the hurricane season so be prepared for some periods of heavy rain during your stay even if there isn't a full blown storm.

If sunbathing isn't your main priority, you can book out of season bargains and still enjoy pleasant weather, whichever destination you choose.

Even the British summer can be reasonable during the months of July and August so why venture abroad when you can make use of the sunshine at home? You could have the best of both worlds and spend Christmas in the Canary Islands to beat the winter blues. Although the Canary Islands are part of Europe, they enjoy a year-round temperate climate so are the perfect spot for a budget beach based holiday whenever you can jet away. Anyone in mainland Europe will be able to find a great package holiday at any time of year to places like the Canary Islands. An off-peak holiday to the Canaries does not mean you have to compromise on sunshine as the only months where there is any significant rainfall are January and February.

Portugal's Algarve Boasts Prestigious Villas with Breathtaking Views

Cliff top villas on the Algarve boast stunning Atlantic views
Cliff top villas on the Algarve boast stunning Atlantic views | Source

Budgeting for Your Vacation

Saving all year for the vacation of your dreams need not be daunting if you know where to look for the cheapest possible package. The Internet offers a wealth of sites that specialise in beach-based vacations at knock down prices to suit all pockets. In order to budget for your proposed vacation you'll need to access what your outgoings are going to be with regards to your vacation rental home or hotel and then you'll be able to gauge how much cash is still available to spend on trips, entertainments and even a few luxuries.

Where there is a beach there is also sand, sea and sunshine - it may sound obvious but these are the only three ingredients you need to make your kids happy. Okay, so the occasional ice cream will help to perfect the equation but the day's delights are already catered for and they are completely free and can be enjoyed by all. In view of this, budgeting for your annual vacation should be virtually effortless. Things can be made even easier if you opt for an all-inclusive option which means the extra cash you need to take with you is further reduced.

When budgeting for a beach vacation you need to factor in all your travel costs and transfers from the airport and the cost of car hire and rental of additional items that carry a fee such as costs of a cot and high chair hire etc. if you have a young family. Only after this has been done can you begin to budget for other attractions and trips etc. Food arrangements are not always as simple to budget for as you would think. You have to eat whether you're on vacation or not but you must still be cautious not to overspend on food especially when there is a large group to cater for but only one wallet to pay for it all.

Discover a Secluded Beach Away From the Crowded main resorts!

The Algarve is home to many splendid beaches
The Algarve is home to many splendid beaches | Source

Some Reliable Internet Sites to Help you Pick the Best Beach Vacation

Icelolly specialises in U.S. sun holidays and even if you live somewhere as landlocked as Oklahoma, you may be pleasantly surprised how affordable a beach holiday can be.

Villa and apartment holidays can be a wonderful way to travel to idyllic locations on the cheap. You can rent the most opulent accommodation in the world if you share the costs of the villa with a group of friends. You will know from the onset the proportion of costs that you alone are responsible for, then you can arrange a 'kitty' with your group and contribute an equal amount to everything else from meals to car hire.

Homeaway is a fantastic site that allows you to search for the holiday rental home of your dreams whether it is located in a beach setting or not. Your bookings are secure and your money is safe with the many verified and trusted vacation rental homeowners who advertise on this site.There is also a wealth of additional information about various attractions nearby and information on shops bars and restaurants in the vicinity. There are also reviews from previous renters and these will help you in making an informed decision about your own vacation arrangements.

On the beach is a self-explanatory site that will offer great beach vacation deals at an affordable price.

Assess all available options to see which deal suits your party the best. Take advantage of all discounts offered and don't be afraid to ask for further discounts for early bookings etc. Beaches and budgets go hand in hand when it comes to affordable vacations and armed with their buckets and spades your kids will not be conscious of any cutbacks you have had to make in arranging your well-earned vacation.

Make yourself as informed as possible about your destination and read up on reviews of resorts and hotels before committing yourself to booking.TripAdvisor is the number one site to help you pick the best destination, resort and attractions for your particular budget.

Some of the Best Beaches in the Mediterranean

A beach-based Stay Can Be The Most Economical Type of Vacation

Sun, sand and sea are free wherever you go so it's not going to break the bank to get that beach holiday you've been looking forward to all year. Beach lovers lucky enough to have an RV or a camper van can go virtually anywhere they please along a coastal road eat cheaply en route. Campers and backpackers too, have the freedom to camp out on a beach, enjoying the natural environment. Wherever you travel remember to respect the natural surroundings and dispose of your rubbish responsibly. The world's beaches and oceans are fast becoming polluted with plastic and other debris that is not biodegradable and is thus harmful; to all living things.

Of course, if money is no object you can still pay a fortune for your beach holiday and swim in some of the most prestigious pools in the world - but you won't necessarily get a holiday that is dramatically different or more memorable than one that is significantly cheaper.

Some of the USA's Best Beaches

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