Cheap Beach Vacation Ideas

cheap beach vacationThe snow is falling, windshields are frosting over, and the mall parking lots are filling with slush. As fun as winter is, wouldn't it be nice to escape to a nice beach for a few days? Thankfully, you can. At VacationRentals.com, we have some great cheap beach vacation ideas, and thousands of beach houses to go with. If you're looking for a cheap beach vacation, here are some ideas on finding the best deal.

To find the best spot for you, it's best to first know what we do here at VacationRentals.com. There are thousands of home owners with properties in great vacation spots all around the world, and they routinely open up their homes for travelers like you. We connect these owners with you so that you never have to stay in a hotel again, and so you'll have the best possible vacation experience. Avoid the cramped living spaces, strict checkout times, indifferent staff and uncomfortable crowds of hotels. Skip the hassle and relax in a home that, for a few days, you can call your very own. Skip the continental breakfast and make your own healthy, substantial meals in a full-size kitchen. Enjoy some actual privacy by living in your own place. And perhaps best of all....live like a local in some of the best tourist locations in the country!

Location, Location, and.... yes, Location

If you're looking to save some money on your vacation home, who can blame you? It may seem daunting to find the right place when there are tens of thousands of available homes—over 12,000 in Florida alone—but it's easier than you might think. After you've decided where you want to go, you'll see listings with the most recent discounts or freebies added. Try sorting the listings by Rates to find the cheapest places. They'll be displayed at the top.

cheap beach vacationsThe best bet to finding great deals is to stay flexible. Location is a huge factor for deciding the price of a vacation rental. Not surprisingly, homes with beach front property can go for a lot of money. If you're willing to walk a little ways to reach the sand, you'll save a good amount of green in the long run. Of all the cheap beach vacation ideas out there, the best one is to limit those ideas. If you're open-minded about your plans, you'll save more money.

Timing is Everything

In keeping with flexibility, timing makes a difference on prices, too. If you look at any listing, you'll see that the price fluctuates depending on what dates. Usually, vacations in the offseason—early March, avoiding Spring Break and all major holidays—go for a good deal less. Vacations in the middle of the week are, as a rule, cheaper than those on the weekends. As well, not every summer destination has to be visited in the summer. The best time to go to St Simon's Island, for example, may be fall or spring, if you're more interested in golfing and sightseing than swimming.

Timing isn't just important for the dates you'll be there. The time you actually book the place makes a difference, too. Sometimes if you put off making a reservation on a great home, you'll be rewarded with a lower price. Renters who don't get a good offer will usually lower their rates as prime vacation season approaches. It can be tough to not bid on a great deal, but this is a great example of good things coming to those who wait.

If you're stuck on finding a great place to go, just search around! Good deals are everywhere. The quaint beach town of Destin is one of Florida's great secrets. Located on the panhandle, it's easy to get to for out-of-towners. The miles of beaches are gorgeous, and the fishing is plentiful. There are homes available for as little as $35 a night!

So keep your mind open and your plans flexible. Monitor the site for a while and keep tabs on the homes that strike your eye. Work smarter, not harder, at finding a great vacation home and you'll soon be mere footsteps away from a gorgeous beach. Start searching today!