Beach vacations are a must for families traveling in the summer. From building sandcastles to jumping in the waves, going to the beach can make you feel like a kid again and create even more memories with your family. However, the often hefty price tag can bring you right back to reality and prohibit you from going.
Vacation homes enable families to save more when they travel, unlike a resort where the costs can add up. Renting a home with amenities like a full kitchen enables budget travelers to cook meals instead of eating out or ordering room service. Kitchens are also great for storing and packing coolers full of fresh fruit, water and more essential snacks for the beach. Many beach house rentals also come with beach gear such as towels, umbrellas, chairs — even beach toys!
Whether you’re looking for a new destination for your annual family road trip or making the great escape across the globe, beach destinations are endless. To make the choice easier, Vrbo compiled the top ten beach destinations that won’t break the bank.
1. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Myrtle Beach is a great destination for a classic beach vacation with 60 miles of sandy coastline, more than 1,000 golf courses and plenty of seafood. The average nightly rate per person for vacation rentals in Myrtle Beach is $54.
2. Alicante, Spain
Alicante is near the airport, making the trek a little easier for travelers from around the world. The stunning beaches, charming history and exciting nightlife add up to a superb — and budget-friendly — getaway with friends, especially when splitting the cost of a vacation home. The average nightly rate per person for vacation rentals in Alicante is $43.
3. Harrison County, Mississippi
Coastal Mississippi is an outdoor lover’s haven. With fishing, kayaking, and attractions like Gulf Islands National Seashore and Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, your family can get their full outdoor fix in Harrison County without straining the budget. The average nightly rate per person for vacation rentals in Harrison County is $55.
4. Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain
A popular cruise stop, Santa Cruz de Tenerife is a destination in itself. The golden beaches with the mountain backdrop make for the perfect getaway with friends and family, sure to make all those left behind envious of your beach trip. The average nightly rate per person for vacation rentals in Santa Cruz de Tenerife is $44.
5. Corpus Christi and Port Aransas, Texas
Port Aransas and Corpus Christi are less than an hour’s car ride apart. Both are great destinations for a cost-efficient beach vacation with your family. From sandy beaches to thrilling watersports, there’s something for everyone. The average nightly rate per person for vacation rentals in Corpus Christi and Port Aransas is $60.
6. Las Palmas, Spain
Las Palmas has many beautiful beaches to choose from with crystal clear water and lots of sun bathers. When you’re not on the beach, take in the beautiful sites and eat all the tapas you can in the city. The average nightly rate per person for vacation rentals in Las Palmas is $46.
7. Cocoa Beach and Cape Canaveral, Florida
Trying to escape the city? Cocoa Beach and Cape Canaveral are relaxing destinations to get away from traffic and the noise of the city and disconnect on the beach. Cocoa Beach is only an hour’s drive from Orlando and is great for families looking to split time between theme parks and the beach. The average nightly rate per person for vacation rentals in Cocoa Beach and Cape Canaveral is $60.
8. Palermo, Italy
Known for its rich history and cultural finesse, Palermo is a coastal city with gorgeous and quiet beaches. Take a break from the sites to bask in the scenery of the city and nearby mountains while sunbathing on the beach with your beach read. The average nightly rate per person for vacation rentals in Palermo is $48.
9. South Padre Island, Texas
South Padre Island is a hub for water sports and activities from kite surfing to parasailing, making it a perfect destination for thrill-seekers! The average nightly rate per person for vacation rentals in South Padre Island is $62.
10. Limon, Costa Rica
Limon is considered one of the most lush and diverse regions of Costa Rica. From white sand beaches to mountains towering over the rainforest, you can explore nature and avoid the crowds of the city. The average nightly rate per person for vacation rentals in Limon is $49.