There's nothing quite as awesome as a beach vacation to help you relax and recharge. But if you're on a budget, it can be tough to find a destination that won't break the bank. But we have found 10 of the cheapest beach vacations that offer an escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. These vacations provide a chance to relax and enjoy the natural beauty of the beach
Lucky for you, we have filtered plenty of cheap beach vacations around the world to create this list that is just right for budget travelers. From Asia, Europe, Africa and America, here are 10 of the cheapest beach vacations for us budget travelers. There is even one as affordable as $12 per day! That would be only $360 per month!!
With a bit of planning and research, you can find a beach vacation that fits your budget. So, what are you waiting for? Start planning your next beach getaway today!
10. Daytona Beach, United States
Daytona is not just the home of the NASCAR 500 but is also a pleasant place to enjoy the beach and relax in the sun. You can enjoy many activities for free or for a small fee such as exploring the Daytona Beach Boardwalk and Pier or visiting the Ponce De Leon Inlet Lighthouse.
You could also head off to explore Tiger Bay State Forest which is a fascinating swamp forest that displays some of the rugged beauty of Florida. The Florida black bear and bald eagle are two of the most significant species to watch out for in the forest.
If you want to stay in the Daytona area for even cheaper, you could look at the camping opportunities available at the Tiger Bay State Forest.
We found a good deal close to Daytona Beach at the Days Inn by Wyndham Daytona Beach Speedway where you could stay with a friend for under $40 each inclusive of breakfast. If you budget and plan well, you could end up just under $50 per day all in per day for your beach vacation to Daytona Beach.
9. Utila, Honduras
This wonderful island budget beach destination is simply superb and is just off the coast of Honduras. Not only do you get to live on an island while having your beach vacation, but there is also the nearby Utila Iguana Conservation Project to explore for about $3.
At the Utila Iguana Conservation Project you can see the Utila Iguana which is an endangered species. There are also opportunities for you to volunteer and help out with this conservation project. This is if you get sick of lazing around the beach and decide you want to change the world for the better.
We found accommodation at under $30 a night per person if you are sharing at the Blue Sky Rentals Utila depending on the season. Add your $3 or so for the entrance to the Iguana Conservation Project and about $15 for meals and the total is just below $50 per day.
8. Sayulita, Mexico
Sayulita, Mexico is a wonderful place to spend your beach vacation. It has a beautiful beach with palm trees and wonderful sea green and blue waters that are suitable for swimming, bodyboarding and of course surfing.
You can laze around on the warm sands and relax to the soothing sound of the waves and the bustling of other visitors. You can visit and explore the vibrant market with its fresh food and spectacular colours. Either way after a day you will not want to leave this wonderful place.
The beach is a relaxed 6-minute walk from Sayulita Beach, Sayunique Boutique Hostal where you can stay for $22 per person per night. Of course, if you're not afraid to risk it, you could also stay in a hostel or rent a room in a house for as little as $1 per person. However, I am not sure how enjoyable that experience will be. Depending on what you eat and where, you could get by with $20 per day which would put the grand total for Sayulita, Mexico at $44 per day.
7. Nice, France
This is a great place to enjoy a budget beach vacation but still be able to enjoy the city and some French charm all in one. While you are there, you must explore extensively, because there is tons to see and explore around every corner. From the Promenades des Anglais with its spectacular views of the blue ocean. There are also markets and a wonderful old quarter where you can immerse yourself in the culture and connect with the people.
In the city centre of Nice we found a room in a private apartment for $8 per person although usually you should reckon with about $20 per person per night. Of course, if you buy your food at the local markets, it is far cheaper than eating out. However, you should plan a budget friendly $20 per person for food per day. This brings the total budget of this cheap beach vacation to a realistic $40 per day.
6. Nea Vrasna, Greece
Nea Vrasna is approximately 80 km or just under 50 miles from Theseloniki in Greece. The beach is spectacular, and the waters are exceptionally clear allowing you to look straight at the bottom of the ocean.
Most of the accommodation here has its own private beach with beachside bars and restaurants to enjoy. The beaches are perfect for relaxing and lazing around. If you want activity, you can always swim or snorkel and take an adventure hike in the surrounding hills.
The Villa Relax is practically on its own private piece of beach and costs $16 per day per person if you share with someone or $17 if you don’t. If you eat out every day, expect to spend about $20 per day, but if you buy groceries, it will be cheaper. Thus, a day of beach vacation at Nea Vrasna will cost about $37.
5. Tofinho Beach, Mozambique
If an African experience is something you need to add to your cheap beach vacation, then look no further than Tofinho Beach, Mozambique. This is a gem of an experience among the many other beach locations that offer cheap vacations in Africa.
Not only are the waters warm, the weather is gorgeous, and the views are breathtaking. However, if you have a couple extra dollars you can scuba dive at some of the most renowned diving sites in the world nearby. We recommend getting to Tofinho Beach by using a cheap $5 bus from Maputo, just to add flavour to your African experience.
The place to stay there is almost on the beach and is called Tofinho Beach House Apartments which costs $12 per person per night sharing. If you budget $25 a day for food, you will be eating seafood like a king on your budget beach vacation. This means that Tofinho Beach, Mozambique comes in at a budget of $37 per day. Just be warned WIFI might be an issue out there.
4. Kuta, Bali
Why not become a surfer on your budget beach vacation? If you ever wanted to surf, then Kuta in Bali is the place to go to try it out. You can rent a cheap surfboard and give surfing a go. I recommend practicing your balance and standing up on the board in the sand a few times first though.
After a tiring day surfing, or swimming if surfing is not for you, you will be exhausted and starving. Luckily there is a wide selection of food available at very reasonable prices. Therefore, you can grab a delicious meal, have a few drinks and sleep like a baby every night of this paradise budget beach vacation
The Puri Agung Homestay charges about $4 per person per night. Yes, I said $4 per night, and yes that includes a bed, WIFI and all the basics. The surfboard will be expensive in comparison costing about $15 for a two-hour session and for meals and drinks you could do well with $25 per day. If you are very budget conscious, you could get away with $15 per day for meals. That brings the total for Kuta Bali’s budget beach vacation to $34 to $44 per day with surfboard rental and $19 to $29 per day without.
3. Goa India
Goa India also has some amazing beaches, but also has so much more. There is amazing architecture, including Portuguese architecture, some of the oldest known rock art ever found in India and tons of artifacts etc. Explore the local museums.
Also nearby is the Dudhsagar Falls waterfall. This is something that you will definitely find if you head off to the Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary and Mollem National Park to hike and explore a little bit.
We found cheap accommodation at Flagship 2863 Hotel 4 Pillar's where you could pay $15 per night sharing. The food is obviously also amazing here, especially if you enjoy Indian cuisine. Depending on where and what you eat, you could get by with about $6 to $12 per day. That means that Goa, India will cost you a low $21 to $27 per day during your vacation there.
2. Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam
Phu Quoc Island is simply idyllic with its magnificent clear green and blue waters that allow you to see the ocean floor for miles. Add the beautiful sandy beaches, the palm trees and the wonderful rock formations between the beaches and you are in paradise.
It is incredible to think that this spectacular location is a budget friendly cheap beach vacation destination. There are a lot of watersports to take part in if your budget allows. Otherwise, swimming and basking in the sun on the beach are also healthy for the soul here.
We found a hotel called Hotel Ruby Phu Quoc with a rate of $6 per person sharing. There were other offers as low as $1 per person for private rooms in a house, but we chose to stick to hotels on this one. Your meals will set you back an additional $10 to $15 depending on what you choose to eat. Thus, Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam comes in at a cheap daily budget of $16 to $21 per day.
1. Ungasan Beach Bali
Another dream location in Bali is a place known as Ungasan Beach. It is actually a private beach and you have to pay a small fee to access it. However, it is worth it as it is picturesque and not as overcrowded as other beaches in Bali.
This scenic stretch of beach is sandwiched between the rich turquoise tones of the ocean and a steep green hill on the other side. There is also a resort that actually owns the beach, but you can access the beach without staying there. This is the epitome of relaxation in paradise, and all that at an affordable price.
The Hotel Taman Wisata which is not that far away will set you back $2 per person sharing and in this area $10 will get you a lot to eat and drink. That means you could enjoy this wonderful beach vacation for a staggeringly low $12 per day.
So, there you have our list of the ten cheapest beach vacation locations. I hope this list inspires you to try one of these beautiful locations.