One of the most relaxing vacations one could go on involves some white sandy beaches accompanied by crystal clear waters and cloudless skies. Paradise is a subjective word, but I think we all can agree that a beach vacation could cure a lot of our everyday stresses, especially those of us with families who need to unwind too. So where should you head the next time you want to scratch that travel itch to somewhere warm?
One of the most popular beach destination spots is Fort Lauderdale, Florida, however, have you ever heard of Lauderdale-by-the-sea, Florida? This beach town is much more affordable compared to other popular Florida hot-spots like Miami or Palm Beach, but if you want to visit any of those places there is only a short drive away from this remote town! Since it is a beach town, the overall aesthetic is just that, a relaxed environment with beautiful pavilion views and quaint shopping squares with outdoor eateries and a rather hefty nightlife.
If you’re looking to go a little further than Florida, Panama is one of the cheaper beach spots if you’re smart about planning. During its off season hotel rates and flights to Panama decrease exponentially when compared to the pricing during the more popular summer seasons. Even though you’d be going when there’s less people around, the weather will be just as nice, and less tourists means less beach traffic. The town itself is saturated with culture and activities the entire family will enjoy as well.
What Lauderdale-by-the-sea is to Florida, Salyulita is to Mexico. Salyulita is like Cancun’s younger sibling that’s much more affordable and relaxed when compared to its more heavily populated neighboring towns. This town is famous for its surfing beaches and other water-sport activities it offers its visitors. Don Pedros is the town’s most famous restaurant, so if you go head on down and be sure to order the nachos!
Oregon may be on the west coast, but it’s not commonly known for its beach towns. Gold Beach, Oregon is a lesser-known affordable destination on the coast of the state that’s full of secluded beaches and kayak/water-sport rental shops. The nearby Rogue River village offers jet boat tours of the surrounding rural landscapes, as well as fishing excursions. If you visit between the months of March and May you’re not only likely to get a cheaper rate, but you’ll also be able to catch a glimpse of the annual gray whale migration that captivates citizens of the beach town every year.
One of the more popular places on this list includes Myrtle Beach in South Carolina. Myrtle Beach is the mini-golf capital of the world, as it famously has over 50 differently themed mini-golf courses in the area. Beyond that, the beach itself is as beautiful as you’d expect, and the plethora of outdoor malls/shopping centers/flea markets ensures you’ll never have a boring day on your vacation.
Finally, we’re going to Europe, Greece to be more specific. Corfu, Greece is one of the cheapest destinations in the country, which is known for its rather lavish and expensive resorts and hotels. However, Corfu is an older town which houses multiple museums and rich architecture as old as the town itself. Corfu also is home to the Achillieon, a beautiful and historic palace that has been converted into a museum for all to enjoy.
Wherever you decide to go, pack the sun screen and soak in those rays. These destinations offer a little more of a financial cushion when it comes time to book your trip, however, you can’t go wrong with travelling to any parts of these beautiful beach destinations.
Eric Mastrota is a Contributing Editor at The National Digest based in New York. A graduate of SUNY New Paltz, he reports on world news, culture, and lifestyle. You can reach him at email@example.com.