When long days drag on, you’re dreaming of the two of you retreating to a haven of white sand and tan lines. Eventually, you’re almost desperate enough to book the first TripAdvisor destination that comes up when you Google “get me out of winter.” But that price tag always jolts both of you back to reality. What if you could find a heart (and body) warming location that didn’t sabotage your wallet? These shockingly affordable beach vacations are what you’re looking for:
St. Martin, Leeward Islands: According to Travel + Leisure, St. Martin is the place to be. A small part of the Caribbean’s Leeward Islands, St. Martin provides white-sand beaches for plenty of sun-tanning time. But it also offers fascinating opportunities to join in on events that celebrate its cultural history. See St. Martin’s official activity calendar for you to enjoy any time of year. Stay at places like the Sol e’ Luna Inn to get the most out of your money. It’s a small place without elevator access on the French half of the island, but the two of you will be treated to charming views from your own private terrace for $125 per night.
Phuket, Thailand. This is a vacationer’s dream, according to Oyster. Of course, a flight to Thailand does a number on your wallet, but booking a flight far ahead of time and looking for deals will be the hardest money decision. Once you’re in Thailand, you’ll discover that you can vacation in comfort at an amazingly low cost. Luxury resorts and hotels are notoriously reasonable, starting at around $200 each night. Or, find a more modest hotel and spend the extra baht on extremely affordable watersport activities like jet skiing, tubing, kayaking, or boating. Or shop for souvenirs at various outdoor markets and learn to bargain like a pro! With the options, you’re sure to find activities for both of you to enjoy.
Paulo, Hawaii. Hawaii isn’t usually known for its affordability, but we all want to go there. Pauko, on the west side of Hawaii, will surprise you. Travel + Leisure recommends Pauko’s Bed and Breakfast, a hidden gem among all of Hawaii’s expensive resorts, that will wow you at $98 per night. In addition to the low-key experience, you’ll have access to beautiful beaches perfect for snorkeling or sun-bathing, and a daily Hawaiian breakfast. If you like to be active, Hawaii’s beaches and nature parks are within easy reach.
Pensacola, Florida. Here, you’re already saving cost that comes with international airfare. ABC News recommends heading over between April and October for the best budget deals and even temperature, if neither of you are fans of the intense heat. Pensacola averages between 80 and 90 degrees between those months. Here, you can enjoy the beaches or affordable restaurants for a romantic date night. With the historic culture, trails, and beaches, you’ll always have something to do together.