How to Have a Blast at the Beach on a Budget

How to Have a Blast at the Beach on a Budget

This blog post was originally posted on March 27, 2017. Updated on March 27, 2018.

The days are lengthening, especially with the start of Daylight Savings, and the sun is shining more and more often now. Work, and kids' school schedules, are still filling up all of your time, seeming to take no notice of the spring weather that is making you long for a vacation. When you lay your weary head down on the pillow each night, can’t you almost hear the waves lapping at the shore? You know it is your imagination teasing your senses, but you do so long for a Topsail Beach vacation!

Wouldn’t it be lovely to spend a carefree afternoon, or two or three, at the beach right now? To actually be lulled to sleep by the sound of the incoming waves and the ebbing tides? If only you had it in the budget right now… Well, guess what? You do! That’s right. Before you say adios and call us crazy, let us show you just how you really can take that beach vacation that is calling your name…on a budget.


What is one of the most expensive parts of a vacation? The travel, of course! If you are a family of three or four, you probably have to spend $2,000 - $3,000 just in airfare every time you head out to your favorite beach destination. And that is if you travel during an off season.

If you pick a destination that is closer than Cabo - say, Surf City or North Topsail Beach, NC - then you can save a bundle! In fact, you will probably just spend around $100 for gas and food instead of 10-20 times that amount for airfare and airport food. Have you ever thought about taking a "local” US beach vacation? Never fear! Our beautiful beaches here in the US have pristine sand, safe waters, and all the sun you could wish for. Along with warm weather and the sweet, serene sounds of the surf.

Rent a Home

The next greatest cost that a vacation incurs is lodging. Especially if you are going to stay somewhere for more than one or two nights while enjoying a safe and beautiful location. And the larger your family, the more each night costs you. Which is why you need to rent a vacation home from us!

A vacation home means no more overcrowded rooms and no more long lines in the morning for the bathroom. Instead, we can provide you with a room for everyone in your family, and as many bathrooms as you have at home. Plus, you will get the invaluable gift of privacy and blissful quiet, along with your own deck or porch. A Topsail Island vacation rental home is the perfect solution for your getaway.

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Come During the Week

When you think about a vacation, do you picture a long weekend, your destination packed with locals and visitors alike while school is out and work is closed? Then think again! Take your beach vacation during the week, when most people are in school or at work. You will have less people vying for the same spot of sand as you. Plus, there are a lot more discounts to be found, even at gas stations, during the week.

Dine In

What was your last restaurant bill? Even if you were just enjoying a leisurely lunch in the middle of the week with, say, your spouse and two children at a moderately priced restaurant, you probably didn’t walk out for under $55-$60. Having to spend that kind of money for breakfast, lunch, and dinner comes out to over $150 a day for just basic meals at restaurants. You can save a large portion of this every day if you just indulge in your favorite breakfast and lunch items in your home-away-from-home!

Our rental homes come complete with lovely kitchens that contain everything you need to create all kinds of breakfast and lunch delights.


Another large budgetary concern when you are on vacation with your family is entertainment. Kids will be kids and always want something to do, even if you think lounging around and doing nothing sounds quite amazing yourself. While on your dreamy beach vacation, take advantage of all of the entertainment the ocean has to offer. You only need a beach ball, a volleyball net, maybe even a volleyball, and some sand to have a grand time with your family. Bring a radio along and dance in the waves with your kids. Build sand castles and other sculptures. Draw in the still wet sand just abandoned by the surf. The beach provides all kinds of free activities for you and your family!

Now that we’ve shown you how you can have your dreamy beach vacation on a budget, it is time to seize the moment and indulge yourself and your family! Book your vacation now and take advantage of every moment of life that you have.


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