7 Affordable US Beach Vacations

You don’t have to save forever to have the beach vacation you dream about. Far-flung vistas might come to mind when you think of beach vacations, but the US is full of beautiful locations that won’t break the bank. Let’s take a look at some of the best spots to get in some sun, sand, and surf.


1. Virginia Beach

You may remember the story of the first European settlers to the US landing in what is now Virginia. Virginia Beach is a resort city full of hotels, restaurants, a legendary boardwalk and beautiful beaches.

It’s currently listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as having the longest pleasure beach, and because it’s in the perfect location to avoid most hurricane patterns, but still south of the cold storms coming from the north, it has earned a reputation for being a reliable beach-side vacation destination.

It’s also in a perfect spot to get some different seasons while still showcasing many tropical species of plant. Summers are hot and humid, perfect for dips in the ocean, while winters boast light, romantic snowfall. You can participate in eco-tours that offer views of wildlife, including whale tours in the winter and dolphin tours in the summer.

It’s also a favorite historical destination and has a thriving art and music scene. If the beach isn’t enough for you, these offer alternatives to laying around all day (not that we’d complain about that.) There are even elements of the supernatural as Edgar Cayce’s hospital for Research and Enlightenment still stands.