While the first snow of the winter can be a magical, whimsical, experience for many, a heavy snowfall and a cold winter can lead to downright depression for others.
In the winter months, seasoned travelers may look to spend some quality time in warm and tropical locations, often parked right at the foot of an exotic beach. While some may pay a premium for such luxury, others are looking to be mindful of their bottom line before strapping on the sandals and breaking out the bikinis.
After all, why should a beach vacation really break the bank? All you need is sun, surf, sand - and you’re all set to relax and enjoy. The Daily Meal has compiled a list of eight stellar budget beach resorts that offer off-season and often yearly rates for under $200/night. All of these properties are on a beach and in close distance to cost effective, delicious dining options.
Take, for instance, The Beach House Resort on Hilton Head Island in South Carolina. The resort is just steps from the island’s Coligny Beach area and within walking distance to ships and restaurants galore, like Steamer Seafood and Vine. In Hawaii the New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel in Honolulu has oceanfront property that has several dining options, like the Japanese restaurant Miyako, or Hau Tree Lanai, featuring Pacific Rim cuisine.
On the island of St. Maartin is boutique hotel LOVE that only has seven rooms situated only steps from the beach. Guests can enjoy afternoon tapas on the terrace or on the beach itself during their stay. The beauty of the property is that when guests get there on their first day—they can choose to do nothing— and continue to do so for the remainder of their stay. For those looking to be a touch more adventurous, kayaking and snorkeling are fun, reasonably priced options for activities.
There also other great global beach options in exotic destinations like Malaysia, Thailand, and Costa Rica for those who are willing to rack up some miles on their favorite airline.
To see all 8 of our budget beach getaway ideas, click through our slideshow here.