How to Plan the Perfect Beach Vacation
Right as the sun starts to shine and the snow begins to melt, there’s one thing that immediately occupies our mind: the warm weather right around the corner! Maybe you’ve had the privilege to travel this winter, but for most of us who were cooped up throughout the cold months are itching to get out there and soak up some vitamin D… which means it’s time to start planning your perfect beach vacation!
If you live near the ocean, lucky you! You won’t have to do much travel planning when the beach is right in your backyard.
For the rest of us inland folks, there are a few things you should think about before spending hours driving (or flying) all the way out to where land meets the sea—only to realize you chose a lackluster tourist destination, forgot the essential shade equipment, or broke the rolling wheel on your faulty ice chest and are forced to drag 30+ pounds throughout the sand the rest of the weekend.
Choose Your Beach Strategically
You might have your heart set on a certain city or state, but are you sure you’ve thought it all the way through? Say you live in North Carolina and are contemplating a quick family vacation down the nearby coast of Florida; stay away from the glittery allure of Miami and the expensive traps in Orlando and opt for the lesser known Clearwater Beach instead!
Here you’ll find sugar-like sand, clear, shallow waters, and lifeguards galore. This family-friendly beach will keep the whole team entertained with pirate ship rides, parasailing adventures, and long walks down Pier 60. Be sure to stop by the Clearwater Aquarium while you’re in the area!
When we talk about packing your luggage, we mean more than just your items of clothes. Of course, whimsical men’s short shorts and tropical, flowy dresses are a must if you want to get into the beachy vibe, but if you actually want to enjoy the beach—and not just look like you’re enjoying it in all those photos ops—you’ll need to be a bit more comprehensive with your packing. There’s nothing worse than being stuck in a hotel room nursing blistered feet and sunburned skin!
What you can pack along and what you’ll have to rent upon arrival depends on whether you’re driving or flying and how much space that leaves you with. The kids will more than likely need to leave their favorite boogie board at home and pick up a disposable or rentable one at the resort.
Think about taking a trip to the general store to stock up on all the goods you’ll need for the weekend (sunscreen, ice, groceries) to save yourself money and space. If you’re running a little low on room, check out these creative beach hacks for summer fun to see how everyday products can be used on your vacation!
Budget in Advance
There’s nothing better than traveling… but also few things are more expensive. Research which cities are cheapest during your travel month, how expensive breakfast on the beach might be, and the amount of times you can say yes to pleading requests for delicious ice cream.
You want to save up plenty in advance so that you and your family can fully enjoy the trip and all of its activities, but the spending has to stay within reason. If you stray too far from your budget, it might prevent you from taking your annual fall vacation in the months ahead.
Do you have any other beach vacation planning tips we should know about? If so, let us know in a comment below.
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