5 Ways to Afford a Beach House Vacation

5 Tips to Afford a Beach House Vacation

The thought of spending an entire week on the beach makes me so happy. I love having a house to make our own for the week and the comfort of home while on vacation.  For most people it seems like an out of reach dream but I am here to tell you with some planning and tricks you can afford a beach house(even on a budget) for your next vacation. Read on and  get ready to enjoy your morning coffee while watching the sun rise.

5 Ways to Afford a Beach House Vacation

 First…Why I May Never Stay in a Condo…Again!

 We like to visit Myrtle Beach every year and we have always stayed in a house.  In the summer of 2016 we decided to give a condo a try.  It was a terrible experience.  The place was dirty, the doors were broken, there were cigarettes on the patio.  It was pretty bad.  I know this is not how every experience is and there are beautiful condos in other places but I will never make that mistake again!

Luckily we ended up getting a full refund(I’ll admit Mama Bear came out!) and found a rental house across from the ocean.  There and then I decided that a house is the only way I will go on a week long beach vacation.  (Please know I am not knocking all condos! If you love them I would love to hear about it in the comments.)

 With that I had to figure out how I could afford a beach house!  I knew I would have to do some research and plan ahead to make a beach house vacation affordable and realistic for my family.  Here are my 5 tips to help your family enjoy the comforts of a beach vacation too!

#1 Go with Family & Friends

We always go with other people when we rent a house.  We have visited with both sets of grandparents.  It is great to have the time with family with the space to do your own thing.  I love that my kids have had so much time spent with my parents and in-laws.  We have created awesome memories. 

Going with friends is also a great way to get in a beach house.  Some house fit 20+ people and they would never be affordable on our own.  If we divide it between 4-6 families the price is much more manageable. This is also great for the kids. It’s a week-long playdate!

5 Ways to Afford a Beach House Vacation

#2 Eat In

Plan on eating most of your meals at the house.  Maybe plan one special evening out and the rest eat at home.  Yes you have to cook and clean up but you save lots of money on going out to eat that could be put into renting a house.  If you travel with a large group each pick a night to plan the menu.  Get the kids involved too! Last time we went we did a big pot of Gumbo and the kids made ice cream sundaes for dessert.  The kids loved it!

#3 Free Entertainment

The beach is seriously the best free entertainment.  Waves, sand, shells!! It’s amazing.  We like to take walks in the morning and end up spending the afternoons in the pool.  That is another perk of your own house- Private Pool!!!  My kids love to swim.  Our last trip was spent mostly in the pool, enjoying all the “free fun”.  It was especially nice this year because all my kids could swim without help!! It was the first year my husband and I could sit and relax! I seriously didn’t think this day would ever come!!

5 Ways to Afford a Beach Vacation

#4 Vacation at Off Peak Times

If you have kids that are not in school September and October are great months for prices.  They are typically low and the weather is still warm.  (Be aware that hurricane season is during this time.) We did have to cut our trip a day short because of Hurricane Matthew but this is the first time it has ever happened.

My kids are in school and leaving during those times are near impossible.  I like to go the last week of August.  Crowds are low, prices are low, and it is a great “Goodbye to Summer”! We enjoy some family time before getting ready for the new school year.

#5 Be Flexible with Where You Go and Location of the House

If you are flexible with where you go, you can save lots of money! We always pick Myrtle Beach because it is affordable for our family.  There are lots of East Coast beaches that are much closer to us but we really love the area and the price is right.  Over the summer, we made a fun road trip out of it.  You can read about it at Road Trip: Rochester to Myrtle Beach.

When planning look at a map of where the houses are.  You can be a short walk away from the beach and save thousands.  One of my favorite houses was two streets back from the ocean but I could still hear the waves crashing and the walk was 5 minutes.  To us saving hundreds of dollars was worth it. 

Most prices have been released for the new year so start looking and start planning.  Do you have a question? I would love to help.  Let me know in the comments or contact me.  I love helping families make travel work for them!! Make your dream beach house vacation a reality!

5 ways to afford a beach house vacation








  • Midori January 25, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    I also prefer a house where you can feel home abroad!

    • Leah January 25, 2017 at 3:48 pm

      Yes! it’s nice to be on vacation but have the comforts of home.

  • Harmony, Momma To Go January 16, 2017 at 9:48 pm

    I love this post! When my son was 5 months a large group of friend did an OBX house! And a year later, va beach.

    • Leah January 17, 2017 at 9:16 am

      Thank you so much! It is the best especially with young kids. Our first visit was when my daughter was 2.5 months old. We usually do Myrtle Beach. I have done OBX and Virginia Beach…but not in a while. All are great beaches!

  • Lisa Stirling January 4, 2017 at 10:26 pm

    These are great tips! We are in the peak of summer here so beach accom is so unaffordable!

    • Leah January 5, 2017 at 8:51 am

      Thanks! It really is best to go during off-peak. Low crowds and low cost! Start planning for the off season!

  • Candace January 4, 2017 at 8:11 am

    Yeah, I totally agree with you on the condo aspect. It can be tricky when you’re not the only guest. Love the tips and would love to rent a beach house within the next few years.

    • Leah January 4, 2017 at 10:33 am

      Thanks!! Good luck!

  • Kate A January 3, 2017 at 11:19 pm

    Love the tip about going with family… we look forward to a week at the beach with my parents every summer. And the week rental is definitely much cheaper that way!

    • Leah January 4, 2017 at 7:25 am

      Thank you! You can save so much money and have an amazing vacation!

  • Kate January 3, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    Oh man, I really could use a beach vacation right now. I’m craving some sunshine big time!!! This looks like an amazing place to stay too!

    • Leah January 3, 2017 at 4:37 pm

      It was amazing! We got so lucky it was available that day!! It’s raining and dark here…I could totally use a beach!

  • Stephanie January 3, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    Love this post! You just motivated me to start getting family all in on one of these!

    • Leah January 3, 2017 at 2:31 pm

      Yay!! It really is a nice way to connect as a family. I motivated myself too!

  • Vicki @ Babies to Bookworms January 3, 2017 at 12:36 pm

    I realized halfway through reading this that I was already planning a beach house vacation in my head, haha! I guess I’ll have to clue my husband in. These are great tips and you make it sound so relaxing and doable! My husband’s extended family has done this a couple times as a big group and they love it! We will have to try harder to join them.

    • Leah January 3, 2017 at 2:30 pm

      Ha! I love that!! It really is doable! Yes there can be cons to traveling with a big group but there is usually enough space for everyone. Hope your husband is on board!!


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