Summer time is arguably the best time to travel. Everyone is in a good mood, the weather’s warmer, and kids are out of school—making it easy to plan a trip. However, just because it’s summer, doesn’t mean there’s money in the budget for a big family getaway.
Enter: cheap places to travel! We’ve taken a look at some inexpensive vacation destinations with plenty of activities and attractions to enjoy. Get more value for less money with any of these top five options for cheap places to vacation!
Nothing is more satisfying than summer in New England! And vacationing on the coast of Maine will provide you with an affordable way to soak it all up. If you search beyond the popular Maine vacation towns like Camden and Kennebunkport, you’re bound to find some great deals in the Midcoast region of Maine that still put your close to the miles of rocky coastlines.
While lobster rolls are sure to come to mind when visiting Maine, they don’t usually come cheap! Keep your eye out for the many lobster pounds around the state where you can buy the freshest seafood at pre-market prices! Other places to grab a cheap bite include Dot’s in Lincolnville and Wasses in Rockland.
If you’re from the United States, Barbados is a wonderful place to travel, as the exchange rate is $2 for every U.S. $1. With tropical weather year-round, you can’t go wrong! Late in the summer is also a prime time to visit, as it is considered more “off-season” for the island.
Laying on the beach is free of charge, but Barbados is also home to many affordable oceanside dining options! Visit the Mount Gay Rum distillery to sample the local spirits or go to Oistins for their famous Friday night fish fry and taste the fresh, local flavor.
One of the most popular Barbados timeshare resorts is The Crane Resort, where you can vacation in lavish penthouse suites overlooking the ocean for an amazingly low price. Find gorgeous old-world charm with fine amenities like swimming pools, a fitness center, and access to Crane Beach. If you can afford to indulge a bit, there’s also fabulous shopping and the full-service Serenity Spa!
You can travel to Florida during the summer without exposing yourself to the chaos of the Orlando theme parks! Jupiter is a quaint coastal town less than 20 minutes north of Palm Beach. This is a travel destination that’s quickly growing in popularity while still remaining affordable.
The main draw to this destination is its miles of unspoiled beaches and local shops and restaurants that don’t just exist to be tourist attractions. The local bars are a huge draw, as many offer great happy hours. Enjoy live music and open water views at Guanabanas or $.75 cent chicken wings and one dozen steamed clams for $5 at Thirsty Turtle.
Juniper timeshare accommodations can’t be beat, with luxury resales and rentals available at a variety of price points. The most popular resort being Timbers Jupiter, which offers a championship golf course, swimming pools, and a relaxing sauna.
While Oregon may not seem like a must-visit destination, you’ll be surprised by the outdoor beauty available for you to explore in the summer months. Areas like Mt. Hood National Forest and Clackamas Wilderness provides miles of hiking trails with mountains, rivers, waterfalls, wetlands, and alpine lake views. All of this, is of course free to enjoy with plenty of other activities nearby.
Visit Philip Foster Farm to relive the rich history of the Oregon trail by grinding corn or building a log cabin. These activities only cost $20 per family and are fun and enticing for all ages. Oregon Farm Loops is another fun attraction to visit for free where you can see animals like alpacas and elk, and walk along gorgeous fields of lavender and dahlias.
Oregon timeshares offer an affordable and spacious place to lay your head. While you may need to take a day trip to visit the Mt. Hood region, getting there can be half the fun! Top resorts include The Pines at Sunriver and Eagle Crest Resort, putting you just a couple hours from Mt. Hood while offering a great selection of on-site amenities.
Surprisingly, the summer is the quietest time to visit the Caribbean, allowing you to enjoy all of the 365 beaches of Antigua in peace. This also means affordable accommodations deals and no reservations needed at popular dining spots. In general, Antigua is less expensive than other similar spots like St. Bart’s or the British Virgin Islands, while offering the same Caribbean and European flair.
Must-see sights include the beautiful and secluded beach of Rendezvous Bay (accessible by hiking or boating) and Half Moon Bay. Shirley Heights Lookout is famous for their Sunday Barbecue parties where you can partake in barbecue and live music. South Point is another great dining option where you will be served just caught sushi on a serene floating dock.
Luxury beachside accommodations can be found at timeshare resorts such as Village at St. James’s Club and Antigua Village Beach Club. You’ll enjoy being close to all of the hot spots of Antigua while relishing fine amenities like pools, tennis, golf, water sports, and more.
Cheap summer vacations are possible if you know where to look! Do your research and set a strict budget. You’ll be surprised at how many free/low-cost activities you’ll find in these destinations and beyond. And of course, you know where are here to help you find affordable accommodations that won’t break the bank! Contact us today for further assistance.