How to Have an Amazing Beach Vacation on a Budget

#1. Stay across the street from the beach

Consider coming on down and enjoying one of our gorgeous Emerald Coast condos, or a wonderful townhouse, located across the road from the Gulf of Mexico! You’ll be amazed by the awesome Gulf Views you can enjoy from a balcony across the road from the beach, and the amenities at many of our condos are 100% top shelf! If you opt for a home that doesn’t have a Gulf View, you still win, because the rate is super sweet and you’re always within walking distance to the Beach. Each of our homes offers a patio or balcony with a private seating area to relax and enjoy the salty ocean breezes and all that Florida sunshine you come to the Emerald Coast for year after year.  We have small condos that are perfect for 1 or 2 guests, and large townhouses that can accommodate up to 2 families! Beautiful private homes that are just a short walk from the beach are also available. Get a group together to split the bill, and you’ll be sticker shocked, but in the best possible way, because it can actually turn out to be a lower cost per person than staying in a hotel! Some of our private homes even offer gorgeous private pools! We have smaller private homes, located in upscale private neighborhoods in Miramar Beach that are 3 or 4 bedrooms, and larger homes that are up to 7 bedrooms located in the highly sought-after Crystal Beach area of Destin, FL. If you like the 30A area, we’ve got you covered with a gorgeous home that sleeps up to 16 guests!

Some of the of the wonderful options across the road from the beach.:


Beautiful 2 bedroom,2.5 bath vacation rentals. Many of these beautifully designed homes have gorgeous Gulf Views. The community offers a large pool, private beach access with a beach gazebo, and the location is excellent for area attractions nearby.

BEACHSIDE VILLAS CONDOS off 30A in Seagrove Beach, FL

Wonderful 2- or 3-bedroom beachy condos spacious enough for large families or groups, and smaller cozy condos ideal for 1 or 2 guests. Got a family member with a furry coat? Bring him or her too! We have pet-friendly condos at this location. If you’re a bike enthusiast, or just enjoy a casual roll or even a stroll, this is an ideal location for you. The Timpoochee trail runs the full length of 30A, and we’ve got bike rentals for our guests at a very low rate for even more savings! If you’ve always wanted to see what all the hype about 30A is, but don’t want to pay a fortune, this is where you need to stay! You will be right in the middle of all the fun, and don’t forget the extremely beautiful beach for Beachside Villas is just steps away from each condo! Come and be a part of all the action without having to take out a 2nd mortgage.

#2. Stay with us during the offseason

Why not plan your vacation to the beach for dates between mid-August to early March? That is half of the year to enjoy off-season rates! Rates are lowest during Winter months (November to February), but rates for late August are substantially lower than mid-July and the closer your dates are to Winter, the lower your rate will be. Some say that Fall is the best time of year to head to the Emerald Coast. We cannot disagree with that. The Gulf waters are still warm enough to enjoy splashing around in, and basking in the sunshine on the beach feels phenomenal! The Winters here are comfortably mild and the weather is pleasantly warm to get out and have fun in the great outdoors of the Florida panhandle. Winter may just be the best time of year for taking in amazing Sunsets and Sunrises over the Gulf of Mexico. Cycling, hiking, shopping, dining, concerts, festivals, fishing, cruises and eating of course, are some of the highlights of Winter fun that is to be had here on the Gulf. Out of all these, we still have to say, going to the Beach wins first place for best activity, year-round! If you enjoy swimming, heated pools and hot tubs are available, so just ask us when you book your stay. We love helping folks select homes for their vacation that fit their “must-haves” checklist!

#3. Take advantage of free fun!

We have so much to do here on the Emerald Coast! Did you know that there is a great variety of activities in our area that are absolutely free? All you have to do is show up and let the smiles begin!

The Harborwalk Village, located just at the foot of the Destin bridge at East Pass, offers so many great options for fun and a feast of excitement for all 5 senses! See, hear, touch, smell, and taste the fun of the place called Destin, all in 1 place! Located directly on the Harbor, enjoy gorgeous water views while taking in a free concert, or a football game on the big screens located outside at AJ’s or Tailfins! Football isn’t the only open-air activity here, the Harborwalk Village also offers free concerts! Spend the day strolling the village, taking in the sights, and see what was brought in for the catch of the day along the docks.  Watch as they weigh in the winner of the Fishing Rodeo. This exciting event runs the entire month of October every year, and many great events surround all the excitement. It’s kind of a big deal around here, and we’re sure you’ll love it too! Just keep in mind if you park at the Harborwalk Village, there may be a parking fee, but if you’re staying close enough, you may just walk or ride your bike on over and that would be even more fun that is also completely free! Riding bikes or walking around the Emerald Coast is an exciting way to enjoy the area and a great way to get some Florida sunshine too! Which brings us to the next free fun activity on our list!

#4. Take a sightseeing tour!

The Emerald Coast offers a great variety of scenic roads, bike paths, and walking trails that can be enjoyed via 4 wheels, 2 wheels, 3 wheels or 2 good shoes.. or no shoes at all if you select a beach walk. Many great day trips for scenic drives include: Scenic 98, Scenic 30A, Highway 399 runs along a gorgeous 7 mile stretch of beach between Navarre and Pensacola beach and is a great way to enjoy a day at the beach without ever leaving your car! Of course, there are several beach access points along the way if you care to embrace a little 10 on one beach time with sandy toes.  All of the above can also be enjoyed walking or riding a bike as each of these offers areas for walking or cycling. Several State parks are within driving distance to our area, where you can take in what is often called “the real Florida” for it’s untouched natural state.

#5. Save a bundle of $ on eats by taking advantage of the beautiful full-size kitchen that comes with your vacation rental!

Each of our condos, homes, or townhouses offers a fully supplied kitchen all set up and ready for you to do some high-quality cooking! All you have to do is supply the food and you’re all set! If you don’t want to cook, we have another money saver tip for you. Enjoy area restaurants lunch specials and happy hour deals. Some of our favorites for happy hour specials include: 790 on the Gulf in Crystal Beach, WOB at the Destin Commons, Cuvee 30A, Flemings at Sandestin, and Destin Craftbar. This isn’t drinks only, great deals for foodies too! Get special deals on meals at Another tip, order take out, and enjoy delicious food in your beautiful home, maybe alfresco style and take advantage of that private balcony! Or better yet, grab a beach towel and a fork, and eat at the beach! Don’t forget to also bring your favorite drink.

#6. Free concerts!

We already mentioned free open-air concerts that happen regularly at the Harborwalk Village, but did you know that free live music shows also can be enjoyed at the Village of Baytowne Wharf, and all along Scenic 30A!?! At Seaside in particular, you will find lots of goings on for free events on the Seaside lawn, and you will likely end up spending your whole day there because the area will draw you in with all kinds of excitement! Delicious food, unique shops and a gorgeous beach make this a must do for everyone who comes to the Emerald Coast. The same goes for the Village of Baytowne Wharf. This whimsical place makes for full day of fun! In the Fall and Winter months, there is even an ice-skating rink set up right in the middle of the Village! Ride the beautiful lakefront Carousel, sit and watch the kid’s play at a top-notch playground that is sure to please, and walk along the gorgeous Choctawhatchee Bay while shopping, dining and playing the day away! You’ll have a blast and you don’t even have to spend a dime if you just come and take in the sights and free events. If you want to dine out, don’t forget, lunch specials are the best for savings. Happy hour specials are happening daily on 30A and at the Village of Baytowne Wharf.

#7. Groupon!

Check Groupon for daily deals in our area! Current deals include day spas, massage, helicopter rides, World of Beer (WOB mentioned earlier), salons, boat rides, plane rides, dolphin cruises, fishing trips, adventure zone, and that’s just to mention a few!

We’d love to have you here as our guest on the Emerald Coast of Florida! We hope you’ll come on down for a beach vacation that will be a dream come true, and with proper planning, you’ll go home with more than a just little sand in your pockets! Come see us!