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Budget-friendly U.S. beach vacations for spring break

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Spring is right around the corner! If you're feeling a sense of wanderlust as the weather gets warmer, consider jetting off to a beach vacation for a spring-break getaway. Even though millions of people will be flocking to resorts and beach towns during this peak travel season, you can find affordable spring-break destinations that will give you plenty of beach time without hurting your budget.


You could be settling in at an oceanfront hotel, enjoying live entertainment on the beach, and indulging in fresh seafood and other local flavors – without spending a fortune.


Check out these five budget-friendly beach destinations:


Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Reasonable prices and a myriad of vacation activities await at this popular spring-break destination. A family-friendly location, Myrtle Beach is a haven for golf and water activities. Spend your days soaking up the sun, enjoying beautiful views of the Atlantic, and relaxing in comfort without breaking the budget. You'll find dozens of oceanfront hotels with affordable rates and a variety of restaurants that cater to all tastes and pocketbooks.


Orange Beach, Alabama

If you want to explore the southern United States during your spring break vacation, head to the Gulf Shores in Alabama for attractions and entertainment for all ages. This popular beach destination is known for its water sports, but you can also enjoy other activities – like watching a show at the amphitheater or trekking through Gulf State Park for a spring-break adventure. Look close and you'll find condos and vacation rentals at affordable prices on or near the coast. Book early to get the best rates on a beach house rental or condo overlooking the ocean.


South Padre Island, Texas

You can expect large crowds to flock to the shores of South Padre Island during the spring-break season. But this part of Texas is still one of the most budget-friendly destinations in the United States. And you'll never be at a loss for things to do along the coast: Sailing, kiteboarding, boating, dolphin watching, and even water parks are fun, low-cost activities you can add to your itinerary. Houston is only about 45 minutes away, so you can explore cultural attractions and parks or visit the wineries around the city for the day.


Daytona Beach, Florida

Even though it's a popular destination for spring-breakers, Daytona Beach is still an affordable city to visit in spring. You'll be treated to 23 miles of sandy beaches that are open to the public and accessible by car. You can drive and park your car on the sand, so you could enjoy a driving tour as well. You'll also find several restaurants that serve up fresh seafood, oysters, and Florida favorites without charging a premium. Take your pick of value-priced chain hotels or locally-owned properties a short drive from the beach.


Venice Beach, California

Unlike many other beaches in Los Angeles County and Southern California, Venice Beach offers a variety of affordable lodging options within easy reach of the sand. You'll save money when traveling here because there are so many free and low-cost activities to enjoy in this eclectic neighborhood.


The famous Venice Beach boardwalk is the perfect spot to catch some live music and do some people-watching. You can shop for souvenirs and find some beachfront restaurants that serve up Southern California fare.


So go ahead, take a spring-break vacation, even on a budget.



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