Top Secret Money Saving Tips at the Beach
Hotels, resorts, and tourism companies don’t want you to know these money-saving secretes that can save you up to 20% or more just by making some different choices.
Prices for hotel rooms start dropping a few weeks after Labor Day. Most beach communities stay warm well into the fall months and most seasonal business will continue to operate all the way through December. Also, since summer is the peak season, beaches are less crowded during the off-season, giving you more room to relax.
Change the View
Save up to $50 a night or more just by choosing an ocean-view or ocean-side room. And if the view is not important to you at all, you can save even more by booking a second or third row hotel room and walk to the beach and using the public beach accesses.
Book Midweek not Weekends
Book your stay from Sunday-Thursday and hotels usually charge less for the same room on those days than on the weekends since that is prime time for vacationers. Just by cutting one day off of your trip can save you a lot of money.
Call Before You Book
Want to negotiate a better price? Call before you book. Tourism is a competitive business and if they can get your business by giving you a discount, they probably will. All you have to do is ask. Let’s face it – you have a 50/50 chance the answer is yes!
Visiting the beach is more than sun and sand. There are a lot of attractions, restaurants and beach shops to keep you busy all day long, but you can still have fun and keep some coin in your pocket.
Plan in advance
If you plan some of your activities in advance, you can most likely find discount tickets on-line or even call the company and see what extra discounts they may offer for advance sales. If you pre-pay in advance you can eliminate the season price increases. But word to the wise, always check the current price before you stay to make sure the company did not lower the cost since your advanced purchase.
Find Free Activities and Events
Do some research online to see what free events and activities are planned at the time of your stay. Most activities take place between May through August, but if you are visiting in the off-season, you can still find fun events happening in the local area. Local tourist magazines and websites are reliable sources of information as well as the local chamber of commerce.
Hotel Recommendations and Discounts
Most hotels and Inns work with local businesses and have an area in the lobby where you can pick up some brochures and information on places to visit while on vacation. When you find something that interests you, ask the hotel concierge or front desk if they offer any discounts for their guests – a lot of them do so it pays to ask.
Ask the Locals
Check online for local chat or forum groups in the area you are planning to visit. You can ask for a recommendation of places to eat and visit while in town that will fit your budget. Who better to ask than those who work in play there every day and are not looking to take your money but to give you honest advice.
What happens when you fall in love with your “Vacation Land” and you want to buy or build a house at the beach to live full or even part-time? You would not be the first this happened to and won’t be the last. Living at or near the beach is a dream of many people. If this is something you are wanting to do, here are some tips to make it easier and save you money.
Research, Research, Research
Spend some time researching property in the area and recently purchased houses to get an idea of the average price of the housing market. Is this within your budget? If it is too steep, don’t be discouraged, just widen your search area a bit more. Decide your maximum desired commute to the beach then look for property in your budget range. Look daily, because of supply and demand in beach communities, good opportunities go very quickly.
Choose Modular over Site-Built
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