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Top 3 U.S. Beach Destinations For An Affordable Winter Getaway

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As winter descends upon much of the United States, the allure of sun-kissed beaches becomes that much more irresistible.

Contrary to popular belief, though, a dreamy getaway that allows you to briefly escape the frigid temperatures back home isn’t always an extravagant affair.

woman walking on a beach in Jacksonville, Florida

In fact, the U.S. is home to some stunning, affordable gems that are perfect for the budget-conscious traveler seeking warmth, relaxation, and a taste of coastal life this upcoming winter season.


Average Prices
Accommodation (per night)$98
Restaurant meal for one$19
Bus fare$1.75 for a single ride, $4.25 for a day pass
Taxi fareBase rate of $2.75 and $3.2 for each additional mile

Nestled in the northeastern corner of Florida, Jacksonville is a city of eternal summer. 

Now that the scorching hot temperatures have finally settled down, Jacksonville has become the perfect setting for travelers looking for a beachy escape this winter.

skyline of Jacksonville, Florida

Temperatures here rarely dip below 64.5°F (18°C) even in October, making now the perfect time to bask under the warm Floridian sun. 

Beyond its paradisic weather, Jacksonville offers a unique blend of natural allure, cultural attractions, and wallet-friendly lodging and entertainment. 

What’s more, the beaches here in Jacksonville are far less crowded than you’d expect, unlike most of the coastlines that adorn the Sunshine State. 

beach in Jacksonville, Florida

If that’s not enough to convince you to book your winter getaway tickets right now, the fact that here you’ll find some of the most reasonable prices in all of Florida might just give you that final push. 

From budget-friendly hotels to reasonably priced restaurants, the city caters to travelers planning an affordable trip without having to compromise on quality.

After a long day at the beach, you can revel in the city’s abundant natural and cultural attractions.

The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens, for example, is a must-see.

Cummer Museum and Gardens, Jacksonville, Florida

Built along the St. Johns River, the landmark boasts an impressive collection of artworks and picturesque gardens that you won’t find anywhere else in North America. 

Nature lovers might also want to plan a visit to the Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens, which provides not only awe-inspiring views but also plenty of opportunities for hiking and birdwatching.

Fort Lauderdale

Average Prices
Accommodation (per night)$110
Restaurant meal for one$20
Bus fare$2 for a single ride, $12 for a 3-day pass
Taxi fareBase rate of $6 and $2.9 for each additional mile

If your current travel budget can’t take you to Italy, you’ll be delighted to hear that there’s a gorgeous, Venice-like city with an intricate canal system right here on Florida’s southeastern coast.

Though a bit pricier than the other two destinations on today’s list, Fort Lauderdale is still remarkably affordable, considering the air of opulence it exudes.

Fort Lauderdale Beach aerial view

However, the main reason why so many tourists flock to the small Floridian city is that the area boasts some of the most stunning shores you’ll ever come across.

With miles of golden sands and azure waters, the coastline here is a paradise for surfers and sunbathers alike. 

Fort Lauderdale has a lot to offer to city trippers, too. The Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District hosts a plethora of events and festivals this time of year, often free or at a minimal cost.

If you do have a bit of room in your shopping budget, though, I highly recommend shopping in the gorgeous boutiques that line Las Olas Boulevard.

Hyatt Centric Las Olas Fort Lauderdale Rooftop Pool

Myrtle Beach

Average Prices
Accommodation (per night)$47
Restaurant meal for one$12
Bus fare$0.5 – $1 per ride
Taxi fareBase rate of $3.5 and $2.8 – $3.2 for each additional mile

Situated along the pristine shores of South Carolina, Myrtle Beach is the quintessential family-friendly destination that combines affordability with a soft, white-sanded, 60-mile-long coastline. 

two women walk through the sand towards the waters of Myrtle Beach

Hotels, and attractions in general here, boast some of the lowest rates you’ll see in all of North America, let alone in destinations with similar dreamy beaches.

Travelers looking for a warm, relaxing winter escape can enjoy the convenience of beachfront lodging without overspending, and instead put their travel budget to good use by shopping around the local boutiques or eating out at the gorgeous little eateries dotted around town.  

After you’ve indulged in the mouth-watering local delicacies, you can hike along the gorgeous Myrtle Beach State Park for free. 

Once nighttime comes, though, it’s time to head down to the Family Kingdom Amusement Park and experience Myrtle Beach in its truest form.

myrtle beach with ferris wheel skyline sunset

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