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Getting To The Beach On A Budget

June 25th, 2013 Personal Finance

A beach vacation is one of the most popular trips people plan - but jetting off to an exotic locale can cost a fortune. Luckily, you don't have to head to the tropics to have a fantastic beach experience. You can relax on the sand, splash in the water and work on your tan without ever hopping on an airplane.

To pull off the perfect beach vacay without emptying your pocketbook, it's time to look a lot closer to home. You might be surprised what you can find right in your own backyard - and you'll sure save some cash by not heading off to the Caribbean. Order a mai tai at the local bar, and you'll still feel like you're worlds away.

Look beyond the ocean
When you think about the beach, you probably think about the ocean. But truth be told, you can get most of the same benefits of a seaside escape without having to head to the coast. Relaxing on a lake or riverbank can be just as fun and exotic as a trip to the ocean for a fraction of the cost.

Check your local state parks and campgrounds for family-friendly lakes or romantic riverside getaways. You might be surprised at what you can find within just a few hours' drive! Lakes and rivers are calm and relaxing, and offer all the same attractions as the ocean - like watersports, boating, fishing and tanning.

Consider a campout
Sometimes, the most expensive part of a trip can be the accommodations. You don't need to book four nights at a pricey resort to have a fantastic time at the beach. In fact, many beaches allow camping nearby or even right on the water!

In the warm months, camping seaside (or lakeside) can be romantic, fun and adventurous. Roast marshmallows over a bonfire and curl up together to the sound of the surf. You'll save cash and make memories in the process.

Catch your own dinner
Don't pay a ton for fancy seafood dinners when you can catch your own meals right on the water. Do your research to learn which fish are edible, then head out with a few poles and some tackle to catch a meal for the whole family.

You can also try throwing out nets to catch shrimp, oysters and other shellfish! The bounty is free and delicious.