It's that time of year again, summer's officially over. Most of us may be in denial of this but it's actually a reality. Our work has started to get busy and stressful, school has begun and midterms are upon us, and our life responsibilities are no longer avoidable. As depressing as that all sounds it doesn't mean we have to let this time of year get us down.
The best way to keep your mind off of all the stress building up in our lives is to plan our next vacation! Christmas is quite a distance away, but before we know it, it's going to be here and why not start planning your beach getaway now? Here's a list of the cheapest beach destination that you should definitely consider for your upcoming X-Mas holidays!
1. Corfu, Greece
Cheapest Meal: $11.50
Cheapest 3-Star Hotel: $56/night
Cheapest Beer: $5.50
Greece is a dream destination for anyone wishing to hop on a plane and indulge in a European getaway. Although, we are usually jolted out of this dream violently by the reality of the cost. Europe is known for being one of the most cultural and fulfilling experiences anyone can have in their lifetime, but it is also known for how expensive it can get. Lucky for us, there are certain places we can travel to which won't brake our bank and one of them is Corfu, Greece!
There's so many amazing things to do on this island, such as snorkelling in the bright shimmering waters, lounging on the soft sandy beaches, snorkelling and scuba diving in the underwater caves, and enjoying the nightlife and cultural monuments in town! This is one trip you'll definitely be glad you took.
2. Puerto Rico
Cheapest Meal: $12.00
Cheapest 3-Star Hotel: $108/night
Cheapest Beer: $2.00
Puerto Rico is one of the best Caribbean islands and is a very popular destination among tourists. This majestic island provides a landscape of towering green mountains, white sandy beaches, and turquoise blue water. You must visit the capital, San Juan, while you're here to experience the exciting nightlife, casinos, and contrast all that with the historical city of Old San Juan with it's colourful colonial buildings and massive fortresses! You'll get the best of both worlds on this trip, a relaxing beach trip with the best partying and shopping as well as a cultural and educational experience.
3. Play Del Carmen, Mexico
Cheapest Meal: $4.37
Cheapest 3-Star Hotel: $57/night
Cheapest Beer: $1.68
Mexico is the epitome of a cheap beach vacation. It is well-known for it's perfect beaches, magical sunsets and friendly locals making this the best place for tourists looking for a relaxing getaway. Since it is a well-known destination, it can get quite busy during their peak season but it's still one of the best beach destination you can choose. I travelled here for a family vacation a couple of years ago and it was so great! The beaches were so soft and the weather was perfect, even though some days it was calling for rain it would blow over in less than an hour.
The main strip is very built up as well, with a full on shopping mall and many great restaurants to choose from. There's so many excursions to choose from such as snorkelling tours, zip lining and so much more!
4. Phuket, Thailand
Cheapest Meal: $2.27
Cheapest 3-Star Hotel: $30/night
Cheapest Beer: $2.37
Thailand is one of my ultimate dream destinations. From the authentic thai food to the temples and culture, to the abundant beaches, there's really nothing you can't enjoy here. The island of Phuket, Thailand is one that you should definitely consider for your next trip. It has a rainforest ecosystem, making the forests lush and green and filled with exotic and rare animals to see on your morning hike. Visit Phuket City for scuba diving and snorkelling, the amazing Phatong Beach, and stay in some of the best oceanside resorts while you're here!
5. Montego Bay, Jamaica
Cheapest Meal: $5.15
Cheapest 3-Star Hotel: $83/night
Cheapest Beer: $2.32
Jamaica is a well-known Caribbean island and is loved by tourists around the world for many reasons. The locals here are some of the friendliest care-free spirits in the world, the beaches are unreal, the fresh fruits and cuisines are so amazing, and the weather is always amazing. Jamaica has a mountainous landscape, providing lush rainforests to hike through and secret waterfalls to discover. You can choose from many towns to stay at such as the most well-known, Montego Bay, or another amazing option is Negril! Both have breathtaking beaches, cliff jumping, and snorkelling excursions to enjoy!
6. Sarandë, Albania
Cheapest Meal: $6.63
Cheapest 3-Star Hotel: $20/night
Cheapest Beer: $1.33
Albania is one of the cheapest but also underrated European destinations right now. It lays right on the Mediterranean coast and offers timeless culture and abundant nature. One of the main reasons to visit Albania is because it is a very safe destination for tourists as well as being cheap. You will rarely experience an unsafe situation, in fact Albanians are very friendly and helpful people. The beaches here are some of the best you can find in Europe, which is surprising why it hasn't blown up as a popular spot yet. Enjoy lounging on the unique, stone beaches under their grass umbrellas or explore the history scattered throughout the town!
7. Ambergris Caye, Belize
Cheapest Meal: $4.00
Cheapest 3-Star Hotel: $106/night
Cheapest Beer: $1.70
Ambergris Caye is the largest island that Belize has to offer. It's a classic Caribbean style island, offering magical beaches, bright turquoise water, and abundant marine life. It is the perfect place to try out snorkelling or scuba diving because you're pretty much guaranteed to see some colourful fish and possibly a few sea turtles too! You must go see The Great Blue Hole, which is located off the coast of Belize and is basically a giant sinkhole in the water. It appears much darker blue than the surrounding light turquoise water. You can actually go swimming in it too!
8. Koh Phangan, Thailand
Cheapest Meal: $3.03
Cheapest 3-Star Hotel: $20/night
Cheapest Beer: $2.65
Another cheap beach destination in Thailand, Koh Phangan has so much to offer it's visitors. You must visit Thong Sala Night Market, which is mostly food and mouthwatering seafood cuisines, watch the beautiful sunset at Amsterdam Bar, enjoy a herbal sauna at Baan Tai, lounge your day away on Mae Haat Beach and party your night away at a full or half moon party! You can also enjoy many other beautiful beaches on the island, or experience something new by signing up for a cooking class where you can learn to cook some authentic Thai food recipes!
9. Bali, Indonesia
Cheapest Meal: $2.53
Cheapest 3-Star Hotels: $30/night
Cheapest Beer: $2.02
Bali, Indonesia is the number 1 destination for relaxing and de-stressing. It is known for it's peaceful environment and luxury relaxation for way cheaper than you can ever find here. Treat yourself to one of their numerous spas, enjoy a massage on the beach, or find your passion for mediation and yoga! Bali is the perfect destination to find peace and relaxation within yourself, just take a tip from Julia Roberts on this one. This trip also won't be breaking the bank at all because Indonesia is crazy cheap right now, especially for Canadians!
10. Goa, India
Cheapest Meal: $4.93
Cheapest 3-Star Hotel: $60/night
Cheapest Beer: $1.18
Goa is a beautiful part of India, one that shouldn't be overlooked when considering a magical beach vacation. The coastline of the stunning state of Goa stretches along the Arabian Sea. Before the 1960s, Goa was a Portuguese colony and it's towns show the history of this time in their abundant colonial buildings and churches. They are known for their soft sandy beaches and relaxing environments. Enjoy various water sports such as snorkelling, parasailing and exploring the forests for hidden waterfalls while you're here!
11. Nha Trang, Vietnam
Cheapest Meal: $1.47
Cheapest 3-Star Hotel: $35/night
Cheapest Beer: $1.18
Vietnam is one of the cheapest travel destinations right now, but that doesn't mean it has less to offer than others, in fact it has a whole lot more. Vietnam is located in Southeast Asia, very close to other amazing Southeast Asian countries such as Cambodia, Thailand and Laos. Vietnam is known for it's magical beaches, rivers, and iconic temples. Nha Trang has so much to offer tourists since it is known as a popular resort town. Enjoy lounging on the clean and relaxing beaches, surrounded by palm trees and bright blue water, take day trips out to the offshore islands, and enjoy water sports like scuba diving and snorkelling!
12. Bocas Del Toro, Panama
Cheapest Meal: $10.00
Cheapest 3-Star Hotel: $85/night
Cheapest Beer: $1.50
Bocas del Toro is the type of beach vacation you should take if you're ready for a party. The main town called Bocastown is known for it's wild nightlife, amazing beach for lounging during the day, and fun water sports such as snorkelling and scuba diving! Take a day trip out to Bastimentos Island and try some crazy zip lining, cave exploring and more amazing beaches. There's an unlimited amount of amazing things to do on this beach vacation you won't ever be bored.
13. Kos Island, Greece
Cheapest Meal: $11.00
Cheapest 3-Star Hotel: $50/night
Cheapest Beer: $4.42
Another amazing beach location in Greece, Kos Island is a magical place that everyone should experience once in their lives. Whether you're looking for a relaxing, lazy beach vacation, or you're hoping to experience adventure and thrilling activities, Kos has something for everyone. Kos is the birthplace of Hippocrates, the father of western medicine, and is full of culture and history. Hike up the live, smoking Nissyros volcano, bike around the island and enjoy the breathtaking views, relax on the white sandy beaches, or enjoy horseback riding along the beach at sunset!