The best, inexpensive beach vacation in Florida: Cocoa Beach

The best, inexpensive beach vacation in Florida: Cocoa Beach

July 12th, 2013

By Aimee Heckel

You don’t have to buy a passport and cross the borders to Mexico to enjoy a beach vacation with good value.

And instead of heading to America’s go-to beach towns in California — which are significantly more expensive, and with moodier weather — consider planning a trip to Florida.

Florida’s ocean is warmer, the traffic is lighter and there are fewer crowds, according to an article on Miamibeach411.com. There really is “no comparison,” the article proclaims. “Anything California can do, we can do better.”

Check out these travel coupons to save more money on your vacation and don’t miss Travelocity’s deal at ShopAtHome.com where you can get up to 10 percent Cash Back.

With that in mind, our favorite inexpensive beach vacation idea in Florida:

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(International Palms Resort)

Cocoa Beach

Visit the Kennedy Space Center and zoo during the day, or take a short drive to Orlando. At night, relax on the beach at a cafe or jazz club.

Ways to save money: 

Book your tickets through Southwest Vacations, where bags fly free, and save up to $120 roundtrip per person. Book through ShopAtHome.com and get 4 percent Cash Back.

Check out vacation rentals by owner, like this two-bedroom condo right on the beach, starting at only $150 per night; sleeps six. Flipkey has a variety of Cocoa beach rentals, too, including this one, which starts at just $45 per night. Note: Beware of rentals that make you commit to monthly rentals only — unless you can get that much time off work, of course. Here is a great beachfront cottage starting at $89 per night, with only a minimum of two nights.

Also check out HomeAway.com. This home is ideally located next to the pier, starting at $75 per night, and it sleeps six. This one is “direct ocean front,” beautifully furnished, and starts at $54.

Stay at a resort, such as the International Palms Resort, which is currently holding a limited-time sale: four days, three nights: usually $319, but marked way down to $59. Act fast! This family-friendly resort has on-site restaurants, a beach side bar, pool, spa, game room and more. Most importantly: 38 steps to the sand.

Tip: Use the Advance Purchase Discount option to find the lowest rates.

Or book this resort through Expedia.com (rates starting around $74 for a late-August vacation) and have the option for a free cancellation. Get up to 7.5 percent cash back when you book an Expedia purchase through ShopAtHome.com.

The Hilton in Cocoa Beach is also holding a special, starting at $99 per night. Check out the variety of deals, including the Bed and Breakfast package, which includes breakfast every morning, starting around $100 per night for late August.

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Aimee's passion for storytelling has brought her around the world as a journalist, writing award-winning news articles about Haiti and Uganda. Aimee studied international journalism at the University of Heidelberg in Germany, and she majored in journalism and German at Colorado State University. When she's not writing stories for a Colorado newspaper, she travels and volunteers for Think Humanity, her family's nonprofit that helps refugees and disadvantaged people in Africa. She's also a mom, a wife and a furious bargain-hunter. Reach out to her at AimeeHeckel.com, find her travel board on Pinterest, follow her on Twitter, or ping her on Google+.

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