Sure, it’s nice to splurge on a fancy room in a glitzy hotel, but we all find ourselves a little strapped for cash sometimes. Lucky for us, living in Florida means the size of our bank accounts doesn’t have to restrict our access to some of the country’s most beautiful and charming vacation spots. As long as you’re willing to give up a few frills and do a little extra driving, there are always plenty of options. From state parks and fish camps to vintage Florida motels, your affordable adventure awaits at one of these awesome destinations:
1. King's Bay Lodge, Crystal River
King's Bay Lodge is a perfect getaway spot for tourists and natives alike. This lodge on the Nature Coast offers easy access to scalloping, fishing, paddling, biking, horseback riding, golfing, beaches and wildlife, including chartered manatee encounters. Lodging is only $84 a night Mondays through Thursdays through May 6th, as long as you mention the ad on their
2. Palm Court Motel, Dunedin
This simple but sweet little place in Dunedin recalls the vintage motels from Florida's past. Its location is perfect for day trips to Clearwater, Tampa, Tarpon Springs and St. Petersburg. You could always just stay local and enjoy this charming small town or the breathtaking Honeymoon and Caladesi Islands. With rooms running as low as $63, we'd call this a steal.
3. Parramore's Campground, Astor
Parramore's, located in Astor, is only about an hour's drive outside of the hustle and bustle of Orlando or Daytona Beach, yet has all of the natural tranquility and no-frills appeal of a typical fish camp. It's also very close to some of Central Florida's most beautiful springs and state parks. Tent sites start at $29 and cabins/trailers run as low as $99 a night.
4. Beach Front Motel, Cedar Key
Take a step back into Old Florida in Cedar Key, located in Levy County. Whether you're a nature lover, art lover or seafood lover, Cedar Key will have something for you. Simple but perfectly sufficient, these rooms with waterfront views starting at only $90 are a dream for cost-conscious travelers.
5. Big Pine Key Fishing Lodge, Big Pine Key
Everyone loves the Keys, but frequent trips can get quite expensive. A good option for those of us with shallow pockets are campsites like these, starting at $49 a night. Another smart option is to rope another couple into your vacation and split a 2-room efficiency, at only $149 a night (plus any applicable fees).
6. Galt Villas Inn, Fort Lauderdale
Our city of canals is definitely a beautiful and popular destination, but it's not exactly known for being inexpensive. Galt Villas is another adorable throwback to Florida's somewhat kitschy vintage motels of yesteryear. You'll be just a few blocks from shops, restaurants and the beach. If Miami is calling your name, it's less than an hour's drive away. We were able to find a double studio for up to four people for only $85.
7. Stegbone's Fish Camp, Satsuma
This historic fish camp in Satsuma is located between St. Augustine and Daytona Beach, so whether you spend the whole time fishing or just want a relaxing place to stay, it's all at your fingertips. Cabins start at $99 for two people and $165 for six people.
8. Anastasia State Park, St. Augustine
If you've ever visited our nation's oldest city (hopefully you have), you know that it can be kind of pricey. Camping at Anastasia State Park is not only an incredible experience, it's a short drive from all of the city's historic attractions and a stone's throw from the St. Augustine Amphitheatre. Campsites are nice and shady and will only set you back around $30.
9. Seafarer Resort and Beach, Key Largo
The word resort may conjure up images of high price tags in some folks' minds, but Seafarer is more of a laid-back version that some guests prefer. Cottages for 2, 4, 6 or 8 guests are available. The more friends you can get to tag along, the more you will save, with a six-person cottage for only $145 a night.
10. Bay City Lodge, Apalachicola
Nearby St. George Island is a well-known and gorgeous vacation spot, but with accommodations like these, you'll want to stay right here in Apalachicola. You'll fall in love with this historic fishing village in the Panhandle, especially when you stay in such a cool place.
Of course, all rates are subject to change, depending on fees, the time of your stay and the number of guests, among other things.
Have you stayed in any of these awesome places? Do you have any other favorite affordable getaway spots to share with us? Please let us know!