8 Affordable Summer Beach Getaways | Scoop Sorority

Now that classes are over and summer is in full swing, beach getaways are all we can think about!

America is home to many wonderful beach destinations all along its coastline, but for college students, cost is always an issue that comes to mind. The truth is, a beach vacation doesn’t always have to break the bank if you plan your trip right.

Below are eight affordable summer beach getaways to help you live your best life this season!

Wells Beach, Maine

If you are looking to vacation up in the New England states this summer, then Wells Beach may be the perfect fit for you!

Wells Beach offers an over seven-mile-long stretch of sandy shore for you to enjoy. Other attractions include lobster boat tours, exploring the local nature preserves, lighthouse tours, and of course eating out at the local restaurants.

On top of that, shoppers come from all ends of the Earth to enjoy the 25-plus antique shops that Wells has to offer. It is called the Antique Capital of the World after all. 

Virginia Beach, Virginia

Since it’s known for its bustling boardwalk, miles of coastline, and vibrant night lift, Virginia Beach is sure to have something for everyone.

Even for those who are trying to vacation on a budget!

Cost-friendly activities at Virginia Beach include enjoying the beach, visiting Cape Henry’s lighthouse, exploring state parks or wildlife refuges, and strolling along the boardwalk. During the summer there are different farmer’s markets to check out, too.

Other fun ventures include visiting the military aviation museum, the Virginia aquarium and marine science center, or the Tarnished Truth Distilling Company.

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Myrtle Beach is arguably one of the best known beaches here in the U.S and for good reason. Not only is the area full of fun for families and party goers alike, it is also one of the most affordable beach getaways to grace the list.

Attractions include Broadway at the Beach, Ripley’s Aquarium, the Sky Wheel, the Carolina Opry Theater, and the Georgetown Coastal Adventures, just to name a few… seriously there is so much more!

Some top activities under $25 include Barefoot Landing, Brookgreen Gardens, Market Commons, and mini golf. You can even take a helicopter ride for only $20! Score!

Clearwater Beach, Florida

It’s only fair that a Florida beach makes its way onto this list. In the state boarded by miles of coastline there are  beaches everywhere. One of them has to be affordable, right?

Enter Clearwater Beach.

It may come as a shock that such a high quality beach can come at a reasonable cost, especially since it was dubbed the number one beach in the country by Trip Advisor in 2018. 

At the Clearwater Marine Aquarium you can meet Winter, the star of all of the “Dolphin Tale” movies. Other attractions include day cruises, dolphin adventures, Sand Key Park, Pier 60, and of course the beach itself! Hence the name, Clearwater beach is known for its soft white sand and translucent-like water.

South Padre Island, Texas

Off the very southern coast of Texas lies South Padre Island, one of the world’s longest barrier islands known for its sandy white beaches and calm waters.

Some of the top sights include Gravity Park, South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center, and Sea Turtle Inc. Free and fun activities include the Laguna Madre Nature Trail, Isla Blanca Park, enjoying the beach, or visiting the largest outdoor sandcastle in the U.S.

There’s so much to do and you can completely tailor the experience to your liking. With 34 miles of beautiful white shores and more than 300 days of sunshine throughout the year, South Padre is an affordable beach getaway you can enjoy during any season.

Huntington Beach, California

 Huntington Beach, a.k.a. Surf City, is the first west coast beach to make the list of affordable summer getaways.

Lucky for you, Huntington Beach is full of fun for all types of people. You can spend hours at the beach soaking up the sun or hitting the waves and taking surf lessons. If you need a break from the nine-mile-long shore, downtown Huntington offers great bars, boutiques, salons, and attractions of every kind. There’s even a dog beach so you can bring your furry friend,

With so much to do, it will be an exciting beach getaway you won’t forget!

Gold Beach, Oregon

Gold Beach is a smaller beach destination compared to some of the others on the list, making it perfect for those who prefer a lowkey vacation.

Get in touch with nature and enjoy the many outdoor adventures that Gold Beach has to offer. These include a roadtrip through the Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor, and the Otter Point State Recreation site. 

Explore the Pacific northwest by planning a trip to Gold Beach today.

Lake Michigan

If the ocean isn’t your thing, don’t worry, we didn’t forget about you!

The Great Lakes are home to some hidden treasure beaches here in the United States. Some of the nicest beaches can be found along the coast of Lake Michigan.

Holland, Michigan is a cute Dutch inspired town known for its Tulip Time festival and white sandy beaches. It is great for someone looking to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Turn it into a romantic getaway by staying in one of these luxury tents.

If you’re looking for a faster-paced environment, try the west side of the lake. Hit up North Avenue Beach during the day, and enjoy all the city has to offer at night!

Which of these summer beach getaways are you most interested in visiting? Drop a comment below and let us know your thoughts!

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