Cheap Florida Beach Vacation Ideas

Cheap Florida Beach Vacation Idea #1:

Honeymoon Island Beach is in Honeymoon Island State Park, on Florida’s Gulf coast near Tarpon Springs.

It’s very popular with families as it is not very crowded, clean, reasonably priced and has a wholesome family atmosphere.

The beach has soft white sand and is great for shell hunting and dolphin watching. The water is warm, perfect for swimming and snorkeling.

At the Rotary Centennial Nature Center you can go up on the observation deck for a beautiful view of the Gulf of Mexico Ocean and the St. Joseph Sound.

Take the family for a walk on the park’s nature trails or get a look at the different varieties of shorebirds from the bird observation areas. Overall, Honeymoon Island Beach is an excellent idea for an inexpensive Florida beach family vacation.

Cheap Florida Beach Vacation #2:

Hutchison Island has twenty-two miles of the best beaches along the central Florida east coast. The island is comparatively quiet and the beach is a top beach for families, especially with small kids. A favorite spot is Bathtub Beach which is a shallow calm area, created by a natural coral reef, where kids can play and wade in the water safely. A unique feature of Hutchison Island beach is that you can go horseback riding on the beach.

Off the island are three artificial reefs with underwater ships wrecks that are quite popular with both snorkeling and scuba divers. Nearby is the Florida Oceanographic Society where you can pet and feed stingrays, hike along the Indian River Lagoon and watch the fish feeding.

Cheap Florida Beach Vacation #3:

John U. Lloyd Beach State Park is on a 251 acre barrier island near Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. A Florida beach family vacation here is affordable and there is so much to do. There are two convenient boat ramps and the surrounding water is perfect for taking out a canoe and observing the beautiful scenery varied wildlife. Lots of different boats are available to rent like sailboats, kayaks or paddle boats.

There’s a very nice, clean 2.5 mile-long beach good for swimming. There is a good fishing spot on the north end of the park. A trail is available for a self-guided walk through the park’s subtropical coastal hammock.

Cheap Florida Vacation with Children #4:

Just off Sarasota, Florida is the Siesta Key barrier island. On the south end are Turtle Beach and Palmer Point Beach. Here you can get away from the crowds that fill up Siesta Beach to the north. Relax, swim, enjoy the Florida sun & surf, picnic areas, free boat ramps and volleyball & horseshoe courts.

The area is popular for people looking to pick up petrified sharks teeth in the sand. Some nearby attractions are the G. Wiz Hands on Science Museum, Sarasota Jungle Gardens and the Crowley Museum and Nature Center.

Cheap Florida Beach Vacation #5:

Marco Island is down along Florida’s southwest coast. The beaches are nice and have picnic areas with Chickee huts and children’s play area. This is a very popular fishing spot for Snook, Redfish, Trout, Tarpon and other fish. There is plenty to do such as shopping, boating, fishing, golf and tennis.

A vacation here is most affordable during the off-season (May-November). Marco Island Sea Excursions can arrange fun tours of the Everglades, dinner cruises and fishing trips. Close by is Collier-Seminole State Park where there are lots of cheap activities like hiking, bicycling, and canoeing.

Also nearby is Double R's Manatee Tours. They offer manatee viewing and nature tours that take you out into the Everglades and the 10,000 Islands where you can see South Florida's largest herd of manatees as well as alligators, dolphins, turtles and many tropical birds species.

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