10 Ways to Save Money on Your Beach Vacation

Gulf Shores & Orange Beach

The beach vacation of your dreams doesn't have to leave your checkbook deflated. With some careful and creative planning, you can spend a few days or longer on a budget-friendly beach vacation in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.

How to Save

Budget Friendly Ideas

pro golf course
Golf the Gulf

1- Define your vacation priorities before your trip. If relaxing on the beach ranks high on your list, spend a little extra on a beachfront condo with direct beach access. You could opt to stay off the beach for added savings. Even if you don’t opt for beachfront, there are 13 public beach access points along Alabama’s 32 miles of white-sand beaches. You could try a new beach area every day!
2- Check with your rental management company for past-guest discounts and rewards on your condo, hotel or beach house.
3- Plan your gas budget using our fuel-cost calculator. Then download a cheap gas finder app, like GasBuddy, to find the best deals on gas during your drive to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.
4- Stop by the Gulf Shores Welcome Center or Orange Beach Welcome Center and browse the rack cards to find coupons to your favorite beach attractions or discounts to the restaurants you love.
5- Set a daily budget for meals and activities and stick to it.
6- Consider dining during early bird hours or during happy hour for discounts on the same great drinks and service you’d receive during traditional meal times.
7- Take advantage of stay-and-play packages for golf and other attractions, including concerts and spa services. Some rental management companies offer incentives, including tickets to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach attractions.

couple walking on the beach

8- Check the deals section of our website for specials on activities, including parasailing and dolphin cruises.
9- If your travel dates are flexible, consider vacationing during the shoulder season for lower rates on Gulf Shores beach houses and Orange Beach condos, as well as discounts on attractions and dining incentives.
10- Consider booking a fill-the-gap special with your rental management company. Gaps are days between one guest checking out and another checking in. If you don’t have an entire week available to vacation and your dates are flexible, a fill-the-gap special could save you money. Check with your rental management company when booking your stay.

Don’t head home wondering where all of your money went. Make your Gulf Shores and Orange Beach vacation memorable for all the fun reasons by carefully planning your budget-friendly beach vacation.


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