“After a visit at the beach, it’s hard to believe that we live in a material world.”- Pam Shaw
Going to the beach and soaking up the sun is good for your mental and physical health! You’re able to relax in the sun; picnic at the beach; listen to the soothing sounds of the waves and swim & ride the waves in the sea. Swimming is good for your heart, and the seawater is good for your skin. The coastal breezes are good for your mind and soul. Walks on the beach are therapeutic for your mind, body, heart and soul too. So what are you waiting on to book your next beach vacation?
Awesome news if you have already planned your trip to the beach! I hope you booked your spring break trip here at yescruisefanatic.com. More awesome news: It’s not too late to plan your beach trip if you haven’t already! Just don’t wait until the last minute to plan your vacation. Hotel rates and rental car prices will increase closer to your travel date. Rooms at top star rated hotels will be limited or sold out so book now.
I love spending the time at the beach and visiting beach towns. Relaxing at the beach gives me a sense of peace and gratitude for life. I try to visit a beach at least twice yearly. I have listed some beaches that I frequent often, as well as listed activities and attractions for you to do while visiting those beach towns.
My favorite affordable beach locations:
Tybee Island Beach
Tybee Island Beach is located near Savannah, Georgia and it is one of my favorite beaches to visit annually. Tybee Island is approximately a 4.5 hour drive from Atlanta, Georgia so it is easy to load up the car for a weekend of fun with my sons. Typically I stay at Hyatt Place Airport North Savannah which is located about 16 miles from the beach. Initially I chose this hotel because it is rated as a 4 star hotel. I fell in love with this property. The rooms are very nice, clean and spacious. Not to mention the bonus complimentary breakfast that is provided daily, and the breakfast is good! This hotel has a swimming pool, meeting spaces for small groups and each guest room has a refrigerator to stock during your stay. Hyatt Place is located near great restaurants and shopping to include Tanger Outlets Savannah. Other nearby hotels that are also nice is the Holiday Inn Express; Hilton Garden Inn; Embassy Suites by Hilton and Country Inn & Suites by Radisson. While in Savannah/Tybee Island, I also like to visit Flying Fish Bar & Grill. It is located about 5 miles from the beach. The food is very good and the prices average about $10 for a meal. I love to order the conch fritters and oysters. I also visit Paula Deen’s restaurant The Lady and Sons. I visit Forsyth Park, River Street and African American historical sites. Various river boat cruises and island tours are also offered.
Emerald Coast Destin/Fort Walton Beach
Destin/Fort Walton Beaches are located in Florida panhandle. The beaches are miles long with beautiful white sands and emerald green waters. Destin Fort Walton beaches are approximately a 5.5 hour drive from Atlanta, Georgia. This beach town is small, but is an absolutely adorable town for tourists. There’s so much to do in Destin to include visiting Silver Sands Premium Outlets and Destin Harbor Boardwalk. The Harbor Boardwalk has great shopping, bars, restaurants and live entertainment for families. I love to visit AJ’s Seafood & Oyster Bar while at the Destin Harbor Boardwalk. Typically I book condos, villas and apartments at yescruisefanatic.com when I visit Destin. Other nice 4 stars rated properties to consider are Hilton Gardens, Hampton Inn and Four Points by Sheraton. My family like to visit Big Kahuna’s Water and Adventure Park; The Track Destin; Hurricane Lane; Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. & Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park in Destin/Fort Walton. Dolphin Tours & snorkeling is also offered in Destin area.
Pensacola Beach is located northwest Florida and is the gateway to Florida’s panhandle. Perdido Key is one of the beaches located near Pensacola, Florida. As a teenager I spent my summers in Pensacola, Florida. The city is small but there’s a lot to do to include shopping at Cordova Mall, Alvin’s Island and Quietwater Beach Boardwalk. You must try the great food at Paradise bar & Grill; Casino Beach Bar & Grill and Dolphin Sunset Oyster Bar & Grill. Some family attraction and fun attractions to visit are Sam’s Fun City, Fast Eddie Fun Center, Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park and various bowling alleys. Top rated hotels are Hyatt Place, Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn Express and Hilton Garden Inn. I will be visiting Pensacola in a couple of months so visit my blog for an updated review and travel advice from me. Pensacola Beach is approximately a 5 hour drive from Atlanta and is about a 35 minute drive to Destin Florida so go experience multiple beach towns in one trip.
Jacksonville beaches are located in Jacksonville, Florida. Jacksonville is a city situated on the Atlantic coast of northeast Florida. Jacksonville, Florida is approximately 5.5 hours from Atlanta, Georgia. I enjoy stays at Hyatt Regency and Hilton Gardens when I visit Jacksonville. These properties are located near the river walk. Hampton Inn Jacksonville Beach hotel is another nice quiet property that I have visited while in Jacksonville. For my beach lovers, this property is located closer to the beaches. Ponte Vedra Inn & Club is a resort that attracts luxury travelers. This property is located on the beach and offers various activities to include golfing. Of all of the beach locations listed in this blog, Jacksonville has better hotel nightly rates that are very affordable to tourist averaging $101 nightly. While visiting Jacksonville Beaches, I recommend also trying St Johns Town Center, St Augustine Outlets; Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens; Autobahn Indoor Speedway & Events; Southbank Riverwalk; Batt Family Fun Center; Top Golf and Main Event Entertainment. Seasons 52, Capital Grille and Blue Fish Restaurant & Oyster bar are great eateries to try when you’re ready for a bite of seafood.
Panama City Beach
Panama City Beach is located near the panhandle in Central Florida. Panama City beaches are about an hour from Pensacola and Destin. Panama City Beach is my last choice as the town is very nice with a lot to do. However, lower rated hotels are pricier than other locations mentioned above. Tourist can book hotels, condos and resorts at yescruisefanatic.com also. Some of the most popular hotels with tourists while staying in Panama City Beach are Wyndham; Holiday Inn Resort; Sheraton Bay Point Resort and Holiday Inn Express and Suites. Other than relaxing at the beach, you should also make plans to visit Pier Park for shopping; Ripley’s Believe It or Not; Race City; Beach Front Adventure Park; Pirate Island; Cobra Adventure Park and Zoo World.
Spring break is about 6 weeks so go to yescruisefanatic.com now to plan your stay at the beach! I can’t wait to hear all about your visit to one of the beaches and attractions that I have recommended. You just might see me at one of those locations during the spring break. “Every time I stand before a beautiful beach, its waves seem to whisper to me: if you choose the simple things and find joy in nature’s simple treasures, life and living need not be so hard.”– Psyche Roxas-Mendoza