Beach Getaways for Budget-Conscious Travelers

Spring arrives next week, though you’d never know it by the freezing cold temperatures and fresh snow falling in much of the Midwest and Central Plains.  If you are dreaming of ditching the ice in order to splish, splash into spring, consider the following beach deals that won’t wipeout your travel budget:

Hilton Garden Inn Carlsbad Beach:  From now through May 1, 2013, the Hilton Garden Inn Carlsbad Beach is offering a money-saving “Beach Spring Break Package,” which includes complimentary breakfast for two adults and two children and use of the hotel’s beach accessories (umbrella, two beach chairs and four beach towels). In addition, the package offers 15% off food and beverages purchased at the hotel, 15% off LEGOLAND California and San Diego Zoo tickets when purchased at the hotel, and 15% off local beach activities and attractions, including surfboard rentals, surf lessons, bike rentals, snorkeling and more. Rates start at $179 per night, plus tax.

Tower 23 Hotel:  Located in sunny Pacific Beach, California, you can score a radically reduced rate by taking advantage of the hotel’s “Beach Party Package.”  It features two nights in a partial ocean view Sky Pad, a welcome amenity (bottle of champagne or bucket of beer), a recovery kit and valet parking for $344 per night.  Another option is to book the “Surf PB Package.”  It includes three nights in a full ocean view Surf Pad, a welcome amenity (basket of fruit and water), a 90-minute surf lesson for two, $50 voucher for use at the hotel’s restaurant, and valet parking for $389 per night.  Both offers are good through June 30, 2013.

Days Inn Beach-Panama City:  Head south to Florida this spring break and save by staying at the Days Inn-Panama City.  The property boasts a six-story waterfall pool and is conveniently located near the area’s best clubs, restaurant and shops.  For just $30 per person, per day you will receive a beachfront room located directly on the Gulf of Mexico with your own private balcony.  You will also enjoy daily complimentary continental breakfast.  The special price is only valid during the week of March 30-April 6 and is based on a room with three queen beds and seven-person occupancy.  In addition, a $200 cash security deposit is due upon check-in and will be returned at check-out provided no damage is done to the room.


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Michele Cheplic

About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.