Pack up your wetsuits and go with them (in this case to Dana Point, Calif.) for the rush of surf, sand and sunsets. It’s time to get beach on the brain.
From the laid-back shores of Southern California to the family-friendly coastal towns of North Carolina, there’s a vacation home waiting for you. We snatched up three on both coasts that won’t force you to a diet of Cheerios and Ramen noodles.
1. Dana Point vacation rental
This comfortable vacation condo–sitting in the front row of the Niguel Beach Terrace complex on the oceanside of Pacific Coast Highway–shares the same sands as the guests of the Ritz-Carlton: the Salt Creek Beach. You’re wiser than those VIPs, though, because your two-bedroom place, complete with a full kitchen, barbecue grill, cable and more, costs just $900 week until the end of May. Plus, the owners once left a bottle of Two Buck chuck for previous guests, according to the first user review. Score!
2. Outer Banks vacation home
Three words: Spring break specials. The Whispering Sands, a king-sized house with seven bedrooms and space for 15 guests, falls in price to $820 a week from Feb. 28 to March 7 and March 7-14 and $845 a week from March 28 to April 4. Time to call the extended family and divvy up that price. What a deal. Don’t forget to bring a good cook or three.
3. Fort Myers vacation condo
Miami, Jacksonville, Orlando … Everyone falls for the obvious spots in the Sunshine State, but visitors shouldn’t discount the seduction of the Southwestern part. Wait until May and rent this puppy for just $50 a night. It’s only one bedroom, but that just means someone else will have to take the kids that weekend. The beach and purple pink skies shouldn’t be denied.
Valerie Moloney is your resident blogger and the Expansion Markets Editor for Citysearch.com, who oddly enough, feels panicked when asked, "What's the best place to eat in Chicago?" or her favorite, "It's my birthday. Where should we go with a party of six?" No stranger to travel--and traveling with kids--she is a young mom who ODs on the Internet when it comes to planning family trips or buying clothes. Here's hoping she finds you the vacation you deserve.