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Camps Bay, Clifton, Grotto Beach, Cape Vidal : les plages de sable blanc sud-africaines sont réputées dans le monde entier. La nature en a fait des étendues grandioses.

Tout le monde a entendu parler de la beauté éblouissante qu’offrent les paysages sud-africains. Les plages ne sont pas en reste. En effet, certaines font partie du palmarès des plus belles plages au monde. Ce sont des endroits de rêve aux eaux cristallines et aux températures à faire blêmir de jalousie les personnes qui vivent dans les contrées nordiques. En voici donc quelques-unes qui vous donneront sans doute l’envie de découvrir ce merveilleux pays très contrasté.

La plage de Camps Bay

Cape Town est une ville située à l’extrême sud du pays. Elle possède plusieurs plages, l’une d’entre elles s’appelle Camps Bay. Elle est fascinante de par sa situation géographique. Elle est bordée de palmiers et est réputée pour ses vagues impressionnantes. De la plage, on peut admirer la majestueuse chaîne des Apôtres qui se jette dans l’océan Atlantique. Les amoureux de surf trouvent leur bonheur sur cette plage où le vent peut souffler très fort. Pourtant, cela ne les décourage pas, bien au contraire. Poussés par le vent, ils n’en sont que plus heureux.

La plage de Clifton

Cette plage se trouve également à Cape Town, toujours sur la côte atlantique de l’Afrique du Sud. Elle est considérée par les milliardaires et les célébrités qui séjournent là-bas comme étant le nec plus ultra des plages sud-africaines. De plus, les producteurs de films voient cet endroit comme le lieu idéal pour y tourner des scènes cinématographiques. Quatre plages sont séparées par des rochers en granit et rivalisent de beauté.

La plage de Grotto Beach

Grotto Beach se situe dans la ville d’Hermanus, à moins de 200 kilomètres de Cape Town. Il s’agit d’un village de pêcheurs où les touristes viennent observer les baleines australes. Aux pieds des falaises qui surplombent l’océan Indien, le ressac des vagues est la preuve de l’époustouflant spectacle de la nature. La plage est rarement saturée de monde, il est agréable de s’y promener et d’observer les cerfs-volants qui tourbillonnent dans les airs.

La plage de Cape Vidal

La plage de Cape Vidal se trouve dans la province du Kwazulu-Natal, dans le Nord-Est du pays. Cette région limitrophe du Swaziland et du Mozambique est connue pour ses plages à couper le souffle. C’est le cas de Cape Vidal, une plage naturelle et sauvage avec sa vue imprenable sur l’océan Indien et son doux climat toute l’année. Le lieu est idéal pour faire de la plongée mais également pour s’adonner à la pêche. Il est intéressant de savoir que Cape Vidal a été classée sur la liste du patrimoine mondial de l’Unesco.

Cette liste des plages en Afrique du Sud n’est bien entendu pas exhaustive. Elles sont grandioses et spectaculaires, comme seule la nature peut en faire. Le sable fin et blanc à volonté nous donne envie de poser nos valises définitivement dans ce pays magnifique.

Traditionally, when one thinks of beaches, a location like Taiwan is not the first place that comes to mind. Instead, one thinks of places like Patong Beach in Phuket, Thailand, or the cliff divers in Acapulco, Mexico. However, after spending a year in Taiwan, I am here to argue that the country has much to offer in terms of its beaches and ecological diversity.

Fulong Beach

Located along Taiwan’s northeast coast, the area consists of two beaches, Fulong Beach itself and the river beach along the Shuangsi River. The two beaches are connected by a bridge. The Shuangsi River itself can also serve as a tourist destination, by offering both canoeing and windsurfing.

Further, Fulong Beach serves as home to a sand sculpting competition each year. When I visited this particular beach, it was hosting sculptures with themes spanning numerous cultures, such as Eskimos, American Indians and symbols from Asian folklore. For those interested in visiting the beach, it is within easy access, trains from both Taipei and other locations like Yilan City run on a routine basis.

Honeymoon Bay (Dashi)

Located South of Fulong Beach, Honeymoon Bay is Taiwan’s premier surfing location. It is approximately a 90-minute ride by train and easily accessible for those interested in visiting the location.

Kenting

Kenting is Taiwan’s premier beach. Located at the Southern tip of the Island, my friends who visited the area felt like they were in another country. One girl who has frequently visited Thailand felt like she was there instead of Taiwan. First, this means a couple things for those who visit the area. In the majority of Taiwan, the local inhabitants speak Mandarin Chinese. In Kenting, be prepared for them to only understand the Taiwanese dialect of Chinese. This obviously means that one would do best if they study some Taiwanese before visiting the location.

Due to its Southern location, Kenting’s weather typically hovers between 2o to 28 degrees Celsius the entire year. This equals out to about 68 to 82 degrees Fahrenheit. Kenting also offers wonderful swimming, surfing, windsurfing, water-skiing, parasailing, jet-skiing and yachting for all those who are interested.

These are just three of the many beaches Taiwan has to offer. Each location has much to offer a visitor, and I am confident that they will truly make your visit to Taiwan, a once in a lifetime opportunity.

The country of Indonesia has some of the most amazing beaches in the world. This tropical paradise is made up of about 17,000 islands. Along with the tropical atmosphere, white sand, and clear water it’s no wonder that this country has some of the most spectacular beaches in the world. Here are some of the best beaches Indonesia has to offer.

Dreamland Beach, Bali

This beach is one of the most popular in Indonesia. Dreamland Beach is located in southern Bali on the Bekit Peninsula. Every year the beach attracts thousands of tourists and is particularly famous for its adventurous activities and water sports. Surfing, diving, and water sport enthusiast frequently visit this Indonesian beach. The beach is surrounded by pine and coconut trees and small beautiful cliffs. You can camp near the beach or stay at lodging nearby.

KutaBeach, Lombok

Kuta beach is located on the southern coast of Lombok and is one of the best beaches in Lombok. This destination is particularly great for surfing, and is less crowded than some other beaches in Indonesia. This picturesque beach has long stretches of white sand and rugged mountains can be seen in the distance. This beach use to be a fishing village and every year there is a huge fishing festival held here.

Jimbaran Beach, Bali

This beach is another popular tourist attraction in Bali. Jimbaran beach is characterized by its scenic beauty and numerous activities. This beach is a great place to go and relax. The beach itself is surrounded coconut and pine trees, and is full of amazing sparkling white sand. The gentle tides of the beach make it great for swimming. Due to the large amount of tourist that attend the island there are also lots of pubs, restaurants, and western cuisine venues near the beach.

Grajagan Beach, Java

This beach is located in the southern end of Banyuwangi. It is one of the most exotic beaches in Indonesia. Grajagan beach is surrounded by mangroves and teak forests. It is great beach for surfing in particular. The shoreline of this beach is scenic and visitors will find a picturesque fishing village nearby. There are places to eat and stay nearby the beach that ensure your visit will be pleasant.

Pulau Bintan Beach, Sumatra

This beach is located on the small island of Pulau Bintan which is the 3rd largest province in Indonesia. The beach is a great for tourist and holiday makers. Although the beach is modernized it still maintains it’s cultural and traditional values. This beach is particularly special due to its clear turquoise waters which make it especially attractive for divers. After spending time at the beach visitors can shop at the many nearby shops many of which accept the Singapore dollar.

Every year, people and organizations compiles a list of the ten best beaches in the United States. After reading his list of the best beaches, we were curious and wondered what the ten best beaches in Hawaii were. After all, the islands that make up the 50th state are dotted with beaches renowned for their white sand and world-famous surf.

There are several main islands in Hawaii. Kauai is the oldest and has the most sandy beaches due to the erosive effect of the surf on the island’s coast. Oahu is the next Hawaiian island, and is the home of famous Waikiki beach, a popular water park called Hawaiian Waters, as well as Hawaii’s capital. Maui (the county of Maui also includes the island of Lanai) is very popular among tourists, while the Big Island (formerly named the Island of Hawaii) is the largest and, due to its active volcanoes, is still growing! There is another island coming up off of the coast of the Big Island, but it has yet to break the surface and, when it does, will one day probably join the rest of the Big Island. Due to its “newness,” the Big Island’s beaches are made up of grey or black sand.

So what are the best beaches in Hawaii? How do we choose the best when every beach here is excellent? We looked for easy access, quality of the water and sand, and – where applicable – the quality of the amenities (such as the bathrooms).

Here is our list of the ten best beaches in Hawaii! It is not arranged in any order, but is rather a compilation of ten of the best, since every beach is literally “the best.”

The Island of Kauai

Ke’e Beach: This beach is situated at the very end of the road on Kauai’s north shore. The water is shallow and perfect for families with young children. It is also popular with sunbathers. Park under what looks like a rainforest; there is a lot of trees and tropical plants here that give it a very jungle-ish feeling. From this beach, you can also hike to a waterfall (an all-day hike that is not recommended for beginners).

Poipu Beach Park: This was once the most popular beach on the island of Kauai, and has won several awards in the “Best Beaches of the World” lists. Unfortunately, after a heavy storm several years ago, a lot of the sand got washed out. Nevertheless, it is still popular and tourists vacationing in Hawaii at the dozens of nearby resorts and hotels enjoy the snorkeling, sunbathing, and watersports here. There is a sand island that you can swim to. Keep an eye out for Hawaiian Monk Seals, and endangered species that likes to rest here and, occasionally, even give birth to their pups here. At nearby Brennecke’s Beach, you can boogie board and can often see green sea turtles.

Polihale Beach: This beach is located at the end of the road on the island’s Westside. You have to drive off the highway and down an old sugarcane road to reach this beach, making it rather secluded and very quiet. It edges on the famous Na Pali coast, a popular destination for kayakers. The white sand literally stretches for miles, sloping down into aquamarine water. Make sure to bring sandles or slippers (what the locals call for “flip flops”), as the sun can really heat the sand to a scorching temperature. Don’t forget to bring sunscreen and water; the sun is relentless here!

The Island of Oahu

Hanauma Bay: This beach is renowned for its snorkeling due to the fact that it is a wildlife preserve. To protect the fish, there is a limit to the number of tourists allowed to visit the park. The upside to this is that it isn’t too crowded, and there are literally swarms of fish for your snorkeling pleasure. Please be aware that there is a admissions charge and limited parking. Arrive there early, pack your sunscreen (please use biodegradable sunscreen to protect the quality of the water), and enjoy!

The Island of Molokai

Papohaku Beach: This beach has everything, from snorkeling to swimming to surfing to boogieboarding and, of course, sunbathing! Its very secluded and quiet. A perfect romantic getaway! Don’t forget to grab your digital camera and take pictures of the sunset. In fact, bring your digital camera wherever you go on Molokai; it is very picturesque.

The Island of Maui

Kaanapali Beach: This beach is extremely popular. Because of the nearby resorts, you have access to amenities like shopping, restaurants (nothing like getting take-out burgers and sitting in the Hawaiian sun!), and more. It is also very popular for its watersports. Rent a kayak from a nearby hotel and take it out into the ocean! Catching a wave on a kayak is very fun and, often times, results in you flipping yourself into the water. Oh well, you’re here to have fun in the water anyway!

Kapalua Beach: This beach is great for families with young children. A reef keeps the water calm. If you want surf, go somewhere else! It can get a little crowded, but nothing unmanageable. It’s great for romantic walks along the beach!

The Island of Lanai

Hulopoe Beach: Get a blanket and watch the water as the sun sets on this quiet beach. Lanai is very small and doesn’t receive the number of tourists and visitors that the other Hawaiian islands attract, meaning that those who choose to visit often experience a beautifully secluded Hawaii.

The Big Island (Island of Hawaii)

Hapuna Beach State Park: Lots and lots of sand make this a beautiful beach for tourists and visitors to Hawaii. There are beautiful coral reefs that attract snorkellers, and more than enough white sand to please the sunbathers that make this beach the most popular beach on the Big Island. Be aware that there is a heavy surf break in the winter. In the summer, there is a great sandbar that stretches out into the ocean. Perfect!

Glass Beach: This is a popular beach that attracts people who collect “sea glass,” pieces of glass that have been tumbled in the water until their frosted and very smooth. The Japanese use glass orbs as fishing buoys and you can sometimes find one of these prized collector’s items on this beach.

IMPORTANT THINGS to note when at a Hawaiian beach:

Always wear sunscreen. Pay attention to the signs that lifeguards post. Never turn your back to the ocean. Never hike out onto a reef; a rogue wave has claimed many a tourist’s life. And never go out into the water alone!

The Caribbean island of Trinidad boasts some excellent beaches for swimming and lounging in the sun. Those nearest to Port of Spain offer stunning peach sand and a truly tropical setting, complete with palm trees and a gentle sea breeze. Many of Trinidad’s beaches are wonderfully secluded, so on weekdays you should be able to find one to keep all to yourself, and the island’s eastern coast is essentially just one great length of sand. Here are the best beaches in Trinidad.

Maracas Bay

A favorite among locals, Maracas Bay is widely regarded as the very best beach in Trinidad. Because of this, it can get awfully crowded on weekends, so visit on a weekday. The currents here can get strong, but there are lifeguards on duty at Maracas Bay to watch over swimmers and keep you away from the worst of them. Located approximately seven miles from Maraval, there is usually plenty of parking, and snack bars are all about, so you can make a day of it.

Balandra Bay

Balandra Bay, located on Trinidad’s northeastern coast, is another beach you should visit only on weekdays. Locals tend to crowd the beach on Saturday and Sunday. Swimming and body surfing conditions are excellent at Balandra Bay. The beach is situated off Valencia Road near Salybia.

Salibea Bay,

Off Toco Main Road you will find Salibea Bay, which offers exceptional swimming conditions. Again, the weekends tend to be a bit crowded, but the weekdays are perfect. Vendors will make certain you don’t go hungry.

Las Cuevas Bay

On North Coast Road, seven miles east of Maracas Bay, is Las Cuevas Bay. This is a tranquil beach where you will very seldom find crowds. Bring a disposable camera to capture its beauty, but be sure to remove any valuables from your vehicle since you will have to park it out of sight from the beach.

Grand Riviere

At the end of Toco Main Road you will find Grand Riviere. This beach is great for swimming, and you may even get to meet a few friendly turtles. At night, plankton cause the black sand to glow. Eerie but cool. Located on Trinidad’s northeast coast, this is one beach that is well worth the drive.

lanchisseuse Bay

If you are looking for a romantic spot to picnic, head over to Blanchisseuse Bay. After the picnic, check out the lagoon and go for a refreshing freshwater swim. Located on North Coast Road, just beyond the Arima turnoff, this beach is a bit narrow but beautiful.

Enjoy the best beaches in Trinidad.

With fine white sand and tepid blue waters, the beaches in Barbados are truly something. Here are the best beaches in Barbados.

There are basically three areas of beaches to check out in Barbados – the east coast, which is beautiful but generally unsafe for swimming; the west coast, with smaller and narrower stretches of sand that offer excellent swimming and snorkeling conditions; and the south coast, which features stunning beaches favored by youths for their crystal clear water and moderate to strong waves. Let’s begin with the south coast.

On the south coast, be sure to visit Crane Beach, a crescent of pink sand protected by majestic cliffs. Located at Crane Bay in St. Philip, Crane Beach boasts lightly rolling surf that is perfect for swimming and bodysurfing. You can access the beach through the Crane Resort, and a lifeguard is on duty here. For a small fee you can also use the resort’s changing room, and that fee can be applied towards dinner or drinks at their restaurant. Now that’s smart business.

Also on the south coast is Enterprise Beach, an isolated stretch of sand located on Enterprise Coast Road. Also known as Miami Beach, this white sand beach is perfect for a picnic and an afternoon of pure relaxation in a tropical setting.

On the west coast you will find Mullins Beach. Located off Highway 1 at Mullins Bay in St. Peter, this beach boasts terrific swimming conditions and is an excellent place to spend an entire day. Bring your snorkel gear. Leave the picnic basket at home and enjoy meals and snacks at the Suga Suga Restaurant, which also rents out beach chairs and umbrellas.

Also on the west coast, check out Brighton Beach. No, not the one in Brooklyn. Brighton Beach in Barbados is where many locals come to take a quick dip to cool off. Located off Spring Garden Highway, here is where you will find the Malibu Beach Club as well.

On the east coast, don’t pass up Bathsheba, even though it isn’t safe for swimming. Bathsheba is a gorgeous beach where professional surfers from around the globe come to compete each November for the Independence Classic Surfing Championship.

Whether you arrive at the beaches in Barbados for sunning, swimming, snorkeling, or surfing, always be sure to exercise good judgment. The waves can be treacherous and not every beach is safe for swimming.

Enjoy the best beaches in Barbados. Be sure to check out my other articles on the various islands of the Caribbean for information on top resorts and hotels, dining, beaches, water sports and land activities, shopping, and nightlife picks.

On one side of Martinique rests the Caribbean Sea, on the other the Atlantic Ocean. On Martinique’s shores you will find some sand that is soft and white, and some that is black and volcanic. All around the island is natural beauty you need to see in order to believe, and you need a camera and a pen to capture it for others. Blessed with a certain pleasantness and worthy of awe, Martinique is a place like no other. Here are the best beaches on the Caribbean island of Martinique.

Hands down, the best beach in Martinique is Les Salines. During weekdays, Les Salines is near perfect, a quiet and uncrowded stretch of white sand lined with coconut palm trees. A true tropical delight. The waters are calm and completely safe for swimming. At the end of the beach, away from the souvenir stands, you can take in the beauty and relax.

Another quiet beach during the week is Diamant Beach. Long and lean, the beach is a great place to kick back and watch the water bounce off Diamond Rock. Lots of shade makes Diamant Beach a great place to picnic. For a meal and some drinks, head over to the Diamant les Bains Hotel.

One white sand beauty in Martinique is Anse Corps de Garde. Located on the southern Caribbean coast, the water is so calm here, it’s nearly a swimming pool. Food vendors abound so bring your appetite. Or work one up while swimming the gentle sea.

If you are into water activities like windsurfing and waterskiing, be certain to check out Pointe du Marin. This is also a fine beach to spend the day, with bars and restaurants nearby to keep the energy up.

Here are some general tips about Martinique’s magnificent beaches:

Topless bathing is the norm at many of Martinique’s beaches, though none are officially nudist. So if you are a prude, then cover your eyes.

The Atlantic is rough, so unless you really know what you’re doing, keep yourself to the waters on the Caribbean side.

Head north for white sand, south for black and silver. And for the very best, keep to Ste-Anne.

It is much easier to find food on Martinique’s beaches than it is to find lounge chairs, so be sure to bring your own.

Although all of Martinique’s beaches are free to the public, hotels do charge a fee for nonguests to use changing rooms and facilities, so bring along some funds.

Enjoy the best beaches in Martinique.

Although the Big Island of Hawaii is not necessarily known for its beaches, it does boast some of the very best beaches in the state. Especially in Kohala, where the waters tend to be clear, clean and wonderfully calm. These are the best beaches in Kohala on the Big Island of Hawaii.

Mauna Kea Beach

Perhaps the most perfect crescent of golden sand in the entire state can be found at Mauna Kea Beach. Also known as Kauna’oa Beach, this stretch is over a quarter of a mile long and offers some of the best swimming on the Big Island. On the left side of Mauna Kea Beach are large rocks, which protect the waters allowing for excellent snorkeling as well. The right side also offers some fine swimming and snorkeling, but since the area is more exposed to the open ocean, you must exercise caution even if you are a strong swimmer. At night, large manta rays inhabit these waters. This beach is popular and offers only limited parking, so I suggest you arrive early in the day, ideally at 9 a.m.

Hapuna Beach

Hapuna Beach is a half mile long and nearly two hundred feet wide during the summer months. The water here is clean and clear when the sea is calm, and swimming can be exceptional. In fact, Conde Nast Traveler magazine often rates this beach the best in the entire country. Fortunately, despite its near perfection, Hapuna Beach frequently remains uncrowded, with the exception of weekends and holidays. Although a lifeguard is often on duty, swimmers should be aware of the conditions and not venture out too far, especially when the water is rougher. There is some great snorkeling just south of the sand.

Beach 69 | Waialea Beach

Another fabulous Kohala beach is Beach 69, also known as Waialea Beach. Excellent swimming here along the gently sloping sand. A small secluded cove is perfect for two, but get there early so you can claim it for yourself. Be sure to bring your snorkel gear. By the way, the beach gets its name from the numbered poles, so don’t get the wrong idea about what type of beach this is. The pole nearest the beach used to be number 69. Now it is 71, but Beach 71 doesn’t sound nearly as enticing, now does it?

 A-Bay

Those are the best beaches in Kohala on the Big Island of Hawaii. If you have time, check out ‘Anaeho’omalu Bay, known also as A-Bay, because its actual name is such a mouthful. Enjoy your stay on the Big Island, and a big, warm aloha to you and yours.

Many of the beaches on the Caribbean island of Tobago are picture perfect, heavenly even. And you won’t find many crowds on Tobago. In fact, you may very well feel like a castaway who washed ashore on your very own private island in the tropics. Your very own paradise. Here are the best beaches in Tobogo.

Speaking of deserted beaches, check out Englishman’s Bay. A mile-long stretch of sand on North Side Road, east of Castara Bay, you will likely have Englishman’s Bay all to yourself. And it is magnificent, easily one of Tobago’s best beaches.

Across the street from the Grafton Beach Resort you will find Stone Haven Bay. Located on Shirvan Road, Stone Haven Bay is simply beautiful, and one of the best beaches in Tobago.

On Leeward Road, northeast of Black Rock, is Great Courland Bay. The waters of Great Courland Bay are calm and sparkling. And the soft sand beach is one of Tobago’s longest.

Between the months of February and June, hundreds of leatherback turtles lay their eggs on Turtle Beach. Turtle Beach is actually located on the southern end of Great Courland Bay between Black Rock and Plymouth.

If it is romance you seek, head out to Lover’s Beach. With stunning pink sand, it is also completely secluded. In fact, you will have to get here by boat from Charlotteville. Isolated and quiet, it’s the perfect romantic retreat for couples visiting the island of Tobago.

On Windward Road, east of Scarborough, you will find Bacolet Beach. Bacolet Beach is a dark sand beach that actually served as the setting for the movie, Swiss Family Robinson, and others. Located near the Blue Haven Hotel, you can access the beach by using the track next door.

Parlatuvier is located on the north side of Tobago, and here you will find villagers and fishermen. The beach itself is a beautiful crescent of sand that should not be missed.

If you are in the mood for a good swim in a beautiful setting, head over to King’s Bay. The magnificent crescent of sand is surrounded by steep green hills, and you will almost feel as though you traded in the Caribbean island of Tobago and its bays for a lake in the summer in New England.

At the end of the Crown Point Airport you will find Sandy Point Beach. A number of hotels line the beach, so you can enjoy meals in the area and make it a day at the beach.

Enjoy the best beaches in Tobago!

In a country that has over 5,000 miles of coastline it’s no wonder that some of the best beaches in the world are located in Spain. Part of what makes Spain’s beaches so great is its hot weather, great culture and warm Mediterranean waters. Here are some of the best beaches you should be sure to check out next time you make a visit to the European country of Spain.

San Sebastian

This beach is regarded as one of the best beaches in all of Europe. San Sebastian is located in the North Eastern corner of Spain near to the French border. What makes this beach remarkable is that unlike many beautiful beaches it is not located at a remote location and is situated in a city.

Costa del Sol

This beach stretches along the southern coast of Spain and is a very popular spot for tourist. The beach is one of the most famous in Iberia and is very party friendly and known for its calm waters and great sand. If you are looking for a fun exciting beach get away than this beach is perfect for you with plenty of resorts, restaurants, and night life.

Costa Verde

This beach offers a little something unique from what you would expect to find when visiting a beach in Spain. Visitors to Coasta Verde will find a sunny coastline that resembles the western shore of Ireland. Another plus is that the temperatures at this beach tend to stay at moderate levels during the summer while most of the rest of Spain is scorching hot. This a great beach to visit if you would like a more relaxing vacation as there the beach is not overwhelmed by tourist.

The Balearic Islands

The Balearic Islands are said to have some of the best beaches in the world. The climate in the Balearic Islands tends to be a little warmer than that of mainland Spain as it located out in the Mediterranean sea. There are three main islands called Ibiza, Mallorca, and Minorca that make up the Balearic islands. However depending on what you are looking for each island offers a unique beach setting. The island of Mallorca is the most crowded and has some busy beaches. Contrary to the island of Mallorca the island of Minorca provides a great setting for visitors wishing to find a more quiet and peaceful beaches. The island of Ibiza is known as a party island and during the summer host all kinds of music festivals. Ibiza is the perfect Spanish island for young people who are interested in music and partying and is also gay friendly.

Published by Nick Van Sandt

Many people spend a long time saving up for a family vacation or a trip of a lifetime. It is as important to make sure the saved pennies are spent wisely as it was to actually save them. There are numerous sure-fire ways to stretch your travel and vacation budget dollars and be able to make even more memories by being able to do and see further things on your long-awaited trip.

Sounds good . . . So how do I start? 

Probably the most important thing you will want to do is to thoroughly research your destination online. The first thing to do is to see if the Chamber of Commerce or Visitors Bureau from the place to where you will be traveling offers a travel kit or brochures. Many kits like this include coupons and that is one huge money saver on vacation.

In addition to sending for the vacation kit well enough in advance, check online for coupons as well. It is not unusual to find a coupon for 50% off of a second meal of equal value at a restaurant or 10% off for a hotel room.

Above all, remember that “budget” or “discount” does not have to mean a bad hotel room or a lousy dinner. Take the time to research the places for which you have found discounts and choose the places that suit your tastes. You have saved too long for a vacation to settle for accommodations or food that does not meet your expectations. Many excellent hotels and restaurants offer discounts and having a coupon is *not* synonymous with “cheap” looking or tasting. Just do your homework to make sure that doesn’t happen.

Choose any or all of these tips and see how much money you can save!

Budget travel tip #1


Research the area you will be visiting. Do this online and look for discount coupons that can range from anything between a free drink at dinner to an entire free meal if you buy one of comparable price.

While you are looking through the vacation kits and brochures, be sure to take notes about places that may have free admission. These often include places like botanical gardens, historical sites, national parks, and museums. Also note where there are places like beaches and free concerts at the time you will be traveling.

Budget travel tip #2

Be sure to find out which of your memberships may bring you travel discounts for lodging, dining, and admissions.

Take advantage of any memberships you hold that may offer discounts on hotels, restaurants, and attractions. 

Budget travel tip #3

Don’t forget to check out little known places that are off the beaten track. You will find that many of these places often known only by the locals will not charge an admission fee. If you spend part of your vacation time at places like this, there will be more of the budgeted travel funds leftover for a special meal or a unique souvenir that you may not have been able to buy otherwise.

Budget travel tip #4

Try to get some suggestions of places to eat from people on online travel forums. This is a great way to find some of the places where locals eat and usually those places have much lower prices than the places in the middle of tourist areas. If you are not able to find out online, check with some of the locals after arriving. This also works for some attractions that may not be heavily advertised for tourists.

Budget travel tip #

Don’t overlook the visitor centers if you are traveling by major highways. These places often have brochures for ideas of places to visit and books that contain hotel discounts. Some bigger tourist places offer coupon dispensers that sit along the roadside. Just pull up and grab the booklets from your vehicle. There is really no excuse to not have a discount coupon for nearly everything you do with so many of them available.

Budget travel tip #6

It is a good idea to remember that many restaurants serve at lunch prices until 4 p.m. If possible, try to eat a major meal at one of these places between lunch and dinnertime. You will not only get the lower prices and save on the day’s food budget, but perhaps eat less as well if a 3 p.m. meal will serve as both lunch and dinner. This works especially well at buffets.

Budget travel tip #7

When you are looking for lodging, seek hotels that offer free breakfast as well as the discounts. as mentioned previously. At most places you will find a continental breakfast of things like cold cereal, juice, toast, muffins and bagels, etc. but some hotels offer a more extensive breakfast. If a family of 4 would normally spend $15 for a fast food breakfast for 5 days, it could very well be the cost of one night’s hotel stay if you save that fast food breakfast cost. (Not to mention the healthier choices you will be able to find at a continental breakfast, including fruit at most places.)

Budget travel tip #8

Consider buying some of your lunches at a grocery store instead of eating every meal at a restaurant. Some of them will have a deli section where you will be able to get some great food for a fraction of what it would cost at a restaurant. The old standby of cold cuts, a loaf of bread, and a bottle of squeeze mustard will work for a very quick and inexpensive meal. Just buy enough meat and cheese that will be used for lunch, though, if you don’t have a refrigerator in your hotel room. And make sure they give utensils along with your purchase if you buy something at the deli!

Budget travel tip #9

If you are traveling with children, find out which hotels allow kids to stay free. It seems these days as if most of them would do that, but it’s not necessarily a given, so be sure. Some hotels let children under a certain age eat in their dining rooms free or for a large discount, too. The same holds true with restaurants. While you are planning your trip hopefully with online research, make sure to take note on which restaurants and attractions offer appealing discounts for children.

Budget travel tip #10

If your destination is a popular tourist area, especially a beach, consider renting a condo-type place for an entire week if you will be there that long. It will often cost less than a hotel room does for the same amount of time, but you will sometimes have the added perks of a stove and refrigerator at places like this. Not with all of them, of course, so this is another thing that will need to be thoroughly researched.


In closing . . . 

It sounds like a lot of work to look all of these things up on the internet, but it is well worth sitting down and doing just that. If you get the entire family involved and set aside a Saturday or Sunday afternoon or evening for the research, it can be a fun family activity and everyone in the family should be able to relate to the fact that if the budget is stretched in places that are flexible, it means more vacation fun can be planned for the same amount of money that has been saved.

If you spend time searching for the best hotel deals online, you’re already looking before making a booking. But are you looking in the right places?

With so many hotel search sites claiming to offer you the ‘best rate guaranteed’ it makes you wonder why they’re not all offering the same price for the same room, in the same hotel, on the same date.

Even if they did, you still might not be getting the best hotel deal when you travel.

To be really sure of getting the best hotel deal online, you need to find the hotel that’s right for you.

Location

The first thing to consider is where to stay in your travel destination.

If you’re travelling by train, you might prefer your hotel to be located close to the railway station. There’s little point in making a big deal about saving money on the hotel price when you have to spend extra on taxi fares.

Likewise, if you’re travelling by car, it helps if the hotel offers free parking; or there is at least a convenient place to park your car close to the hotel.

If you’re flying, perhaps consider hotels that offer a free shuttle service from the airport, or hotels that are close to airport bus routes. Airport hotels are probably only of any value if you arrive late at night or have an early flight.

To scout hotel locations, many online hotel guides lets you zoom and pan around an interactive map. Once you have a better idea of the area you’d like to stay in your destination, you can mouse over the pins for a thumbnail image and average price range of past bookings.

Compare Prices

The hotel guide helps you think about where you might want to stay but you’ll still need to use an Hotel Comparison Tool to instantly compare hotel details, rates, availability and taxes from such websites as Booking.com, Expedia, Hotels.com, Travelocity (and many more) all in one set of search results.

Special Offers

It may also pay to take a look at the official hotel website to see if they’re offering any special offers.

Mercure, for example, offer a Two for One Tandem (in France) – where you can stay in a double room for the price of a single and one breakfast is offered free of charge; if one of the two guests is 55 or older.

Think about your existing hotel loyalty points, or joining a hotel loyalty program if you intend to use a particular hotel chain more than a few times on your travels.

Another place to look before you book is social media; especially Facebook Fan Pages and Hotel Travel Tweets on Twitter.

Many hotels are now connecting with their customers – be they fans or followers – through social media and often offer discount codes and special deals to repay their loyalty; hopefully encouraging the hotel guests to follow up with positive reviews and in turn help spread the word to their friends and followers about where they liked to stay.

Even the booking sites are using social media. If you find Hotel.com offer you the best price on a particular hotel, you may even save a further 5% off by using the discount code on their Facebook page.

Added Extras

It also pays to read all the small print. Don’t overlook any of the hotel details. They are there to help you make a wise choice on getting the best hotel deal.

If you travel with a laptop, will you have to pay for Internet access in your hotel room? If the hotel offers free WiFi, they usually like to mention that. If it’s not mentioned, that’s a little extra charge you might not want to incur. They all add up.

Is breakfast included in the room rate? Is there a resort fee? What about if you don’t use the spa facilities? You may even be able to get a discount for not using them if they’re included in the hotel price.

Budget Travel

When we talk about budget travel, we need to remember that every traveller has a different budget. I have stayed in some very nice hotels in South America for $5, and some dives in the United States for ten times that.

If your budget is tight, then finding a hotel on the spot might be worth thinking about. Cheap single rooms are also offered in many of the ‘budget hotels’.

Don’t Forget

Before you book your next hotel online, just remember where to look.