Top 3 Most Affordable Beach Vacations on the West Coast

Summer begins this week which means a lot of people will be going on vacation. Many people go on vacation to beach locations and these vacation spots are usually expensive to either stay at or travel to. There are quite a few beach locations on the west coast that aren’t that expensive and I’ve listed the top 3 most affordable beach vacations on the west coast.

Catalina Island

Catalina Island is quite an affordable beach vacation spot and one of the best beach vacations. It’s close, it’s not that expensive to get to, the hotels are at prices you’d expect for a beach on an island, and the water is blue. The island isn’t just off the coast of California. The ferry to get to the island costs only $73 to $103 for a round trip ticket from Long Beach, CA. Hotels start at $100 a night. The island has quite a few beaches with the two most popular being South Beach and Descanso Bay. South Beach is located close to the docks where the ferry is, next to the pier, and close to stores and restaurants. On Descanso Bay there is Descanso Beach Club, which features a public beach area and cabanas which can be rented starting at $70. The beach club also has a bar with food and a couple of restaurants. The water is also blue, which most beaches in California aren’t, and you can see the orange and yellow fish swimming in the water.

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Puerto Peñasco

Puerto Peñasco, or Rocky Point, is located in Sonora, Mexico and is about 3 hours away from Phoenix, AZ and 8 hours away from Los Angeles, CA. There are quite a lot of hotels and resorts on the beach and other hotels close to the beach as well as El Malecón, or the pier, and more. The water is also pretty blue. Hotels start at around $20 a night to over $400 a night. El Malecón is where all the restaurants and gift shops are. There are also quite a few boat tours there. Restaurants are pretty cheap with most costing about 400 pesos (about $20) for two. On the beach there are food vendors and banana rides which are about 100 pesos or $5 for two. Puerto Peñasco is quite a popular location so hotels get booked quick so you need to book your hotel months before going on vacation.

San Diego

San Diego is quite a good vacation spot. It’s about an hour away from Los Angeles. Hotels cost about as much as you’d expect and there are, of course, quite a lot of restaurants. As I said, most beaches in California aren’t blue but the beaches in San Diego are. The best beaches in San Diego are La Jolla Shores And La Jolla Cove. The beaches are pretty popular and have quite a few hotels close to them as well as restaurants.

Those are the top 3 most affordable beach vacations on the west coast. Summer begins this week which means quite a lot of people will be going on vacation. Many people go on vacation to beach locations and these vacation spots are usually expensive to either stay at or travel to.

So, what do you think? Do you like the beaches on the list of the top 3 most affordable beach vacations on the west coast or is there something else I should’ve included in this list? Let me know in the comments below. Also, don’t forget to subscribe to get new posts sent directly to your inbox and follow me on Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat.


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