Vacation planning can be hectic, especially the week before you leave. You’re trying to wrap up your assignments at work, shop for last-minute must-haves, do your laundry, finish your packing, control your stress, and keep your children from tearing each other to pieces.
Craving peace and quiet in a serene seaside setting? You’ll love Sandbridge Beach, Virginia’s hidden treasure, where you can escape from the crowds and commercialism while enjoying plenty of sand, surf, sun, and fun.
Fresh trout sizzling in butter. Plump shrimp simmering in stew. Tender chunks of crabmeat nestled in savory cream sauce in a bed of penne pasta.
Sound scrumptious? Most coastal natives would agree. They’d also insist that these treats taste even better when you’ve caught them yourself. After all, for seafood, freshness is key. And it doesn’t get any fresher than “right off the hook” or “straight outta the net.”
We know you want to spend as much time as possible on your vacation in Sandbridge, but sometimes a full week just isn’t in the cards. Fortunately, this doesn’t mean you have to forego your vacation totally or have any less fun! Any time between September and May, there are properties available for less than a seven day stay or “mini-vacation” (we call it a mini-stay).
With this in mind, we came up with a few budget-friendly activities to add on to our previous article, Top 7 Vacation Budget Tips for Sandbridge Beach, that you can take advantage of while on vacation to save you money while also fostering family bonding.
Make the most of your money and the time you have away with your family in Sandbridge by incorporating these activities into your vacation plans:
Vacation Budget Tips
- Check For Specials and Discounts
One of the best money saving tips we can give any vacationer is to check for specials. The best benefit to staying in Sandbridge as opposed to Virginia Beach is the seclusion. We all know the old saying “you get what you pay for” but in this case you can get the seclusion of Sandbridge for close to the same price as busy Virginia Beach. Our Specials page is constantly updated to reflect the most current discounts and specials.
- Make The Most of Your Rental
Your vacation rental should have everything you need to enjoy a budget-friendly vacation. All our properties include a full-sized kitchen and a grill. Since you will have a kitchen and grill you can save money by cooking rather than going out to eat. Most of our properties are equipped with some form of entertainment: pool table, foosball table, volleyball court, private pool, etc. Having this kind of entertainment is a fun, cheap way to enjoy your vacation while you’re not on the beach.
- Rent Beach Equipment
I know what you’re thinking, “why rent beach equipment when I’m trying to have a budget-friendly vacation?” Well the fact of the matter is you can rent kayaks, surfboards, boogie boards, and bicycles fairly cheap for the entire week.
Double Check Your Car
Few things are as scary as having car trouble when you’re on a road trip. Trying to fix mechanical problems on the side of a busy interstate or a deserted back road is enough to put a serious damper on your fun. Before you leave, check (or have a professional check) your brakes, oil, fluids and tires to be sure there aren’t any problems waiting to happen. A check up with a professional mechanic will be sure to ease road trip worries. It’s also a good idea to look into AAA if you don’t already happen. Even if your car checks out fine that doesn’t mean you can’t get a flat tire on the trip. You will thank yourself later when you don’t have to unpack the entire trunk to get to the spare tire and jack on the side of the road.
Don’t Let You Mail Pile Up
Burglars often check mailboxes in an effort to determine if a house is empty. Those with days’ worth of mail piled up give a clear signal that the homeowner is away. Before you leave, make arrangements with the post office to hold your mail or ask a neighbor to pick it up daily. This will also prevent scammers from going through your mail and gaining access to potential sensitive information.
Safeguard Your House
When you’re going on vacation, it is wise to safeguard your house before you leave. Unplug counter top appliances and television sets, so they don’t become victims of lightning while you’re gone. Turn off the water to your washing machine to prevent flooding and lock the gate to your pool (if you have one), so no animals or children are accidentally harmed. You may want to set your thermostat accordingly to the time of year you are leaving. It is recommended in the summer to keep your thermostat around 75 degrees and your heat at around 55 in the winter in order to maintain your home and keep the electricity bill down that week you will be away.
Make Arrangement for Your Pets
20 Travel Hacks to Use When Traveling to Sandbridge Beach
Don’t you just hate it when you leave important things at home? Yet it happens
every day. Here are 20 handy traveling tips and tricks to try the next time you visit Sandbridge Beach.
family (or a party of friends) with you on your trip, chances are you will have lots of devices to charge at
the end of the day. Pack an extra power strip in your bag to keep everyone powered up and happy.
all your liquids in zip-top baggies to avoid the horror of opening a suitcase full of clothing covered in
shampoo or sunscreen.
This will help your car or boat keys stay near the surface of the water in case they fall overboard during
your seaside adventures. (From GreenMoxie.com)
divided plastic tackle organizers; bead organizers work too. This will keep earrings in pairs and necklaces
from getting tangled in knots. (Troy-Bumpassin.com)
of your shoes in the suitcase — you can use it to hold dirty laundry during the trip.
a couple of dryer sheets to slip into your suitcase for the journey home to keep the odor of filthy clothing
wet clothing, and many other things.
tighter and seal out light in your room. You’ll be glad you did on those mornings after a late night out.
a roll of duct tape and safety pins for those random little fix-it jobs that pop up unexpectedly. If you
don’t have room for a full roll of duct tape, use an empty toilet paper roll or chunky pencil to make a
pint-sized tape roll.
Planning Your Budget-Friendly Itinerary
Sandbridge offers five miles of white, sandy beaches, towering sand dunes, and sun-soaked ocean vistas. You can make the most of your trip when you incorporate some of these low- or no-cost activities into your itinerary:
=&0=&—As home to thousands of geese, ducks, swans, sea turtles, and other wildlife, Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge offers eight miles of trails where visitors can explore the beauty of nature. For just a few dollars, you can purchase a day pass to take your family hiking or biking along the scenic trails, where you may spot a bald eagle or brown pelican.
=&1=&—Located at the southern tip of Sandbridge Beach, Little Island Park offers plenty of activities for both children and adults. Play a pickup basketball game, let the smaller kids enjoy the playground, and bring a picnic basket to enjoy at one of the shaded shelters. In the afternoon, venture onto the beach for swimming and surfing, or just enjoy a stroll in the sunshine as you look for shells.
=&2=&—Bring your boogie boards for some wild, crazy ocean fun! Easier than surfing, boogie boarding lets you and your kids experience the excitement of catching some waves without the athletic prowess needed for other kinds of watersports. If you don’t have boogie boards, you can rent them for about $20 per week.
=&3=&—Most rental homes in Sandbridge include a grill for the backyard. Fire up the barbecue for some hamburgers and hot dogs or slap some steak and chicken on the grill for an unbeatable outdoor dinner. When you are pleasantly full, relax on the deck to enjoy the sunset or take a walk along the beach to look for shells.