If your vacation plans include a stay at the beach, you should think hard about where you plan to stay. The first thing you need to consider is what will be open. Plan far ahead if you are going to stay at the beach so you can get a room. Beach rentals fill up long before the summer beach season hits.
There are several types of places that you can rent when you are headed to the beach. There are condos and hotel rooms, just to name two. There are advantages and disadvantages to each type of rental. It pays to understand those differences before putting down a deposit on your summer vacation.
Here is a look at Condo rentals versus hotel rentals:
A condo (condominium) is a small apartment. It generally consists of a bedroom (with a door), bathroom, kitchen and living room. You can also count on the fact that most Condos have a balcony that you can sit on. Condominium rentals are great for people who prefer a little more privacy. For instance, if you have a group of people that are going on the trip, you will have much more privacy because there are doors on the bedrooms and bathrooms. You can get dressed and do other things that most people prefer to do in private.
A condominium also allows you to feel more at home. It has a homey feeling that you just can’t get with a hotel rental. It has rooms just like you have at home and usually a fully equipped kitchen. This allows you to cook some meals so that the week isn’t more expensive than it has to be. Eating out at the beach can empty your wallet and bank account very quickly.
You often have a small space outside that acts as a yard. Though the area isn’t generally large, it is enough to sit outside in the lawn chairs. This keeps you from having to be on the beach every second of the day. You will also be able to sit outside and enjoy the view in the evening. It’s a great way to wind down from a big day at the beach.
Hotels afford you a different set of advantages. If you like the idea of room service, you can find that in a hotel. That is something that you will never get from a condominium rental. Hotels often have entertainment on the premises as well. That means that if you want to go to the bar and have a couple of drinks, you don’t have to drive afterwards. In fact, many hotels have restaurants and stores as well. You never have to leave the hotel if you don’t want to. Of course, you would be missing out on all the excitement on the beach if you do that.
Most hotels at the beach will also have a swimming pool for it’s guests. You can go swimming in the clean water if the ocean water is just too dirty for you. In other words, you have options when it comes to where you want to spend the day soaking up the sun. Many hotels offer a sauna and whirlpool as well. Don’t forget if you want to workout, you can usually do that at a hotel as well.
Ocean views are generally reserved for hotels. If you want to have a nice ocean view, chances are, you will have to rent a hotel room. This is well worth the extra cost of renting a room that has a view. It is one of the most beautiful things in the world to wake up to in the morning. It also helps you sleep at night if you open the windows for a nice ocean breeze with the gentle sounds of the water in the background.
As you can see, there are great advantages to each type of rental. Hotel rentals afford you more conveniences as far as shopping, swimming and other things. Condos offer you a more “at home” feeling which is something you very rarely get at a hotel. It also has a fully equipped kitchen which you don’t often get in a hotel. The choice is yours. Make a wise one so that you will have the best beach vacation possible.