Virginia Beach on a Dime

This post may contain affiliate links. For more details, please view our full disclosure.

Today we hop in the way-back machine to revisit an ultra frugal trip my husband and I took to Virginia Beach six or seven years ago. Time flies!

I can't believe how much money she saved on her Virginia Beach vacation! Pinning for our trip this spring.

Traveling is my favorite thing to do. It can be expensive, though, so today I thought I’d show you how to do a popular East Coast destination on a restricted budget. All the fun for a lot less money.

Let’s go to Virginia Beach.

How to Get There

Virginia Beach is eight hours away from Pittsburgh by car, which was totally manageable for us. For other east coasters it may be a little further or a little closer.

You’d be surprised how quickly those eight hours fly by, and if you do the math, the gas really isn’t all that much versus flying despite the crazy prices at the pump. If you’re having issues getting gas money, save up some fuel rewards points from a grocery store you frequent. I’ve used this trick to get a free tank before!

When to Go to Virginia Beach

Right before Memorial Day or right after Labor Day. This is called the shoulder season, and is the best time to visit almost any vacation destination.

Prices on everything will be seriously slashed, but pretty much everything will be open. If you travel really close to either holiday, you get all the benefits and all the savings.

Where to Stay in Virginia Beach

The view from our insanely clean and affordable Virginia Beach hotel.

View from our room.

Schooner Inn.  Hands down. Our experience was that fantastic.

It’s a smaller hotel, but it’s on the boardwalk. The rooms are pretty economically sized, and the decor is a bit outdated, but they are CLEAN CLEAN CLEAN.

While only some of the rooms have living space, the amenities will not disappoint. Most rooms have a hot tub. All have a mini fridge, microwave, and sink. Some have a dishwasher and range along with a kitchen table.

They have a pool for guests, and every single room faces and has a view of the beach. On top of it all, there’s a water park for kids just outside the hotel on the beach.

While you are on the boardwalk, you’re at the very end of it so you’ll need to be prepared for some walking. We actually enjoyed this aspect of it. There’s tons to see and do along the boardwalk on your way to your destination.

When we stayed here, we got a room for $60/night. I want to reinforce to you that this is not some crappy motel. We got a great price on a perfect room because we went at the right time and were willing to walk.

What to Do at Virginia Beach

What isn’t there to do?

There’s a mini amusement park on the boardwalk.

A couple blocks inland there’s tons of mini golf places.

A bunch of mouth-watering places to eat and drink.

The Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum is also along the boardwalk (nudge, nudge for geocachers!)

Save More with Coupons

The other tip I have is COUPONS.

Whenever I go on vacation, I sign up for the LivingSocial for that area. If anything fantastic comes along that I can use, I’ll purchase.

If group coupon sites aren’t your thing, the Schooner Inn (as most hotels, I’m sure) will have coupons books waiting in your hotel room or at the front desk. USE THEM. They’ll save you tons.

More Vacation Savings Tips

Virginia Beach vacation save money

You can also bring food along to cook a few meals.

Bring your own bottled water for sure. You do not want to pay boardwalk prices for hydration.

Do as much of your frugal planning and preparation as possible before you go. That way when you get there,  you can just relax and enjoy the view from your hot tub.

That’s the whole point of taking a holiday anyways, right?

23 thoughts on “Virginia Beach on a Dime

  1. Katie

    I went to Virginia Beach a couple years ago with my dad & brothers. It was so fun. It was beautiful down there and it’s a pretty cost effective vacation spot. I’d go there again for sure!

  2. Miss Caitlin S.

    awesome! i actually almot went there with my PA family but we opted for Jersey Shore instead (no, we are not like that at all! it wasn’t a partying trip). I would love to check this out!

  3. Sarah

    My name is Sarah and I’m with Dwellable. I was looking for blog posts about Virginia Beach to share on our site and I came across your post…If you’re open to it, drop me a line.
    Hope to hear from you 🙂

  4. Chonce

    I have to be honest, I never really thought of Virginia Beach as a travel destination. But now I’ve changed my mind. Affordable beach with lots to do? I’m in!

    1. femmefrugality Post author

      SO much to do! It’s not as big as Myrtle, but that can be a good thing depending on what you’re looking for in a vacation. 🙂

  5. Kayla Sloan

    After reading this post I must admit I am ready to pack my bags! It’s too far for me to drive, but if I get a good deal on a plane ticket with Southwest, who knows? I might just have to make a trip to Virginia Beach!

    1. femmefrugality Post author

      That would be one heck of a drive for you! But it’s definitely fun if you ever make your way out there.

    1. femmefrugality Post author

      Glad you’re enjoying them! I’m close to 1,000 posts, and I’ve deleted some of them as they’ve become irrelevant or I decided they just weren’t up to par as time went on. So definitely A LOT to sift through!

  6. RAnn

    I know what you mean by “shoulder season”; that’s when we went to Universal last summer and it was perfect. We got four days for less than the price of three would be a week later. Our room cost less and to top it off, the parks were less crowded. Win-Win-Win.

    1. femmefrugality Post author

      Definitely. I love to travel, but I also like not being completely broke haha. So I try to find ways to make travel happen on as limited of a budget as possible without missing out on key experiences. It’s always an adventure!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *