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With its year-round warm weather and miles of pristine coastline, it’s no wonder the Sunshine State tops the list as the #1 winter escape for Snowbirds. While planning a beach vacation should be a breeze, the high demand and associated costs can make finding an affordable winter retreat challenging.

However, budget-friendly booking doesn’t have to mean compromising on quality. It’s all about savvy planning and knowing where to find the best deals. Dive into our tailored money-saving tips designed specifically for the Snowbird community to make the most of your vacation budget without sacrificing comfort or experience. Experience the best of Florida’s paradise while keeping your wallet happy!


Tip #1: Start Planning Early (Like Really Early)

As the saying goes, “the early Snowbird catches the worm!” When it comes to booking a beach rental during peak Winter season, early planning is key. That’s why many Snowbirds secure their accommodations a full year ahead of time. The most desirable and affordable options are often snapped up first, so waiting too long can limit your choices within your budget.

Additionally, prices tend to rise as your vacation date approaches. Don’t risk exceeding your budget by procrastinating and missing out on options. Secure the perfect rental within your price range well in advance to ensure peace of mind and the best value for your money.


Tip #2: Hunt for New Listing Deals

Missed the early planning window? Don’t panic! You can still snag a fantastic Winter rental deal by booking a newly listed property. When we add new properties to our Florida Vacay Rentals portfolio, we typically offer wide-open calendar availability and lower introductory rates to attract bookings.

Stay ahead of the game by following us on Facebook and Instagram, and subscribing to our email mailing list to be the first to know when new listings are added to the Florida Vacay Rentals portfolio. Don’t miss out on these fresh opportunities to find your perfect winter retreat at a great price!

Check out our newest portfolio addition, #202 at Sea Coast Gardens III in New Smyrna Beach. Peak 2025 Winter dates are still available!


Tip #3: Be Strategic in Selecting Travel Dates

The cost of vacation dates can vary widely, so it’s important to choose yours carefully. As the peak Snowbird season approaches, rental prices typically increase. Starting your vacation in December or January offers better value for your money, giving you more beach time for fewer bucks. Not only do you enjoy lower prices and an early escape from Winter weather, but you also steer clear of the crowds that clock in during the popular February and March Spring Break periods.


Tip #4: Save During Your Vacay

Maximizing savings doesn’t end once you’ve booked your vacation. Optimize your budget by choosing a property with cost-saving amenities. Selecting a rental with a fully-equipped kitchen allows you to save significantly on dining out expenses. While doing laundry might not be the most exciting vacation activity, it’s a necessary chore. Look for rentals with in-unit washers and dryers or shared laundry facilities to save time and money by avoiding laundromats.

Enjoying free activities like walking, swimming, and sunbathing on the beach adds to the fun of your Florida vacation. Enhance your low-cost leisure options by choosing a rental with bonus amenities such as seasonally heated swimming pools, shuffleboard courts, and the increasingly popular tennis/pickleball courts. You can easily filter for these features and more when searching for your ideal rental on our website.

Did you know that pickleball was the fastest-growing sport in 2023? According to The Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA), pickleball has held this title for three consecutive years. For Snowbirds without pickleball courts at their rental property, online resources like this website can help you find nearby places to play. New Smyrna Beach and Ormond Beach offer plenty of options for pickleball enthusiasts!

OceanWalk Condominium’s Pickleball Court


Tip #5: Protect Your Vacation Investment

After all the effort you’ve put into searching, saving money, and finalizing your Winter rental plans, there’s one crucial step left: safeguarding your vacation investment with travel insurance. A comprehensive trip protection plan is offered through CSA/Generali for guests who book with Florida Vacay Rentals. For more information and detailed policy coverage, visit our travel insurance information page. With travel insurance, Snowbirds can be confident in booking a Winter retreat well in advance knowing that they are protected against unforeseen events that could alter their plans.

Nestled along the picturesque shores of Florida’s Space Coast lies NASA’s renowned Kennedy Space Center. This captivating destination caters to families, offering an array of awe-inspiring experiences, attractions, and events suitable for all ages. Situated just South of New Smyrna Beach and Ormond Beach, it is the ideal day trip location for those with a passion for space exploration.

Watch a Launch

Few experiences rival the sheer awe of witnessing a launch in person. Many beaches lining Florida’s East Coast, including New Smyrna Beach and Ormond Beach, provide prime vantage points for observing the Kennedy Space Center launches. For those who like to be in the action, launches can be viewed from two exciting KSC locations: the main visitor complex, included with a regular admission ticket, and the Banana Creek Launch Viewing Area at the Apollo/Saturn V Center, requiring an additional premium ticket purchase.

Upcoming launches include the final Delta IV Heavy Rocket Launch on March 28, 2024 and an Atlas V Boeing Starliner Crewed Flight Test in April of 2024. The Kennedy Space Center has other special events planned for this Spring like the Partial Solar Eclipse and Earth Day Celebration on April 8, 2024 and hosts weekly meet and greet opportunities with astronauts. Click here to view a full calendar of events on their website.  

Photo courtesy of Image Katcher

Kennedy Space Center Attractions

Step into the shoes of an astronaut and embark on a journey like no other through Kennedy Space Center’s array of immersive attractions including:

Florida Vacay Team Member Bridget Visiting the KSC

Plan Your Experience

Whether it’s your first or 100th time visiting, the Kennedy Space Center’s website has an abundance of online resources to help plan your trip. We found this guide helpful for first time visitors. 

Our team is here to help plan your trip! Book your perfect New Smyrna Beach, Ormond Beach, or Palm Coast rental directly on our FloridaVacayRentals.com website or call our office 321-221-7611 for personalized planning assistance.