3 Affordable Beach Towns

Everyday is a vacation when you live on the beach. Believe it or not, you can live on the water without spending a fortune. Read on for a profile of three charming beach towns that won't break the bank.


Biloxi, MS

Mississippi may not be the first place you think of when you think of beach towns, but the Magnolia State has many beautiful gulf beaches along its southern shore. And in Mississippi, water access doesn't come with an insane price tag. Consider Biloxi, Mississippi, a small city along the Gulf of Mexico. Best known for its wild casinos, Biloxi is called "the Playground of the South" for a reason. But it is more than just a haven for gamblers. Biloxi is home to the Gulf Islands National Seashore, which features white sand beaches, picturesque beach grass and placid turquoise waves.

Biloxi Mississippi

Biloxi has a long history. The town was created in 1699 as one of the earliest settlements in French Louisiana. Biloxi was actually the capital of French Louisiana for a few years before it was moved to New Orleans. Its stunning gulf views have made the city a popular vacation destination for more than a century. The city's most iconic landmark, the Biloxi Lighthouse, dates back to 1848.

Biloxi was devastated by Hurricane Katrina, but has been enthusiastically rebuilt in recent years. Avid readers may recognize Biloxi as the setting of numerous John Grisham novels, including The Runaway Jury.

Biloxi is a great place to have a ton of fun on a budget. The housing prices in this beach town are hard to beat. The average rent for an apartment in Biloxi, MS was $764 per month. One-bedroom apartments cost $684 on average, and two bedrooms average $757 per month.

Pensacola, FL

You can live out your Florida dreams on a shoestring budget in Pensacola. This panhandle city is as cheap as it is beautiful. Pensacola is the most westward city in the state and is right along a particularly stunning stretch of gulf-facing beach. The gulf is a sparkling expanse of turquoise, with wide, white sand beaches perfect for lounging. Besides its beaches, Pensacola is known for its United States Naval Base.

Pensacola Florida

Pensacola is perfect if you are looking for a laid back beach town with a friendly community and a relaxed vibe. The best part? Pensacola is incredibly affordable. The average rent for an apartment in Pensacola is $851 per month. One bedroom apartments cost $775 per month on average, and two bedroom apartments go for $866 on average.

The only downside of this affordable beach paradise is the hurricanes. Pensacola is along the path of many major hurricanes, and has been hit numerous times in the past decade. If you decide to make a home for yourself in Pensacola be sure to look for a place built to withstand heavy storms, and invest in renter's insurance.

Fort Pierce, FL

If you want a stunning view of the Atlantic at a great price, Fort Pierce may be your best choice. Located in central Florida, along the state's eastern shore, Fort Pierce is a laid back quiet town with a population of 45,295. The median age in Fort Pierce is 36 years old, one year younger than the national average, and five years younger than the median age across Florida as a whole.

Fort Pierce Florida

Right off the shores of Fort Pierce is a natural wonder: a 92 square mile nature preserve for the Oculina Banks, a reef made up of a type of ivory bush coral. Fort Pierce has taken numerous steps to preserve and improve the city. After Hurricane Frances and Hurricane Jeanne in 2004, the city rebuilt their marina to include numerous artificial islands that would help protect the city from future storms. In addition, the Fort Pierce Shore Protection Project has been running for many years to renourish the local seashore.

Fort Pierce is a quiet beach town, but is relatively close to major Florida cities such as Miami and Orlando, giving residents plenty of options for big city attractions if they are in the mood for a daytrip.

One of Fort Pierce's biggest appeals is its low cost of living. As of October 2017, the average rent for an apartment in Fort Pierce, FL is $903 per month, a bargain for an ocean-facing town. One-bedroom apartments in Fort Pierce cost $810 per month on average, and two bedrooms average $959 per month.

You don't have to be a millionaire to live on the beach. Live the vacation lifestyle on a budget at any of these affordable beach towns. No matter if you choose Biloxi, Pensacola or Fort Pierce, you will be able to swim, sunbathe and build sand castles to your heart's content, without spending a fortune. Check out our rental listings today to make your beach dreams into a reality.


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