Our Favorite Florida Budget Travel Destinations

By CrustyCanucks - May 14, 2017

I know what you are thinking: what do two Western Canadians know about the Sunshine State? Well, a little bit as it turns out. We have visited there a dozen times and even were lucky enough to spend one entire winter in the sun house-sitting in Clearwater Beach. We took a few trips around the state, and since we were usually on a tight budget, got pretty good at.

Here are a few of our favorite places for Florida budget travel. 

The Miami Street food court

Eating on a budget in Florida needn't be too hard, especially in Miami. Head along to the movable feast which is the Miami Street Food Court. It features great-value open-air cooking think big woks, stir fry magic, giant tortillas, and a friendly, multicultural, laid-back vibe. Originally based at Olympia Heights, the court moves around various locations depending on the day. An extra bonus is that you can bring your own beers too, and don't think for a second we didn't take full advantage of this! 

Go racing at Daytona

Home to NASCAR's flagship event, the Daytona 500, the rest of the year this beach resort is pretty affordable and still well worth a trip. In between hanging out at the beach you can experience the thrill of the big race without spending big bucks. Check out Bruce Rossmeyers Destination Daytona. It runs loads of events for fans of the two-wheeled motorsport variety, putting on free demo and try-out sessions for those who fancy getting astride a Harley for the first time. Sticking to the four wheels, there's nearby Port Oranges Go Kart City as well.

The Cracker Trail

Florida on a budget gets a lot easier once you leave theme parks behind. From either Bradenton or Fort Pierce half way down the panhandle, look for cheap car hire then take off inland, into the wild country around Lake Okeechobee. Known as the Cracker Trail from the sound of the old cattle drivers whips as they lashed the air, the interior of the sunshine state is pretty wild. Accommodation and food is cheap in small towns like Zolfo Springs and Sebring, while in Highlands Hammock State Park you can hike round spectacular trails without paying a penny, and save money on food with a picnic. 

St George Island

Reckoned to be one of the best undiscovered beaches in Florida, the thin strip of sand of St George Island is located off the coast near Tallahassee. It encloses the serene Apalachicola Bay, and is perfect for relaxing walks or undisturbed sunbathing without the commercial side of beaches on the Atlantic Coast. There are some good value beachfront rental deals to be had too, especially if you book in advance like we did over a long weekend in February.

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