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Are you looking for cheap weekend getaways in Florida? Florida is a sought-after destination, especially for those looking for sunshine regardless of the time of year! Unfortunately, it can get pretty expensive to take a trip down to the Sunshine State.

I’ve lived in Florida my entire life, so I know where to find those hidden gems.

That’s why I’m giving you over 20 cheap weekend getaways in Florida because you deserve to explore without going over your budget! In this guide, you’ll get Florida destinations in all corners of the state, so you can find the perfect vacation spot regardless of your budget.

If you’re planning a couples trip then you’ll also want to read this blog post about 17+ romantic getaways in Florida on a budget.

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25 Cheap Weekend Getaways in Florida

It’s possible to visit Florida on a budget! Here are 24 of my favorite cheap weekend getaways in Florida. Enjoy!

If you want to know what it means to be a budget traveler then check out my post on how to travel on a budget.

A bustling street lined with palm trees in Miami, with parked cars and buildings on a clear sunny day, evoking the vibrant city life.

1. Miami Beach

Ok, hear me out on this one! You’re probably like ok, wait Miami is so expensive! And you’d be right if you were thinking about the expensive areas in Miami, but Miami is big. Miami Beach is a barrier island between Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic. It’s connected to the rest of Miami by a series of causeways.

Of course, Miami Beach can also get very expensive, but if you plan your trip right and use points and miles, you can find great deals on accommodations and flights. There are also a lot of free and cheap things to do in Miami Beach like hanging at Lincoln Road, Art Deco walking tours, and South Pointe Park.

If you’re planning to take a trip with ladies check out these posts on girls weekend in Miami or a girls weekend in South Beach.

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2. Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay is on Florida’s Gulf Coast and has its own vibe compared to the Southeast coast of Florida. It’s a super popular area, but it also has a ton of budget-friendly activities while also being a beautiful place to visit.

You’ll want to grab a Tampa Bay CityPASS and get a bunch of stuff to do at one low price. The attractions include things like Busch Gardens, The Florida Aquarium, and a Dolphin or Sunset cruise. You should also take a stroll along the Tampa Riverwalk and, visit Lettuce Lake Park and explore Ybor City.

Lush greenery reflecting in a pond with high-rise buildings and palm trees in the background, showcasing downtown Sarasota's urban landscape

3. Sarasota

Located on the Gulf Coast of Florida, Sarasota is not only beautiful but has a wealth of affordable activities. Explore Siesta Key Beach and embrace the outdoors at Myakka River State Park, where affordable entrance fees grant access to expansive landscapes, airboat tours, and wildlife. For more outdoor fun check out a Mangrove Tunnel Guided Kayak tour!

4. Clearwater Beach

Clearwater Beach also on the Gulf Coast of Florida is the perfect place for an affordable adventure. Take a stroll along the Beach Walk promenade or watch the sunset at Pier 60, for more outdoor adventures embark on a Dolphin Tugboat tour or Sunset Cruise!

Golden hour over Jacksonville skyline with the sun reflecting off the river and high-rise buildings, showcasing the city's modern architecture.

5. Jacksonville

Located on Florida’s First Coast, Jacksonville is a hidden gem. Check out Southbank Riverwalk, with views of the St. Johns River, or visit the historic neighborhoods of Riverside and Avondale. Enjoy a half-day city tour of downtown Jacksonville or a culinary tour!

6. Destin

Destin is located on the stunning Emerald Coast and is known for its white sand and emerald-green waters. You can visit Henderson Beach State Park or take a stroll along the Harbor Boardwalk. For a more thrilling adventure check out a Dolphin Speedboat tour or a relaxing dinner cruise.

The iconic guitar-shaped hotel at the Hard Rock in Florida with a sprawling pool area and tropical palm trees under a clear blue sky.

7. Fort Lauderdale

As a Southeast Florida native, I feel like everyone should know about Fort Lauderdale, but it gets overshadowed by Miami. I love Fort Lauderdale for the beaches, the Riverwalk, and the lively vibe similar to Miami but much more accessible. There’s no shortage of fun activities which also makes it perfect for a Fort Lauderdale bachelorette trip!

8. St. Petersburg

Located on Florida’s Gulf Coast, St. Petersburg, or “St. Pete” is a city with a vibrant arts scene and a fun vibe. Check out the St. Pete Pier, visit the waterfront of Downtown St. Petersburg, or go on an island sunset and skyway light show.

View from a balcony overlooking a white sandy beach with beachgoers and blue parasols, and a vast ocean extending to the horizon

9. Fort Myers

Located on the Gulf of Mexico, Fort Myers is where my husband’s family spent 1 week every summer for over 20 years. It’s truly a special place, with amazing beaches, and beautiful sunsets. Fort Myers is also the gateway to the barrier islands of Sanibel and Captiva. There are plenty of outdoor activities including a sunset dolphin tour.

10. Pensacola

Located on the western edge of the Florida Panhandle, Pensacola has stunning white sand beaches, historic buildings, and museums which include free admission on certain days of the week. Explore Big Lagoon State Park or take a scenic boat tour to see the dolphins!

Historic brick buildings at the corner of Duval and College Street in Tallahassee with a 'Welcome Home' banner for FSU Homecoming Week.

11. Tallahassee

Located in the panhandle of Florida, Tallahassee is home to the Florida State Seminoles, my alma mater! But it’s so much more than that. Tallahassee is rich in history and culture. You can visit the Florida Historic Capitol Museum or Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park, there’s also a vibrant downtown district where you’ll find plenty of restaurants. You can even take part in a scavenger hunt!

Warm sunset hues cast over a peaceful beach setting with a wooden pier in the background, capturing the tranquil atmosphere of Cocoa Beach

12. Cocoa Beach

Located on Florida’s Space Coast, Cocoa Beach is all about sun, sand, and affordability. Explore the Thousand Islands Conservation Area and kayak through the mangrove tunnels. You can enjoy a picnic, walk along the beach, or embark on a dolphin tour on the Banana River.

13. Amelia Island

Amelia Island is located in Northeast Florida not far from Jacksonville and offers coastal charm, architecture, and plenty of affordable activities. Visit Amelia Island State Park, go shelling, check out Centre Street downtown, or enjoy the outdoors by going on a guided kayak tour!

The historic Key West lighthouse standing tall among the lush foliage of the island, with a clear blue sky above.

14. Key West

Nestled at the southernmost point of the United States, Key West has a laid-back vibe and is a tropical haven with a variety of fun budget-friendly activities. You can take a stroll down Duval Street, and visit Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park. For a quintessential Key West experience, don’t miss out on the Sunset Celebration at Mallory Square!

15. Vero Beach

Tucked away on Florida’s Treasure Coast, Vero Beach is a hidden gem with local highlights such as South Beach Park, the Vero Beach City Marina, and Riverside Park. If you love the outdoors then you’ll need to check out McKee Botanical Garden, or splurge on a guided boat tour!

Aerial view of St. Augustine Beach, Florida, with a long stretch of sand meeting the Atlantic Ocean and residential areas visible in the distance.

16. St. Augustine

St. Augustine is on Florida’s Northeast coast and is the oldest continuously occupied settlement in the United States. It’s a beautifully captivating destination with rich history and charm. There are many fun activities in St. Augustine, but don’t forget to visit the Castillo de San Marcos and explore St. George Street.

For more ideas check out my girls trip to St. Augustine blog post.

17. Marco Island

Located on the Gulf of Mexico in Southwest Florida, Marco Island offers plenty for nature enthusiasts such as the Briggs Nature Center, beautiful sunsets, and outdoor activities like Dolphin-Watching. Be sure to check out downtown Marco Island for casual seafood eateries and waterfront views!

rial view of a bridge over turquoise waters connecting the mainland to a coastal island with a clear blue sky overhead.

18. Crystal River

Crystal River on Florida’s Nature Coast is renowned for its natural springs, wildlife, and outdoor activities like snorkeling with the Manatees. Don’t forget to check out Three Sisters Springs, Crystal River Preserve State Park, and Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge.

19. Islamorada

Islamorada is located in the Florida Keys and is one of the first keys that you hit if you’re on your way to Key West. You don’t have to drive down to Key West to find fun and affordable activities in the Florida Keys.

Islamorada has stunning coral reefs and vibrant marine life. Be sure to check out Anne’s Beach and explore Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park.

20. Punta Gorda

Punta Gorda is located in Southwest Florida and is quite the hidden gem! It has a laid-back atmosphere, historic charm, and beautiful waterfront vistas. Local highlights include the Fisherman’s Village and Linear Park and you can enjoy the stars on this Night Sky Stargazing Tour!

A captivating view of Daytona Beach with a unique clock tower in the foreground, as beachgoers enjoy the expansive sandy shore.

21. New Smyrna Beach

New Smyrna Beach, on the east coast (not far from Daytona), has a laid-back atmosphere and a fun local scene. Local highlights include the Canaveral National Seashore, and Smyrna Dunes Park, or take a Dolphin and Manatee adventure tour!

22. Fernandina Beach

Fernandina Beach, located on Amelia Island, is the perfect blend of historic charm and beautiful beaches. It’s not as well known which makes it the perfect place for a quintessential Florida weekend getaway. For some outdoor water adventure, consider a CraigCat Boat Tour!

A magnificent wishbone tree with broad green leaves and hanging roots, set against a backdrop of a bustling outdoor market in West Palm Beach

23. West Palm Beach

West Palm Beach is located on Florida’s east coast and is my hometown! It offers a mix of cultural and outdoor activities and of course amazing scenic beauty. You’ll want to visit the waterfront and Clematis Street in downtown. Other highlights include Mounts Botanical Garden and the Norton Museum of Art. There’s so much, so check out this blog post for more fun things to do in West Palm Beach!

24. Lake Placid

Lake Placid is in the heart of Central Florida’s Highlands County. The town is known for its 27 freshwater lakes, making it the perfect place for a fishing getaway. Lake Placid’s Lake June-in-Winter Scrub State Park has a ton of low-cost and free nature activities like hiking trails, birdwatching, and opportunities to observe the unique scrub habitat.

25. Hollywood Beach

Hollywood Beach is located in the greater Fort Lauderdale area and stands apart from your typical Fort Lauderdale beach with its charming Broadwalk—a 2.5-mile brick-paved promenade adorned with shops, restaurants, and cafes. It’s a good alternative if you’re looking to be further away from the hustle and bustle of Fort Lauderdale.

Check out Margaritaville Hollywood Beach for beachfront entertainment and Hard Rock Hollywood for a taste of Las Vegas in South Florida.

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Tips for Planning a Cheap Weekend Getaway in Florida

Check out my blog post on how to plan your weekend getaway on a budget before making plans for your cheap getaway in Florida. Here are some more tips!

Compare Accommodation Options: Look beyond traditional hotels. You can find many vacation home rentals, camping, or even rent an RV.

Consider Alternative Airports: There are many airports in Florida. Look into flying into or out of nearby airports and rent a car. You may be able to save hundreds.

Use Public Transportation: Florida isn’t known for its public transportation, but depending on your destination there may be some viable options.

Cook Meals: One of our favorite things about vacation rentals or any accommodations with a kitchen or kitchenette is being able to cook breakfast and make lunch so that we can splurge on dinner!

Look for Free and Low-Cost Activities: Research free or low-cost attractions, parks, and beaches. You may be pleasantly surprised at how much you can do at very little cost.

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Which part of Florida is the cheapest to vacation?

North Florida is usually the cheapest to vacation in Florida. Cities like Jacksonville, Tallahassee, and Pensacola are much more affordable compared to the more touristy areas in Central and South Florida.

You can find cheaper places to vacation near Central Florida if you avoid Orlando and instead explore areas around Ocala or Winter Haven. Cocoa Beach or Daytona Beach are also great options for affordable beach vacations.

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