The ultimate vacation: starting at the ocean by myself
July 15, 2012 7:54 PM Subscribe
Recommendations for a quiet, budget-conscious solo vacation consisting of staring at the Atlantic Ocean?
posted by pavane to Travel & Transportation (23 answers total) 31 users marked this as a favorite
I want to take a solo vacation this fall (some time in September-November) after a major work event. I really like the idea of sitting on a chair immediately next to the Atlantic Ocean and staring at said ocean (maybe with some bookreading thrown in) while avoiding people noise (families, partiers), since I'll need to de-stress and do some mental life reorganization. I've checked out the many beach rental/vacation sites recommended on other AskMe questions, but I'm having trouble telling how quite and secluded various beach options are.
1) Do you have any recommendations for quieter (non-family, non-partier) places to have a meditative, relaxing vacation along the southeastern U.S. coast? Cottage rentals, lighthouses, specific hotels? I'm entirely uninterested in leaving my chair for activities or local flavor. Just want to sit in a chair, by myself, and check out the ocean.
2) Should I just try to find a cruise deal and get my own tiny balcony facing the water? Watching the water from a balcony + included room service sounds pretty good, but will it be difficult to find a good deal for a room with a good balcony view?
Budget: $700 or less (as cheap as is still worth it would be great)
Departure location: anywhere on the east coast of the U.S.
Preferred length: 3-8 days
Thank you for any advice!