Budget Hacks: Traveling in Florida for Cheap

Traveling in Florida for cheap can be done in Orlando, and elsewhere ... photo by CC user ILA-boy on wikimedia commons

If you’re traveling to Florida anytime soon, you’re probably overwhelmed with the amount of hotel options available to you. The options are literally endless! But don’t fret, because no matter which Florida city you’re traveling to, there are affordable hotels, hostels, and even resorts that are perfect for you, making traveling in Florida for cheap a real possibility. Here’s a list of some of the most popular budget-friendly hotels when traveling to each of these five cities.


Orlando is a popular destination for people around the world for many reasons, the most significant being amusement parks. Home to DisneyWorld and Universal Studios, Orlando is a great place to bring the whole family. Rates for admission into these parks is not cheap, especially for larger families, so save some money by booking a room at one of these affordable hotels in Orlando. Check out Rosen Plaza on International Drive, DoubleTree by Hilton in Downtown Orlando, The Seasons, or The Florida Hotel and Conference Center. There are also many kid-friendly hotels associated with Disney or Universal that will give the family the experience of a lifetime.


Doral, Florida is extremely close to the vibrant city of Miami, so it might be wise to book a room here in order to save some money. Hotels in Miami are often more expensive, so why not save some cash and bunk up in the nearby town? Consider staying at one of these Doral hotels: Trump National Doral Miami, Extended Stay America, Provident Doral at the Blue Miami, Holiday Inn Express Doral, or Hampton Inn & Suites. These places offer easy access to Miami and are all cost-friendly.


Jacksonville offers the best of both worlds for travelers. Here you’ll find both a bustling downtown and pristine beaches. The hotels and accommodations range from luxurious resorts to cozy AirBnb rentals, so you’ll be sure to find something that suits your needs and budget. Jacksonville hotels to consider are Aloft Jacksonville Tapestry Park, Ramada Hotel and Conference Center, Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites, and La Quinta Inn and Suites.

Daytona Beach

Whether you’re visiting Daytona Beach for a fun-filled spring break vacation, or a relaxing getaway from the stresses of everyday life, you’ll be pleased with your accommodations. This will be especially true if you choose to stay at Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort, Hilton Garden Inn Daytona Beach Airport, Boardwalk Inn and Suites, or Ocean Shore Resort. Each of these hotels offers modern day amenities as well as an affordable price.


A college town, Gainesville is filled with fun things to do, especially during the Florida Gators football season. If you’re not a football fan, you’ll still find plenty of things to do. Downtown Gainesville is home to a vibrant nightlife scene, as well as shopping and critically acclaimed restaurants. Some of the best budget-friendly hotels in Gainesville are SpringHill Suites by Marriott, Paramount Plaza Hotel and Suites, Holiday Inn Gainesville University Center, Hilton University of Florida Conference Center, and Days Inn Gainesville University. If you are staying near the University, be sure to bring your Gator gear!