Happy Hump-day everyone!! Here are the 7 most affordable beach destinations across the globe, according to Oyster.com. With the saving you get from buying Dicks Cottons Sunglasses you will have plenty left over to book one of these amazing trips. Let us know what you think :)

Link to original article: https://www.oyster.com/articles/43994-the-7-most-amazing-surprisingly-affordable-beach-destinations/

1.) Corfu, Greece

It's no secret that Greece's economy has been struggling for some time, so the country has found itself on plenty of affordable getaway lists as of late -- particularly in the wake of Brexit, which has made all of Europe potentially even more appealing to travelers. But for our affordable beach destination roundup, we're highlighting the Greek island of Corfu. While most jet-setters head for the better known, more popular, and significantly pricier Cyclades (made up of islands such as Mykonos and Santorini), Corfu is a great pick for those on a budget. Travelers can often score relatively inexpensive flights directly to the island by booking through smaller, regional airlines and once there, visitors will find that hotels, restaurants, and activities can be pretty cheap. Be wary of hotels advertising four stars (take a look at our photos first!), but even if they aren't quite up to a luxury standard, many Corfu beach resorts offer all-inclusive options and feature numerous pools, a range of dining, and simple, clean rooms.

2.) Myrtle Beach, SC

Continually ranked as one of America's best family beach destinations, Myrtle Beach offers visitors one-of-a-kind nightlife, more than 100 golf courses, and 60 miles of sandy shoreline -- all at affordable prices. Flying there doesn't put a huge burden on the wallet, and it's an easy enough drive from cities such as Charleston, Charlotte, and Augusta. This locale may be known to get a bit jam-packed, but hotels account for this with massive pools and water park complexes, as well as plenty of meeting spaces and large rooms. In fact, many properties feature condo-style accommodations with kitchens and living rooms.

3.) Puerto Rico

Though it has a tropical, Caribbean vibe, Puerto Rico is a U.S. commonwealth and therefore flights to the island from the mainland are often inexpensive, especially when compared to those to nearby islands such as Turks and Caicos and the BVI.  In Puerto Rico, huge malls, golf courses, and casinos meet tropical rainforests and beautiful white-sand beaches, while well-preserved 15th-century Spanish forts loom over charming towns with colorful colonial buildings. Prices are similar to those in the U.S., and the hotel offerings are varied, from luxury resorts, to government-sponsored inns, to chain hotels. So no matter your style (party-centric or laid-back) or budget (sky-high or tight), you'll find a great beach retreat.

4.) Playa del Carmen

Achieving an affordable vacation to Mexico often mandates sacrificing peace and quiet. Well, this may be the case with Cancun, but if you drive less than an hour from this affordable, party-centric locale, you'll find Playa del Carmen, its more low-key, less crowded sister that, like Cancun, offers plenty of budget-friendly, all-inclusive resorts. Even though spring break is peak season, many hotels offer deals around this time, and day trips to spots like Cozumel and the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza and Tulum are relatively inexpensive.

5.) South Padre Island, TX

This island, reachable from the Texas mainland via Route 100, is wildly popular during the warmer months, mostly because it's so cheap. Co-eds from various Southern colleges flock to its beaches every March, and South Padre hosts a massive annual spring break shindig -- complete with DJs and crowds of nearly 20,000. Families can also find plenty to do here (there's dolphin watching, water parks, kiteboarding, sailing, and plenty of inexpensive dining options) but the island's main focus, particularly during the spring, is on providing booze-fueled parties for rowdy 20-somethings.

6.) Phuket, Thailand

Getting to Thailand does not come cheap -- although booking your flights as far in advance as possible certainly helps -- but once you're there, you can live like royalty for a shockingly low fee. The beach town of Phuket in particular is home to some of the most luxurious resorts in the world, and yet even the most exclusive properties offer rooms starting around $200/night. The same stunningly low rates can be found at restaurants, shops, and spas. Naithon Beach is beautiful, and conveniently close to the airport, while Batok on Racha Yai island is arguably even more gorgeous and unspoiled. Patong Beach is also popular.

7.) Jamaica

Many major airports offer direct flights to Jamaica's Montego Bay, where a handful of affordable accommodations can be found. But for those who don't mind a slightly longer airport transfer, Ocho Rios (a couples hours from Montego) is an even more budget-friendly destination. (Some of Montego Bay's resorts can be quite luxurious, and therefore expensive.) Once a sleepy fishing village, Ocho Rios is now home to numerous all-inclusives nestled among laid-back, local joints offering cheap beers and tasty jerk chicken. It also has beautiful, private white-sand beaches and a famous waterfall park with swimming and hiking.

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Two words: Music. Festvials. We here at Dicks Cottons are all about getting our festival on. Honestly, what’s better than camping out, waking up right after sunrise, and day drinking with people who dig the same music as you… all before the first of your favorite bands comes on at 2 PM? Nothing. Literally nothing is better. That’s why we figured we’d hook you guys up with the list of solid essentials to bring with you to each and every festival you attend. Yeah yeah, everyone knows to bring alcohol, food, and a tent, but there are some things that any veteran festival-goer forgot to take on their first fest. And since we’re all about living comfortably, we’re just trying to make sure your festival is as comfortable as possible.

 

  • Sunscreen: It may seem like a no-brainer to the gingers of the world, but even the tannest of us need some protection out there. Also, bug spray. Mosquitoes suck. Protect your skin.
  • And while we’re talking about running around, please remember to bring sneakers. While I am the biggest advocate of flip flops, they’re not always the most conducive to hours and hours of walking/dancing/standing. Comfy shoes make happy feet (and everyone knows Happy Feet love to dance… like the penguins, get it?).
  • While dancing, you’re bound to work up a sweat. Please remember DEO FOR THE B.O. That’s right, kids. Deodorant. This may seem like a no-brainer to most of us, but I’ve smelt some stinkers in my festival experiences, so I felt like it needed to be said.
  • To all the ladies out there, dry shampoo. It’s your savior. No, it’s not as great as a shower, but trust me, you’ll thank me for this. And in all honesty, even if you’re not at a festival, pick up a can anyway. It works like hairspray and it could help you in a crisis – like if you sleep in late and don’t have to time wash and blowout before work!
  • TOILET PAPER. I’m a huge advocate of BYOTP. Not only do port-o-potties see a lot of use during festivals, there’s nothing worse than realizing mid-pee that the lou is outta TP. Plus, it’s the fastest way to make friends in line!
  • The fastest way to make friends at a festival – besides drinking, obviously? Bring your pop-culture/movie reference A-game. (See: Happy Feet ref. above)
  • Purell/Hand Sanitizer. You can legitimately never have enough.
  • Other necessities: toothbrush, toothpaste, bottled water; canopy, table (for drinking games), soccer mom chairs; chloraseptic throat spray (all that singing, shouting, talking, and the BOMO will get to you); blankets (yes, all my friends passed out on the grass at 4 PM during Kendrick Lamar); a reusable water bottle (festivals have water stations.. gotta keep that hydration up); a car cell phone charger (this is crucial).

3 Beaches Best Kept Secret

 “You can keep ya beach cause that beach whatever.” Jay-Z is all over this one, well-played Jigga Man, we agree! Sure HOV flies private and his American Express Black Card probably has more frequent flier miles than Lindsay Lohan has arrest warrants, but what Jay-Z is really relating to the aspirational jetsetters is one thing, don’t compromise.

Some say it’s in a traveler’s good nature to spread the word, that’s why we are hooking you up with 3, must see beaches for your future.

  1. Praia da Pipa, Brazil – Probably one of the most incredible beaches, Pipa is your jam! Hosting the sickest combination of reggae, dreadlocks, good vibes with a VERY attractive nightlife of 20 to 30 something that gets turnt up, get ready to rage with your Stickman hat! Pria goes off late night!

*Best shades for the trip, your Handmade Paradise oversized sunglasses.

  1. Puerto Viejo, Cost Rica – No hotels taller than the tallest palm tree, no all-inclusive…this is the polar opposite of Tamarindo. If you want to change things up, the Caribbean side of Costa is where it’s at! Puerto Viejo is so on point, largely guilty by association to it’s counterparts of atmospheric beach bars, Afro-Caribbean locals, rainforests and insane beaches with a lot of surfers, backpackers and a strange aroma in the air. This costal town is off the grid for sure, but the locals know they struck gold!

*Best shades for the trip, your Studmaster Yachtmasters. Yes, you can bring Mike Stud with you on your trip.

  1. Holbox, Mexico – This remote island off the coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula may be the very best kept secret. Holbox is a beachgoers dream, pure white sand, very remote and more shades of blue than your favorite Dicks Cottons lenses! Put your feet up on your desk with Google Images pulled up showing Holbox and post that to Instagram…guaranteed 100 likes!

 *Best shades for the trip, your Jetsetter Aviators. We also suggest you bring a fresh snapback for when you are beachside with Corona’s in hand!

 

Shhhh!!! Only tell your closest friends.

 

- be happy. live comfortably.

 

Our season’s style guide to improve your mood.

 

Let’s face it, change in weather, your favorite show is ending, your Tinder isn’t quite blowing up like it was this summer, we get it. There are so many things that can change our mood and make us wanna stay in, binge eat on some comfort food and text away while wrapped up in a Snuggie with Ryan Gosling (or Eva Mendes). But, really though? Carpe F’ing Diem. Get yourself together. Life is all about getting out, hanging with friends and enjoying your youth while you have it! You are young, wild and free...and we’ve got the secret recipe to pick you up, clean you up, get a drink in your hand and you back to the party!

 

First, make plans! Making weekly social plans will force you to experience new things, prevent you from over analyzing yourself and will give you something to look forward to!

 

Next, accessorize when you go out. Having a pair of comfortable, quality, handmade sunglasses that just fit perfectly on your face will get you noticed. Whether you’re dressed up or dressed down, sunglasses are a go-to. Plus, it is a proven fact, that when you wear our shades, you will, without a doubt get compliments. However, the best accessory you can wear is confidence.

 

Look, we’re not mathematicians, but it’s simple, when you wear our shades you get compliments, when you get compliments you feel better, when you feel better you date Ryan Gosling.

 

- be happy. live comfortably.

Some pretty righteous dude once said, “Life has no opposite. The opposite of death is birth.” The people I’m closest with know I love this quote. I think it throws a whole lot of things into perspective about the triviality of the day-to-day and how you really shouldn’t sweat the small stuff. I also think it can push you to start thinking about what you want to do and who you want to be. The first time I heard this quote, I was by myself in Europe. I was traveling from a small town in the German countryside to Vienna, Austria by train, listening in on conversations of people in languages I didn’t understand. When you hear enough of something, you tune it out until another stimulus enters the picture. That’s what happened on my train ride. After a couple hours of not understanding other people’s conversations in German, I turned to a book I’d brought with me on my trip. Completely enamored with the characters, I tuned out the other conversations and lost myself in the descriptions of the antagonist and his tragic interactions with the other characters. That’s when a stimulus caught my attention. There was someone speaking English on my train. I perked up and peered around my seat edge to a few rows in front of me. He was talking to the ticket collector (who also spoke English) about what sights to see in Vienna. Excited at the chance to talk to someone who knew English, I grabbed my bag and plopped down in the seat across from him. Daring, I know. If I were in the States, I probably would’ve stayed in my seat, but since I was on my own little Eurotrip, I figured why not mix it up? We ended up talking the rest of train ride about the usual stuff: where we were from (he worked at a ski resort in Utah), why we were here (he just decided to up and visit Germany and Austria), and what our plans were (he didn’t have any real set plans). It was perfect. During the duration of that train ride to Vienna, I had found a new friend. We ended up spending the next couple days in Vienna meeting other new people (he actually spoke some German), seeing some sights, and making some memories I’ll never forget. He was actually the first person who had told me that quote I mentioned before. Though I know he didn’t make it up himself, I still can’t help but give him all the credit for it. If I hadn’t taken a chance and gone to Europe by myself, and if I hadn’t gotten up from my seat on that train, I wouldn’t have gotten the chance to make the great memories we made. Taking a trip by yourself may seem like a scary notion, and it is – I’m not denying that. But I’m also not denying that it’ll be one of the greatest decisions you make. Ever since that trip, when I stepped outside my comfort zone, I’ve changed. I still am the same core person I was, but now I’m like the improved version. I’m more confident, more daring, more adventurous, more willing to take a chance in an uncertain situation. The only certainties are birth and death, so why not make the most out of life? Even if you don’t meet a new best friend on a train during your solo-Eurotrip, you should still get out there and take a trip somewhere alone – even if it’s just another town or state. Make some new memories, and you’ll end up with some great stories in the process. And isn’t that what life is really all about?