Most recently, we ventured to the Space Coast, former home of the John F. Kennedy Space Center. There, nestled in the middle of Brevard County, is a coastal town of just over 3,000 residents called Melbourne Beach. Melbourne Beach offers everything we're looking for in a staycation: peace and quiet, anonymity, and fun places to explore. Best of all, it is only three hours north - a distance far enough to feel like a vacation, but close enough to make the ride home bearable after a lazy Sunday in the sun.
We first discovered the area on one of our many surf trips upcoast. It drew our attention because of its proximity to good surf breaks and great beaches. It kept our attention because we've continuously been able to snag last-minute oceanfront hotel room reservations for around $100 per night on Priceline. Plus, at the end of the weekend when we tally our expenses, they're often substantially less than if we'd spent the weekend at home. That's what happens when you live right smack in the middle of a world-class tourism destination.