2016 Cheapskate Princess: Saving Money on a Girls’ Weekend!

Caribe ResortJune 2016

Right next to the Pass Bridge in Orange Beach, Alabama, is a massive resort complex called Caribe the Resort. Located on over 30 acres of a peninsula, Caribe features more amenities than any resorts in the area, including 40,000 sq. feet of pools, lazy river, tennis courts, saunas and steam rooms, game room, and private beach cart service. There is a five-star restaurant next door called Cobalt. This beach getaway is absolutely amazing, and it’s also very expensive. Early summer rates per night start around $500-$600 and only go up from there.


What’s a great way to save money? Bring your girlfriends!

2016 Beach Princess: Condo Rental at The Wharf in Orange Beach, Alabama

Caribe is absolutely fantastic, one of the best places to stay on the Alabama coast.

Caribe Resort

Caribe Resort Alabama Gulf of Mexico

Caribe Resort buildings

Caribe the Resort

Water, water everywhere…


Caribe boat marina

Caribe the Resort Alabama

Caribe marina Alabama

Beautiful sunrises and sunsets…

Caribe sunset

Caribe sunrise

Caribe Resort in Alabama

Speaking of water, the pools are so amazing.

Caribe Resort

Caribe pool

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Our unit had two bedrooms and a pull out couch. I didn’t want someone to be stuck sleeping in the living room, so I grabbed the walk in closet in the master bedroom and made myself a mini bedroom. The couch cushions were not the greatest in terms of catching some restful sleep, so I’m looking into a blow up bed for next year, but for this year, the important thing was that everyone had their own bedroom space.


Save money on a beach vacation

We brought snacks for the group to share, placing them on a community counter. That’s the breakfast of champions right there!

share snacks to save money

If you want to save money on lunch when hanging out by the pool, bring something with you in an insulated bag.

snack by the pool

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But cold sandwiches and chips only take you so far. We headed over to Cobalt for some yummy meals and the occasional dessert to share. Arrive between three and five p.m. for some half priced appetizers.


You just can’t beat this view..

Cobalt soup
Cobalt Chicken Sandwich
Cobalt dinner

The most amazing chicken sandwich ever…

Cobalt pizza

Cobalt chicken salad

Cobalt day old desserts...$1 each and excellent for sharing.

Cobalt day-old desserts…$1 each and excellent for sharing.

cobalt drinks

Girly drinks!

So if beach prices are keeping you from having fun in the Alabama gulf coast sun, grab some friends and split the price!

Caribe Girl's weekend

We’re already planning next year. Love ya, ladies, and thanks for the excellent company!


To see the interior condo unit, more pools, and more photos of the property at Caribe, use these links:

2015 The Beach Princess: No Kids? No Worries at Caribe the Resort

2015 The Beach Princess: Orange Beach’s Caribe Resort Truly Is Like No Other

Thanks for stopping by, and we’ll see you at the beach, with your girlfriends…

Amanda Major Cheapskate Princess



Amanda Major CheapskatePrincess.comAmanda Major is the creator of cheapskateprincess.com. She remembers her first visit to Disney’s Magic Kingdom like it was yesterday, because she had a ham sandwich tucked in her shorts pocket. The whole family snuck in their lunch; you can’t make that kinda stuff up. 40 years worth of trips to Orlando later, she is still trying to save money on vacations.

Amanda is a Disney Vacation Club Member and Annual Pass holder. Her amazing husband, band director Carl Major, plus three teen children and two dogs keep her busy. Amanda teaches high school seniors Leadership in the almost-coastal town of Foley, Alabama. Read about her cheapskating local vacations with this link. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, walking somewhere, or paddling a kayak. Life is indeed a blast. 

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