The Beach Princess: Coastal Mississippi Dining at Costa Cuchina in Biloxi

Beach Princess 2017

Costa Cuchina is a restaurant in Biloxi Mississippi in the heart of the IP Casino Resort and Spa. The flavors of Italy will be calling you, with an extensive menu and delicious Italian fare.

While the buffet upstairs can be crowded with a lengthy wait, especially in the weekends, Costa Cuchina has always had excellent availability right at opening, so arrive at five p.m. if you don’t have a reservation. They also take reservations by phone if you can make plans ahead of time. [Read more…]

Vacation at Martinique, and You Just Might See the Blue Angels

Martinique is a beautiful resort in Gulf Shores, Alabama, a good ways down Fort Morgan Road. Some of the units allow dogs, so we like to load up the dogs in our unit’s golf cart and head down to the beach. [Read more…]

Beach Princess: Must Eat in Foley Alabama is Moe’s Bar B Que

Headed to the new OWA opening in Foley, Alabama? Then to purchase a quality barbecue lunch before you start riding rides, stop at Moes BBQ just outside the OWA complex. [Read more…]

Beach Princess: Need a Hotel Room on the Mississippi Coast? Look to the IP!

February 2016

I suggest visiting Biloxi, Mississippi to lots of friends and family. While not a big fan of the costal water, I do really enjoy the entertainment and dining options we find in Biloxi, and one of our main hang outs is the IP. If you are looking for a pace to stay for the weekend, check out the IP. [Read more…]

Where Can You Find Disney Character Watches Under $20?

Updated for 2018!

Ever need a cute gift that also shows off your all encompassing love of all things Disney? Head over to Wal-mart, where you’ll find a large assortment of watches for under $20. 
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Don’t Throw Out Those Old Disney World Souvenirs Just Yet…

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Several years ago, I played a game at a Disney Vacation Club meeting and won some cool DVC stuff, like a lunch bag, a bottle cover, and a license plate frame. That frame has graced my license plate for so long, the sun bleached out the letters. I contemplated throwing it away, but I have a hard time getting rid of sentimental items. Sound familiar?! After a quick peek on eBay, there are currently none of these frames for sale. And those DVC games are long gone.

The DVC license plate frames were never for sale to begin with, but it seems I can’t buy one if I wanted. Now this has turned into a cheapskate dilemma.

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So what did I do with it?

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Disney World Cheapskate Souvenir Picks: Fridge Magnets for Under $20

best Disney World souvenirs

Updated for 2017!

You may run out of time on your Disney vacation, but you certainly will never run out of souvenir options. Gift shop after shop, your choices are endless. They are also expensive; sticker shock is a common sight among shoppers. What can you bring home that won’t bust your souvenir budget? This may not sound too original of a purchasing suggestion, but you haven’t seen the pictures yet…

You need a fridge magnet! [Read more…]

2016 Beach Princess: Need to Entertain Teens at the Beach? Take ’em Fishing!

caribe-the-resort-orange-beach-alabamaOctober 2016

We are not a family of fishermen. I’ve grown up on lower Alabama lakes and rivers, Mobile Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, and I can count on one hand the number of times I have held a fishing pole in my hands. Fisherwoman I am not; vacation gal, I certainly am. Our family has stayed at Caribe the Resort in Orange Beach, Alabama, numerous times, and never once did I think about fishing.

But my sons and my husband took some poles on a short October Caribe trip in 2016, and this turned out to be fantastic entertainment for the teens. [Read more…]

2016 Beach Princess: Enjoying Caribe with a Rental from Luxury Coastal Vacations

luxury-costal-vacationsOctober 2016

We have been staying at Caribe the Resort in Orange Beach Alabama for years, but we usually stick to our usual rental sources who advertise through My husband found a deal from Luxury Coastal Vacations for a mid-October 2016 stay, and we were really happy with the service and accommodations. [Read more…]

2016 Beach Princess: Spectacular Dining in Fairhope, Alabama, at Sunset Pointe


October 2016

Sunset Pointe is a restaurant located at the Fly Creek Marina in Fairhope, Alabama. Known for incredible sunsets, this dining establishment offers a family friendly outdoor dining area with a fire pit and views over the Fairhope Yacht Club and Mobile Bay. Inside, you’ll find additional seating, complete with a bar, locally crafted decor, and a very friendly staff. Each night at sunset, join in a toast to good food, friends, and the sunset view. [Read more…]

Save Money on Food While Vacationing at the Alabama Beaches? Cook it Yourself!

caribe-lifeOctober 2016

It’s my firm belief that you can find a pretty cheap place to rent at the beach, but saving money on food is still hard to do, especially if you go out to eat on vacation. Locals know where to go that won’t charge you “tourist prices,” but food is still pretty expensive anywhere. Our family has found that when you travel 40 minutes down the road for a beach stay, you can save money by cooking some of your own meals.

Read: Need to Entertain Teens at the Beach? Take ’em Fishing!

You will need to do some prep work. Cooking for yourself is never as easy as pulling up to a restaurant and placing your order.



Caribe the Resort in particular, located in Orange Beach, Alabama, has some nice grills with a fantastic view. Cooking burgers in your backyard isn’t all that exciting, but check out this scenery…




Caribe has a nice gazebo where you can sit if you are not the one doing the grilling. I dot some work done while I waited for my dinner.


I also took some walks while the grilling took place. This sure doesn’t look like walking around my neighborhood.


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

The results of cooking your own meals can be both yummy and less expensive than dining out.




Now some of the food you purchase at the grocery store can be expensive, like a $10 steak, but that steak will cost you $30 in local restaurants, so it’s still a savings.







While I think it’s nice to go out to eat on vacation, you just can’t get a view like this in most restaurants, so who leave the condo?


There are so many places to stay in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach in Alabama. Getting quotes from multiple rental sources can help you find a lower price, and cooking your own food can save your group some money. You’ll come home rested and relaxed, and that’s usually when I start thinking about heading to Orlando, where I come home sore from walking and ready for a trip to the beach again…


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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 Leadership to high school seniors 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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2016 Beach Princess: Condo Rental at The Wharf in Orange Beach, Alabama

The Wharf AlabamaJanuary 2016
The Wharf in Orange Beach, Alabama, is a shopping, dining, resort and golf complex developed where the Foley Beach Express bridge crosses the Intracoastal Waterway into Orange Beach. This provides the Wharf with a prime location for ease of access, both to the Gulf Coast’s beautiful white sugar sand beaches to the South and via the Beach Express North to the Interstate system.

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