2016 Beach Princess: Enjoying the Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival in Foley, Alabama

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Updated for 2018!
The Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival in Foley, Alabama, has reached their 15th year of flying. The event typically features over 30 balloons from across the country. While parking on site costs $5, the event itself is free. Man, do I love free stuff to do!

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2016 Beach Princess: The Beach Club in Gulf Shores, Alabama

The Beach Club Gulf

September, 2016

The Beach Princess headed down Fort Morgan Road in Alabama to an amazing resort called The Beach Club. While I knew it had been built by the same creators of my personal favorite beach get-a-ways, Caribe and Turquoise Place in Orange Beach, and is managed by Spectrum Resorts, the same company than manages Turquoise Place, this was our first trip to “The Club.” [Read more…]

120 Walt Disney World DO NOTs: Tips From Real People on How NOT to Screw Up a Disney Vacation!

Disney World Do Nots List

Updated for 2018!

There are some great “101 Best Disney Tips” lists floating around out there on the Internet. You’ve probably read them; they’re good material with solid information. But they were each written by just one person, from the vantage point of that one person. My ideal Disney article would be to write about waking up at noon, resort swimming until say five.ish, then heading over to the Magic Kingdom and staying up until 4 a.m. Now do that four days straight, because that was my greatest Disney vacation EVER. But my particular vantage point might not be what you are looking for to help plan your next Disney vacation.

I like to hear opinions from all sorts of  people who have been there and done that, so we asked this question to our Cheapskate Princess Facebook Fans:

“What you would tell your friends NOT to do at Walt Disney World?”

And that’s how we came up with this spectacular list, by real people who travel to Disney World a good bit. [Read more…]

2016 Beach Princess: The Absolute Best Bathroom on the Mississippi Coast

March 2016
I have stayed in a lot of condos through the years, many of which had fantastic bathrooms. The suite at the IP? My friends, it just does not get any better than this.

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Beach 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.

Yikes.

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

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

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2016 Beach Princess: The Great Kayak Purchase

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Kayaking in 2016!

I live in a city about 15 minutes from a nature preserve, several rivers and bays, and the Gulf of Mexico. We are surrounded by water in every direction, just a relatively short car ride away. What do multitudes of people do when they live around the water? They buy boats. [Read more…]

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

Caribe Orange Beach Alabama

June 2015

Nestled 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 Resort 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, private beach cart service. There is a five-star restaurant next to the resort called Cobalt. This beach getaway is absolutely amazing.  [Read more…]

Beach Princess: Spring Breakin’ It at Martinique in Gulf Shores, Alabama

Martinique Blue Lagoon house rentalApril 2015

Martinique on the Gulf is a beach community on the Fort Morgan peninsula on the western side of Gulf Shores, Alabama. This resort offers private beach vacation rental homes and affordable luxury condos. [Read more…]

Beach Princess: IP Casino’s Penthouse Suite is THE Ultimate in Mississippi Casino Luxury

the Beach PrincessAugust 2015

My husband and I spent several weekday nights over the summer in Biloxi at the Imperial Palace Resort.We had several free nights because of free offers, but we opted to splurge on one of their Penthouse Suites, each which occupies an amazing 1,456 square feet.

Just the entryway is impressive, and there is a guest bathroom to the right. [Read more…]

Beach Princess: A Martinique Thanksgiving in Gulf Shores, Alabama

Gulf Shores, Alabama

November, 2015

I don’t mind telling you, as much as I love a Disney vacation, sometimes it’s really hard to psyche myself up for a big vacation week,  knowing we face a nine-hour drive to Orlando and huge crowd levels once we arrive. My husband and I are both public school teachers. Taking time off of school for travel during a time when many people are still in school and at work, say the week before or after Thanksgiving, can be next to impossible. Between football games and upcoming final exams, this is not a great time for a teacher to miss classes. So that leaves us having time off of work when many, many other people travel to Disney World. [Read more…]

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

Caribe ResortJune 2015

Sometimes it’s too expensive to visit Disney World every year, and lucky for me, I live a short 15 mile drive to two beach communities directly on the Gulf of Mexico. When a Disney Princess wants to spend time with friends and family without the long drive to Orlando, where is she to go?

Caribe, The Resort is one of the most fantastic resort properties in the State of Alabama, and in all honestly, I would put this vacation destination up against resorts in sunny Orlando as well. (Don’t tell Mickey.) [Read more…]

2015 Beach Princess: Enjoy an Orange Beach Waterfront Breakfast at Cobalt

Cobalt by Jean McKee

April, 2015

Driving through the Orange Beach area in lower Alabama? Then be sure to make plans to stop by Cobalt, the Restaurant located right next door to the Caribe Resort. [Read more…]