I love the beach! There is something about the smell of salt in the air and the warm sun beating down on your skin that relaxes me. With that said, I’ve always been drawn to warm tropical areas to vacation. Who doesn’t love a great beach getaway?
Now that the weather is finally warming up, it’s time to think about summer plans. I know my family is already there.
Did you know that there are several military lodging options that are dream vacation worthy?
Planning your next beach getaway can’t get any easier than utilizing military lodging facilities. It is convenient, accommodating and reasonably priced. It’s a little secret among the military community that we should all try and use at some point.
Some military lodging facilities are right on the beach and others are steps away. Depending on your family’s preference, I’m sure you would find a destination that fits your needs.
Here’s a list of the best of the best of military lodging located near beaches.
Fort Story. I have to give the Navy credit for helping us Air Force and Army families with beach front accommodations. The cottages and cabins in Fort Story, Va., are walking distance to the beach and beautiful lighthouse. If you want to experience the energy of Virginia Beach, it’s a short drive away. They have great picnic and grilling areas, not to mention they are also pet-friendly. My spouse and I plan to make our way down there this summer for a mellow weekend.
Navy Lodge Oceana/Dam Neck. If your family opts to stay at this military lodging facility in the Virginia Beach area instead of Fort Story, you’ll still have beach access. This option would be great for families looking to sightsee more in town and not spend a lot of time near your accommodation. Virginia Beach is near Historic Williamsburg and Busch Gardens.
Navy Lodge Pensacola. Located on Naval Air Station Pensacola, the Navy Lodge is close to Barrancas Beach and other installation activities, which makes this military lodging convenient. If you’re looking for more of a cottage feel, your family can stay at Oak Grove Park, where they have cottages that line a Florida beach as well.
Navy Lodge North Island. This military lodging facility is located on Naval Base Coronado and is right next door to gorgeous beaches. Naval Base Coronado is close to San Diego and all its attractions. If your family gets bored lounging on the beach, you can head to the San Diego Zoo or visit the Gaslamp District. I had a wonderful time taking in the sites of San Diego during my visit. We also watched a San Diego Padres game too.
Hale Koa Hotel. One of the most popular Hawaii military lodging destinations for military families, Hale Koa Hotel on O’ahu is more like a luxury resort offering delicious dining and entertainment options for guests. They also have an on-site fitness center and spa facility. I can’t forget to mention that it’s touching beautiful Kahanamoku Beach and neighbors other well-known resort chains. The hotel isn’t affiliated with a particular installation, but has a long history in serving the military community.
Kilauea Military Camp. Boasted as a hidden gem on the Big Island of Hawaii, Kilauea Military Camp is located inside Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. It’s a park full of history and amazing sights that borders the ocean at the south end of the island. The military lodging accommodations include cottages and apartment style living. Although the beach vibe is different than Hale Koa, military families would have a great time trail hiking and visiting museums.