Anyone can pre-order the new iPhone XS Max on Friday, with its bevy of new features and admittedly impressive specs. But you know what else you could do on Friday? Take a long weekend vacation and head to the beach. There are a lots of beach-side properties you can rent for a stay this Friday night through Sunday night for literally less than the new iPhone costs, even on such short notice.
The iPhone XS Max price makes it the most expensive a consumer phone ever at a stunning $1,449 for the 512 GB version. For less than that, you could go on a beach getaway, to any number of places, this very weekend. What’s it going to be: the glowing screen of an iPhone, or a long weekend away, listening to waves crashing and smelling the salty air? Here are just ten beach-side properties (we only looked at rental hubs Airbnb and VRBO) that you could rent this weekend, for less than the cost of the iPhone XS Max.
This “Charming Waterfront” on Chesapeake Bay
Location: Tracys Landing, Maryland, United States.
Three-Night Stay: $1,053
Amenities: On a bank overlooking the Chesapeake Bay, exposed beams and cathedral ceilings, waterfront cottage.
What it can do that the iPhone can’t: Does the iPhone have a brick hearth and chimney that you can enjoy?
This Relaxing Beach Retreat
Location: Lewes, Delaware, United States.
Three-Night Stay: $798
Amenities: There’s a washer and dryer in the building to wash your beach clothes, close to Cape Henlopen State Park, has both a front and back deck for lounging.
What it can do that the iPhone can’t: It’s just steps away from the beach. What more could you want?
This Oceanfront Penthouse
Location: Baltimore, Maryland, United States.
Three-Night Stay: $1,173
Amenities: Updated kitchen with granite countertops, close to Ocean City, large balcony.
What it can do that the iPhone can’t: It’s an oceanfront condo with ocean and bay views. Even the iPhone camera can’t quite capture the scenery.
A St. George Island House
Location: Buckingham, Virginia, United States.
Three-Night Stay: $753
Amenities: Fully furnished, has a laundry room, 2-story house right on the water.
What it can do that the iPhone can’t: It’s on an actual island. When was the last time your phone gave you a private island getaway?
This Rustic Cottage on the Ocean
Location: St. Augustine, Florida, United States.
Three-Night Stay: $928
Amenities: Just 2 miles from the center of the city of St. Augustine, large deck, unobstructed ocean view.
What it can do that the iPhone can’t: It offers a private cottage on the beach. The closest you’ll get with an iPhone are some YouTube videos of the ocean.
A Cute Little Unit on the Beach
Location: Englewood, Florida, United States.
Three-Night Stay: $535
Amenities: Tiki hut, pool, paddle boards available for added fun.
What it can do that the iPhone can’t: If you want to hang out on a private patio right on the beach, that’s not something the iPhone currently offers.
This Private Oceanfront Condo in California
Location: Townsite/Oceanside, California, United States
Three-Night Stay: $1,307.76
Amenities: Corner unit, furnished private patios, garage parking spaces.
What it can do that the iPhone can’t: “Panoramic ocean and pier views.” That’s the dream.
“The Ultimate Beachfront Cottage”
Location: Westport, California, United States
Three-Night Stay: $1,313.00
Amenities: Barbeque vista, close to a reef for ideal crashing waves, has a fireplace.
What it can do that the iPhone can’t: Can you scan the horizon for actual whales and dolphins on your phone?
This Oregon Coast Pet-Friendly Getaway
Location: Pacific City, Oregon, United States
Three-Night Stay: $1,396.15
Amenities: Dog-friendly, four bedrooms and four bathrooms, beach access and views.
What it can do that the iPhone can’t: Up to ten people can stay in this house on the coast. Can you even talk to that many people at once with an iPhone?
This Virgin Islands Escape
Location: Estate Smith Bay, Saint Thomas, United States Virgin Islands
Three-Night Stay: $1,240.13
Amenities: Snorkeling sets provided, eco-friendly design, free onsite parking.
What it can do that the iPhone can’t: You can hang out in the damn Virgin Islands for a couple days. There is no way an iPhone can do that.
BONUS: Head to Mexico!
Location: San José del Cabo, Baja California Sur, Mexico
Three-Night Stay: $749.95
Amenities: Totally renovated, two swimming pools, minutes from golfing and Cabo.
What it can do that the iPhone can’t: It’s in Mexico. This wins.