Cast off the shackles of everyday life and live in a beach paradise for less than $500 a month.

It’s that easy. Well almost. Let’s pretend that you can leave your job, home and whatever else ties you down. OK, now that all that nonsense is forgotten, let’s look at how to live on the beach for cheap.

Many people ask if I get bored living on the beach. The answer is I don’t. I am the busiest man in the world with nothing to do and absolutely no time to do it.

What Life is like when you live in a Beach Hut

I have lived on the beach in India for exactly one month now. I am writing this from the restaurant that is part of my beach shack community. Working from my laptop, as I do most days, while staring at the Indian Ocean. Not a bad view from the office.

How to Live on the Beach, Arambol Goa

Life here is easy and life here is cheap

Sure my bed sheets are covered in sand constantly, and my feet may never be clean again; but these are minor nuisances in an otherwise awesome existence.

I have always wondered how to live on the beach for cheap. It’s a dream I think we all have at some point in our lives; thinking of an escape from reality.

This dream has now become my reality, but only for a couple more days before it is time to leave again and start my motorcycle journey though India.

I have been to this beach before, and may return again. Life is just too easy here. I was hesitant about coming back to this beach paradise where time stands still, have a look at this article I wrote about my return here to see how I felt a month ago when I first arrived.

How to live on the Beach CHEAP

This depends where in the world you are. Of course it will be more expensive to live in South Beach Miami than where I live on the beach in India, but when you give up luxuries you gain freedom. A trade-off I will make everyday of the week.

My average month expenses here are around $500. This is without being a cheap backpacker, because I’m not. I eat what and where I want, as well drink as I please and the costs just do not rack up quickly.

I know people here, on a tighter budget, that are living for half this amount or less by sharing huts. But, their comfort level is far below mine. As far as beach huts go I have one of the best ones around in my opinion, but luxury like this comes with a price tag, $12 a night.

How to Live on the Beach, Arambol Goa

Had I bargained for the whole month it could have been a lot less. There are huts of a lesser quality for as low as $3 a night.

How to Live on the Beach, Arambol Goa

I am living in the perfect little section of Arambol Beach.

So to answer the question; how to live on the beach cheap. The first tip; you can’t be picky about the country. Get to the third world and leave the first world problems where they belong.

What the Food is like when you live on the Beach in India

The food here is good and cheap, as it should be. I am looking at the menu as I type this and have a few examples of what I would typically consume in a day and the total cost. Sure some days have more beers, or juices, or less food, or different food, but this is a usual day.

The cost of food when you live on the beach

  • Coffee                                                               Rs20 ($0.40)
  • Huge cheese omelet with toast                     Rs80 ($1.60)
  • Fresh squeezed juice of all kinds                  Rs60 ($1.20)
  • Tuna sandwich with salad and fries             Rs140 ($2.70)
  • Paneer butter masala                                      Rs140 ($2.70)
  • Garlic naan bread                                            Rs50 ($1.00)
  • 1 beer                                                                 Rs50 ($1.00)

Total for the day:                                                       Rs 540 ($10.80)

If you take out the luxury items like beers and juices and stick to the cheaper food or share plates, the colossal total of $10 could easily be cut in half.

On a usual day I will drink bottled water ($0.30 per 1L) and skip the beers and coffees.

Take into consideration the restaurant where I stay isn’t the cheapest. If I had more motivation I could walk a bit into town and eat for much less.

$5 a day on food here isn’t far fetched.

The quality of the food when you live on the beach

The quality is high. The Indian food in India is, of course, fantastic. Usually the restaurants appearance will make you apprehensive; most of the time they are empty, but they somehow always manage to turn out these amazing meals.

I don’t eat meat here. Others do, but when I first arrived in India 3 years ago I saw a cow eating a plastic bottle and figured that the quality of feed the farmers give the animals is probably extremely low and unregulated, so that was a turn off.

Why you must live on the Beach at Least Once in you Life

You can sit there wondering how to live on the beach or you can do it. It doesn’t have to be for a full month, if you can only escape work for 1 week that will do just fine. You will want to stay longer but it is better than nothing!

The freedom that is felt in this sort of environment is unbeatable. Stress lifts away as does your sense of time and date. The days of week no longer matter and you start to live a healthier life without even knowing it.

Sleeping when you are tired and waking up when you are rested. There are no alarms. When you are hungry you eat, and if you are not hungry you don’t.

Obesity is non-existent here, people back home eat when they are stressed and when they are bored; two feelings that aren’t common among those that live on the beach.

You sleep to the sound of waves and breathe fresh sea air the entire night. Everyone you meet, for the most part, is happy; they are here and in a good mood.

Living on the beach is something you will remember forever. Swinging in a hammock on the porch of your beach hut is the most relaxing feeling in the world.

There are many people here that will stay the season, the season being six full months. Six months could be done for under $3000.. Do you have an extra 3k for an amazing winter experience? If so start planning for next year, running away isn’t as hard as you think.

How to Live on the Beach, Arambol Goa

So that’s it. Add it all up and see this could be done for as low as $300 a month. With a moderate amount of comfort around $500. Add a couple hundred more and you will be living like a king.

Next time you are sitting in your office wondering how to live on the beach for cheap look back to this article for inspiration and book the ticket.

Don’t over think it or it wont happen. Impulsivity is the spice, and when you are old and grey, it’s unlikely that you will look back and be like “damn, wish I never lived on the beach”.

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Other articles that may be of interest;

While living on the beach I bought a motorcycle I will tour through India with. Have a look at buying a Royal Enfield in India to see how it’s done.

Christmas has just passed, see what Christmas is like when you live on the beach.

Sometimes I leave the beach to visit the interior of Goa, check out when I came face to face with a 400 year old man.

If you have any questions about how to live on the beach for cheap, or you would like to know where this little piece of paradise is please leave a comment below and I will help any way I can! 

45 Responses

  1. Karen

    This is perfect. I travel around a lot and am thinking about next winter (Nov- April). I was totally just thinking that maybe I should just plant myself on a beach somewhere. Ok for single girls, are they there?

    • Alex

      Oh yes the more single girls there the better haha! But seriously, you will be fine as a solo female. Lot’s of harassment but overall you will be ok!

    • Kim

      Hey Karen, have you gone yet to India? I’m also a single female who is looking to go. Maybe there is safety in numbers? I honestly have heard from multiple people that foreign women are NOT safe in India and will get raped. So I was hoping you have gone and can tell me what your experience was like.


      • Alex

        There are loads of solo female travellers in India. No need to be worried!

  2. Panos

    Are you okay leaving your stuff like laptop in the hut and going out? Is there any stealing happening?

    • Alex

      There is a lock on the door. I have never seen or heard of any theft around there.. it’s not like thailand. Iv been lucky I guess and not ever had anything stolen.

  3. Neale

    Nice would love to do India on a motorbike, I did Malaca to Chiang Rai a few years back. I have to say all this looks pretty expensive 🙂 “Sorry” I often stayed close to the beach 100m or so and got way better accommodation for a lot less, food also looks real expensive. Check out Pangkor Island, a tiny island situated exactly midway between Kuala Lumpur and Penang. Very relaxed just as cheap.

  4. lyn & Curt

    Hey Alex, is there surf where you are, (sand Break) Also is there spare huts in about 2 weeks , we land in Kerala on the 9th spend 4-6 days and then heading to Goa

    Cheers Lyn

  5. Kristine

    Single female ready to travel and live adventurously! Love this website!

    What about bringing a small dog?!

    • Alex

      Hi Kristine, I have seen other travellers with a dog, I think the need some kind of pet passport or something? I’m not 100% sure to be honest

    • Hol lee

      Is the water clean or polluted at the beach? I bet there are a ton of disgusting insects crawling around in the huts too.

      • Lyn

        We stayed there for a week last March, loved the huts no creep crawly things , ensuited a great way to spend time. Dogs are permitted

  6. Linda

    It all sounds like this recurring dream that lives in the back of my brain. Questions for me would be is it all youngsters or are there any adventurous folks over 50? Also I require a bit of a social life ppl to visit with have s drink with listen to music etc. I need absolutely no fancy cushy stuff lol but human contact is nice.

  7. Amanda

    Wowowow, totally loving this site and all your well-documented adventures, Alex.

    Thanks for this information on living cheap on the beach in India. I’m intending on traveling through the country in just a few months, and love coming across people with as strong of an addiction to traveling as I.

    Keep up the amazing work,
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    • Alex

      Thanks for reading Amanda! If you want any advice about India please do let me know!

  8. Bruce

    I don’t usually subscribe to or follow people this is good reading and information. I’ve been going through some issues and getting away somewhere like this has been on my mind for a while. Whats the best months or month to go what would you suggest, you probably have already said this somewhere in your post just haven’t read it yet anyway just throw out a time frame when you get a chance, I might try it in the near future thanks and good luck and health on your travels.

    • Alex

      Hi Bruce,

      The best time of year is December to April. My favourite Month being December. Goa is great at Christmas.

  9. Limmud

    This place sounds absolutely amazing and exactly what I’ve been looking for! What exactly is this place called and do you think it’d be a good place for young adults to stay at or is typically an older scene? Thanks so much for writing this article!!

    • Alex

      Hey thanks for reading! The place is called Sunset and it’s in Arambol. I see people from 18-70’s around there so its good for any age. Check it out!

  10. Rebecca Muniz

    Hello, i want to do this, i really do!,….. but i have my 1 year old baby that i want to take with me and live on the beach for 6 months. The thing is that i live in Tampa Fl and wanted to know is Indian Rock beach is a good one?? Thanks in advance

  11. clara

    Hi Alex, Im from Colombia do you have any advise for someone who wants to start traveling but doesnt have experiece.

  12. Melanie

    You seem to be living the dream. One day when my teenagers are out of the house, I am going to get some traveling in. So exciting, but it would probably be better with someone, rather than solo. Do you find that to be the case?

    • Alex

      You are never really alone when you travel. There are people everywhere! Other travellers are in the same boat too. Just go for it!

  13. Amanda

    Have you tried this in places other than India? I would love to try this in Central or South America, but I’m not sure what the accommodation options and prices would be like.

    • Alex

      Way cheaper in India! I own a hostel near the beach on Little Corn island and its a pretty sweet spot to check out

  14. Adam


    I am really interested in you beach living. I have never done something like this and was wondering if I could chat with you directly about it more??

  15. Adam

    Hi Alex,

    I really like what you have talked about in this posting. Would it possible to connect with you to discuss more about this?



  16. Cameron

    Huge fan of your article. I’m looking to make the move to the beach life shortly. How do you find the place your staying beforehand and trust that it will be live able ? Clean water is a fear of mine as well?

    • Alex

      You will need to stick to bottled water there. Its easy to find once in the area 🙂

  17. Candace Faith Fruge

    WOW thanks so much for your blog 🙂 I want to do some inner work, not so much looking to party or big social gatherings, want to enjoy myself, yoga, dance art, kirtan, meditation, visit temples. Could this be a good base camp? How do I reserve one? Thank you and Namaste 🙂 candacefaith

    • Alex

      This is the perfect place for that! Its not really much of a reserve situation, more of a show up and see what they have 🙂

  18. Indian

    I am sure you had a nice experience in India because India is not that costly for dollar currency countries… Infact you can get a hotel room in for 8$ in many part of the country..
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