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There’s nothing
like a little sand between your toes. These seaside resorts—all $250 or less
per day—promise sun and the simple life.

From the plastic
palm tree–lined beaches of the Jersey Shore to the powdery white sands of Belize, beach vacations never go out of style.

“Beach
destinations remain incredibly popular with travelers right now,” says T+L
A-List agent Kimberly Wilson Wetty; they’re “great for the time-starved couple
who needs a mini-escape and perfect for families with kids.” Best of all, that
perfect beach getaway—whether it’s an exotic island hideout or a nearby home
away from home—doesn’t have to cost a fortune. We found 40 amazing spots
ranging from $75 to $250 a night.

“These days more
and more travelers are avoiding the large resorts for a more individualized
experience,” says agent Georgia Johnson of AMT American Express Travel. “People
want that perfect little cottage away from the crowds.” A prime example:

Beachside Bed
& Breakfast
on Folly Beach, SC. There are just four quirky rooms here,
including a private bungalow with vintage mahogany furniture.

Another trend
among beachgoers: requests for private spas and plunge pools. “Especially with
honeymooners, people are looking for that extra bit of privacy,” Johnson
explains. Thailand’s Outrigger Serenity Terraces Resort, located on Phuket Island’s lively Rawai Beach, has 78 suites that come with floor-to-ceiling windows and
balconies, six with private plunge pools.

If getting away
from it all is your number one priority, check out some of our super-remote
beach destinations. At Barefoot at Havelock, on India’s Havelock Island, you’ll find 19 secluded cottages—though you might have to share the ocean with Rajan,
the resort’s resident elephant.

Fortunately, you
don’t have to fly 20 hours (travel time from Los Angeles to India) for a little bit of beach paradise. Case in point: L.A.’s Hotel Erwin, with 119
super-modern rooms just 200 feet from the Pacific; or the Riviera Hotel at Miami’s South Beach, where 54 roomy suites face the ocean. And in the warmer months, the
Northern Atlantic spots are just as enticing: the Surfside Cottages of
Wellfleet, Cape Cod, or Long Island’s retro-cool East Deck Motel at Ditch
Plains beach.

Whether you’re
looking for something on the pebbled strands of a quaint French fishing town or
near the azure waters of Aruba, read on: your perfect beach vacation awaits.

Rates reflect starting price for a double room during low season.

Best Affordable Beach Resorts

There’s nothing
like a little sand between your toes. These seaside resorts—all $250 or less
per day—promise sun and the simple life.

From the plastic
palm tree–lined beaches of the Jersey Shore to the powdery white sands of Belize, beach vacations never go out of style.

“Beach
destinations remain incredibly popular with travelers right now,” says T+L
A-List agent Kimberly Wilson Wetty; they’re “great for the time-starved couple
who needs a mini-escape and perfect for families with kids.” Best of all, that
perfect beach getaway—whether it’s an exotic island hideout or a nearby home
away from home—doesn’t have to cost a fortune. We found 40 amazing spots
ranging from $75 to $250 a night.

“These days more
and more travelers are avoiding the large resorts for a more individualized
experience,” says agent Georgia Johnson of AMT American Express Travel. “People
want that perfect little cottage away from the crowds.” A prime example:

Beachside Bed
& Breakfast
on Folly Beach, SC. There are just four quirky rooms here,
including a private bungalow with vintage mahogany furniture.

Another trend
among beachgoers: requests for private spas and plunge pools. “Especially with
honeymooners, people are looking for that extra bit of privacy,” Johnson
explains. Thailand’s Outrigger Serenity Terraces Resort, located on Phuket Island’s lively Rawai Beach, has 78 suites that come with floor-to-ceiling windows and
balconies, six with private plunge pools.

If getting away
from it all is your number one priority, check out some of our super-remote
beach destinations. At Barefoot at Havelock, on India’s Havelock Island, you’ll find 19 secluded cottages—though you might have to share the ocean with Rajan,
the resort’s resident elephant.

Fortunately, you
don’t have to fly 20 hours (travel time from Los Angeles to India) for a little bit of beach paradise. Case in point: L.A.’s Hotel Erwin, with 119
super-modern rooms just 200 feet from the Pacific; or the Riviera Hotel at Miami’s South Beach, where 54 roomy suites face the ocean. And in the warmer months, the
Northern Atlantic spots are just as enticing: the Surfside Cottages of
Wellfleet, Cape Cod, or Long Island’s retro-cool East Deck Motel at Ditch
Plains beach.

Whether you’re
looking for something on the pebbled strands of a quaint French fishing town or
near the azure waters of Aruba, read on: your perfect beach vacation awaits.

Rates reflect starting price for a double room during low season.

Whitney Lawson

Best Affordable Beach Resorts

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