Best Affordable Beach Resorts

Santa Cruz, California
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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.

$179: Santa Cruz Dream InnCalifornia

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Channel your inner Gidget at the 165-room Santa Cruz Dream Inn, a new retro-chic beachfront hotel. Light-flooded rooms have sliding green shutters, bright yellow 1960’s Panton chairs, and balconies with views of Monterey Bay. Try the fish-and-chips made with local Seabright Brewery beer at the hotel’s Aquarius restaurant.

Santa Cruz, California

Best Affordable Beach Resorts

$179: Santa Cruz Dream InnCalifornia

Channel your inner Gidget at the 165-room Santa Cruz Dream Inn, a new retro-chic beachfront hotel. Light-flooded rooms have sliding green shutters, bright yellow 1960’s Panton chairs, and balconies with views of Monterey Bay. Try the fish-and-chips made with local Seabright Brewery beer at the hotel’s Aquarius restaurant.

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