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These island hotels make it a breeze to indulge in a beach vacation—without blowing your travel budget.

Fairbanks House, Amelia Island, FL

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Amelia Island combines the Spanish moss–draped romance of the South with a laid-back tropical ambience. And this boutique Italianate-style villa is the perfect base from which to take it all in. The historic building (est. 1885) displays all manner of over-the-top details: dormers, bay windows, massive chimneys, balustraded balconies, and a 15-foot tower. Rooms feature canopy or four-poster beds, fireplaces, and bathrooms that will thrill any nostalgics yearning to soak in a Victorian-era claw-foot tub. fairbankshouse.com; from $180

Best Affordable Island Hotels

Fairbanks House, Amelia Island, FL

Amelia Island combines the Spanish moss–draped romance of the South with a laid-back tropical ambience. And this boutique Italianate-style villa is the perfect base from which to take it all in. The historic building (est. 1885) displays all manner of over-the-top details: dormers, bay windows, massive chimneys, balustraded balconies, and a 15-foot tower. Rooms feature canopy or four-poster beds, fireplaces, and bathrooms that will thrill any nostalgics yearning to soak in a Victorian-era claw-foot tub. fairbankshouse.com; from $180

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Best Affordable Island Hotels

Too often the daydream of lounging under palm trees on some enchanted island is punctured by the reality of sky-high hotel and resort prices.

But there’s no need to despair or settle for some landlocked compromise. We’ve pinpointed affordable island hotels that span the globe, from destinations usually reserved for big spenders to others barely on the radar of most travelers. All of our favorites have room rates that start below $200—some as low as $70. And these hotels have more going for them than price point, whether it’s an oceanfront location or cozy charm.

Related: Best U.S. Cities for Affordable Getaways

Consider the family-run hotel La Tosca on the upscale Italian island of Capri. For a fraction of the cost of most neighboring hotels, it delivers Mediterranean views from the breakfast terrace, 11 rooms with vibrant textiles, and easy strolling access to the central Piazzetta.

Those with far-flung island fantasies will gravitate toward Sangat Island Dive Resort in Palawan, an archipelago in the Philippines voted the world’s best island by T+L readers in 2013. Closer to home, you can experience the Spanish moss–draped romance of a historic inn on Florida’s Amelia Island or indulge at a gourmand’s hideaway on the rugged Canadian island of Newfoundland.

Whatever your idea of paradise, we think you’ll agree that every gem on our list deserves treasure-island status.

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