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If you’re thinking about a beach vacation but don’t have unlimited funds for a swanky resort, you’ll be happy to know that you can still find a long list of cheap beach vacations. Check out our top picks for the best budget-friendly beach resorts across the United States.
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A top spa resort in Oregon, Hallmark Resort & Spa is the closest resort to famous Haystack Rock, one of the most photographed monoliths in the country. A state-protected marine garden, the area is filled with tide pools home to all sorts of fascinating sea life, including hermit crabs and starfish. You might even see nesting seabirds like tufted puffins. Grab a free sand bucket at check-in to build a sandcastle after checking out all the cool creatures. The beach is also great for a stroll and kite flying too. Rooms feature balconies that overlook the Pacific as well as a cozy gas fireplace and a two-person spa tub. You can also enjoy a refreshing dip in the heated saltwater pools or get pampered at the full-service spa.
Blue Lantern Inn, about an hour’s drive south of Los Angeles, has frequently been ranked as one of the most affordable beach resorts in the nation. Even with outstanding rates, you’ll still find lots of desirable amenities, including a delicious breakfast in the morning, on-site spa treatments and complimentary bicycles for a ride along the breathtaking coastline. The airy rooms, many overlooking the Pacific, each feature a fireplace, sitting area and a spacious bathroom with a jetted spa tub along with a refrigerator stocked with complimentary soft drinks. If you want to splurge a little, sailing from Dana Point Harbor on a dolphin and whale-watching safari is the way to go.
Avoid the spring break parties and visit South Padre Beach in the summer, when you’ll have a little more elbow room along with a good value for a waterfront location. Set along a tranquil stretch of beach, you can enjoy a cozy room with a balcony, some offering Gulf views, along with a flat-screen TV, free Wi-FI, microwave and a mini-fridge. When you aren’t out on the sand, you can enjoy a sunny outdoor pool and Jacuzzi. You’ll find plenty to do in addition to relaxing in the sunshine, including going on a dolphin-watching excursion, kiteboarding, sailing or hitting the nearby water parks.
Myrtle Beach is renowned as one of the best family beach destinations, and you’ll find a number of good, affordable accommodation options too. Golf enthusiasts will be in paradise with over 100 golf courses to choose from, and it also boasts some 60 miles of sandy shoreline. At Captain’s Quarters Resort, not only will you enjoy budget rates, but you’ll be right on the beach in addition to having access to a large water park, an indoor lazy river pool, a children’s pool with a pirate ship, multiple outdoor pools, a Jacuzzi, pool bar, arcade and a bowling alley. One and two-bedroom efficiencies include a full kitchen, while suites feature a full kitchen and a separate living area. Many rooms enjoy ocean views, while all offer free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs. Plus, you’ll be close to lots of great attractions like the Family Kingdom Amusement Park, the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, souvenir shops and a wide variety of restaurants.
You might think affordable and Waikiki Beach are about as likely as mixing oil with water, but not only does the Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel have a choice beachfront spot, rooms start at under $200 a night – a great deal for the location. In addition to location, guests will enjoy the fun, brightly colored tropical décor and sipping fruit-filled cocktails at the property’s Tiki’s Bar & Grill. There are also daily cultural activities, such as lei making, hula dances and Ukulele playing.
If you’re dreaming of Maui, the Maui Coast Hotel offers the island’s very best value. Located in the heart of Kihei on Maui’s Southside, you’ll be just a short walk from the town’s best and largest beach, Kamaole Beach Park I, as well as a number of shops, entertainment venues and affordable restaurants. Rooms have modern furnishings, including flat-screen TVs, microwaves and mini-fridges along with a private lanai. Laundry facilities are free, and you can also enjoy live music at the fun poolside bar after dark.
This gorgeous property on the Big Sur coast was carved out of a 1960s motel set above the glistening Pacific. It boasts a dedicated, friendly hotel staff, catering to the comfort of each guest, while also respecting their need for privacy and solitude. Set along Hearst Drive, just three miles south of Hearst Castle on scenic Highway 1, renowned as one of the world’s most beautiful roadways, it also offers the opportunity to access secluded beaches with tide pools, enjoy sunset bonfires, view elephant seals, sea otters and the migrating gray whale. Most rooms are done up in Mission-meets-lodge style, complete with wood-burning fireplaces.
El Capitan Canyon offers a unique resort, nestled in a seaside pocket along the California coast for visitors who want to relax, reconnect and commune with nature. This is upscale camping, with accommodation options including canvas-walled rooms on wooden decks with handcrafted twig furniture and tin-roofed cedar cabins that also feature a Jacuzzi, kitchenette, sleeping loft and fire pits. After a day at the beach, you can come back and unwind with an in-room massage as well as enjoy a crackling fire, roasting some marshmallows and being mesmerized by the beautiful starry nights.
Just 200 feet from the Pacific and two hours west of Portland on the breathtaking Oregon Coast, the Inn at Manzanita offers an ideal place for a romantic getaway. This intimate pine-and-cedar resort features cozy rooms, each with a fireplace, Jacuzzi, down comforter and private deck. The rooms in the Main Building also offer vaulted ceilings and the most prominent ocean views as well as flat-screen TVs and hardwood floors. The attentive staff will help you plan hikes, schedule massages and supply magazines and board games if inclement weather hits.
Azul del Mar is a beautiful, adult-only oceanfront mansion, divided into spacious, elegantly appointed guest suites in Key Largo, renowned for its unspoiled beaches and glamorous watering holes. The intimate resort is just across from John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park and reflects the island’s heyday when Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall were frequent visitors. Facing Blackwater Sound and Florida Bay, the guest rooms feature colorful accents, round porthole windows, a kitchenette, flat-screen TV and high-end toiletries, while most also include a super comfy king bed with a soft down or summer comforter and lots of fluffy pillows. Outside you can enjoy relaxing on the lawn among the tropical trees, frangipani and key-lime bushes, or at the edge of the ocean on a private, man-made shale beach. Helpful staff can also arrange a variety of excursions like a sunset cruise, fishing trip or snorkeling adventure.
St. Petersburg is one of Florida’s top family destinations, offering easy access to beaches and kid-friendly attractions. The Postcard Inn offers a desirable location directly on St. Pete Beach with fine, powdery white sands and shallow Gulf of Mexico waters. The mellow swells are ideal for beginning surfers, and the property reflects the surfer lifestyle in its décor. Rooms feature a mix of surfing-themed photo murals, vintage longboards, retro light fixtures and unique flea market treasures, which means no two are alike. It also boasts a beachfront pool and water sports rentals right on site, along with a fire pit, arcade games, photo booths, shuffleboard and volleyball courts. The on-site dining options include the Stamps Lobby Bar and Restaurant and Beach Bar & Snack Shack.
Just like its famous restaurant, the Inn is warm and charming with an inviting quintessential vintage Polynesian look and a ton of personality. Accommodation options include funky beachfront and garden cottages as well as luxury suites, all more than reasonably priced and one of the best values on the island. Cottages include a spacious, covered lanai that faces the beach, along with a fully equipped kitchen and living room with a flat-screen TV and blu-ray DVD player. Located just of the legendary Hana Highway nestled in a coconut grove on a secluded beach on the north shore, you’ll be away from the busy resorts yet you’ll have easy access to one of Maui’s coolest towns, Paia, hosting cafes, galleries, shopping and nightlife, along with the best organic grocery store on the island. Right next door is Hookipa Beach, where international kite-surfing, wind-surfing and board-surfing competitions are held.
One of the best family beach resorts in North Carolina, Holiday Inn Resort Wilmington E-Wrightsville Bch promotes fun and relaxation. There is a playground, video arcade, sports court and multiple outdoor pools, so everyone can have fun going from one to the other. Dolphins swim close to the shore all year-round and are commonly spotted during the spring and summer months. Families will also appreciate the free area shuttle to shops and restaurants, as well as the Wilmington International Airport (ILM). There’s also a wide range of dining and entertainment options, from Southern cuisine and local seafood at the on-site Oceans Restaurant to quick bites at Lazy Daze Poolside Bar & Grill
This all-suite resort sits on a beautiful, wide stretch of beach between Santa Barbara and Los Angeles, an enviable location with an island feel – so much so that it’s been used in TV shows and films to depict Hawaii. You’ll also enjoy free cooked-to-order breakfast and a complimentary evening reception with drinks and snacks. Every suite has two bathrooms – one ideal for rinsing the sand off so it’s not tracked through the room. Two-room suites include a bedroom with a door that can be closed and a sleeper sofa in the living room. Enjoy lounging alongside the lagoon-style pool and soaking in the large hot tub as well as onsite bike rentals, 24-hour fitness center, spa services, tennis and the Coastal Grill Restaurant with outdoor seating and a fire pit. You can even borrow kites, sand buckets and shovels to take down to the beach.
The Best Western Ocean View Resort sits along Seaside’s promenade, a one-and-a-half paved walkway bordering the nearly three-mile stretch of beach, offering spectacular ocean views and easy access to all of the city’s attractions. You’ll be steps away from Seaside Aquarium, where you can feed the sea lions, as well as Funland Arcade, with bumper cars, pinball, video games, skee ball and numerous carnival-type amusements. Oceanfront and ocean view rooms and suites are available and all offer free high-speed Internet access, microwaves and mini-fridges. You can also enjoy the indoor heated pool and whirlpool spa.
Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach is just steps away from the beautiful golden sands of Fort Lauderdale Beach, offering ocean view accommodations along with a wealth of amenities. Wi-Fi is free, ocean views are standard and spa services are a bargain. Enjoy lunch alongside the infinity-edge pool or in one of the poolside cabanas, and perhaps indulge in a massage at the exclusive Spa Suite. Comfortable rooms include luxurious bedding, designer white leather-front furnishings, high-end bath products and a LCD TV. Enjoy upscale dining right onsite at Steelpan, serving Caribbean-American fusion cuisine. Nearby attractions include kayaking, nature walks, snorkeling and stand-up paddleboarding.
The Beach House is a Holiday Inn Resort located directly on the shoreline of Hilton Head’s popular Coligny Beach with spacious rooms and featuring flat-screen TVs with satellite channels and free Wi-Fi. The Porch Southern Kitchen & Bar serves Lowcountry cuisine, while the Tiki Hut allows you to dig your toes in the sand while enjoying cocktails and live music. Guests also enjoy private beach access, an outdoor pool and fitness center. More than 50 miles of scenic nature trails are right at its doorstep too.