5 Affordable Beachfront Hotels
It’s still possible to find a marvelous beachfront hotel for a bargain price. Here are 5 beachfront hotels for $150 or less per night.
By Reader's Digest Editors
This time of year the heat drives everyone to the beach -- which is why prices of ocean hotels are soaring. But it’s still possible to find a marvelous beach resort for a bargain price, if you know where to go. Here are five beachfront hotels that won’t set you back more than $150 a night.
1. El Encanto de Cabo Pulmo
Baja California Sur, Mexico
Those who truly want to get off the grid will be enchanted by the remote paradise of El Encanto. Far from urban light pollution, guests are treated to true darkness at night and a sky heavily salted with stars. El Encantato consists of three roomy and artistically decorated suites, two in a little self-catering house and one in a separate casita. All spill out onto covered terraces and patios, set within a colorful walled garden of native and desert plants that attract inquisitive birdlife. The owners’ exquisite taste is evident in the quality fixtures, the bold palette, and the eclectic mix of Mexican folk art, handcrafted furniture and whimsical sculptures. The resort is all solar-powered, so don't expect an array of electronic gadgetry. And while there’s no pool, miles of deserted beach are available for swimming. Visit the nearby Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park -- one of just a few such protected areas in all of Mexico -- famed for its coral reef and large schools of fanciful-looking fish.
2. Inn of the Beachcomber
Gold Beach, Oregon
Gold Beach is one of the few places left that Father Time forgot. Set at the junction of the Rogue River and the Pacific Ocean, it has always drawn nature lovers looking for an unspoiled experience. The National Wild and Scenic portion of the Rogue begins 11 miles east of Gold Beach and the Wild Rogue Wilderness Area begins just east of Foster Bar 36 miles up the Rogue River. Add everything the Pacific has to offer and you can stay busy all year long with windsurfing, hiking, kayaking, cycling, stand-up paddle boarding, mountain biking, swimming, golf, and surfing. Those wanting to take is easier can try nature walks, beachcombing, tide pooling, scenic drives, bird watching, panning for gold, jet boat trips, and fishing. The inn itself offers luxury bungalows, beachfront views, fireplaces, ocean-view hot tubs, and Oregon wines.
3. Snug Harbor Inn
Madeira Beach, Florida
The studio efficiencies of Snug Harbor Inn offer all the comforts of home, including a yard for your pet and a place to tie up your boat. Hosts T.J. and Susan Gill, both actors, have created themed apartments based on shows in which they have performed. These include On Golden Pond, Inherit the Wind, A Streetcar Named Desire, and Once Upon a Mattress. Enjoy the sunset from the white sand beaches, do some fishing, take a boat tour or just lounge outside your door. The inn is happy to arrange pet-sitting for your four-footed companions.
4. Caribbean Resort and Villas
Myrtle Beach, S. C.
This affordable oceanfront resort is made up of four separate hotels. The Jamaica Inn is ideal for people looking for the feel of a smaller seaside lodge; the Chelsea Villas, which feature 2- and 3-bedroom units with balconies, appeal to those seeking quiet and privacy; the Dominican complex of two-room suites has just been entirely renovated and has an oceanfront pool deck; and the Cayman Tower has a new indoor/outdoor pool, lazy river, kiddie pool, whirlpool and splash deck. The resort, which has been welcoming families and couples for more than 40 years, offers children's activities, entertainment, golf and fitness centers.
5. Commodore on the Beach
Guests here wake up every morning to a stunning view of the Galveston beach and the Gulf of Mexico. Take your morning coffee on a private balcony before heading to the pool, outfitted with a brand-new fountain, or searching for shells on the beach. Commodore on the Beach is also close to Fort Crockett, Moody Gardens, the Galveston Island Railroad Museum, and the Lone Star Flight Museum. Other points of interest include the Grand 1894 Opera House, Bishop’s Palace, and the many historic neighborhoods of Galveston.
Sources: Budget Travel, Oceanfront-hotels.net, Aquaresorts.com