12 Beautiful Beachfront Hotels You Can Actually Afford
Seaside bliss for less than $250 a night? You’ll know where to find us next week!
Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa: Jupiter, Florida
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Soak up the Florida sun and fun at Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa, the area’s only oceanfront property. Guests can spend the afternoon catching some rays by the pool, strolling the golden coastline, kayaking, savoring lunch alfresco, playing a rousing game of tennis, or lounging in the adults-only hammock garden. Visiting during the summer? It’s sea turtle hatching season! Rates from $152 a night. Find out what your dream vacation says about you.
Cape Rey Carlsbad: Carlsbad, California
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Cape Rey Carlsbad is set on the northern shore of San Diego, just steps from the water. You can’t beat the location, but that’s just the beginning. The aesthetic is vibrant and modern, plus, as with most beachfront hotels, there are plenty of seaside activities. Take a surf lesson, explore the tide basins, or enjoy beach butler service in the comfort of your personal cabana. Rates from $130 a night. When you’re ready to book, just avoid the most expensive days to fly.
The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa: Hilton Head, South Carolina
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The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa beckons with its powder-soft sands, swaying palmetto trees, and array of amenities, including three swimming pools and four restaurants. Guests enjoy access to the private beach, as well as the neighboring Port Royal Golf & Racquet Club. Bonus: Harbour Town Lighthouse and Stoney-Baynard Plantation are just a short drive away. Rates from $121 a night.
Kā’anapali Beach Hotel: Maui, Hawaii
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The picturesque setting and price tag aren’t the only reasons to visit Kā’anapali Beach Hotel. This family-friendly gem offers a true taste of Hawaiian culture with complimentary language lessons, hula demos, ukulele classes, and more. The whale-shaped swimming pool is a hit with youngsters. Plus, keikis (kids) age five and under eat free, which can’t be said for many beachfront hotels! Rates from $94 a night. These are the 11 things to know before you book that Hawaii trip.
Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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Oceanfront accommodations are a dime a dozen in SoFlo, though most will set you back a pretty penny. Not only is Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach a sweet deal as far as beachfront hotels go, but all of its rooms are suites. Guests can also enjoy dive-in movies, wine tastings, and sunset happy hours on the massive 20,000-square-foot sky deck. Rates from $216 a night.
Hotel Galvez & Spa: Galveston, Texas
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Rarely (if ever) is the top-ranked place to stay so affordable. Insert AAA Four Diamond-rated Hotel Galvez & Spa. Open since 1911, the “Queen of the Gulf” is the only historic beachfront property on the Texas Gulf Coast. In addition to its ideal location, this Spanish Colonial icon flaunts a saline pool with a swim-up bar and hot tub. Rates from $116 a night.
The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort: St. Simons Island, Georgia
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Winner of eight consecutive TripAdvisor Certificates of Excellence, The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort is renowned for its breathtaking views, trademark Southern hospitality, and a multitude of amenities. The main swimming pools occupy 30,000 square feet of enviable oceanfront real estate. The resort also boasts tennis courts and the most magnificent 18-hole course on St. Simons Island. Rates from $155 a night. Don’t miss these photos of stunningly gorgeous hotel pools from around the world.
La Casa del Camino: Laguna Beach, California
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Once a fabled retreat for celebrities in the 1920s, today La Casa del Camino reads less “Old Hollywood” and more “new-wave surfer.” The high point of the hotel—other than its prime position overlooking the Pacific Ocean—is the rooms, designed in partnership with Billabong, Roxy, Rip Curl, Etnies, Quiksilver, and Lost. Upstairs, the rooftop lounge impresses with frame-worthy panoramas and mojitos made with fresh fruit. Rates from $229 a night. For more travel inspo, check out the best weekend getaways around the country.
LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort: Naples, Florida
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Want to unwind? You can’t beat the easy-going atmosphere of Florida’s West Coast beachfront hotels. Pack your bikini and SPF for a few days of frolicking on the white sand at LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort. Prefer to hang poolside? Cabanas come with cold towel and sorbet service. A 4,500-square-foot spa and state-of-the-art fitness center are also part of the package. Rates from $155 a night.
Cambria Beach Lodge: Cambria, California
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Surrounded by unspoiled shores and pine forests, Cambria Beach Lodge is a classic roadside motel reinvented with a coastal-meets-retro theme. Rooms flaunt light wood floors, wool Faribault blankets, and iron and resin artwork. Mini fridges are stocked with local Paso Robles wine and artisan-made treats, while other extras include complimentary Linus cruisers and adventure kits. And it doesn’t get much more magical than sipping a glass of red while watching the sunset from the deck. Rates from $186 a night.
Courtyard by Marriott Isla Verde Beach Resort: San Juan, Puerto Rico
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Courtyard by Marriott Isla Verde Beach Resort is the ultimate tropical paradise. Nightlife lovers can groove to the music at Picante Lounge and play the state-of-the-art slot machines at Casino del Sol. And while lounging at the sparkling pool looking out at the ocean, you’ll be tempted to pinch yourself to make sure you’re not dreaming. Rest assured, this fantastic find is totally real. Rates from $154 a night. Check out these amazing beaches to add to your bucket list ASAP.
Pier South Resort: San Diego, California
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San Diego is blessed with 266 days of sunshine each year. Where better to take advantage of the picture-perfect weather than Pier South Resort? Spacious suites are appointed with floor-to-ceiling windows, contemporary furnishings, Gilchrist & Soames bath products, and private balconies. Active travelers can rent bikes, kayaks, and paddleboards. Fans of fresh seafood will love SEA180°, the onsite restaurant. Rates from $229 a night. Here are 10 more inexpensive destinations that feel like VIP escapes.