We all could use some R&R. One of the best ways to do this is by relaxing on a white sandy beach. However, this kind of getaway is something that isn’t always in the budget. The good news is that there are some affordable beachfront hotels in America that the rest of us can enjoy.
The Palms Hotel & Spa, Miami Beach, Florida
This modern South Beach hotel has a bright décor and provides upscale elegance that will make you forget how little you’re actually paying. Even better is the resort’s outdoor cabanas by the pool and fabulous beach service, including lounge chairs, umbrellas and towels. Plus, their tiki bar serves an extensive variety of cocktails such as the popular Pain Killer, a mixture of rum, pineapple, OJ, cream of coconut and nutmeg.
3025 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL http://www.thepalmshotel.com/ - From $179 per night
The Galvestonian, Galveston, Texas
Forget the Caribbean. From April through October, this Texan island located only 45 minutes from Houston is a convenient and budget-friendly vacation spot. The Galvestonian is one of the few resorts in Galveston offering private access to the island’s picturesque beaches. Their condominium suites, complete with kitchen and private balconies are incredible value.
1401 East Beach Drive, Galveston, TX http://www.galvestonian.com/ - From $249 per night
Hilton Garden Inn Orange Beach Beachfront
Located just a stone's throw from the beach, this comfortable Gulf Coast resort offers an indoor and outdoor pool, as well as whirlpools if you decide you've had enough of the ocean. The hotel has 137 guest rooms, many with balconies, and isn't far from Mobile and Pensacola if you decide you'd like to go exploring.
23092 Perdido Beach Boulevard, Orange Beach, AL http://hiltongardeninn3.hilton.com/ - From $99 per night (not peak season)
Pines and Palms, Islamorada
Ideal if you're looking for a quaint retreat, this oceanfront resort offers picturesque pastel cottages and bungalows with dreamy sea views. Pines and Palms offers a quiet manmade beach with cozy hammocks on which to lay and watch the world go by! You can also enjoy a dip in the heated freshwater pool or, if you're looking to get active, take a fishing boat or kayak out to explore the local marine life.
80401 Old Highway, Islamorada http://pinesandpalms.com - From $110 per night
Sea View Inn, Pawleys Island, South Carolina
Found on a low-key four-mile long island 70 miles north of Charleston, this classic southern resort features 20 basic pine-paneled rooms, complete with hand-stitched quilts and ceiling fans. While it may not be fancy, the view is absolutely spectacular and it includes three delicious home cooked meals a day.
414 Myrtle Avenue, Pawleys Island, South Carolina http://www.seaviewinn.com/ - From $225 per night (double occupancy)
The Georgianne Inn, Tybee Island, Georgia
Enjoy some classic southern charm at this affordable beachfront hotel located only a half an hour from Savannah. From bicycling along the dunes, to sailing or kayaking, there are a variety of activities to keep yourself occupied while on vacation. Even better is the fact that five of the seven rooms include a kitchen which makes it an ideal spot for an extended family holiday.
1312 Butler Ave, Tybee Island, GA http://georgianneinn.com/ - From $125 per night (peak season)
Dunes on the Waterfront, Ogunquit, Maine
Home to cozy white cottages, beautifully manicured lawns and stunning views of the Ogunquit River, Dunes has 17 rooms each with Adirondack chairs and 19 cottages that each have their own screened-in porch. This landmark New England hotel is also known for its personalized service and wide-range of amenities, including breakfast in bed and a trolley that will take you into town.
518 Maine St, Ogunquit, ME http://www.dunesonthewaterfront.com/ - Two bedroom guest rooms from $165 per night
Best Western Cavalier Oceanfront Resort, San Simeon, California
This affordable beachfront hotel located in the Big Sur region in California’s central coast is located just three miles south of the famous Hearst Castle along the picturesque Highway 1. The climate is fairly temperate with a temperatures averaging 60 degrees Fahrenheit, so you’re not likely to spend much time swimming. Instead, opt for whale or seal-watching or a bonfire.
9415 Hearst Dr., San Simeon, CA, http://www.cavalierresort.com - From $279 per night
Tilghman Island Inn, Tilghman Island, Maryland
On an isolated island known for its fishing industry you’ll discover the laidback elegance of this waterfront resort located on the Chesapeake Bay. This stylish retreat is also home to a restaurant where you can enjoy some of the catch of the day, as well as a marina where you can hire a charter sailboat or fishing boat and explore the stretch where the Knapp’s Narrows meets the Chesapeake Bay.
21384 Coopertown Rd., Tilghman Island, MD http://tilghmanislandinn.com/about/ - From $175 per night
Sea Crest Inn, Cape May, New Jersey – a family-friendly affordable beachfront hotel!
Located on the southernmost tip of the Jersey Shore, this Victorian beach town is not to be confused with its rowdier neighbors that define the area. Instead, low-key Cape May boasts a wide-range of family-friendly options that make an ideal budget travel destination. The Sea Crest Inn is a great value option with panoramic ocean front views, beach access , large outdoor pool and fully-equipped kitchens.
101 Beach Ave., Cape May, NJ, http://www.seacrestinn.com/ - From $164 (peak season)