Best Beach Vacations that Won’t Cost Too Much

OK, so nothing’s going to be totally cheap for the next couple of months because – it’s summer! Peak season for the airlines and ticket prices are high. However, some destinations can be relatively reasonable so check these out. All have wonderful beaches and won’t bust your budget.

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Cape Cod, Mass.

Fly into Boston. Then head southeast to the cape for pretty towns, historical buildings, excellent seafood and lovely beaches. It’s also home to the Cape Cod National Seashore and don’t forget the nearby islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. Learn more about Cape Cod here.

Southern California

Fly into Los Angeles, Orange County (Santa Ana) or San Diego*. You won’t lack for beaches here: See LA’s iconic Malibu, watch the show along Venice’s boardwalk and check out the fun at the Santa Monica Pier. Head south to Huntington Beach – also known as Surf City USA – then on to San Diego, home of Mission Beach, Pacific Beach, Coronado Beach and on and on. Learn more about Southern California and its beaches here.

Gulf Coast of Florida

Fly to Tampa, Pensacola or Panama City*. Enjoy underrated beaches that offer miles of white sand and lots of things do including plenty of golf and family-friendly attractions. Learn more about Florida and its Gulf Coast cities here.

Miami

Fly to Miami or Ft. Lauderdale*. For those who like their beach experience with a side of glittering nightlife, this is the place. Plus deep sea fishing, tons of shopping, Art Deco buildings, trendy clubs and plenty of terrific beaches. Learn more about Miami/Ft. Lauderdale here.

Seattle

Fly to Seattle. Surprise, huh? Seattle has plenty of beaches (here’s one list) where you can find tidal pools and even scuba action but these spots are also fun for fishing, hiking and biking. Learn more about Seattle here.

WILD CARD – Minnesota

Fly to Minneapolis. Can a Midwestern state boast about beaches? Well, they don’t call it the Land of a 10,000 Lakes for nothing and the beaches are beautiful (this article includes a nice sample of Minnesota beaches). Plus there’s so much else to do in the area including outdoor adventures and Minneapolis’ excellent dining scene and  amazing theater.. Learn more about Minnesota here.

*Compare to see which is cheapest from your city.

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Updated: November 13, 2014