For many, the idea of a beachside getaway is out of the question. Money does not grow on trees — and certainly not on coconut palms. However, many popular vacation spots have small boutique hotels that do not charge you large sums of money to enjoy simple, beachside living for a few days. Often times, they are particularly stylish, with art and furniture inspired by the local culture, and they feel more like homes than hotels. Here are 15 chic and affordable beach escapes you can book as soon as you please.
Tents and hammocks may not sound like the lap of luxury, but at Bahari Beach, they come with an enviable seaside location, oversized beds, private patios, Jacuzzis, and bathrooms. The hotel also wakes guests up with the smells of locally produced coffee in their rustic restaurant, which serves Costa Rican specialties all day. They'll arrange for horseback riding on the beach, rafting, fishing trips, and beach amenities as well. Prices start at $90 per night for a tent with a bed; rooms in the main house are less.
Vieques, a tiny Puerto Rican island, is surrounded by iridescent blue water, and you can see a lot of it from a room at Bravo Beach Hotel, which has two swimming pools and charming tropical gardens. The hotel is a five-minute walk from the largest town on the island, Isabel Segunda, which features restaurants like the Coqui Fire Café. They’re known for their famous hot sauces (try the piña colada mustard sauce), fundido dip, and hot pepper margarita. From $118 per night.
This idyllic bed and breakfast is located on a cliff overlooking the English coastline. The rooms are cozy, spacious, and they all have excellent views of the water. The proprietors make a full English breakfast every morning, and Cornwall is famous for its clotted cream, so you want to enjoy a great afternoon tea with scones while you’re there. From £40 ($64) per night.
Bright blue waters and white sandy beaches make up the stunning surroundings of the Cooper Island Beach Club on Tortola. Days spent scuba diving and snorkeling end with sunset cocktails at the hotel's beachfront bar, where stools are made from recycled fishing boats and Caribbean-inspired dinners (think seafood, rotis, and conch fritters) are made from the day's freshest catch. From $210 per night, or a six-night room and meal package is $1,205.
Perfect for families and adventurers, La Costa de Papito sits across the street from the white sandy Cocles beach. Its cozy, rustic bungalows are outfitted with colorful, local accents within and are surrounded by lush greenery outside. Their café and restaurant serve fresh fruits in the morning, followed by tropical cocktails in the evening paired with feasts of Caribbean barbecue. From $95 per night.
Imagine waking up to the purple and orange hues of El Encanto de Cabo Pulmo, an hour from the airport and a world away from Cabo's party scene. With the water lapping just outside, the hotel can be rented as a full house or as separate suites that share the amenities of the main house, like indoor and outdoor dining areas, a full set of beach supplies, a campfire, a barbecue grill, and an outdoor bar. From $105 per night.
Estalagem De Ponta Do Sol Hotel has a minimalist approach that lets the beautiful surroundings of Madeira take the front seat. Their poolside bar has an astonishing 180-degree sea view from the veranda, and from their restaurant, you can see the ocean and hills of banana plantations. It has been featured in publications like Vanity Fair, GQ, Conde Nast Traveler, and more. From €88 ($100) per night.
This light pink house right on the Caribbean is intimate and romantic, and is home to lush tropical gardens that any nature lover will really appreciate. Their casual beachside restaurant only serves locally caught fresh fish and lobster, and most of their produce is grown on their organic rainforest farm. From $125 per night.
Surrounded by spruce and pine trees and just 150 feet from the sandy beach, The Inn at Manzanita is a relaxing Pacific Northwest getaway. Each room has a jetted spa tub with room for two, a private deck, and a fireplace, which is excellent if you decide to go in the winter. It’s quite possible that you will spot a whale from your room. Sign up for a tasting at the nearby Nehalem Bay Winery, or browse Manzanita’s Friday Farmers Market. From $129 per night.
Jakes Hotel has a great sense of humor, a fantastic location, and even better food. It also has stunning indoor and outdoor rooms that will make you wish you booked your stay for an entire month. Guests can spend their time exploring local trails, biking to Billy's Bay Fishing Beach (and bringing their day's catch back to be cooked for dinner), enjoying a Red Stripe or some Blue Mountain coffee poolside, or simply sunbathing. From $95 per night.
Staying on a Hawaiian coffee and fruit plantation definitely sounds expensive, what with the vast horizon of lush plants and ocean expanding before you. But sitting on the Big Island, the affordable Ka'awa Loa Plantation boasts five acres, with a bed-and-breakfast from which guests can swim, snorkel, go hiking, ride horses, or tour the farm. The warm, modern Hawaiian rooms have outdoor lava rock showers, a wraparound lanai, and a large gourmet kitchen in a common area. From $129 per night.
The Postcard Inn is a breath of fresh, well-designed, beachy air, with cool vertical bookcases, bright accents, chopped firewood against the café walls, a pool dotted with yellow lounge chairs and cabanas, and a beachfront location. On top of generous amenities, the hotel boasts the much-loved Beachwood BBQ & Burger, as well as a beach bar and snack shack where burgers, baby back ribs, and beers are on offer all day. From $176 per night.
You'd be hard-pressed to find more affordable and chic accommodations in Miami than the Townhouse Hotel. It's sleek and white with a few rustic touches, like hand-painted signs directing you to the Bondst lounge. The guestrooms are bright and well-appointed (free Wi-Fi, anyone?) and the rooftop terrace begs for evening cocktails. The hotel will arrange beach chairs and umbrellas for guests as well. From $159 per night.
On a much quieter part of the island than the most popular Barbados resorts, Sea-U Guest House is, shall we say, on a more peaceful side of paradise. Lay in one of their hammocks and enjoy seeing the waves crash on the limestone rocks, and see the green monkeys and hummingbirds roam free. Their gazebo restaurant serves items like marlin in rum butter sauce, flying fish with macaroni pie, and pineapple upside-down cake. From $109 per night.
This adults-only vacation spot, with colorful and eclectic décor, is walking distance from downtown Oranjestad. “One thing that will surely make you want to return to Wonders is host Gaston Verlaan’s excellent breakfasts,” says their website: the food is “made with locally grown, fresh products.” From $99 per night.