Though the worst of cold winter should be in our rearview mirror by now, our productivity levels are still at an all-time low. The most we can do is hope and pray that the vacation gods will smile upon us and transport us to warmer climes. We need the beach, and we need it now. But we also need it to be affordable.
Ahead, find a gallery full of sandy stretches, azure waters, clear skies, and tropical lodgings. Fear not, it ain’t just mesmerizingly beautiful clickbait; all these places are
actually inexpensive. Click on through to see a boatload of beach breaks that you — yes, you — can actually take.
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Acapulco, Mexico Famous for its white sandy beaches and lively nightlife, Acapulco has been the summer playground for Hollywood royalty for decades. The destination was first put on the map by none other than Elvis, when he played a lifeguard working at La Quebrada diving cliff in the 1963 film Fun in Acapulco. Aside from watching daredevils dive off the 136-foot cliff, action seekers will also enjoy sailing through the Tres Palo and Coyuca Lagoons. Cost of Getting There: The cheapest direct flights from JFK starts at $350 and $313 from LAX. Where To Stay: Nestled on a tranquil bay, Copacabana Beach Hotel is the perfect place to bask in the sun — at the affordable price of $55 a night.
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Naples, FL Naples is a very special place. This little-known destination was just ranked the best beach town to live by WalletHub, scoring high in the well-being and quality of life index. With friendly locals, nature-based tours, and tons of restaurant options, it's easy to see why some locals never leave this hidden paradise. Cost of Getting There: Naples is a two-hour bus ride from Miami, with tickets costing around $40 one-way. Where To Stay: Situated in the heart of Old Town Naples, The Cove Inn has a calming view of the bay. Rooms start at $92 per night.
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico Cabo may be known as a major getaway spot for spring breakers, but there's something for everyone here. Apart from thriving nightlife, the coastal tip of Baja California also impresses with a slew of dreamy beaches: The combination of warm, soft sand with the balmy breezes will tune out the partying masses. Cost of Getting There: Spirit, a budget airline, flies from San Diego and Dallas to Los Cabos for as little as $190. Where To Stay: Solmar Resort offers spacious rooms with kitchenettes for $113 a night. The hotel is so close to the Pacific Ocean that you'll be waking up to the peaceful sound of tumbling waves every morning.
Flagler Beach, Florida This beach town will charm you with its retro vibes and beautiful waterfront. The perfect place to spend a relaxing break, this coastal gem is packed with al fresco restaurants and indie boutiques. Cost of Getting There: The nearby Daytona Beach airport is your best option for air transit. Flights from LAX start from $280, and you'll be able to get in from JFK for under $200. Where To Stay: White Orchid Inn & Spa stands out with tastefully decorated rooms and rejuvenating spa treatments.
Hilton Head, South Carolina This beach town may seem like a playground for the super rich due to its many golf courses, but it's still possible to have fun here on a smaller budget. Affordable hotel brands like Red Roof, Ramada, Travelodge, and Days Inn all have a presence on the island. For those preferring more space and privacy, a collection of vacation rentals come at a great value. The pièce de résistance: Over twelve miles of pristine sandy beaches easily accessible from oceanfront resorts. Cost Of Getting There: The cheapest way to get to the island is to rent a car and do a one-hour drive from Savannah, Georgia. Flights from NYC to Savannah start at $189, and $360 from LAX. Where To Stay: This recently renovated 1-bedroom condo — located just steps from the beach — offers ocean views and a shared pool for $78 a night.
Isle Royale, MI The Isle Royale National Park is something of a hidden gem: Only accessible by ferries and seaplane and largely vehicle-free, the 45-mile-long expanse is where you should head to clear your head and truly decompress. With unparalleled access to Lake Superior, anywhere on the island is great for fishing, kayaking and canoeing, but he best place to dip your toes in the sand is along Siskiwit Bay. Cost of Getting There: Scheduled ferries are available from various points in Michigan for approximately $65 one-way. Where To Stay: It's free to camp on the grounds, but you'll be charged a $7-per-day cover fee for remaining in the park.
Clearwater Beach, FL Surprise: The best-rated beaches in Florida are not in Miami. Clearwater Beach has been crowned the number one beach in the country by TripAdvisor, and the crystal-clear waves and soft sands are all the proof you need. Don't miss out Clearwater Marine Aquarium to get up close with dolphins, and consider a day trip to Caladesi Island to see the pristine gulf beaches. Cost of Getting There: Flying from JFK will cost you anywhere from $155 to $600, and between $175 to $710 from LAX. Where To Stay: Magnuson Hotel is a no-frills resort with an outdoor pool. Rates start at $79 per night.
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Cancun, Mexico Cancun is not famous for nothing: Some of the best bars and nightclubs are located here, making this Mexican beach town a great place for a great time. There are idyllic beaches to tan in, fresh ceviche and guac to consume, and even whale sharks to snorkel with. The dollar is accepted here, so there's no fussing over foreign currency exchange. What's not to love? Cost Of Getting There: Flights from NYC to Cancun start at $262, and you can fly from LA for as cheap as $202. Where To Stay: At $142 per night, NYX Hotel is your best bargain for an all-inclusive experience that won't break the bank. The attentive and friendly staff will make you feel like you're at a top-rated luxury resort.
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Key West, FL The Southernmost part of the U.S. has sunshine, tumbling waves, and plenty of literary history to offer. Ernest Hemingway is the island's most famous resident, having written some of his best work during his eight years living in old town Key West. It's not hard to see why the iconic writer chose to set up home here: The perpetually balmy weather and spectacularly clear waters will melt away your troubles. Cost of Getting There: Flights to Key West begin at $191 from Newark, and $292 from the West Coast. Where To Stay: Stay in the heart of Old Town to truly experience the relaxed Caribbean way of living. Key West Bed & Breakfast is cozy inn located in a Victorian-era building that has reached historic landmark status.
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Puerto San José, Guatemala Native Guatemalans have been vacationing at Puerto San José for decades, but there's no reason this historic port city should be kept a secret. The beaches here stay quiet and family friendly all year round, blessed with perpetual blue skies and sunshine. Due to a recent resurgence of the local fishing trade, the destination also has an impressive showing of seafood delights. Where To Stay: Hotel Soleil Pacífico is a bright and breezy stay that won't cost you a pretty penny. With its three outdoor pools and walking distance to the beach, you'll be soaking up plenty of Vitamin D. Nightly rates from $108. Cost Of Getting There: Flights to Guatemala City start at $220 from Newark, and $240 from LAX.
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Depoe Bay, Oregon You can dig your toes in the sand at any given beach, but getting up close and personal with marine life is a whole other experience. From March through December, adorable gray whales arrive in droves and set up homes along the beaches at Depoe Bay. You'll also get to feed sea lions and seals at the docks — just the right type of animal therapy you need to get away from it all. Cost Of Getting There: Flights from Los Angeles to Portland start at $95, and $165 from Newark. You can take the Caravan Airport Shuttle from the Portland International Airport, which will cost you from $45 to $60. Where To Stay: The cozy digs at Inn and Arch Rock is an affordable option to get in on the whale watching action. Rates start at $89 in the winter and $99 in summer months.
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Varadero Beach, Cuba Cuba has long been a hot destination for amazing beach getaways, but now that Americans can fly directly there, it's more popular than ever. With its white sand and crystal blue water, Varadero Beach is the perfect spot for a first visit to Cuba. After spending hours relaxing by the ocean, have an adventure exploring the tropical forests and caves in Varadero. Cost Of Getting There: American Airlines has roundtrip flights from JFK starting at $407. Most flights will require a transfer in Miami. Where To Stay: In Varadero, there is no shortage of all inclusive resorts, which are good options for the budget conscious traveler. To get a bang for your buck, consider staying at Hotel Roc Arenas Dorandas. The standard double rooms offer plenty of space and cost around $150 a night. Though the resort itself has plenty of great features, its direct access to the gorgeous beach is its number one appeal.
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Virginia Beach, VA One of the most popular beach towns on the east coast, Virginia Beach sits at the mouth of Chesapeake Bay. There's plenty to do here, even in the off-season. The busy Virginia Beach Boardwalk is one of the area's main attractions, and is the perfect place for walking, biking, and enjoying live music and views. Cost Of Getting There: Roundtrip flights from most major U.S. airports start at around $300. You'll fly into Norfolk International Airport, which is about a 20 minute car ride from Virginia Beach. Where To Stay: Beach Spa Bed and Breakfast combines Southern hospitality with a chill beach vibe. The cozy rooms start at around $160 during peak season. Off season rooms run in the low $100 range. Treat yourself to a relaxing spa treatment if you can.
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Maui, Hawaii Home to some of the most breathtaking beaches in the world, Maui is the place for your fantasy paradise vacation. If you like adventure, try your hand at snorkeling or windsurfing, or simply relax in the sun. But don't miss the opportunity to hike Haleakala Crater, the dormant volcano that is Maui's highest point. Cost Of Getting There: On the more expensive side, roundtrip tickets from New York start at $600 on Hawaiian Airlines. Coming from Los Angeles is a bit less expensive; around $550. April, May, September, and October are the best times to find flight deals to Hawaii, according to govisithawaii.com. Where To Stay: Since you're shelling out for flights, save on accommodations at the Maui Seaside Hotel. The rooms are nice and plenty comfortable, and nightly rates start at $130. The hotel is near many gorgeous state parks and restaurants favored by locals. It's a great laid-back and affordable option for Maui.
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Brackley Beach, Prince Edward Island Brackley Beach provides a quiet escape into nature. In this magical place, you can relax on the many miles of pristine beaches or take a trip to the nearby Dunes Studio Gallery for island art and delicious, unique cuisine. The beach town is also home to Prince Edward Island's only drive-in movie theater. Cost Of Getting There: Roundtrip flights to and from New York City start at $279 with Air Canada. Flights land at Charlottetown Airport, just 15 minutes from Brackley Beach. Where To Stay: Shaw's Hotel and Cottages offers beautiful views of Brackley Bay. Private cottages start at $140; standard rooms go for about $112 a night, depending on the season.
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Hampton Beach, New Hampshire Hampton Beach is the busiest beach community in the state of New Hampshire, and as an added bonus, the ocean water is among the cleanest in the country. There are fun events planned in town nearly every night during the high summer seasons. The town also offers activities all year-round, like September's Seafood Festival and the famous holiday parade in December. Cost Of Getting There: New Yorkers can make the five-hour drive, but if you live further away, you can fly into Manchester-Boston Regional Airport about an hour away. Flights from most major airports around the country fall in the $200-$300 range. Where To Stay: Ashworth's by the Sea is right on the beach, as its name suggests. Clean and comfortable rooms start around $150 per night. The hotel has a seasonal rooftop bar from which you can admire beautiful and bustling Hampton Beach.
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South Padre Island, Texas Nestled off the southernmost tip of Texas, South Padre Island is an ideal location for a laid-back beach escape. The only island in Texas, South Padre features 34 miles of soft, white sand, and was named one of the world’s most beautiful barrier islands by Fodor's. Cost Of Getting There: Round-trip tickets from major U.S. cities run in the $400 range. Most flights will land in Valley International Airport, and it's about an hour's drive to the island. Where To Stay: Rated the number-one South Padre Island hotel on TripAdvisor, the recently renovated La Copa Inn Beach Hotel offers comfort and convenience. Score a deal on a room for around $128 a night.
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Cannon Beach, Oregon Stretching nine miles up the Oregon coast, Cannon Beach is your dream Pacific Northwest destination. Stroll or bike down the beach looking for wildlife, or simply relax with a good book and beautiful views of Haystack Rock. In town, you'll experience a quaint escape since, according to TripAdvisor, Cannon Beach restricts large chain stores or restaurants. This gives visitors a truly unique stay. Cost Of Getting There: Round trip airfare to Portland ranges from around $80 to $250, depending on where you're flying from. Cannon Beach is about a two hour drive from Portland International; we suggest renting a car at the airport. Where To Stay: When you go to any beach, you're looking for easy access and beautiful views. You'll get both from Land's End at Cannon Beach. This hotel's unique and spacious rooms start at around $130 per night. With the Pacific Ocean just steps away, and downtown Cannon Beach close by, Land's End is the ideal location for an Oregon Coast vacation.
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Saugatuck, Michigan When thinking about possibilities for beach vacation spots, don’t overlook the Great Lakes. Saugatuck is home to Oval Beach, one of Lake Michigan’s most beloved beaches. The small shore town also offers incredible art galleries and the historic Mount Baldhead, a hiking trail with breathtaking views of the surrounding area. Cost Of Getting There: Flights from New York start at $309 round-trip. You’ll land at Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids, and from there, it's a 45-minute drive to Saugatuck. Where To Stay: This beach town is known for its B&Bs, but staying at the waterfront cottages can cost a pretty penny. Try The Starlite Resort, which offers standard rooms starting at around $167 a night. The hotel is located just minutes from downtown and the beach, so you'll have easy access to the best of both worlds.
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Isle Of Palms, South Carolina Isle of Palms is one of five islands off the coast of historic Charleston. Its nearly 2,880 acres include championship golf courses, marinas for boating trips, a thriving local business district, and miles of beaches perfect for relaxation and rejuvenation. Consider renting a car so you can travel into downtown Charleston — just 12 miles away — for tours, great shopping, and amazing restaurants. Cost Of Getting There: Round-trip flights from New York start as low as $148. You’ll land at Charleston International Airport, which is about a 40-minute drive from Isle of Palms. Where To Stay: Put the money you saved on your cheap flight towards a stay at Wild Dunes Resort, the top-rated accommodation on the island. A one-bedroom condo starts at $256 a night.
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Punta Cana, Dominican Republic Punta Cana offers everything you ever wanted in a tropical vacation, from water sports and spa treatments to horseback riding and tennis. Oh, and of course, the beach. Get acquainted with the native wildlife at Manati Park and experience the local culture by visiting Altos de Chavón, a modern-day artist’s village. Cost Of Getting There: Round-trip flights from NYC start at around $440. Flights from other major U.S. cities fall in the $300-$500 range. Where To Stay: AlSol Luxury Village is located on Cap Cana, a private resort area in Punta Cana. Offering breathtaking views at every turn, AlSol’s design includes 300 villa-style suites starting at just $125 a night.
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Gulf Shores, Alabama Nestled off the Gulf of Mexico, Gulf Shores is a 32-mile stretch of soft, white sand beaches and clear blue waters that you'd never expect to find in Alabama. Spend your days zip-lining, golfing, fishing, or splashing around in the water. Come nightfall, sample the regional cuisine while enjoying the musical stylings of hometown celebrity Jimmy Buffett. Cost Of Getting There: Roundtrip airfare from most major U.S. cities will cost around $400. You can fly into either the Mobile Regional Airport or Pensacola International; both are about an hour's drive from Gulf Shores. Where To Stay: Situated right on the beach, Phoenix All Suites Hotel offers the best of both worlds: the luxury (and privacy) of a condo, and the amenities of a hotel. Rates start at around $135 a night.
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Outer Banks, North Carolina For a perfect domestic beach vacation, hit North Carolina’s Outer Banks. There, you’ll find open-sea beaches, gorgeous state parks, and the best seafood North Carolina has to offer. Climb the tallest brick lighthouse in America at Cape Hatteras or go fishing off Jennette’s Pier. You don’t even need to leave the country for this slice of paradise. Cost Of Getting There: A round-trip plane ticket from New York will cost in the $300-$400 range. You’ll land at the Coastal Carolina Regional Airport, which is about a three-hour drive from the Outer Banks. Where To Stay: Check into Ocracoke Harbour Inn, which offers 16 rooms and seven suites on beautiful Silver Lake, in the heart of the fishing village of Ocracoke. Nightly rates run around $140.
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St. Thomas, Virgin Islands There are many reasons to love the U.S. Virgin Islands — not the least of which is that you don't need a passport to visit if you're a U.S. citizen. But with clear skies, emerald waters, and plenty to do, ease of travel is just a bonus. Go surfing in Hull Bay, hit the duty-free shops, or take a tour of Blackbeard's Castle. The island of St. Thomas is only 32 square miles, but it definitely packs a lot in. Cost Of Getting There: Airfare from New York will cost you about $300 roundtrip, depending on the time of year. (For the best deals, travel in the summer.) Where To Stay: Sugar Bay Resort & Spa is a nice beachside resort with all the amenities and incredible views of the ocean. Rooms can be found for under $200 a night, and an all-inclusive option is also available.
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Pedasi, Panama If the touristy scenes of Mexico and the Caribbean don't do it for you, consider hightailing it to Panama. Everything about the coastal town of Pedasi is tranquilo. Here, you'll find idyllic mountain views, immaculate beaches, a bustling downtown area, and activities galore: horseback riding, snorkeling, surfing, fishing, diving, and more. Cost Of Getting There: Flights from major U.S. hubs to Panama City are available for around $300. From there, it's a short $70 flight to Pedasi. Where To Stay: El Sitio Playa Venao offers 14 rooms of varying size and amenities. Perch yourself on a comfy hammock and spend the afternoon just watching the waves. If you get bored, all the activities mentioned above are close at hand. Standard rooms can be found for as little as $90 a night.
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Playa Del Carmen, Mexico With incredible snorkeling reefs, white beaches, cool stores and cafes, and arty boutique hotels, Playa Del Carmen is a hub for hipsters with wanderlust. Popularized by backpackers who sought spotless sands, it's a chilled-out beach town with a slightly hippie-esque atmosphere. Better yet, it's a short drive from Cancun — a major city with plenty of direct flights — but has none of the spring break-style cheesiness. Cost Of Getting There: Roundtrip flights from major U.S. cities to Cancun start at around $315. Where To Stay: Booking.com has some seriously good deals, if you're flexible with your dates. Try Hotel Kinbe, a stylish outpost just feet from the beach with minimalist rooms, a pool with a waterfall, and nightly rates as cheap as $57.
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Costa Rica For a tropical retreat, try Costa Rica, which, despite its growing popularity and uptick in development, remains largely undisturbed, natural, and affordable. Book ahead and get a cheap and cheerful B & B; there’s no point in splashing your cash for a room when you’re going to be spending all of your time out exploring. And here, we guarantee that’s exactly what you’ll be doing. Cost Of Getting There: Roundtrip flights from major U.S. cities to San Jose start at around $350. Where To Stay: Located in Montezuma (on the southern tip of Costa Rica), Amor de Mar is an 11-room guesthouse surrounded by tropical greenery and only five minutes from the beach. Doubles are available from around $55 per night.
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Saint Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands The most easterly point in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Saint Croix is a teeny, tiny island that offers everything you could possibly want from a tropical beach break: sun-kissed seas, talc-like sands, blue skies, palm trees, and quality piña coladas. Cost Of Getting There: Roundtrip flights from major U.S. cities are available for around $360; depending on your departure city, you may have to change planes in Miami or Saint Thomas. Where To Stay: Hotel Caravelle in the historic town of Christiansted is a great and affordable option, with nightly rates from $119 and rooms with harbor views.
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Kona, Hawaii There’s no doubt Hawaii can be seriously expensive, but tucked away between pricey resorts and five-star hotels is Kona, a sleepy village on the Kohala Coast, where you can eat local, stay cheap, stroll along black-lava beaches, and appreciate great surf and snorkeling — in other words, have an authentic trip to Hawaii for a fraction of the price you’d expect. Cost Of Getting There: Roundtrip flights from LAX start at around $550. Where To Stay: Use a site like Booking.com to find a cheap deal at Kona Guest House. With four rooms (some with ocean views), tropical surroundings, a "micro spa" where massages are available, and rates from around $76 a night, it’s a steal.
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Culebra, Puerto Rico On the eastern side of the island, Culebra is a sleepy coastal town with a vibrant local culture and a beautiful tropical setting. Walk for miles along undisturbed white sands and paddle in warm, clear water with tropical fish nipping at your ankles. (Culebra is an especially great spot for snorkeling and diving, with all its reefs and shallow water.) In the evenings, soak up Culebra culture, eat seafood with locals, dance to gentle guitar music, and take a moonlit dip. Cost Of Getting There: Roundtrip flights from New York to San Juan hover around $245; from there, take a short flight to Culebra for $105 (roundtrip). You can also drive 90 minutes from San Juan and take an inexpensive ferry to the island. (More info can be found here.) Where To Stay: Mamacita’s is a warm and friendly 10-room guesthouse with clean rooms, a tropical bar, and cheap nightly rates. Call for pricing.
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Ocho Rios, Jamaica The island of Jamaica is beautiful, easily accessible, and relatively affordable. Eat cheap at roadside shacks serving the best jerk chicken and pork you've ever had in your life, discover natural wonders like the magnificent Blue Hole, spend your days paddling in the ocean, and dance the night away between hefty sips of Jamaican rum. Cost Of Getting There: Roundtrip flights to Montego Bay from major U.S. cities start at around $400. Where To Stay: Located on the beach, the 74-room Fisherman's Point Resort offers one-bedroom suites for as little as $85 per night, plus all the standard hotel amenities, a freshwater pool, and an on-site restaurant and bar.
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Placencia, Belize Placencia has all the workings of a perfect tropical beach break, but without the sky-high price tag. Crystal waters, tropical reefs, and luscious rainforest canopies are omnipresent, wrapped around bright and beautiful budget beachfront resorts which you can reserve for under $120 a night. What’s there to do? Swim and soak up the sun, of course. Cost Of Getting There: Roundtrip flights to Belize City from major U.S. hubs start at around $300. Where To Stay: The aptly named Maya Beach Hotel is right on the beach, so you can roll out of bed and straight into the sea. Air-conditioned rooms with queen-size beds start at $149 per night.
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Saint John, Virgin Islands Saint John is an island of two tales: There are the world-class resorts, where guests arrive by private jet, and then there are more modest, wallet-friendly options that are perfect for the rest of us. Take Maho Bay, a calm stretch on the North Shore of the island, where the beaches are long and the water's calm, and there are ample opportunities to snorkel, and eco-friendly accommodations for the earth-lover on a budget. Cost Of Getting There: Pick your dates right and you can find roundtrip flights for under $300 — try American Airlines for the best prices. Where To Stay: Concordia Eco Resort has a variety of eco tents (which are like tree-houses on the hillside), with all of the basic facilities you need. They sleep up to five people and cost around $135 per night.
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Cape Cod, MA Stunning beaches and glorious sunsets aside, Cape Cod is the vacation destination to experience New England charm. You'll find historical edifices aplenty, from Pilgrim-era monuments to centuries-old lighthouses. Be sure to take a long walk along Cape Cod National Seashore and ponder life at the edge of America — literally. Getting There: Cape Cod is accessible from Boston via the Provincetown Ferry. Flights from NYC to Hyannis start at $170. Where To Stay: Just across the street from a museum, 1750 Inn at Sandwich Center is situated in a Victorian-era house. Run by a charming old couple, this quaint bed-and-breakfast will give you a taste of life at a seaside village.
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida The beach town may have suffered a bad rep as a destination for wild college-aged spring breakers, but there are plenty of activities in Fort Lauderdale for grown ups, too. If you're looking to engage in some R&R, this is as good as it gets. Slow down your pace by being a total beach bum on the sunkissed sands, or take a long, leisurely stroll along Las Olas Boulevard, the city's arts and shopping epicenter. Cost Of Getting There: Flights from New York start at around $123 on budget airlines, and hover around $175 for major airlines like Delta. Where To Stay: It's hard to miss the beach at The Atlantic Hotel & Spa — the 124-room stunner offers large balconies and a pool that directly looks over the golden sands of Fort Lauderdale Beach. Nightly rates start at $162.
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Bermuda This sunny island is the place to be for balmy weather and endless good vibes — and there's no better place to flaunt your Bermuda shorts. Given its colonial history, you'll be able to find vibrant forts and churches scattered everywhere. Apart from postcard-perfect pink sand beaches, this strip of paradise is also renowned for its seafood. Don't miss out on the signature Bermuda fish chowder and the Rum Swizzle, a classic cocktail invented by Swizzle Inn. Cost of Getting There: U.S. carriers operate round-trip flights to Bermuda from major cities starting at $280. Where To Stay: Pricey all-inclusive hotels are the norm in Bermuda, so if you're on a budget, renting a vacation house is the way to go. Bermuda Rentals offers chic properties starting at $85/night.
Cape Coral, Florida This idyllic waterfront community is one of the fastest-growing city in the U.S. Expect to be wowed by its expansive golf courses, lush wildlife and myriad of restaurants and bars. Cost of Getting There: Cape Coral is a short drive from the airport in Fort Myers, which costs between $120 to $300 for a round trip flight from New York and between $300 to $500 from L.A. Where To Stay: You'll be surrounded by breathtaking water views at The Westin Cape Coral Resort At Marina Village. The nightly rates are a steal for the hotel being the only luxury resort in town: Rooms start at around $150 per night.