When the summer months come along, pretty much every traveler wants to get as close to the beach as possible. While that’s all well and good, this desire isn’t without its difficulties. Namely, heading to a beach town in order to enjoy your vacation is often going to come at something of an expense. These locations know that they’ve got the goods, and as such you can expect hotels, resorts, restaurants, bars and attractions to have prices that match.
However, if you’re smart about picking what beach towns you head to during the summer months, you can find that your vacation doesn’t need to be as expensive as you might expect it to be. On our list below, we’re going to share our picks for some of the most in-expensive beach towns you can visit during the summer months. From those on the East Coast to those on the West, and even some in other locations around the world, we’ve got you covered.
So, give your bank account a rest with your summer beach vacation! Check out or list for the 20 most amazing beach towns for the budget conscious traveler.
1. St. Mary’s, Georgia
Located right near the border with Florida, this beautiful little coastal town is off the minds of most travelers making it more affordable than nearby destinations.
2. Paihai, New Zealand
More remote than the major cities and towns of New Zealand, you can save by staying here while still enjoying all of the country’s natural beauty.
3. Perissa, Greece
Located on Santorini, this town is a perfect spot to check out if you want the Greek coastal experience at a fraction of the usual cost.
4. Ao Nang, Thailand
Thailand is a great place to go if you’re looking for a beach vacation on a budget, and this may be the ideal spot for just that.
5. Ustka, Poland
People don’t think of Poland when they think of beach vacations, which is why this wonderful spot can always be visited on the cheap.
6. Utila, Honduras
With shops and restaurants all owned by locals, you won’t find yourself forking out oodles of cash when you stay here.
7. Pacifica, California
Looking to get the California beach experience without the expense? This may be the very best spot to do just that.
8. Cabarete, Dominican Republic
Here’s a place where you can get a more authentic Dominican Republic experience and where you won’t have to bust open the piggybank.
9. Faro, Portugal
While there are some expensive places you can book here, you’ll also find that there’s no shortage of decent and affordable accommodations too.
10. Yamba, Australia
Located in beautiful New South Wales, the most expensive thing about your vacation here will be your plane ticket.
11. Matagorda, Texas
After an affordable flight to Houston, you won’t have to spend much in order to stay in this beautiful coastal Texas town.
12. Coos Bay, Oregon
The Pacific Northwest is largely underrated with travelers, and this town offers you the chance to experience it at a hard-to-beat rate.
13. Koh Rong Samloem, Cambodia
If you can score an affordable plane ticket to Cambodia, you should be able to find accommodations here for as low as $20 a night.
14. Empire, Michigan
Don’t think of beaches when you think of Michigan? Well the beauty and the price you’ll pay here will change all of that!
15. Westerly, Rhode Island
Located right on the border with Connecticut, there’s a vibrant beach community here that can enjoyed without breaking the bank.
16. Ocracoke Island, North Carolina
Part of the Outer Banks, you’ll find it’s possible to book beachside A-frames here for as low as $60-$70 a night.
17. Troncones, Mexico
With lots of beautiful undeveloped beach to enjoy here, you’ll appreciate the low rates of nearby hotels and resorts.
18. Matlacha, Florida
Without the touristy flair of many coastal Florida towns, you’ll find that the prices here don’t skew touristy either.
19. Blue Hill, Maine
You’ll want to make your trip here during the peak summer months, but when you do, you won’t have to spend a lot.
20. Fair Haven, New York
This tiny little town along the shore of Lake Ontario is a beautiful little spot that offers much and more.