10 Beach Resorts That Cost $150 or Less During 2017

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SAND DOLLARS

There's something about surf and sand that sets the soul in a happy place. And there's no need to deplete hard-earned savings to get there. Affordable seaside getaways for the coming months are plentiful, if you know where to look. Rooms at these beach resorts start at less than $150 a night (for double occupancy), mainly in March and April.
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COSTA CHICA, MEXICO

In the little-known Costa Chica in Oaxaca is Salchi Beach, with white sand, turquoise waters, and lush hills. For an intimate getaway, check into the Manta Raya Hotel, a chic, modern, beachside boutique hotel with seven rooms. Don't expect a TV -- it's time to disconnect. Hang out at the pool or beach, or spend time horseback riding, fishing, touring plantations, wandering botanical gardens, visiting villages, or taking a boat trip to spot dolphins, whales, and turtles. Rooms start at $78 a night.
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WYNDHAM SEAWATCH PLANTATION, SOUTH CAROLINA

Myrtle Beach isn't just for spring breakers. Couples and families also enjoy jet-skiing, parasailing, hitting the boardwalk, sailing, paddle boarding, fishing, or simply lying on the beach. There are also a slew of amusement parks, attractions, and festivals; nightlife, and music; and, yes, plenty of good eats. The resort features swimming pools, a lazy river, children's pools, and hot tubs. Rates vary but can break down to $81 a night for a spring stay.
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WYNDHAM GARDEN FORT WALTON BEACH, FLORIDA

Florida's Emerald Coast is home to Fort Walton Beach, with turquoise waters and white sand, golf courses, parks, museums, aquariums, and restaurants. Wyndham Garden Fort Walton Beach is easy on the pocketbook, with prices starting at $83 a night.

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ISLAND RESORT ON CHINCOTEAGUE ISLAND, VIRGINIA

May is considered the best time to visit the Island Resort, which offers privacy and proximity to wildlife within easy reach of Chincoteague Island fun: rental bikes, fishing, kayaking, seafood,ice cream parlors, and the legendary wild ponies. Prices start at $88 a night.
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PETER SHIELDS INN, NEW JERSEY

Cape May is famous for its Victorian homes, boardwalk, and seafood. The Peter Shields Inn is a Georgian Revival mansion with access to a beautiful beach. When booking one of the nine modern rooms -- most with fireplaces -- make reservations at the restaurant, too. It's a favorite of locals and visitors. Rates start at $99 a night.
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DOUBLETREE BY HILTON SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO

Get in the Caribbean groove without a passport by taking advantage of frequent airfare deals to Puerto Rico. Find the DoubleTree by Hilton San Juan in the Condado district, a hop, skip, and a jump from Ocean Park Beach and the boutiques, restaurants, and art galleries of historic Old San Juan. Rates start at $109.
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DAYTONA BEACH SHORES, FLORIDA

The Shores Resort & Spa is the only AAA 4-diamond oceanfront resort in central Florida. Guests enjoy views of the Atlantic or Florida's Intracoastal Waterway from balconies or terraces and gather around oceanside fire pits for conversation. The resort is near the Daytona International Speedway, Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse, the Museum of Arts and Sciences, waterside restaurants, and more, but far enough away from the excitement to offer a quiet vibe. Rates start at $129 in summer.
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DIVI FLAMINGO BEACH RESORT, BONAIRE

The secluded Caribbean island of Bonaire is ideal for getting away from it all. The Divi Flamingo Beach Resort in Kralendijk is a laid-back haven known for its PADI 5 Star dive center, which teaches diving and snorkeling and offers excursions. Guests can relax around two freshwater pools, take their chances at the casino, or find a seat at the beach bar. Prices start at $149 a night.
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DESOTO BEACH HOTEL, GEORGIA

Tybee Island has one of seven surviving colonial lighthouses to explore, and the quiet shores of North Beach offer shell collecting and birdwatching, as well as the Tybee Island Marine Science Center, where visitors can get up close with wildlife. Boutiques, art galleries, music, and good food complete the festive atmosphere. The DeSoto Beach Hotel is about $150 a night.
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BARCELO MAYA GRAND RESORT, MEXICO

The all-inclusive Barcelo Maya Grand Resort on the Riviera Maya is a mini city, with five hotels, 20 restaurants, 19 bars, a convention center, eight swimming pools, two water parks, a spa, a bowling alley, a sports room with theater-style seating, a dance club for tweens and teens, an 18-hole miniature golf course, and more. Nightly rates start at $147 a person from mid-August through October. Beyond the resort, the Riviera Maya offers ancient ruins, snorkeling, and zip lining.

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