These summer hotspots have the most affordable beach house rentals in the country.
Summer is just around the corner. The days are longer, the breeze is warmer, and if you’ve got sand and surf on the brain, you’re certainly not alone. There’s no vacation destination quite like the beach, and no experience quite like staying in a beach house.
Imagine stepping out the back door, morning coffee in hand, as you watch the tide come in. A house rental gives you more space to store all your sand toys and surfboards, not to mention easy access to the beach. Maybe you’ll retreat to the comfort of your own kitchen for lunch, or grill dinner at sunset on the patio.
No matter how you picture it, there’s something memorable about setting up camp at a beach house. Whether you’re on the hunt for a family-friendly getaway or a coastal hot spot with incredible nightlife, we’ve combed the country for 20 seaside adventures that won’t break the bank. Better yet, booking an affordable vacation home through TripAdvisor Rentals means you’ll have a little extra cash in your pocket for all the other great attractions these areas have to offer.
AVG Weekly Rate reflects the average cost for a weeklong stay in a two-bedroom rental property booked on TripAdvisor Rentals during Summer 2016.
AVG Weekly Rate: $793
If you’re a fisherman, birdwatcher or stargazer at heart, Chincoteague should be at the top of your vacation bucket list. This barrier island off the coast of Virginia doesn’t have the bars, restaurants or commercial development that many coastal destinations attract, but that doesn’t mean you’ll be bored. Take advantage of the area’s hidden fishing spots, winding bike paths and sunrise kayak tours to immerse yourself in an untouched piece of natural paradise.
Don’t Miss: Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, where you can catch a glimpse of the island’s famous wild ponies, wander along wind-whipped beaches or explore Assateague Lighthouse.
AVG Weekly Rate: $912
Ormond Beach’s clean, uncrowded oceanfront features white sand, well-trained lifeguards and regular dolphin sightings. Family-friendly amenities like ample public restrooms and easy parking makes this stretch of shoreline the perfect spot to plant your beach umbrella. The area is full of gems like Peach Valley Café, a beloved local breakfast spot, where the apple fritters come highly recommended. Plan a day trip to Orlando (major attractions like Disney World are just an hour away!), or play a round at one of the area’s reasonably priced golf clubs.
Don’t Miss: The Loop, a 30-mile circuit of open road that puts some of Florida’s most breathtaking scenery on display. Stop for a peaceful marshland hike at one of the natural parks along the way.
AVG Weekly Rate: $932
Located just several miles up the coast from Ormond, Flagler Beach boasts excellent fishing and equally beautiful views of the Atlantic. It’s the perfect place to send a kite soaring or take an early-morning bike ride at low tide. Trek through beautiful natural terrain at Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area, where you might spot some wildlife as you kayak through the mangroves.
Don’t Miss: Bulow Plantation Ruins Historic State Park, where a tree-covered walking path leads to the ruins of a 19th-century sugar mill. If you prefer to discover the landscape by water instead, the park also offers access to Bulow Creek, a state-designated paddling trail.
AVG Weekly Rate: $948
If boardwalk fishing or putt-putt golf comes to mind when you picture a traditional beach vacation, mix things up with a trip to this decidedly unique spot on the Big Island. Spot tropical fish as you snorkel at the Kapoho Tide Pools, take a dip in the hot springs at Ahalanui Park or visit Lava Tree State Park (which is just as intriguing as it sounds). All fired up? Try a Hot Lava Hike over crackling terrain and into the jungle.
Don’t Miss: Kaimu Black Sand Beach, more of natural wonder than a sandy shore. To reach the beach, you’ll trek across a newly formed lava field, where locals have recently planted several small coconut trees.
AVG Weekly Rate: $1,018
If you’ve always dreamed of carving up the surf like a pro, Surf City’s family-friendly beach—where the summertime waves are small and gentle—is the ideal spot to take a lesson or two. Pack up your beach gear before sunset to catch the vivid clouds from stroller-friendly Surf City Pier. And don’t forget to pop into the souvenir shop for some hand-dipped ice cream.
Don’t Miss: The Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center, which is bound to be a hit with kids and animal lovers. The volunteer-led tour of the hospital offers an opportunity to get up close and personal with rescued sea turtles while learning about how to protect the species.
AVG Weekly Rate: $1,062
A private, pristine shore located a few miles outside Saint Augustine, Crescent Beach is known for its soft, sugar-fine sand and tranquil atmosphere. Walk the beach early in the morning to spot natural treasures like whole seashells, sand dollars and starfish. Drive into Saint Augustine for a day of mini-golf and shopping before retreating to this quiet haven for another day of savoring the sun.
Don’t Miss: South Beach Grill, famous for its fresh seafood and outdoor patio—the perfect spot to lounge and listen to the waves on a warm summer evening.
AVG Weekly Rate: $1,077
Pine Knoll Shores, located on North Carolina’s Crystal Coast, is home to fewer than 1,500 people. But don’t be deceived by its size: this gem of a town is a treasured family vacation spot. You’ll be dazzled by the beaches, not to mention the nature reserves—including the Theodore Roosevelt Natural Area, which features a trail that winds through fragrant pine trees and ends with a stunning view of the sound.
Don’t Miss: The North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores, where you’ll see sharks, colorful jellyfish, stingrays and mischievous sea otters. The best part? Reviewers report that the attraction is a great value, especially for families.
AVG Weekly Rate: $1,080
We know what you’re thinking: a beach in the middle of America? While the Show Me State is technically landlocked, the city of Osage Beach—located a stone’s throw away from Lake of the Ozarks State Park—is such an affordable destination that we couldn’t leave it out of this round-up. The park itself has miles of shoreline (plus two beaches designated for swimming), which means you’ll still catch plenty of rays.
Don’t Miss: Ozark Distillery, a local, family-owned business with a popular Saturday tour that delves into how spirits are made. (The free samples of moonshine—popular flavors include blackberry and butterscotch—are an added perk.)
AVG Weekly Rate: $1,100
Located in the heart of Cape Cod, Dennis Port is the perfect spot to enjoy the wind and waves while catching up on a little culture in between. Take a break from the surf with a scenic afternoon drive along Route 6A, a highway dotted with renowned art galleries, or cap off a sunny beach day with a theatrical performance at the Cape Playhouse. Watch for “Free Fun Fridays” at the Cape Cod Museum of Art, a summer event offering complimentary activities for kids including face-painting and pottery-making.
Don’t Miss: Cape Cinema, a funky, fifties-style theater one reviewer called “the best place to see a movie on the Cape.” The lineup often includes independent films and incredible screenings of classic operas and ballet performances.
AVG Weekly Rate: $1,101
It’s no surprise that West Palm Beach is a virtual treasure trove of remarkable beaches, but the colorful shops, restaurants and live entertainment downtown pack a punch of their own. On the weekend, pick your way through the antique and flea market or pay a visit to the farmers market a couple of blocks away. Sign up for a beach food tour to taste your away around West Palm Beach in style.
Don’t Miss: McCarthy’s Wildlife Sanctuary, where you’ll come face-to-face with big cats like lions, tigers and even a rare Florida panther. The two-hour tour offers a chance to actually interact with animals—think petting exotic birds, holding snakes and nuzzling tiger cubs.
AVG Weekly Rate: $1,108
The pace of life is slower in Molokai, which means that long hikes and afternoons spent snorkeling aren’t just recommended, they’re practically mandatory—if you’re up for a longer snorkelling or kayaking adventure, try a tour along the Pali coast. Take in tropical views like the swaying fronds of the Kapuaiwa Coconut Grove or an unforgettable sunset over Kepuhi Bay—both priceless experiences that won’t cost you a cent.
Don’t Miss: Hoolehua Post Office, where you can select a coconut, add a little artistic flair, and “Post-A-Nut” to family and friends back home. Best of all, you won’t have to leave room in your suitcase for any souvenirs but your own.
AVG Weekly Rate: $1,143
Located on the barrier island of Topsail, North Topsail Beach has a reputation for attracting a wide variety of coastal wildlife. Instead of high-rise buildings and towering condos, you’ll find exceptional fishing, unobstructed birdwatching and sea turtle nests on the beach. Book a jet ski tour to see striking views of the whole island from the water.
Don’t Miss: Tiki Bar, a casual, open-air hangout spot. Start a game of beach volleyball or challenge your companions to a round of cornhole.
AVG Weekly Rate: $1,176
For many families, Ocean Isle Beach is the best of both worlds: it’s less crowded, with gentler waves and warmer water than other popular North Carolina beaches like the Outer Banks, but it’s only a 45-minute drive from bustling cities like Wilmington and Myrtle Beach. The Museum of Coastal Carolina hosts a wide range of daily events tailored to small children, including story time, planetarium shows and “Touch Tank Feeding,” a chance to help staff members feed the museum’s marine animals.
Don’t Miss: Shallotte River Swamp Park, home to challenging ropes courses, zipline tours, and—for those who don’t fancy the thought of whizzing through the treetops—swamp boat eco-tours.
AVG Weekly Rate: $1,189
Myrtle Beach has made a name for itself as a thrilling waterfront destination with endless options for entertainment. Book a vacation rental to save money on the front end, and spend that extra cash on memorable experiences like a ride on the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel, a baseball game at TicketReturn.com field, or a game of mini golf at one of 40 different courses. Pre-book your tickets to Ripley’s Aquarium or 5D Moving Theater to save yourself some hassle.
Don’t Miss: Broadway at the Beach, where you’ll find free parking, shops, restaurants, putt-putt, paddle boats, a mini-amusement park and even an aquarium.
AVG Weekly Rate: $1,192
They don’t call this “The World’s Most Famous Beach” for nothing, but it’s so much more than the ultimate spring break destination. Clean, compact sand, trained lifeguards and areas designated for “on-the-beach” parking—no need to haul your gear all the way from the car—make this beach a great spot for families. The boardwalk and small theme park are both kid-approved attractions.
Don’t Miss: Daytona International Speedway, where you can catch a race or just check out the renovated track. If you’re a diehard racing fan, the Richard Petty Driving Experience comes highly recommended.
AVG Weekly Rate: $1,202
This postcard-worthy Cape Cod town is charming in its own right, but you’ll fall head over heels for it if you’re a foodie. One reviewer says the locale “simply has some of the best food on the Cape,” and the variety (from Tuscan Italian to French Seafood Fusion) is hard to beat.
Don’t Miss: George’s Fish Market, a favorite among tourists and locals alike. Stop in for a classic lobster roll, or if you prefer to play chef instead, cash in on some fresh seafood for a home-cooked dinner at your beach rental.
AVG Weekly Rate: $1,231
If you want to be impressed by the power of the Pacific, start planning a trip to Newport. The wild whitecaps, incredible rock formations and jaw-dropping views you’ll find along the Oregon Coast are nothing short of spectacular. Visit state parks and natural areas like Devils Punchbowl and Agate Beach for unique hiking trails and drifting dunes.
Don’t Miss: The guided tour of Oregon’s tallest lighthouse, Yaquina Head, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
AVG Weekly Rate: $1,238
A clean, peaceful stretch of paradise one reviewer calls “the perfect New England beach,” Wells is known for its refreshing summer temperatures and pounding surf. Take a brisk, early morning walk along the dunes and keep an eye for seals and whales during the day.
Don’t Miss: Spiller Farm, known for its excellent produce, fair prices and summer berry picking.
AVG Weekly Rate: $1,240
There’s a reason so many North Carolinians own beach homes in Nags Head: it’s the essence of the Outer Banks. From the allure of the beach and coastal pastimes like surfing and parasailing to local restaurants and attractions, this vacation won’t be one you soon forget.
Don’t Miss: Jockey’s Ridge State Park, where you’ll lose yourself in the massive sand dunes. Take a sunset hike to the top of the ridge or try your hand at hang-gliding; the soft sand is a forgiving landing pad, and defying gravity is a local tradition (the Wright brothers took flight in nearby Kitty Hawk). Alternatively, take to two wheels and check out the terrain on a rented bike.
AVG Weekly Rate: $1,247
The quintessential Maine vacation begins in Bar Harbor. The lobster rolls, sailboats and craggy cliffs of Acadia National Park are all here, but pictures don’t do justice to the spectacular landscape. If you’re looking for an outdoor adventure—whether that means a morning jaunt near the rocky shore or a challenging trail to the tip of a peak—you’ll find it in Bar Harbor.
Don’t Miss: The wide variety of local boat tours, including Lulu Lobster Boat, Diver Ed’s Dive-In Theater, Acadia Photo Safari and Islander Half-Day Fishing Trips.