13 Charming Beach Towns for Under $150 a Night
Boardwalks, ice-cream parlors, and sidewalk cafés—not to mention splendid stretches of sand along the water—are what you expect in a charming beach town, right? From Maine to Southern California, here are the best beaches from coast to coast that won’t break the bank.Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin
A favorite vacation spot for Chicagoans, Sturgeon Bay, a manufacturing mecca for yachts and boats, and home to Wisconsin Maritime Museum, is the gateway city to the Door County peninsula, wedged between Green Bay and Lake Michigan. Downtown’s cute cafés, vintage B&Bs, and eclectic boutiques are nearly as pretty as the stunning shoreline in nearby Whitefish Dunes State Park. Make it a romantic getaway with a stay at the 18-room White Lace Inn, a Victorian-era B&B in downtown Sturgeon Bay. Find out the most charming small town B&B in every state.
Book nowGalveston, Texas
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Perfect for families with small kids, Galveston is home to one of the country’s busiest ports. Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier features a mini amusement park that includes a Ferris wheel, tilt-a-whirl, and plenty of places to eat and drink. Splash in the surf, hike, or birdwatch at Galveston Island State Park. Forget hotels: the real deals here are on Homeaway, where you can book a condo right on the beach starting at $119. Check out this list of cheap beach vacations to take with your family for even more inspiration.
Book nowOrange Beach, Alabama
Hugging the Gulf Coast, Orange Beach is a must for history buffs because this beach is along the 90-mile Mobile Bay Civil War Trail, where the Battle for Mobile Bay occurred in 1864. Beach bums also like the sugar-white sand and The Wharf has something for everyone, including concerts at the Amphitheater, cool indie shops, and delicacies like crawfish beignets at Bayes Southern Bar and Grill. Snap up a two-bedroom condo large enough for the whole family to spread out starting at $115 a night, bookable on Homeaway.com.
Book nowDestin, Florida
Close to the Alabama border along the Florida Panhandle, Destin’s pristine beaches along the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico’s have earned the area the nickname, the Emerald Coast. Destin has something for everyone, from the world’s largest fishing vessel to golf courses, and has attracted celebs including Katie Holmes and Sheryl Crow, who reportedly owns a home in nearby Grayton Beach and sings at a local bar in town. Stay at the Inn on Destin Harbor to enjoy private balconies overlooking the marina and cute nautical-style furnishings.
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