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Location, location, location. We get it: You want that prime beachfront real estate, but you don’t want to spend a fortune on it. Especially when you’ve got airline tickets and car rentals and new bathing suit costs to factor in.

Thankfully, there are surfside locations all over the world where you can stay for less than $200 a night. We’ve rounded up nine amazing ones. (Commence joyous holiday planning.)


Serenity Resort (Thailand)

Once you splurge on a plane ticket to Phuket, you can pretty much live like a queen. This luxury beachfront hotel (from $166 per night) sits on Chalong Bay, a picturesque boating harbor on Thailand's east coast. If the beach isn’t your thing, the sprawling infinity pool and spa services should help you relax.


Palms Miami Beach (Florida)

This 251-room hotel (from $180 a night) is at the northern end of Miami’s South Beach, which means you can still soak up the rays and enjoy the nightlife--without getting overrun by tourists.

Jake's Treasure Beach (Jamaica)

This quirky little Jamaican hideaway is beloved by fashion insiders for its barefoot-chic vibe and reasonable prices. Book an ocean-facing room with charming Moroccan arched windows for as little as $115.


Tilghman Island Inn (Maryland)

This Eastern Shore inn has only 20 rooms but lots of amenities, like a private spa, tennis courts and a restaurant with an impressive wine list. In low season, rates start at just $120 night.


Nueva Vida de Ramiro (Mexico)

There?s no TV, Internet, air conditioning or even hot water--and that?s the appeal of this Tulum getaway (rooms from $105), where the day?s big event goes no further than napping in a hammock hung between two coconut palms.


Azul Del Mar Key Largo (Florida)

When you stay at this six-suite hotel (doubles from $139), you can pretend you’re a real Floridian, picking limes on the property and grilling up the snapper you caught earlier in the day.


Palagama Beach (Sri Lanka)

Some call it environmental Prozac. Others call it sleeping beneath mosquito netting while the Indian Ocean lulls in the background. Either way you cut it, rooms at this Sri Lankan eco-resort go for as low as $139 a night.


Sanderling Inn (North Carolina)

This 96-room Outer Banks resort (from $150 a night) is not only a charming shingled affair, it also offers both sunrise and sunset ocean views. (Thanks, barrier island geography.)


Laguna Beach House (California)

You’ve got the Pacific right at your balcony when you visit this recently renovated, brightly decorated California coast hotel devoted to chill times and surf culture (rooms from $180).