For most of us, budgets are pretty tight after the holidays. But warm weather and tropical cocktails beckon, and a beach vacation is the best cure for that unavoidable mid-winter funk.
For those with limited funds but endless love for palm trees and ocean views, here are four awesome beach vacations with starting rates under $400. These prices are only for hotel stays in some of the most enviable warm-weather environments. Prices were found for August, 2021. Sign up for fare alerts to get updated on pricing and to find the best time to fly.
1. Jamaica: 5 Nights at 4-Star Guest Rated Boutique Seastar Inn in Negril - $296+
Be sure to catch the inn's free daily breakfast, and enjoy the poolside bar and live music reggae nights on Saturday. Want to get to the beach ASAP? Take advantage of the hotel's free beach shuttle service.
2. Dominican Republic: 5 Nights at Ocean View Studio in Super-Chill Juan Dolio Near Capital - $136+
If a tropical getaway to the Dominican Republic sounds tempting to you, check out this budget-friendly hotel deal, including a stay in an ocean-view studio at the Meridiana Residence in Juan Dolio, a small beach town that hasn't lost its local flavor. You'll be walking distance to the beach, and less than an hour's drive to Santo Domingo, the capital and largest city in the Caribbean.
3. Riviera Maya: 4 Nights at Magic Blue Boutique Hotel in Playa del Carmen - $336+
With this hotel deal, you'll stay at the enchanting Magic Blue Boutique Hotel, just a few blocks from the oceanfront in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Rooms are well-equipped with private balconies or patios, plus minibars and espresso makers. Seems too good to be true? More than 700 TripAdvisor reviewers have given this hotel a 4.5-star rating.
4. Miami Vacation Roundup - 3- to 5-Night Beach & City Stays - $300+
Miami is ideal for a quick beach vacation, with a number of beach vacations under $400 that are seriously tempting. This deal is for the FBH Fashion Boutique Hotel will put you a short walk from the beach, and a mile from high-end shopping and an eclectic mix of restaurants and bars. This stylish hotel fits right in within the South Beach’s Art Deco District, with its vintage style and funky charm. It's tough to find this much camp at this kind of price, so close to the beach.