Five hundred dollars doesn't go very far these days — that is, unless you snag one of these jaw-dropping beach vacations with starting rates under $500. You'll get to stay in places devoid of winter chills and gray skies — Riviera Maya, the Dominican Republic, the Bahamas, Puerto Rico and Miami. But keep in mind, the best time to travel to one of these places is in the fall, from late August until the middle of December. Outside of those times, prices will go up.
1. Miami: 3 Nights at Albion South Beach Hotel - $299+
This quick trip down to South Florida's playground is for a three-night stay in South Beach. The 4-star guest rated Albion South Beach Hotel is close to some of Miami Beach's most popular attractions — the Lincoln Road Mall, Española Way, and of course, Lummus Park, the best beach spot in town.
The hotel features an outdoor pool and lounge area with poolside bar, and WiFi is complimentary.
2. Dominican Republic: 3 Nights at Ocean View Studio in Super-Chill Juan Dolio Near Capital – $82+
If a tropical getaway to the Dominican Republic sounds tempting to you, check out 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. Bahamas: 3 Nights at 4-Star Guest Rated Coco Plum Resort Near Cable Beach - $300+
Cable Beach is Nassau's most beloved stretch of sand, and with this super-affordable three-night Bahamas package, you won't be far from it. The upscale Coco Plum resort is Bahamian owned and operated, and it features an outdoor pool with a poolside bar, an on-site restaurant and free WiFi. Can't beat that for the price!
4. Riviera Maya: 3 Nights at Magic Blue Boutique Hotel in Playa del Carmen - $182+
With this 3-night hotel stay, 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.