Courtesy of Koyao Island Resort

Fashionable beach retreats and bargains aren’t always mutually exclusive. From a sandy retreat in Mexico to a shingled Cape Cod inn, here are our favorites for $250 or less.

At India’s Wild Orchid Resort, you rise from your hand-carved bed
and spend a day soaking up the sun of Havelock Island while gazing out
at the crystalline blue waters of the Andaman Sea. At night, you sit
down at an open-air restaurant with an ever-changing menu, making for a
delightful guessing game. And the next day, you head to a nearby beach
for great snorkeling or to see an elephant that swims in the sea.

Cost? Just $80 a night.

No matter the time of year, a beach escape always helps us reset.
The combination of sandy stretches, rolling waves, and open seas brings
a measure of tranquility that’s increasingly essential in these harried
times. But prime beach-accessible property, of course, doesn’t always
come cheap. So we’ve rounded up this year’s best beach resorts that
offer all the upsides—and go easy on the bottom line.

To find these affordable beach resorts, there’s no need to travel to
destinations as far-flung as India. Cabbage Key Inn, for example, is an
intimate Florida property with just seven waterside cottages, set on an
island accessible only by boat. Rooms start at $119.

Over on the opposite coast, take in sweeping Pacific Ocean views for
only $155 per night at Treebones Resort, set on a bluff near Big Sur,
California. Guests sleep in 16 large yurts and can dine at the outdoor
Moroccan restaurant, where the dishes’ ingredients come from the
resort’s own organic garden.

If your beach dreams do tend toward the exotic, we have you covered.
You can do St. Bart’s for $190 a night if you stay among the pink
bougainvillea at Salines Garden Cottages, just minutes from the
picturesque Anse de Saline beach. Over in France, affordability ($180 a
night) comes with beach views and a dash of chic at the eight-suite
Villa L’Arche, in the tiny town of Bidart. And at Thailand’s Koyao
Island Resort, you can take in views of the dramatic limestone islets
from one of 15 open-air villas for $245 a night.

So grab your sunscreen and beach towel, pick a destination, and enjoy a vacation that won’t break the bank.