This Is the Most Affordable Beach Destination in the U.S.

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Summer is just around the bend, which may have you dreaming about a beachside vacation. Here’s the good news: the vacation can become a reality for much less than you think. 

DIVEIN Travel released its latest study showcasing the top beach destinations for budget-conscious travelers. To create its rankings the team calculated based on factors like dining and beverage prices and the median cost for a six-night stay for two to find the best beaches for the best price for spring and summer travel. 

After looking at all the data, the team named Twelvemile Beach in Michigan the top choice for a budget beach trip. 

“Twelvemile Beach emerges as the most budget-friendly option, offering unparalleled value with the lowest average hotel cost of just $464.31 for a six-night stay,” the team stated in its findings, which it shared with Travel + Leisure. Here, the team added, travelers can “enjoy meals for around $20 and beers for $7.50 while basking in the tranquil ambiance of Michigan’s shores.” 

According to the National Parks Service, the beach is, you guessed it, 12 miles long and a prime spot for day-use and picnicking in the sun. However, it also noted that visitors need to be “prepared for a long flight of stairs leading from the bluff down to the beach.” Pups are also allowed, so long as they are on a leash. 

Following Twelvemile Beach is Mustang Island State Park in Texas, which came in second thanks to its affordable hotel prices, which average $476.94 for a six-night stay. And in third place is Wrightsville Beach in North Carolina, where travelers can expect hotel stays priced at $636.70.  

Coast Guard Beach in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, came in fourth, with a six-night stay running at $651.70, while Sand Beach in Acadia National Park, Maine, rounded out the top with hotel prices averaging $796.67.  

On the other end of the spectrum, Honokalani Beach on the island of Maui in Hawaii ranked as the most expensive, but honestly, it’s worth saving up to see this gorgeous place in person one day.

Need more beach inspiration? Check out the 26 most beautiful beaches on earth, then start plotting your getaway.

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