1. Azul de Mar, Key Largo, United States
are too expensive to consider if you’re on a budget. You can enjoy
retro-glam rooms at Azul de Mar for less than $150 a
night. The man-made shale beach is different from many other hotels in
the area and offers plenty of privacy. The rooms are pretty nice, with a
nautical feel to them and unique touches to make them special.
2. El Encanto de Cabo Pulmo, Baja California Sur, Mexico
Just an hour away from Cabo San Lucas, El Encanto is
far enough from the hustle and bustle of the top resorts to make it
unique. The hotel is tucked away by a tiny village of about 100 people,
and offers a unique look at Mexico. Enjoy private suites with four
poster beds just a few feet from the beach. The hotel uses solar power
and is decorated with rustic furniture and local art.
3. Numero Uno Guest House, Ocean Park, Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico may not come up in many beach lists, but it has plenty to
offer. The hotel is right on the beach and has just 11 rooms. Staying
somewhere so small gives your vacation an intimate feel. You can eat at
Pamela’s, enjoy a cocktail on the upper deck or head into San Juan to
hit the clubs.
4. Frenchman’s Cove Resort, Port Antonio, Jamaica
Jamaica has some of the world’s most beautiful beaches, with lukewarm
water that is easy to dive into. Frenchman’s Cove Resort is set on 45
acres, offering 16 cottages and just 12 rooms. Everyone feels special
here. The lush gardens are split by a river which lazily runs down to
the ocean, not far from the rooms.
5. GBB Hotel Front Maritim, Barcelona, Spain
Just across the street from the sand, GBB offers 177
guest rooms. Each room is tastefully decorated in earth tones and
offers wooden floors and large windows for the best view possible. Take a
walk on the boardwalk or enjoy delicious Spanish food at Forum, the
6. Pacific Shores Resort & Spa, Vancouver Island, Canada
Vancouver Island may not feature tropical white sand beaches, but it
is stunningly beautiful as is. The Pacific Shores Resort is right on the
water with small beaches available to guests. You can also hike through
the 15 acres of natural forest or take wine tour nearby. Let the kids
play on the playground, head to the pool, or get a massage at the hotel
spa. Some of the more expensive rooms include Jacuzzi tubs and
7. Thalassa Seaside Resort & Suites, Santorini, Greece
Greece inspires visions of blue water and white sand and the Thalassa Seaside Resort
gives you a close up look at the perfect seascape. With two pools and a
beach bar, you never need to be far from the water. The resort also
offers a spa and an on-site Mediterranean restaurant. You’ll have to get
on a ferry or fly to this remote location. In the center of the island
is a crater full of bright blue water. It is well worth taking some time
to check out the sights around the island.
8. Bamboo Bungalows, Koh Phayam, Thailand
The island of Phayam is an amazing destination in Thailand. It take
two hours to get there by boat from Ranong on the Andaman Sea, but it is
worth the trip. There are several different types of bungalows to
choose from, including A-frame huts and villas. You can also use the
local kayaks and snorkeling equipment for a small fee and there is an
on-site restaurant. If you plan to stick around for a while, there is a
discount on houses by the month.
9. Chenay Bay Beach Resort, Christiansted, St. Croix
Enjoy a mile long crescent beach along the edge of a former sugar plantation at the Chenay Bay Beach Resort.
You will be staying in cute little cottages strung out along the edge
of the sand. The cottages offer beds, sitting areas and kitchenettes,
but there is also an on-site restaurant if you prefer. Mahi’s Seaside
Seafood Bar & Grill is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
10. Tranquility Bay Resort, Ambergris Caye, Belize
With just 11 cabanas, Tranquility Bay Resort gives
you plenty of tranquil time to relax by yourself. Despite the quiet
nature of the resort, it is just a few minutes from San Pedro. In the
city, you can enjoy clubs and bars and plenty of tourist sites. For the
more adventurous, try booking a trip to the Great Blue Hole or dive on
the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef. You can also snorkel right in front of
the resort’s amazing white sand beach. The area is only accessible by
boat, but it is well worth the trip.