How to find frugal fun in the 10 most expensive cities with beaches

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For many travelers, vacation means a few relaxing days of sun and surf. That combination can be costly, but sometimes you feel like treating yourself.

The good news: With a little planning and advice from local experts, you can enjoy a pricey beach or coastal destination this summer for less. Bank the savings, splurge on a few meals or memorable experiences — or stretch out that trip and stay a little longer.

Business Travel News annually ranks 100 U.S. cities by the cost of an individual stay — including hotel room, meals and rental car. Here, Bankrate takes a closer look at the most expensive beach and coastal options on that list, along with some tips for cutting those costs. Half of them are in — you guessed it — California.

So if you’re looking to enjoy an expensive destination this summer for less, read on about the 10 most expensive cities with beaches that may tempt you.