10 surprising cities for affordable beach vacations


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Vacationers looking for good values don’t have to look far to find a sunny beach haunt that’s easy on the wallet. In some areas, hotel prices actually drop during the summer months.

Business Travel News annually ranks 100 U.S. cities by the cost of an individual stay — including hotel room, meals and rental car. Here, we take a closer look at the 10 most affordable beach vacations on that list.

And there’s plenty of variety, whether you prefer a stretch of beach on the ocean, a bay or the Great Lakes. Some protected beaches have remained the same for eons. Others are located in quintessential beach towns, where locals and vacationers alike rent surfboards, stroll the pier and eat fresh-caught seafood overlooking the water. A few also offer fun activities at museums, casinos and baseball games.

If you’re looking for a beach getaway that’s a little less pricey, here are 10 beach destinations that may tempt you.