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We searched the planet to find 20 of the best by-the-sea retreats you can rent for less than $7,000 a week (eight days, seven nights).

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Tranquility Bay Beach Houses
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Tranquility Bay Beach Houses


3 bedrooms, 2½ baths, sleeps 6

Tranquility Bay Beach Houses have a quiet Keys state of mind. Tranquility's three-bedroom white beach homes are built in classic Key West style, crafted of wood and inspired by the town's quaint gingerbread houses. All of the beach homes have views of the Gulf and offer access to the resort's private beach. There is a separate dining area off of the oak kitchen, which opens to the comfortable living room. Natural light illuminates the house through French doors and white plantation shutters; three small bedrooms upstairs are decorated with brightly colored painted furniture.

Rates start at $2,100 per week; 888/755-7486 or tranquilitybay.com.

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