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).
Seaside Escape is a modernist fantasy brought to life on the rock-hewn Sonoma coastline. From the exterior, the villa's daring asymmetries and eye-catching juxtaposition of wood and glass have been known to turn heads along Bodega Bay's country roads. Partitioned within a single expanse, the living room, dining room, and kitchen are walled by a jigsaw puzzle of oversize glass windows offering unobstructed vistas of the Pacific Ocean. In the common areas, the gray walls and stained concrete floors convey industrial chic; the bedrooms are decorated in blues and greens. When the sundeck gets too chilly, curl up in front of the living room fireplace or jump into the hot tub. Don't forget to stock up on wine—Sonoma's most prized vineyards are just a short drive away.
Rates start at $2,245 per week; 877/809-7819 or