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).
An all-villa resort enclave by the aquamarine waters of the Mayan coastline houses 41 individual Mexican thatched palapa-roof villas. They dot six acres of lush jungle and each have a plunge pool, private terrace, and locally crafted crochet hammock. Verdant foliage surrounds each villa, ensuring privacy for the outdoor shower/garden; wall-to-wall sliding glass doors in the bedroom reveal views of the pool and jungle. Each furnishing and accessory makes a statement: The olive-hued lounger mirrors the pattern of the emerald green mosaic lamps placed on either side of the bed.
Rates start at $6,502 per week; 800/578-0281 or viceroyhotelsandresorts.com/rivieramaya.