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).
On the hills between St. Lucia's iconic Piton mountains, a villa at Sugar Beach is a front-row seat to the island's natural grandeur. Recently renovated plantation-style gingerbread villas alternate in color, representing all spectrums of a pastel rainbow. Inside, the crisp, white-on-white motif pairs with a four-poster bed and hardwood floors. The alfresco lounge area and plunge pool overlook the ocean. This villa has a refrigerator, private bar, and dining area but does not have a full kitchen—for meals, the resort has myriad dining outlets with fresh fare.
Rates start at $5,880 per week; 800/235-4300 or