9 Best Beach Resorts Under $200 a Night
The Chequit, Shelter Island, New York
This magical isle situated at the eastern end of Long Island offers all the natural beauty and stylishness of the Hamptons with a decidedly more laid-back vibe. Check into The Chequit for the weekend and you might find yourself wanting to stay in, thanks to airy, beautifully minimalist rooms, plenty of cozy corners to curl up in—including a fireside lounge and a palm-filled verandah—and a seasonally-inspired restaurant, the Red Maple. There’s also a café offering treats like packed beach picnics. Fall is the best time to snare bargains, with rooms starting from $195 in September and October, or visit midweek in May for the same great deal.
The Dean, Rhode Island
These hip lodgings in historic downtown Providence have been luring travelers since 2013, offering a stylish and affordable base to explore the cultural scene of this buzzy town. The design-forward 52-room The Dean is housed in an atmospheric 1911 building and features antiques, cool contemporary furniture and works by local craftspeople. While not oceanside per se, the hotel is within easy reach of all the Island’s best beaches. Rooms start from $99.
This legendary property near Negril gets every detail right, from the Insta-worthy clifftop stone villas with direct access to the Caribbean Sea via ladders, to the delicious, authentic Jamaican food and heady cocktails at its three open-air restaurants. Sunsets here are extraordinary, as are the room rates: well under $200 for standard rooms, and even the luxe garden villas are ultra-affordable outside of high season. A classic bargain in a world-class location.
Hotel La Semilla, Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Playa del Carmen has a reputation as a party town with a great food scene and sublime beaches, but thanks to its primo Caribbean location it can also be pricey. Enter this lovely boutique hotel: Hotel La Semilla, with just nine rustic-chic rooms plus plenty of stylish places to hang—like the swanky rooftop lounge—the place emits an air of gracious tranquility, all within steps of the ocean. Rooms start at $160 outside of the winter high season.
Fairbanks House, Amelia Island, Florida
This charming family-run inn on lush, beautiful Amelia Island is the perfect romantic escape. Although rack rates start at $205, guests can take advantage of mid-week specials—like the “Fourth Weeknight Free” and some Romance Packages—to snare a room for well below $200, including the elegant Tapestry Room, which boasts a fireplace, jacuzzi tub, and four-poster bed. (Tip: mention the Fourth-Night package by name when using the online reservation system.) All rates include a two-course breakfast, evening drinks and hors d’oeuvres, and complimentary use of bikes and beach equipment. Consider us smitten.
Rosario Resort & Spa, Orcas Island, Washington
This magnificent Arts and Crafts-style mansion on scenic Orcas Island will fulfill all your Pacific Northwest outdoorsy fantasies: we’re talking gorgeous scenery, a romantic restaurant dishing up delectable locally-sourced produce in the historic main house, and a host of bracing adventures including hiking, whale-watching, and kayaking. Visit in shoulder season to snag the best rates: rooms fall to below $200 in autumn.
21 Broad Hotel, Nantucket, Massachusetts
Sunny, stylish, and thoroughly New England, this 27-room Nantucket treasure offers high-tech amenities, a funky guest lounge stocked with games, records and a turntable, and a fun “small plates” breakfast concept featuring homemade scones, cheeses, and juice. Outside of high season, select rooms drop to an unseasonably hot rate: from $129.
The Confidante, Miami Beach, Florida
If you’ve ever despaired about being able to escape to sizzling Miami Beach without spending a fortune, this retro-inspired beachfront charmer—part of Hyatt’s youthful “Unbound Collection”—is just the place to make you believe. The resort sports two heated outdoor pools, direct beach access, an open-air rooftop spa, garden, and fitness center, along with “Backyard Pool Parties” and Happy Hours with live music. Summer rates start from under $200.
Paia Inn, Maui, Hawaii
Set in the North Shore surfer enclave of Paia Town, this funky inn offers both big-city amenities—free Wi-Fi, gym passes, and downloadable magazines and books—and beachy must-haves, like complimentary boogie boards, towels, and chairs to take to the gorgeous, 3 mile-long white-sand beach nearby. The inn also has a garden café serving up creative, delicious brunches, salads and juices. The smallest room squeezes in at under $200.