Each week we follow a family making their beachfront living dreams come true — on a budget! On Beachfront Bargain Hunt we'll follow them on the house hunt as we discover some of the most surprisingly affordable beachfront locales that prove you don't need to be a millionaire to live right on the beach.
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Opening the Door to Ocean Park, Washington 2017x61
After 15 years of vacationing along the Washington coast, a couple decides they want to raise their daughter in the Ocean Park area. They look for a permanent family home for under $375,000 that offers everything they love about the area -- the small-town feel, gorgeous views and proximity to the beach from their back door.
Peace in Chuburna Puerto 2017x60
A Connecticut bail bondsman looks to escape his hectic schedule and spend more time with his family with a vacation property in Chuburna Puerto, Mexico. This quaint and carefree fishing village offers everything for busy beach-goers who crave access to the amenities of larger cities as well as stunning stretches of peaceful, undiscovered sands. The area's surging real estate market has prices on the rise so this family of four is cruising the coast to find a much-needed retreat without breaking the bank.
Mining for Deals in Gold Beach, Oregon 2017x59
A family of six that recently moved to Gold Beach, Ore. loves the area and its proximity to the beach, but the apartment they're renting is getting tight on space.
A Deal on Dauphin Island 2017x58
Space to Play in Cocoa Beach, Florida 2017x57
Finding a Rentable Rendezvous 2017x56
A Life for Me on Manasota Key 2017x55
An Alabama couple and their three children visit Dauphin Island for the first time to find a vacation retreat for under $265,000. During their search, they explore the area's panoramic views, historic sites and plethora of family activies.
The Upside of Downsizing on Tybee Island 2017x54
Jessica and Geoff own a five bedroom house in Pooler, Ga., but are willing to downsize to live along the waters of Tybee Island. They are flexible when it comes to the amount of space as long as it doesn't go over their $399,000 budget.
Ditching the Desert for Whidbey Island 2017x53
After living in Lucerne Valley for the past ten years, a family is ready to leave the Southern Californian desert and move back to the lush coastline of the Pacific Northwest. They want to purchase a permanent beachfront home along the shores of Whidbey Island, Washington, for $499,000 or less.
A New Chapter in Crystal Beach 2017x52
A New Mexico family leaves the mountains behind for the coastline of Crystal Beach, Texas where they can be close to friends and family, scour the surf for treasures and have fun gulf-side tailgating.
South of the Border Savings in Puerto Escondido, Mexico 2017x51
Aslam, Cindy and their daughter Sam have recently discovered the beautiful waters of Puerto Escondido, Mexico, and are ready to purchase a beachfront property.
Saving on the Spacious Sands of La Ceiba, Honduras 2017x50
A Texas father-daughter team searches for the perfect vacation spot in La Ceiba, Honduras after falling in love with the adventurous aspect of the area's jungles.
Hungry for a Full-Time Home in Carolina Beach 2017x49
Tyler and Madi own and operate a seafood catering business in Carolina Beach, N.C. and are tired of renting a place with their dog.
Saving Dough In Pompano Beach 2017x48
Vacation Condo In Orange Beach, Alabama 2017x47
Our Own Piece Of Ocean Park, Washington 2017x46
Headed Back To Pensacola Beach, Florida 2017x45
Wowed By The Wildwoods Of New Jersey 2017x44
Back Again At Atlantic Beach, North Carolina 2017x43
At Home In Hampton Beach 2017x42
On Par for Miramar Beach, Florida 2017x41
A couple and their two children from Valdosta, Ga. have rented vacation properties in Miramar Beach, Fla. for years, and now, they hope to generate a rental income of their own to supplement their purchase of a vacation home.
Fleeing to Freeport, Texas 2017x40
A couple that grew up living on the water and spending time on the beach begins longing for their waterfront memories after living in land-locked Oklahoma.
Investing in Paradise on Panama City Beach, Florida 2017x39
A large blended family shops for a vacation home in Panama City Beach, Fla., where they've visited frequently as it's only six hours from their homes in Georgia and Alabama.
Destin-ation Florida 2017x38
Chase and Anna Claire grew up vacationing in Destin, Fla., and want to purchase a property to give their kids the same experiences.
From Turkey To The South Jersey Shore 2017x37
Sevket and Selim work long hours at their business; after growing up landlocked in Turkey, the brothers dream of owning a house on the beach.
It's Game Time In Galveston, Texas 2017x36
A football family of four lives a busy life of sports in Katy, Texas, and wants to find a vacation house in Galveston to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, and to spend more quality time together.
Spontaneously Buying A Beach Home On The Island Of St. Croix 2017x35
Fed up with the rising costs of vacations, a couple decides that St. Croix, the largest of the U.S. Virgin Islands, would be the perfect place for a retreat along the Caribbean Sea after only one visit.
Channeling Chelem Beauty 2017x34
After years of saving and countless trips to Mexico, Kenn and Paddy are ready for the life-changing adventure of running their own business.
The Allure of the North Shore, Massachusetts 2017x33
In North Reading, Mass., a husband hopes to convince his wife that purchasing a beachfront property would provide them and their three children with the perfect vacation getaway.
Craving the California Coast 2017x32
Brooke, Corey and their four children are following Brooke's grandmother's desire to return to life on the coast.
Relocating to Roatan, Honduras 2017x31
A Phoenix family tired of living in the desert is looking to move full-time to the beach, and have fallen in love with the tropical island of Roatan, Honduras.
Time Crunch in Melbourne Beach, Florida 2017x30
Tired of the hectic city life in Atlanta, Lindsey is dreaming of a house on the water in her hometown of Melbourne Beach, Florida. Surprisingly, her property in Atlanta sold quicker than expected, and she needs to find her new home as soon as possible. With the help of her daughter, Virginia, and local real estate agent, Lindsey hopes to find the beach house of her dreams for $395,000 or less.
Keeping Active in Akumal 2017x29
Shannon has been working and saving her entire life for the opportunity to purchase a beach home. Her two children have traveled the world with her, and they've all decided that Akumal, Mexico, is the ideal spot for a family getaway. They hope to find the perfect vacation home on the Caribbean Sea for under $390,000.
No Qualms on the Isle of Palms, South Carolina 2017x28
San Francisco couple Frank and Margaret have always wanted a beachfront property, but cool Pacific waters and expensive real estate prices have prevented this dream from becoming a reality, until they extended their search to South Carolina.
A Deal in Jonesport-Beals 2017x27
After living in the Jonesport-Beals area of Maine their entire lives, Stephen and Heidi want to upgrade from ocean views to oceanfront living with a home with a dock.
Wave of Savings in Surfside Beach, Texas 2017x26
Chris, Lesli and their four children find going on vacation once a year difficult to schedule and extremely expensive, so they want a vacation property close to their Houston home.
A Casa in Costa Maya 2017x25
Jeremy and Shannah, three to four hours from the Gulf to Mexico, feel that the beautiful turquoise waters of Mexico's Caribbean coast are better suited for their scuba and snorkeling needs.
Hitting the Road in Maui, Hawaii 2017x24
Bill is a high school teacher and coach from Camarillo, Calif. and has been renting in Maui for over six years, but has finally saved enough to purchase a place of his own.
Down by the Chesapeake Bay 2017x23
Phillip and Jordan love visiting Cape Charles, Va. with their three young sons, and want to take advantage of the small beach town feel and historic charm.
Quest For The Best Of Westerly, Rhode Island 2017x22
Grooving in Gulfport, Mississippi 2017x21
Angela wants a change of scenery and while weighing her options, she remembers a family vacation in Gulfport, Mississippi, and immediately decides it would be the perfect city for a fresh start.
Longing For Long Beach Island 2017x20
High school sweethearts Alex and Chris are in love with the atmosphere of Long Beach Island, New Jersey and are ready to embrace the beachfront lifestyle and purchase their first home.
Why Not Move To Warwick? 2017x19
Aman and Kevin are native Rhode Islanders living in Narragansett; they are tired of renting and want to move more centrally within the Ocean State to access their family, work and their favorite activities.
Returning To Kailua Kona, Hawaii 2017x18
Mark and Josephine fell in love with Kailua Kona, Hawaii after their engagement, and for Josephine, it reminds her of growing up in the Philippines.
Sun And Sand On The Grand Strand, South Carolina 2017x17
Hartsville, South Carolina couple Mark and Robin find very little time for relaxation between work and their hectic family schedule, and decide South Carolina's Grand Strand is the perfect place to find a weekend family getaway.
California Dreamin' in Morro Bay 2017x16
Paul and Shelly live in Morro Bay, California and love spending time at the beach, but they currently live far from the water and are looking to move into a new house within walking distance.
Savings on Washington's San Juan Islands 2017x15
Sybil and Travis live and work on the San Juan Islands, and give up their vacation property in Cabo San Lucas to have a getaway in their own backyard.
Making More Memories in Manahawkin, New Jersey 2017x14
After growing up renting summer houses, a trio seeks a summer house in Manahawkin, New Jersey; they seek a residential feel in an area booming with family fun.
Making a Splash in Ocean City, Maryland 2017x13
A couple seek a home near the water with their two kids in Ocean City, Maryland; with a modest budget, they hope to find the right place.
On The Road To Renewal In Bay St. Louis, Mississippi 2017x12
Off-season Escape In Avon, North Carolina 2017x11
Staying Put on St. Thomas, Usvi 2017x10
A St. Thomas native is ready to move back to the island after spending years renting in the Charlotte Amalie area; she wants to find a home in the hills.
Picking a Palace in Palacios, Texas 2017x09
Shane and Justin want to be closer to the water; they hope to move to Palacios, Texas and find a beachfront property with a modest budget.
Planning to Stay tn Port Aransas 2017x08
After years of renting, Lauren and Tate are ready to move on and seek a place in Port Aransas, Texas; however, they are at odds with the condition of their future home.
Family Retreat In St. Thomas 2017x07
After renewing their vows in the US Virgin Islands, a family from Ohio seeks a retreat on the island of St. Thomas.
The Kids Agree on Siesta Key, Florida 2017x06
After years of renting in Siesta Key, Florida, a family decides it is time to find a place of their own.
Thrills in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina 2017x05
An engaged couple juggle the task of finding a new home with trying to plan out their wedding; they want a change in scenery and would like to relocate closer to the water.
Putting Panama City Beach Within Reach 2017x04
With a new job offer, a couple wishes to move from Atlanta to Panama City; they seek a home along the gulf.
Taking Flight in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina 2017x03
As their son Charlie grows, a couple seeks a permanent home with year-round conveniences in Kitty Hawk.
Destin-Ed for Family Fun in Florida 2017x02
A couple with two children looks for a home in Destin, Florida; they are seeking beachfront property on the white beaches.
Getting to Know Jaco, Costa Rica 2017x01
With the cost of beachfront property too high in the Tampa area, a couple decides to look into the surfing community of Jaco, Costa Rica.