You don't have to be ultrarich to score an irresistibly charming beach cottage this summer. We've turned up some of America's cutest affordable cottages on the coast. From Cape Cod to the Outer Banks to Southern California, each of these rental properties delivers a nostalgic beach vacation. There are sprawling decks for morning coffee, fireplaces for cozy nights, and shelves of games for reconnecting with family and friends. If you almost cry when it's time to leave, you won't be the first.
Editor's Note: Availability is limited as cottages book up quickly during the summer high season. You can find other similar properties on vacation-rental websites. Also, many vacation homes are priced per week and sleep multiple people. Be sure to divide the total price by the number of days and guests to get the per-person rate.
Melbourne Beach Cottage, Melbourne, Florida
Summer Rates: $1,300 weekly
This Old Florida-style beachfront cottage charms with its pink exterior, breezy interior, and excellent location. On a barrier island between Cape Canaveral and Vero Beach, the little pink Melbourne Beach Cottage is tucked into a residential area where there are no high-rise condos or commercial hotels. Here, you can walk on a private beach for miles and occasionally see nesting sea turtles. Enjoy dinner outside at the table in the cottage's covered courtyard. Inside, Florida-inspired decor and Mexican tile flooring are wonderful reminders that you're on vacation.
Summer Fun: The cottage's bicycles, boogie boards, ocean kayaks, fishing poles, and tackle are free for guests to use. Surf fishing is popular in the area, and several charter services will take you to the ocean or nearby lakes. After snagging a big one, you can use the cottage's outdoor fresh-water cleaning station. Don't miss biking the path to the nature trails at the Barrier Island Center.
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