By Marisa Spyker - Coastal Living

The sun’s out and the school year isn’t far behind, which means it’s time to get down to some serious travel planning. And while it’s tempting to blow all your dough on an epic five-star getaway, these affordable beachy locales are inviting alternatives. (Bonus: Save money on one vacation and you can put it towards a second escape later on.) U.S. News & World Report recently ranked popular vacation destinations based on traveler appeal and affordability (measured through average hotel costs during the peak summer season). And, well, no surprise here, 10 out of the 15 spots are beachside (including five in one state!). See how the coastal cities stacked up:

Couples looking for a wallet-conscious coastal escape often head to Biloxi, where you can find a retreat with beach access for a bargain, along with charming cultural sites and eateries. Just be careful not to blow too much at the town’s famous casinos.


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