Five romantic beach escapes that won’t break the bank

by Kelsey Blodget on May 11, 2010

The hippy-chic Jake's in Jamaica has rooms for around $150 a night.

The hippy-chic Jake's in Jamaica has rooms for around $150 a night.

When funds are tight, it might seem impossible to plan a romantic beach escape with a special someone. But a number of great beach hotels are surprisingly reasonable. Below, check out the five best spots for a romantic beach vacation on a budget.

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The beach at Jake's

The beach at Jake's


Made up of just 30 hippy-chic cottages in secluded Treasure Beach, Jake’s is one of Jamaica’s most romantic hotels. Guests come to unplug — there’s no phone, Internet, or TV in the cottages — but given its gorgeous Driftwood Spa, painting and yoga classes, and excellent food, it’s also a superb value.

Grounds at Kaanapali Beach Hotel

Grounds at Kaanapali Beach Hotel

Kaanapali Beach Hotel

  • Average Price: $143/night
  • Rating: 3.0 Pearls
  • Location: Maui, Hawaii

A modest property that prides itself on being the “Most Hawaiian Resort,” the 430-room Kaanapali Beach Hotel sits right on Kaanapali’s four-mile beach. More affordable than many nearby resorts, this low-key hotel has a great tiki bar, free Hawaiian activities, and live nightly entertainment.

The beach at Punta Cana Resort

The beach at Punta Cana Hotel

Punta Cana Hotel

The Punta Cana Hotel’s 202 modest suites are all part of the most luxurious resort development in the Dominican Republic. It includes the La Cana golf course, the Six Senses spa, a nature preserve, eight high-profile restaurants, horse stables, and one of the best beaches in the country.

Beach at Negril Tree House Resort

Beach at Negril Tree House Resort

Negril Tree House Resort

  • Average Price: $129/night
  • Rating: 2.0 Pearls
  • Location: Negril, Jamaica

The 70-room Treehouse is about the most relaxed hotel in Jamaica, almost to a fault. There’s only a skeleton crew on staff at night, and the rooms feature nothing but an old TV and a bar of soap. But most guests don’t seem to care, once they’re swinging on a porch hammock overlooking Jamaica’s best beach. Plus, great bars and restaurants are right next door.

Sundeck at Whitelaw Hotel and Lounge

Sundeck at Whitelaw Hotel & Lounge

Whitelaw Hotel & Lounge

The Whitelaw is perfect for party-hearty couples looking for cheap digs in a central Collins Avenue location. It’s got a young party scene, free drinks from 7 to 8 p.m., and hot music playing 24/7. For a quieter (but slightly more expensive) hotel with direct beach access, consider the Townhouse.

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