Rentals with gorgeous private beaches (you can actually afford!)

Three little words really get our hearts pounding: private beach access. We’re talking about pristine shorelines where precious tranquility isn’t spoiled by swarms of strangers and thousands of umbrellas blotting out the sun. Whether you prefer coastal crabbing or lakeside lazing, these rentals have you covered at less than $250 a night.

A private pink-sand beach

Get a private slice of a famous pink-sand Bahamian beach. This solitary one-bedroom boathouse is sandwiched between the ocean and the bay and is surrounded by water on three sides. Ergo, guests can take in stunning views from nearly every angle. From the large enclosed outdoor rainshower to the big comfy hammock overlooking the bay, the boathouse offers a surplus of spots ideal for quiet relaxation. And of course, there’s the eye-poppingly pink beach in front of the boathouse, which is totally private and has some of the finest, prettiest sand you’ll ever see.

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A rugged island respite

Surround yourself with nature on Lummi Island, peaceful destination in the Pacific Northwest that’s reachable by car ferry; if you have trouble choosing between ocean and mountain vacation locales, this is your spot. With majestic Mt. Baker rising beyond the water, this three-bedroom rental offers unparalleled mountain and water views. A private rocky beach just steps from the property provides the perfect place for crabbing, wildlife watching, and quiet contemplation. Keep a sharp eye out for seals, orcas, otters, and bald eagles.

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Peace and paradise in the Keys

Quirky, laid-back Key Colony Beach is known for its canals, friendly locals, and clean white beaches bordering clear waters. Reserve this beachfront waterfront condo for exclusive access to one of the loveliest shorelines in Florida. The beautiful private beach is only open to residents and guests staying on site, so it’s never crowded. Grab a snorkel and some fins, and look for colorful sea life in the waters just outside your door. Guests report seeing starfish, conch, and even dolphins.

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A lakefront chalet on Sand Point

Forgo salt and waves for a placid Great Lake getaway. This three-bedroom, two-bathroom chalet accommodates up to eight guests, so feel free to invite the extended family to your waterfront home-away-from-home in Pigeon, Michigan. The rental sits adjacent to a secluded stretch of soft sand bordering the lake. It’s the perfect place for sunbathing, sandcastle-building, or a picnic breakfast by the water. In the evening, watch the sun set on shimmering Lake Huron as you gather around the fire pit.

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A serene slice of sand near San Diego

Certain California beaches can get famously crowded (we’re not going to mention any names), but this one’s just for you and the fam. With the ocean in your front yard and San Diego–area attractions just a quick drive away, this beach cottage is the perfect place for a seaside family vacation. Look for dolphins as you sip your morning coffee on the oceanfront porch. Roast marshmallows under the stars at night. And leave the windows open and fall asleep to the gentle sound of crashing waves.

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A Lake Weir waterfront oasis

A big, beautiful white-sand beach beside Lake Weir awaits in Summerfield, Florida—and it’s anything but crowded. A private shoreline plus a private boat ramp promise stress-free waterfront adventures. This rental includes two buildings—a one-bedroom beach house with a screened-in pavilion that sits right by the water, and an adjacent two-bedroom cottage—so you’ll have plenty of room for the whole gang to splash around and stretch out.

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A secluded slice of Lake Michigan

What’s better than a private beach? Two private beaches, of course. This adorable turquoise cottage sits in the forest just steps from not one but two secluded beaches on Lake Michigan and Crystal Lake. (The latter offers calmer, more peaceful waters than the former.) The home also offers access to private tennis courts, hiking trails, and bike trails. These beaches are typically only available to members of the local Congregational Summer Assembly (CSA), but complimentary admission is included with your stay.

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