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8 Unexpected Island Getaways On The Cheap (PHOTOS)

Posted: 03/30/2013 9:04 am

An "island getaway" doesn't necessarily translate into washing up on the shores of the Caribbean. Plenty of other islands in the U.S. boast the same laid-back, secluded feel that you can find in Barbados or Jamaica, but often come at a fraction of those sky-high all-inclusive rates; you'll at least save some cash on airfare! For perhaps unconventional, but nonetheless awesome, island stays, check out our top picks for value, sun, and fun!

--Devon Antonetti,

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  • San Juan Islands

    The San Juan Islands are a popular summer getaway for Washingtonians, and have a relaxed, back-to-nature vibe; expect farmlands, evergreen forests, nature trails, whale-watching, and mom-and-pop shops. <a href="" target="_hplink"><strong>The Outlook Inn</strong></a> on the Orcas Island has stunning views of Eastsound from almost anywhere you stand. Best of all, rates start at about $60 per night. <a href="" target="_hplink"><strong>See more photos of the Outlook Inn here »</strong></a>

  • South Padre Island

    The <a href="" target="_hplink"><strong>Pearl South Padre</strong></a> is located on the southern tip of South Padre Island off the coast of Texas. This 251-room resort is flanked by a wide, sandy beach and offers a huge outdoor pool with plenty of lounge chairs, as well as tons of other resort features. And this three-and-half pearl resort starts at a cool $100. <a href="" target="_hplink"><strong>See more photos of the Pearl South Padre here »</strong></a>

  • Long Island

    The <a href="" target="_hplink"><strong>Montauk Yacht Club Resort & Marina</strong></a> is a family-friendly resort and arguably the best value in the often expensive Hamptons. The nautical-style rooms, suites, and villas overlook Lake Montauk, taking advantage of views of the attached marina, bobbing with boats galore, and the charming <a href="" target="_hplink">white lighthouse</a>. <strong><a href="" target="_hplink">See more photos of the Montauk Yacht Club Resort & Marina here »</a></strong>

  • Marco Island

    The <a href="" target="_hplink"><strong>Marco Island Lakeside Inn</strong></a> is a remodeled motel located in a quiet part of Florida's already sleepy Marco Island. It has 12 one- and two-bedroom suites, and seven studios, all with full kitchens, simple, beach-y decor (lots of white and wicker), and comfy beds. All in all, it's a perfect pick for low-key couples who don't mind being a five-minute drive from the beach in order to save some cash. <a href="" target="_hplink"><strong>See more photos of the Marco Island Lakeside Inn here »</strong></a>

  • Nantucket

    Nantucket may not seem like the easiest place to find a steal on accommodations, but even this Massachusetts island has its value stays. <strong><a href="" target="_hplink">The Cottages & Lofts at Boat Basin</a></strong> are perfect for families and groups looking for something other than a typical hotel or B&B stay. The self-contained cottages and lofts offer all the perks of a private vacation rental with the benefit of hotel features such as daily housekeeping and access to a nearby spa. Rates at this amenity-heavy hotel are a fraction of those at its competitors, and the location directly on the Harbor means the views are fairly spectacular, too. <a href="" target="_hplink"><strong>See more photos of The Cottages at Boat Basin here »</strong></a>

  • Goat Island

    Nestled on Goat Island, with gorgeous views of the water and just a 10-minute walk across the bridge to downtown Newport and local beaches, the <strong><a href="" target="_hplink">Hyatt Regency</a></strong> has comfortable rooms, two pools, and free bike rentals and activities such as yoga and wine tasting. And even with a resort fee, rates are a steal for the area. <a href="" target="_hplink"><strong>See more photos of the Hyatt Regency Newport here »</strong></a>

  • Vancouver Island

    Canada may not seem like an obvious choice for island beach destinations, but Vancouver Island in British Columbia is a popular destination thanks to the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve and an aquatic-focused community. The island is home to a vibrant local marine community, and some surprisingly affordable stays, such as the the <a href="" target="_hplink"><strong>Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa</strong></a>. Guests are surrounded by a stunning landscape and have access to tons of aquatic adventures, all at competitive rates. <a href="" target="_hplink"><strong>See more photos of the Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa here »</strong></a>

  • Hilton Head

    <strong><a href="" target="_hplink">HarbourSide III at Shelter Cove Harbour</a></strong> is in an inland area of Hilton Head, but the beach is only a short drive away. The hotel sits on a harbor with awesome views, and has perks such as free parking, a large pool, beach shuttles, and family-friendly rates. <a href="" target="_hplink"><strong>See more photos of the HarbourSide III here »</strong></a>


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