20 Best-Life Secrets From Beachfront Bargain Hunters

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Live smarter by the beach with these budget-friendly tips.

Reset your watch for “island time.”

Nothing beats local eats.

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Gadgets are overrated.

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A signature cocktail is a must.

Workouts aren’t work on the shore.

Coastal style keeps summer going all year long.

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Scenery is all the artwork you need.

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Home doesn’t have to be fancy, it just has to be welcoming.

Go green.

No, seriously, go green.

The ocean really does lull you to sleep.

The beach is a place and a state of mind.

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Think outside the “hot spots.”

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Life is full of compromises.

If a fixer-upper isn’t your thing, let it go.

Getting enough water is essential.

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Put your home to work.

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Simplify, simplify, simplify.

Details should be fun.

Paradise is even better when you share it.

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Each week we follow a family making their beachfront living dreams come true — on a budget! We'll follow them on the house hunt as we discover some of the most surprisingly affordable beachfront locales that prove you don't need to be a millionaire to live right on the beach.
Season 4, Episode 12

Bargain Hunting Puerto Vallarta

Brad and Scott are in love with the cultural atmosphere of Puerta Vallarta, Mexico. Real Estate Agent John Swanson will show them four potential properties. Come along as they search for a beach home with lots of space that's steps from the beach all for under their budget of $275,000.

Sunday
Dec 7
2:30pm | 1:30c
Season 4, Episode 3

Emerald waters and white sands on the shores of Blue Mountain Beach, FL

Having vacationed on Blue Mountain Beach for almost 20 years, Chrissy and Dino are ready to look for the perfect beach escape on the Florida Panhandle. With big dreams of having emerald water views and quick Gulf shores access, the couple reaches out to local real estate agent, Clayton Bonjean, to help them find their ideal beachfront getaway without busting their budget of $350,000.

Sunday
Dec 14
9pm | 8c
Season 2, Episode 6

A Tampa Family Looks For a Secluded Family Getaway

Greg and Kam want a retreat to escape the family's over-scheduled lives. Realtor Sue Paskert will show them four potential properties on the bridge-less barrier island of Little Gasparilla, Florida. Will they be able to find a beach home that will fit them and the four boys all for under their budget of $375,000?

Tuesday
Jan 13
3pm | 2c
Season 2, Episode 9

A Texas Couple Aims to Find a Beachfront Paradise

For Wayne and Kathleen, it's all about finding a place where they can spread out and escape work with a sun-soaked lifestyle. Real estate agent Margaret Goolsbee hopes to help the couple realize their dream and dig their toes in the sand for a price tag of $350,000 or less.

Tuesday
Jan 13
4:30pm | 3:30c
Season 6, Episode 11

Searching the Sandy Shores of Big Texas for an Island Getaway on a Little Budget.

Scott and Trudy have been saving for years to buy their dream family vacation home on the shores of South Padre Island. Finally ready to make the leap, they're searching for a place in the sand for both family and renters to enjoy. In a multi-million dollar market with a budget of only $250,000, the Bristers are hoping not everything has to be bigger in Texas.

Monday
Feb 9
3am | 2c
Season 5, Episode 3

A home on the Grand Strand in South Carolina.

Jason and Jessica hunt for the perfect beachfront home to help unwind from their busy workweeks. Having vacationed on South Carolina's Grand Strand most of their lives, the couple is ready to turn in their hotelkeys for home keys. Having a budget of only $150,000, the couple meets with local real estate agent, Kim Goyer, to help them find their dream vacation getaway.

Sunday
Apr 5
3pm | 2c
Season 7, Episode 3

Northern Beach Retreat on the Outer Banks

Scott and Tamera Forshaw are from Richmond, Virginia, and have been married for 30 years. Ever since they first met, their favorite vacation destination has been the magnificent, unspoiled, Northern Beaches of the Outer Banks. With day-to-day life at home being very busy, both Tami and Scott want to find a beachfront getaway where they can relax and spend quality time with loved ones. They both agree that the beaches along the North Carolina coast would be the perfect place to build lasting family memories. With the help of real estate agent, Kelly Dean, the Forshaws hope to find a beachfront retreat for under $300,000.

Sunday
Jul 12
8:30pm | 7:30c
Season 5, Episode 7

A Jersey couple search the enclosed beach community of Pt. Pleasant, NJ for a child-friendly home.

Truly an energetic match made in heaven, a couple and their darling toddler son retreat to the beaches of Point Pleasant in order to find the perfect house near the sand. But with child safety, parking, and of course being close to the water being must-haves, a local real estate pro has his work cut out for him. If he is able to get this Jersey family everything on this growing list, life will be great for everyone. With strange neighbors, a community with only sidewalks, and a budget of 360,000 dollars, getting the perfect beach house may prove to be a challenge.

Tuesday
Sep 8
6pm | 5c
Season 10, Episode 12

Gettin' Away to Galveston, TX

Celeste and Dustin work in separate cities during the week and spend weekends together at their home in Beaumont, Texas. With such hectic schedules, they are looking for a beachfront retreat where they can spend quality time among the surf and sand. Set on 32 miles of relaxing beaches and only a few miles from the mainland, Galveston is the perfect island escape for these busy Texans. With the help of local real estate agent, Barbara Zimmerman, this couple hopes to find a beachfront bungalow where they can get lost in island life for under $350,000.

Sunday
Jan 10
8pm | 7c
Season 10, Episode 1

Hiding Away in Jaco, Costa Rica

Hayes and Paola are relocating from Panama to the Dominican Republic and are looking for a casa on the cinnamon colored sands of Jaco, Costa Rica. With Paola's family an hour and a half away in San Jose, Jaco is the perfect location for a central family vacation house. With the help of local real estate agent, Sergio Gonzalez, Hayes and Paola look to find a seafront spot to siesta for under $220,000.

Monday
Jan 18
3:30am | 2:30c
Season 6, Episode 2

Hunting for the Perfect Seaside Vista Along the Coast of Virginia

Corey and Emily last lived in Guam and have come to love the beach lifestyle. After moving to Virginia, they still don't have a house near the sand and are enlisting the help of real estate agent, Eric Byrum, to find them a full time home, both seaside and spacious, all for under $199,000.

Thursday
Jan 28
5pm | 4c
Season 10, Episode 5

Worry-free on Ambergris Caye, Belize

Jennifer and her father, David, are looking for a beachfront vacation home on Ambergris Caye, Belize. With Jennifer living in Missouri and David in Alberta, Canada, Belize will offer them a place to gather and relax together. With the help of local real estate agent, Brittany McCann, Jennifer and David look to find a sun-soaked fortress for family fun, all for under $375,000.

Monday
Apr 11
3:30am | 2:30c
Season 6, Episode 11

Searching the Sandy Shores of Big Texas for an Island Getaway on a Little Budget.

Scott and Trudy have been saving for years to buy their dream family vacation home on the shores of South Padre Island. Finally ready to make the leap, they're searching for a place in the sand for both family and renters to enjoy. In a multi-million dollar market with a budget of only $250,000, the Bristers are hoping not everything has to be bigger in Texas.

Sunday
Jun 5
2:30pm | 1:30c
Season 11, Episode 5

Turn Me On to San Juan, Puerto Rico

Joe and Leo were house hunting in their current city of New York, but due to the high prices and limited space, they have decided to change their plans and invest in a vacation property in San Juan, Puerto Rico. They would love a home with spectacular ocean views, within close proximity to the beach. Although their budget of $350,000 might go a little further in San Juan, Joe and Leo aren't sure if finding a home for that price might be a little too ambitious. With the help of local real estate agent, Brian Aronson, they hope to find their very own affordable slice of paradise.

Sunday
Jul 24
8pm | 7c
Season , Episode

Sunday
Jul 24
8:30pm | 7:30c
Season 11, Episode 5

Turn Me On to San Juan, Puerto Rico

Joe and Leo were house hunting in their current city of New York, but due to the high prices and limited space, they have decided to change their plans and invest in a vacation property in San Juan, Puerto Rico. They would love a home with spectacular ocean views, within close proximity to the beach. Although their budget of $350,000 might go a little further in San Juan, Joe and Leo aren't sure if finding a home for that price might be a little too ambitious. With the help of local real estate agent, Brian Aronson, they hope to find their very own affordable slice of paradise.

Monday
Jul 25
3am | 2c
Season , Episode

Monday
Jul 25
3:30am | 2:30c
Season 11, Episode 7

Taking It Slow in Jaco, Costa Rica

Scott and Erin are a spontaneous couple from the Florida Keys. After hearing great things about Jaco from fellow Floridians, they decided to start looking for a vacation home even though they had never been to Costa Rica before. With the help of real estate agent, Tim Giannone, they hope to find the perfect beachfront retreat for under $365,000.

Sunday
Jul 31
8pm | 7c
Season 11, Episode 8

Shuckin' It Up in Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina

Michael and Margaret are from Putnam Valley, New York and have three daughters, Kaitlyn, Madelyn, and Victoria. While searching for the perfect vacation destination, they visited every beach in North Carolina before finally settling on Ocean Isle Beach. With the help of real estate agent, Laura Hewett, they hope to find the perfect beachfront house for under $375,000.

Sunday
Jul 31
8:30pm | 7:30c
Season 11, Episode 7

Taking It Slow in Jaco, Costa Rica

Scott and Erin are a spontaneous couple from the Florida Keys. After hearing great things about Jaco from fellow Floridians, they decided to start looking for a vacation home even though they had never been to Costa Rica before. With the help of real estate agent, Tim Giannone, they hope to find the perfect beachfront retreat for under $365,000.

Monday
Aug 1
3am | 2c
Season 11, Episode 8

Shuckin' It Up in Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina

Michael and Margaret are from Putnam Valley, New York and have three daughters, Kaitlyn, Madelyn, and Victoria. While searching for the perfect vacation destination, they visited every beach in North Carolina before finally settling on Ocean Isle Beach. With the help of real estate agent, Laura Hewett, they hope to find the perfect beachfront house for under $375,000.

Monday
Aug 1
3:30am | 2:30c
Season 11, Episode 9

Fleeing Chicago, Illinois for St. Croix

Ania and Kyle have been married for seven years and have two young children, Maya and Niko. Between raising the kids and operating a thriving mortgage company outside their hometown of Chicago, they've rarely been able to escape for a family vacation. But when the opportunity presented itself, they managed to visit the U.S. Virgin Island of St. Croix and quickly fell in love with its tranquil vibes and picturesque setting. After this life changing experience, Ania and Kyle decide to make this a regular occurrence and feel the purchase of their very own St. Croix beach house would be the perfect way to ensure future family getaways continue. With the help of local real estate agent, David Fedeles, they hope to find a pristine slice of sandy paradise for $375,000 or less.

Sunday
Aug 7
8pm | 7c
Season 11, Episode 10

Me and my Madre in South Padre Island, Texas

Jan and Cianna are a mother-daughter duo that call Texas home. Jan currently lives on South Padre Island while her daughter, Cianna, is a student at the university nearby. Although Cianna's parents saved a college fund for her, receiving a full scholarship means she can put that money towards her first investment property near the beach. With the help of real estate agent, Norma Turkington, they hope to find the perfect place to play that will also pay, all for under $350,000.

Sunday
Aug 7
8:30pm | 7:30c
Season 11, Episode 9

Fleeing Chicago, Illinois for St. Croix

Ania and Kyle have been married for seven years and have two young children, Maya and Niko. Between raising the kids and operating a thriving mortgage company outside their hometown of Chicago, they've rarely been able to escape for a family vacation. But when the opportunity presented itself, they managed to visit the U.S. Virgin Island of St. Croix and quickly fell in love with its tranquil vibes and picturesque setting. After this life changing experience, Ania and Kyle decide to make this a regular occurrence and feel the purchase of their very own St. Croix beach house would be the perfect way to ensure future family getaways continue. With the help of local real estate agent, David Fedeles, they hope to find a pristine slice of sandy paradise for $375,000 or less.

Monday
Aug 8
3am | 2c
Season 11, Episode 10

Me and my Madre in South Padre Island, Texas

Jan and Cianna are a mother-daughter duo that call Texas home. Jan currently lives on South Padre Island while her daughter, Cianna, is a student at the university nearby. Although Cianna's parents saved a college fund for her, receiving a full scholarship means she can put that money towards her first investment property near the beach. With the help of real estate agent, Norma Turkington, they hope to find the perfect place to play that will also pay, all for under $350,000.

Monday
Aug 8
3:30am | 2:30c
Season 6, Episode 4

To Buy Beachside or Bayside in South Padre Island, Texas

Chis and Mike live hectic lives in Las Vegas and are looking for a vacation home to unwind on South Padre Island, Texas. Their $245,000 budget will buy them what they need on both the beachside and the bayside of the island, but they become torn over which side will suit their lifestyle better.

Sunday
Aug 14
1pm | 12c

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