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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 3, Episode 11

A Woman Bargains for Luxury with a Waterfront View

Tania has lived all over the world, from London to Peru, and most recently Germany. Since she relocated to Miami for her career, Tania feels like she's on permanent vacation. Real Estate Agent, Alexandra Rutten, will show Tania four potential properties in hot hot hot Miami Florida. Alexandra is trying to find a luxury building for her best friend on a bargain budget before Tania's lease expires. Watch them cruise the beaches of Miami looking for a state of the art building with ocean views all for under $300,000.

Sunday
Dec 7
9pm | 8c
Season 4, Episode 9

Dustin and his sister explore Cabo to find a beachfront home that his pregnant wife will approve of.

Dustin is a father of three with a baby on the way. Unable to take his expecting wife with him to Mexico, Dustin enlists the help of his sister, Brittany, to be the female voice of reason to find the perfect vacation home for his growing family. With the help of local real estate agent, Nick Fong, they explore the coast of beautiful Cabo San Lucas in hopes to find the perfect family vacation home for under $300,000.

Thursday
Dec 25
2:30pm | 1:30c
Season 4, Episode 9

Dustin and his sister explore Cabo to find a beachfront home that his pregnant wife will approve of.

Dustin is a father of three with a baby on the way. Unable to take his expecting wife with him to Mexico, Dustin enlists the help of his sister, Brittany, to be the female voice of reason to find the perfect vacation home for his growing family. With the help of local real estate agent, Nick Fong, they explore the coast of beautiful Cabo San Lucas in hopes to find the perfect family vacation home for under $300,000.

Tuesday
Feb 17
4pm | 3c
Season 5, Episode 13

Paradise on the Pacific in Long Beach, Washington

The Moss family is looking to buy their dream vacation home on the sands of Long Beach, Washington. They're aiming to get the most bang for their buck within their budget of $325,000 and enlist the help of real estate agent, Leslie Brophy, to see just how much of the whitewater views their bank account can support.

Sunday
Apr 5
7:30pm | 6:30c
Season 4, Episode 7

A Mexican retreat on the Pacific Coastline

After years of vacationing in Mexico, Robbie and Shawn look to find a second home near their favorite beach town of Bucerias. With a lengthy wish list and two very different budgets, the couple realizes they need the help of a real estate agent to facilitate the house hunting process. Jeff Bates is up to the challenge but it will be difficult to make Robbie and Shawn's big dreams come true.

Tuesday
Apr 14
5:30pm | 4:30c
Season 3, Episode 11

A Woman Bargains for Luxury with a Waterfront View

Tania has lived all over the world, from London to Peru, and most recently Germany. Since she relocated to Miami for her career, Tania feels like she's on permanent vacation. Real Estate Agent, Alexandra Rutten, will show Tania four potential properties in hot hot hot Miami Florida. Alexandra is trying to find a luxury building for her best friend on a bargain budget before Tania's lease expires. Watch them cruise the beaches of Miami looking for a state of the art building with ocean views all for under $300,000.

Monday
May 25
9:30am | 8:30c
Season 5, Episode 12

With personal taste in mind, a family's happiness is found on the secluded waterways of Sargent, TX

A husband, wife and their teenager son yearn for a lifestyle on the open waterways. With Sargent, TX being a stone's throw from home, having access to the water could be effortless. Only their individual likes stand in the way in what could be beachfront bliss. A tall order is handed to a local no nonsense real estate agent, Linda Jisha. If she's able to find viable options, this family trio must somehow agree on a home to make their dreams come true. She helps them to navigate their way through the coastal waterways with their tight budget of 150,000 thousand dollars.

Sunday
Aug 23
3:30pm | 2:30c
Season 3, Episode 11

A Woman Bargains for Luxury with a Waterfront View

Tania has lived all over the world, from London to Peru, and most recently Germany. Since she relocated to Miami for her career, Tania feels like she's on permanent vacation. Real Estate Agent, Alexandra Rutten, will show Tania four potential properties in hot hot hot Miami Florida. Alexandra is trying to find a luxury building for her best friend on a bargain budget before Tania's lease expires. Watch them cruise the beaches of Miami looking for a state of the art building with ocean views all for under $300,000.

Tuesday
Sep 8
2pm | 1c
Season 8, Episode 9

Redemption in Rockport Texas

Kathleen and Tim reside in San Antonio, Texas, and have been married for 10 years. After spending several family vacations in the quaint gulf coast community of Rockport, they're tired of paying for hotel rooms and would love to purchase a beach house of their own. They found the perfect place and made an offer but couldn't come to terms with the owner on a price and the deal fell through. Now, with the help of real estate agent, Patty Henderson, Kathleen and Tim are taking one more shot at making their beachfront dreams come true.

Sunday
Dec 27
8:30pm | 7:30c
Season 9, Episode 2

A Crucial Life Change In Crucita

Dave has spent most of his life dedicated to the Canadian telecommunications industry. Constantly working sixteen-hour days, nearly to seven days a week, there's no time for him to slow down and relax. After reevaluating his situation Dave has decided to ditch his intense, fast paced lifestyle and find an oceanfront retreat where he can throttle down and find some peace and tranquility. While exploring the shores of Ecuador, Dave found a beautiful beach in the remote fishing village of Crucita. He loves that it's an authentic South American town, yet has restaurants and shops nearby. His budget is $100,000, which is a low number for a house on the coastline, but he hopes his real estate agent, Tom Saunders will help him find the perfect place to settle down, without having to sacrifice too much.

Monday
Mar 28
3:30am | 2:30c
Season 9, Episode 5

Swooning for Tamuning, Guam

Eight years ago Robert moved from Los Angeles, California, to the small Pacific island of Guam. He currently resides inland, in the town of Dededo and commutes six miles to his job in Tamuning. But due to the high volume of traffic on the island, the drive can last up to one hour each way. Tired of dealing with his inconvenient proximity to both his job as well as Guam's beautiful beaches, Robert will enlist the help of real estate agent, Norma Del Carmen, who can hopefully find him an oceanfront condo in the town of Tamuning for $225,000 or less.

Monday
Apr 4
3:30am | 2:30c
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
Apr 10
2:30pm | 1:30c
Season 5, Episode 8

A home to grow in Nags Head, NC

Mary and Jason grew up spending their summers by the beach in Nags Head, NC. Fond of all their childhood memories, the couple wants to give their three sons the same unforgettable summers. With the help of local real estate agent, Randy Nance, the couple begins the search in hopes of finding a vacation home right on the sand, all for under $325,000.

Friday
May 27
2:30pm | 1:30c
Season 5, Episode 13

Paradise on the Pacific in Long Beach, Washington

The Moss family is looking to buy their dream vacation home on the sands of Long Beach, Washington. They're aiming to get the most bang for their buck within their budget of $325,000 and enlist the help of real estate agent, Leslie Brophy, to see just how much of the whitewater views their bank account can support.

Friday
Jun 24
5pm | 4c
Season 10, Episode 4

Grabbing a Deal in Galveston, TX

Elizabeth and Roger love spending quality time with their three kids, but they're ready to enhance this family fun with a beachfront home in Galveston, Texas. Located only an hour from their home in Houston, Galveston is the perfect action-packed resort destination for this family of five. With the help of local real estate agent, Margaret Matarazzo, this family is grabbing a deal on a beachfront home for under $235,000.

Friday
Jun 24
5:30pm | 4:30c
Season 8, Episode 3

A couple from Jersey escapes to beautiful St. Croix.

Bob and Jamila decided to leave the east coast for the sunny shores of beautiful St. Croix where they have been living rent-free as property managers. But when they finally grow tired of their cramped abode, Bob and Jamila find the courage to search St. Croix for a dream home on the water. However, they soon discover that buying an island home can be a little tricky. Luckily, local real estate agent, Yessenia Cruz has a handle on this island market. Her jaw drops when she discovers that Bob and Jamila are only working with a budget of $150,000. If Yessenia can find this couple a home on St. Croix's coveted coast, then Bob and Jamila will experience freedom like never before.

Friday
Jun 24
6pm | 5c
Season 7, Episode 9

In the twinkling of her eyes, a woman brings her hopes of living beachfront to Amelia Island, FL

With a personality as big as her heart, Beverly seeks ocean, sand and serenity in a beachfront home on Amelia Island. But there is no way that her son and daughter-in-law will allow her to take on such a task by herself. Luckily, talks with a local real estate agent have already produced some great options. If this agent can lock in on Beverly's truest desires for a beachfront home, while staying under her budget of $350,000, then happiness on Amelia Island will be a stone's throw away.

Friday
Jun 24
6:30pm | 5:30c
Season 7, Episode 4

Longing for Long Branch, New Jersey

Denise and Jim Murphy are from Garnerville, New York, and their four children, Regina, Kristen, James, and Michael, are growing up and progressing into adulthood. Now with families, significant others, and hectic work schedules, it's hard for the kids to find time to spend with Mom and Dad. But Denise and Jim are hoping this will all change once they purchase a brand new beach house. A place where the entire Murphy clan can kick back, relax, and create lasting memories together. Having vacationed on the Jersey Shore in the past, Denise and Jim have targeted a long time family favorite, Long Branch, New Jersey as their beachfront bargain destination. With the help of real estate agent, Christine Stout, they hope to check off everything on their wish list and find a home the family will love for under $285,000.

Friday
Jun 24
7pm | 6c
Season 6, Episode 8

A couple looks for a weekend getaway in picturesque and prestigious Montauk.

Kent and Jong live near Manhattan and enjoy going to the beach to escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Decompressing at the beach has become such an enjoyable part of their routine, that they want to purchase a beachfront home of their own. Kent and Jong have their heart set on Montauk due to its closeness to where they live as well as its beauty. But, Kent and Jong know that Montauk prices can be ridiculous. With the help of local real estate agent, Gina Demasco, Kent and Jong hope to find their perfect beachfront bargain within their budget of $299,000.

Friday
Jun 24
7:30pm | 6:30c
Season 3, Episode 9

Bargain Hunting Orange Beach, Alabama

Rasha continues a family tradition and searches the shores of Orange Beach, Alabama for a beachfront property to give to her parents as an anniversary present. Real Estate Agent Lydia Franz will show them three potential properties on the pure white sands of Orange Beach. Rasha wants a home with a view, that her parents can enjoy, and that can fit the entire family, all for under their budget of $375,000.

Sunday
Jul 3
1pm | 12c
Season 4, Episode 13

A family of five searches for a beachfront home in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

John and Dana have been vacationing with their three children in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina for as long as they can remember. They enjoy their family beach time so much that they are looking to buy a vacation home on the shore of Myrtle Beach so that they no longer have to rent. But finding a property big enough for their family of five is no easy task. The Duckros enlist the help of local real estate agent, Ed O'Donovan, to help make their beachfront dream home a reality.

Sunday
Jul 3
1:30pm | 12:30c
Season 3, Episode 8

First Time Bargain Hunting on St. Thomas

David and Tiffany met, fell in love, and started their family on the gorgeous island of St. Thomas. They want a home they can put their own touch on for under their budget of $350,000. Real Estate Agent, Kerstin McConnell, will show them four potential properties along the aqua waters of St. Thomas.

Sunday
Jul 3
2pm | 1c
Season 6, Episode 10

Waking Waretown Dreams on the Jersey Shore

Steve and Christine may live inland, but big dreams of a boating and beach bum lifestyle lead them to Waretown, searching for a vacation home on the Jersey Shore. Steve is anchors away when it goes to snagging a lagoon front home where he can dock his fantasy boat, but Christine may not be on deck with any plans to exceed their $350,000 budget.

Sunday
Jul 3
2:30pm | 1:30c
Season 8, Episode 10

A Couple Searches the Exotic Pacific Shores of Costa Rica in Search of their Slice of Paradise

Susan and Tim are looking for a vacation home to escape the cold winters of their hometown in Toronto. The active lifestyle and picturesque surroundings of Guanacaste, Costa Rica has appealed to them ever since Eddie proposed to Susan there. But, Susan and Tim are not only looking for beach views and multiple bedrooms, they want a home they can rent out as well. Although Susan and Tim are both real estate agents, the unfamiliar territory of this exotic terrain makes their hunt more difficult than expected. Susan and Tim enlist the help of local real estate agent, Herb DeMars, to show them the lay of the land and get them the best deal possible all for under $375,000.

Sunday
Jul 3
3pm | 2c
Season 8, Episode 4

Embarking out on her own, a thirty something woman explores the beaches and

Experience and wisdom shall not take a back seat as a mother insists on guiding her daughter on an amazing search of a lifetime. Young Heather Klein and her affinity for outdoor beach living is finally ready to buy a home on the Jersey shore, but her intuition says, "Wait". Expert real estate agent, Frank Tenner, must now satisfy the wishes of this mom and daughter duo while staying under a budget of $300,000. If Frank is successful, then Heather may just find the independence that she has been seeking.

Sunday
Jul 3
3:30pm | 2:30c
Season 9, Episode 13

All in for Agana Beach, Guam

Jitka is ready to leave behind her single-family home for a more manageable residence on Agana Beach in Guam. With less housework to do, Jitka and her six children will be able to fully enjoy the natural beauties that Guam offers- scenic cliffs, green hills, waterfalls and beautiful beaches. Local real estate agent, Norma Del Carmen, will help Jitka shake off high prices and say 'Hafa Adai' to an oceanfront home for under $350,000.

Sunday
Jul 3
4pm | 3c

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