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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 4

Bound to Buy in 'Bama

Ken and Rhonda are decided on eventually making the beaches of Alabama their home but whether or not to buy-in now is up for debate. Eager to get his toes in the sand sooner rather than later, Ken enlists the help of Real Estate Agent, Joy Sullivan, to aid in finding the perfect property for under $250,000 that will sway Rhonda to take the purchase plunge now, two years earlier than planned.

Monday
Nov 17
12:30am | 11:30c
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.

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
Sunday
Dec 28
9:30pm | 8:30c
Season 6, Episode 13

Living in flip flops on Fripp Island, SC.

Debbie has vacationed with her two daughters on Fripp Island, SC for over eight years. Ready for a lifestyle, Debbie decides to turn her favorite vacation spot into her full time home. With a budget of $299,000, she enlists the help of local real estate agent, Karen Naloti, to help her find the home she's always dreamed of.

Monday
Feb 16
3:30am | 2:30c
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 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 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.

Monday
Aug 3
3:30am | 2:30c
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.

Monday
Aug 24
3:30am | 2:30c
Season 7, Episode 13

Yearnin' for Chuburna Puerto, Mexico

Baphu and Christine have known each other since they were in elementary school. During a game of spin the bottle, Christine even became Baphu's first kiss. As teenagers they moved away and drifted apart before reconnecting several years later. Now with four kids and one on the way, they're looking for a weekend getaway, a refuge where they can relax and enjoy spending time together as a family. After moving from Canada to Merida, Mexico, Baphu and Christine have set their beachfront sights on the quaint nearby fishing village, Chuburna Puerto. While they both agree that living on the beach is top priority, Christine is willing to break the bank for the home of her dreams while Baphu wants to stick to their budget of $200,000.

Friday
Oct 16
6pm | 5c
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.

Sunday
Jan 17
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
Apr 10
2:30pm | 1:30c
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 12, Episode 12

Flockin' to Rockport, Texas

Jim and Pam are college sweethearts from Houston, Texas and have two kids, Will and Abigail. While Pam has been coming to Rockport since she was a child, Jim only recently discovered the wonders of this charming fishing community. With all of the amazing outdoor activities that Rockport has to offer, they think this is a great place to create some lasting family memories with the kids. With the help of real estate agent, Phyllis Kline, they hope to find the perfect beachfront home for under $250,000.

Sunday
Oct 2
8pm | 7c
Season 12, Episode 13

Small Living on the Puget Sound, WA

After a cross-country road trip with her husband, Andy, Katie fell in love with the rough and tumble beaches of Washington's Puget Sound. Traveling with everything they needed in the back of the car, they realized that tiny living was enjoyable and could open up their possibilities of owning the beachfront property of their dreams. Tucked away in the northwestern corner of Washington, the area provides endless shoreline, wildlife around every corner, and is perfect for their outdoor lifestyle. With Andy away for work and Katie's son at school, it's the perfect time for a girls' trip with her daughter, Caroline, to search for a small sanctuary on the sands of the Puget Sound. With the help of local real estate agent, Susan Henry, this pair will look to avoid paying a small fortune and take a big leap toward a tiny house for under $375,000.

Sunday
Oct 2
8:30pm | 7:30c
Season 12, Episode 12

Flockin' to Rockport, Texas

Jim and Pam are college sweethearts from Houston, Texas and have two kids, Will and Abigail. While Pam has been coming to Rockport since she was a child, Jim only recently discovered the wonders of this charming fishing community. With all of the amazing outdoor activities that Rockport has to offer, they think this is a great place to create some lasting family memories with the kids. With the help of real estate agent, Phyllis Kline, they hope to find the perfect beachfront home for under $250,000.

Monday
Oct 3
3am | 2c
Season 12, Episode 13

Small Living on the Puget Sound, WA

After a cross-country road trip with her husband, Andy, Katie fell in love with the rough and tumble beaches of Washington's Puget Sound. Traveling with everything they needed in the back of the car, they realized that tiny living was enjoyable and could open up their possibilities of owning the beachfront property of their dreams. Tucked away in the northwestern corner of Washington, the area provides endless shoreline, wildlife around every corner, and is perfect for their outdoor lifestyle. With Andy away for work and Katie's son at school, it's the perfect time for a girls' trip with her daughter, Caroline, to search for a small sanctuary on the sands of the Puget Sound. With the help of local real estate agent, Susan Henry, this pair will look to avoid paying a small fortune and take a big leap toward a tiny house for under $375,000.

Monday
Oct 3
3:30am | 2:30c
Season 8, Episode 8

Passport to Rio Hato, Panama

Troy Bell fell in love with the sand, sea, and sunshine after his first trip to Florida as a teenager with his parents. After this life changing experience, the native Canadian vowed that when he grew up he was going to move out of rainy Vancouver and into his very own tropical beach house. Now after several trips to Central America, Troy has his sights set on the shores of the Coclé Province of Panama, in the town of Rio Hato. The fabulous sandy beaches, glistening turquoise water, and incomparable climate, are the perfect setting for a seaside sanctuary. With the help of real estate agent and fellow ex-pat, Eldon Spears, Troy hopes to fulfill his beachfront dreams for under $200,000.

Friday
Oct 21
2pm | 1c
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.

Friday
Oct 21
2:30pm | 1:30c
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
Oct 21
3pm | 2c
Season 7, Episode 12

Hatteras Holiday on the North Carolina Coast.

Bill and Mary Foyes met on an Internet dating website and quickly discovered their mutual love for North Carolina's Outer Banks, specifically the quaint community of Hatteras Village.  Now, after 11 years of marriage and multiple visits with their daughter, Alicia, they are ready to purchase a permanent vacation home in their favorite seaside sanctuary. With the help of local real estate agent, Dottie Reed, the Foyes' hope to find a beachfront getaway where they build lasting family memories, all for under $175,000.

Friday
Oct 21
3:30pm | 2:30c
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.

Friday
Oct 21
4pm | 3c
Season 9, Episode 6

The Value Of Friendship In Manta

Mitch and Randee are newlyweds from Palmer, Alaska, and their blended family consists of five children. Enduring bitter winters her entire life, Randee has always fantasized about finding a tropical vacation getaway for her family. Luckily her childhood friend, Garrett, moved down and opened a real estate company with his father in the pacific coast community of Manta, Ecuador. After chatting over the phone and social media, Garrett opened both Mitch and Randee's eyes to the endless oceanfront possibilities of Ecuador. With his help they hope to achieve Randee's life long dream and find a South American sanctuary for $250,000 or less.

Friday
Oct 21
4:30pm | 3:30c
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Friday
Oct 21
5pm | 4c
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.

Friday
Oct 21
5:30pm | 4:30c
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.

Friday
Oct 21
6pm | 5c

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