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 1, Episode 10

Nature Lovers Bargain Hunt

Desiree and John are looking for a beachfront home that touches the waters of Texas's Gulf Coast. Realtor Jana Turner will show them three potential properties on the barrier island. Will they be able to find a home as close to the water as they want to be for their budget of $300,000?

Tuesday
Jan 13
1:30pm | 12:30c
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 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
Jul 5
5pm | 4c
Season 1, Episode 6

A New England Family Searches For A Vacation Dock To Call Home

Kristen and Chuck and their two children are searching for a second home on the waters of Cape Cod to provide a step on step off beach lifestyle. Realtor Paul Beatty shows them four potential properties along the Cape. Will they be able to find home that combines their wants on the water for their budget of $350,000?

Sunday
Jul 12
1pm | 12c
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 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 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.

Saturday
Feb 6
2pm | 1c
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 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.

Saturday
May 14
1:30pm | 12:30c
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 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
Season 6, Episode 9

A woman ready for a change searches for a permanent dream home in Avon, North Carolina.

Heather fell in love with the small town charm and beautiful beaches of Avon, North Carolina many years ago. Now, ready to make a change in her life, she's looking to permanently move from her home near Charlotte to Avon. Knowing that this is more than a weekend getaway, Heather needs to find a house that really suits all of her needs. With the help of her friend, Courtney, and the knowledge of local real estate agent, Tom Hranicka, Heather begins her quest for her dream, beach home for under $360,000.

Sunday
Aug 14
1:30pm | 12:30c
Season 4, Episode 10

Bargain Hunting Pismo Beach, CA

Anthony and Hun need a sunny beach home. Real Estate Agent Mikey Hahn 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 $375,000.

Sunday
Aug 14
2pm | 1c
Season 3, Episode 13

A family of four searches for their vacation villa in the Dominican Republic.

Roger, Tracey and their two children are looking to find their perfect vacation villa on the north shore of the Dominican Republic. Safety, multiple bedrooms and beach access are all essentials for this active family from Canada. With the help of Randi Carrier, a local real estate agent, they search the beautiful shores for the perfect family getaway with a budget of $325,000.

Sunday
Aug 14
2:30pm | 1:30c
Season 9, Episode 11

Key West, Florida Comeback

Victoria is a single mother who raised her two children, Tim and Chris in Key West, Florida. But due to their jobs the family had to relocate up north to Miami. Now that the kids are grown and out on their own, Victoria would like to return to their old neighborhood, and find a vacation home where she and the boys can reconnect and spend quality time together. Although they're familiar with the area, it's been a while, so Victoria has hired local real estate agent, Ellen Gvili, to help navigate the current market and hopefully land a beachfront property within Victoria's firm budget of $350,000.

Sunday
Aug 14
3pm | 2c

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