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 3, Episode 12

A little Latin retreat on Puerto Rico's island of Vieques.

Mathias and Monica love unwinding on the Caribbean's exotic white sand beaches. With a mutual love for the ocean and Monica's connection to the Latin culture, the couple decides to find a second home on Puerto Rico's island of Vieques. They look to local real estate agent, Thom Denton, to hunt down the ideal vacation home for only $350,000.

Friday
Mar 13
5:30pm | 4:30c
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 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 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 7

Galavanting around for a summer home on beaches of Galveston, TX.

Houston couple, Erica and Stew, love spending their summers on the beautiful beaches of Galveston, TX. Tired of renting various beach homes year after year, the couple decide it's finally time to buy a beachfront home of their own. With a tight budget of $350,000, the family enlists local real estate agent, Carol Miller Odorizzi, to help them find the perfect summer abode.

Tuesday
May 3
8:30am | 7:30c
Season 8, Episode 6

Fortifying a Family in Fort Pierce

Ken and Aileen Pruitt live in Fort Pierce, Florida and have been married for 33 years. They have four children who are quickly growing up and moving out on their own. To help ensure the Pruitt clan will stay connected throughout this new phase of their lives, Ken and Aileen are hoping to purchase a beachfront home,

Saturday
May 14
5:30pm | 4:30c
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.

Friday
May 27
2pm | 1c
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 12, Episode 2

A Place in the Pines of Lincoln City, OR

Jeana and Eric live busy lives with their two daughters in Highland, Utah. After a trip down the Pacific Coast they fell in love with Lincoln City, Oregon and are looking to purchase a vacation home amongst the pine trees and rocky cliffs. Only a half-day trip from Utah, Jeana, Eric, and their daughters love the unique beaches of this Pacific Northwest location. They are hoping to find a beach home that offers relaxation, but also brings in revenue through renting. With the help of local real estate agent, Feather Hryczyk, this family of four is setting their sights on a family vacation home for under $299,000.

Sunday
Aug 28
8pm | 7c
Season 12, Episode 3

Deciding on Dauphin Island, AL

Kellie and Duane have their sights set on a family vacation home on beautiful Dauphin Island, Alabama. With an abundance of budget friendly activities like crabbing, shelling, and biking, the area is perfect for the entire family. Plus, at 14 miles long and less than 2 miles wide, the water is never more than a short walk away. With the help of local real estate agent, Dot Small, Kellie and Duane will search for a seaside home steps from the sand for under $250,000.

Sunday
Aug 28
8:30pm | 7:30c
Season 12, Episode 2

A Place in the Pines of Lincoln City, OR

Jeana and Eric live busy lives with their two daughters in Highland, Utah. After a trip down the Pacific Coast they fell in love with Lincoln City, Oregon and are looking to purchase a vacation home amongst the pine trees and rocky cliffs. Only a half-day trip from Utah, Jeana, Eric, and their daughters love the unique beaches of this Pacific Northwest location. They are hoping to find a beach home that offers relaxation, but also brings in revenue through renting. With the help of local real estate agent, Feather Hryczyk, this family of four is setting their sights on a family vacation home for under $299,000.

Monday
Aug 29
3am | 2c
Season 12, Episode 3

Deciding on Dauphin Island, AL

Kellie and Duane have their sights set on a family vacation home on beautiful Dauphin Island, Alabama. With an abundance of budget friendly activities like crabbing, shelling, and biking, the area is perfect for the entire family. Plus, at 14 miles long and less than 2 miles wide, the water is never more than a short walk away. With the help of local real estate agent, Dot Small, Kellie and Duane will search for a seaside home steps from the sand for under $250,000.

Monday
Aug 29
3:30am | 2:30c
Season 12, Episode 4

Bringing Up Baby in Ocean City, Maryland

Jeff and Kate met in college and one of their first dates was along the shores of Ocean City, Maryland. Soon they not only fell in love with each other and were married but they both developed a strong bond with the bustling seaside metropolis. Now, with a child on the way, Jeff and Kate feel there would be no better way to escape their hectic lives in Baltimore, and build precious family memories, than with an Ocean City beach house of their own. After a lengthy period of saving, Jeff and Kate hope real estate agent, Billy Barr, will find them the perfect vacation home right on the water for $315,000 or less.

Sunday
Sep 4
8pm | 7c
Season 12, Episode 5

Combing for a Coastal Home Office in Carolina Beach

Cary and Ryan currently live in Durham, North Carolina and are looking to buy a home in Carolina Beach. They both went to school nearby and really miss being closer to the water. Since they both work from home, they're looking to not only buy a house, but office space must be included. With the help of real estate agent, Travis Beatty, they hope to find the perfect beachfront getaway where they can work and play for only $340,000.

Sunday
Sep 4
8:30pm | 7:30c
Season 12, Episode 4

Bringing Up Baby in Ocean City, Maryland

Jeff and Kate met in college and one of their first dates was along the shores of Ocean City, Maryland. Soon they not only fell in love with each other and were married but they both developed a strong bond with the bustling seaside metropolis. Now, with a child on the way, Jeff and Kate feel there would be no better way to escape their hectic lives in Baltimore, and build precious family memories, than with an Ocean City beach house of their own. After a lengthy period of saving, Jeff and Kate hope real estate agent, Billy Barr, will find them the perfect vacation home right on the water for $315,000 or less.

Monday
Sep 5
3am | 2c
Season 12, Episode 5

Combing for a Coastal Home Office in Carolina Beach

Cary and Ryan currently live in Durham, North Carolina and are looking to buy a home in Carolina Beach. They both went to school nearby and really miss being closer to the water. Since they both work from home, they're looking to not only buy a house, but office space must be included. With the help of real estate agent, Travis Beatty, they hope to find the perfect beachfront getaway where they can work and play for only $340,000.

Monday
Sep 5
3:30am | 2:30c
Season 12, Episode 6

A Beachy View in Branford, CT

April and Robert currently live in Stamford, Connecticut and are looking for a beach home in Branford, Connecticut. Located along the Long Island Sound, this New England town is the perfect place for this couple to unwind after long shifts working as a nurse and paramedic. Plus, moving north to a more affordable county will make it easier to find a property close to the water. With the help of local real estate agent, Vicky Welch, this young couple is searching to scope out a spot with a sea view all for under $350,000.

Sunday
Sep 11
8pm | 7c
Season 12, Episode 7

Passage to Port Aransas, Texas

Jennifer and Brian live hectic lives with their three children in Lakeway, Texas. After spending the past seven years visiting the Gulf Coast community of Port Aransas, the family would love to purchase their very own vacation home along its sandy, sun kissed shores. But with a limited inventory available, Jennifer and Brian hope local real estate agent, Jacob Payne, can find them a deal on a family getaway all within their budget of $375,000.

Sunday
Sep 11
8:30pm | 7:30c
Season 12, Episode 6

A Beachy View in Branford, CT

April and Robert currently live in Stamford, Connecticut and are looking for a beach home in Branford, Connecticut. Located along the Long Island Sound, this New England town is the perfect place for this couple to unwind after long shifts working as a nurse and paramedic. Plus, moving north to a more affordable county will make it easier to find a property close to the water. With the help of local real estate agent, Vicky Welch, this young couple is searching to scope out a spot with a sea view all for under $350,000.

Monday
Sep 12
3am | 2c
Season 12, Episode 7

Passage to Port Aransas, Texas

Jennifer and Brian live hectic lives with their three children in Lakeway, Texas. After spending the past seven years visiting the Gulf Coast community of Port Aransas, the family would love to purchase their very own vacation home along its sandy, sun kissed shores. But with a limited inventory available, Jennifer and Brian hope local real estate agent, Jacob Payne, can find them a deal on a family getaway all within their budget of $375,000.

Monday
Sep 12
3:30am | 2:30c
Season 8, Episode 5

Ethereal Eleuthera Experience

Rick and Cathie are from Long Island, New York and have been married for 17 years. They first vacationed in the Bahamas while they were dating and quickly fell in love with the glorious climate and magnificent beaches. Now between running a family business and taking care of their two children, life at home has become very busy. Rick and Cathie hope to find a beachfront getaway, a place where they can relax and reconnect as a family. While they both agree the Bahamas would be the perfect place, Rick would prefer to find a sea side sanctuary on the tranquil island of Eleuthera as opposed to bustling Nassau. Cathie's going to need some convincing because she's not sure the remote lifestyle is for her. With the help of real estate agent Brian Hanna, Rick and Cathie hope to get on the same page and find a beachfront oasis they both can enjoy for under $375,000.

Sunday
Sep 18
1pm | 12c

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