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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 13, Episode 6

Family Retreat in St. Thomas

Rob and Sara live in Ohio with their two sons. A few years ago when Sara and Rob renewed their vows on the US Virgin Islands, Rob flew Sara's parents down and they all fell in love with St. Thomas. What started as a casual conversation to all buy a house together soon became a mission, and now they're determined to find the perfect family retreat for under $325,000.

Friday
Aug 10
3:30pm | 2:30c
Season 18, Episode 7

A Sweet Cranberry Coast Deal

A Seattle couple that loves getting away from the hustle and bustle of the city by vacationing on the Washington Coast decides to find their own home there. They've dreamed of owning a beachfront home in Grayland since they first met and it's become a tradition to vacation there with friends and family. With the help of an old college buddy, they are headed down the shore to purchase a home where they can vacation and visit right on the Pacific Ocean.

Friday
Aug 10
4pm | 3c
Season 16, Episode 13

Destin-ation Florida

Chase and Anna Claire grew up vacationing in Destin, Florida, and want to purchase a property to give their kids the same experiences. The couple also wants to rent the property when they're away, so they enlist a local real estate agent to help them find a condo overlooking the emerald waters for up to $350,000.

Friday
Aug 10
4:30pm | 3:30c
Season 14, Episode 6

California Dreamin' in Morro Bay

Paul and Shelly live in Morro Bay, California, and love spending time at the beach. However, they currently live far from the water and are looking to move into a new house within walking distance. With West Coast prices climbing out of reach, they know finding a property within their budget will be tough, but they hope to find the perfect beachfront home right on the water for under $375,000.

Friday
Aug 10
5pm | 4c
Season 13, Episode 11

Getting to Know Jaco, Costa Rica

Kim and Richard live outside of Tampa, Florida, with their three children. They've always dreamed of owning a beach house, but waterfront property around Tampa is too expensive. While researching possible locations overseas, Kim and Richard kept hearing great things about the small surf community of Jaco, Costa Rica. Now they're headed down to see what the town has to offer and hopefully find the perfect family vacation getaway for under $299,000.

Friday
Aug 10
5:30pm | 4:30c
Season 18, Episode 12

Pursuing the Panoramic Views of Plymouth, Massachusetts

A woman seeks a change of scenery after spending her entire life in Carver, Massachusetts. With a budget of $375,000 and the help of family and friends, she's searching for her own property on the coastal sands of nearby Plymouth, so she can see the ocean and enjoy the beach every day.

Friday
Aug 10
6pm | 5c
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Friday
Aug 10
6:30pm | 5:30c
Season 20, Episode 8

Space for Guests in Surf City

After several trips to the area, an Ormond Beach, Florida, couple is ready to find a vacation home in Surf City, North Carolina. Although they live near the Florida coast, they really enjoy Surf City's quieter, more secluded beach vibe and are ready to buy a beachfront home where their friends and family can frequently visit.

Friday
Aug 10
7pm | 6c
Season 20, Episode 6

Chesapeake Out Our Window in Southern Maryland

A Washington, DC, couple loves living in the city but wants to find a property that will allow their kids a chance to explore the outdoors. So they look for the perfect beachfront vacation home along the shores of Maryland's Chesapeake Bay with views of the water and a yard for the boys.

Friday
Aug 10
7:30pm | 6:30c
Season 19, Episode 10

Every Day is Like a Vacation

Newlyweds pack their bags to follow a job opportunity to Panama City Beach, Florida. They're tired of living in apartments and want to find a year-round home close to the emerald waters that has plenty of space for their two dogs.

Sunday
Aug 12
8pm | 7c
Season 19, Episode 5

Near the Water in Newport

A Newport, OR, family with two young children is ready to make a big change. They're currently landlocked and would love to find a new, full-time home closer to the Pacific coast with stunning views of the water.

Sunday
Aug 12
8:30pm | 7:30c
Season 19, Episode 10

Every Day is Like a Vacation

Newlyweds pack their bags to follow a job opportunity to Panama City Beach, Florida. They're tired of living in apartments and want to find a year-round home close to the emerald waters that has plenty of space for their two dogs.

Monday
Aug 13
3am | 2c
Season 19, Episode 5

Near the Water in Newport

A Newport, OR, family with two young children is ready to make a big change. They're currently landlocked and would love to find a new, full-time home closer to the Pacific coast with stunning views of the water.

Monday
Aug 13
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.

Friday
Aug 17
6:30am | 5:30c
Season 11, Episode 6

Rentable Retreat in Ocean City, Maryland

Caroline and Martin are from Macungie, Pennsylvania, and they've been vacationing along the shores of Ocean City, Maryland, for twenty years. Recently, they've grown tired of always visiting within a predetermined time frame and feel the purchase of their very own beach house would allow them the freedom to kick back and relax on a whim. With a budget of $250,000, Caroline and Martin are hoping that local restate agent Billy Barr will be able to find them a rentable property that will help offset some of the costs, so their beachfront dreams can become an affordable reality.

Friday
Aug 17
7am | 6c
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.

Friday
Aug 17
7:30am | 6:30c
Season 20, Episode 7

A Peaceful Panorama

A Baton Rouge, LA, couple with two kids love spending time at the beach and enjoy the peaceful waters surrounding Alabama's Dauphin Island. After almost a year of searching, they're ready to purchase their own vacation home.

Sunday
Aug 19
8pm | 7c
Season 20, Episode 1

First Home on Emerald Isle

North Carolina newlyweds have been renting on Emerald Isle for several years. Now that they're married, they're looking to purchase a home together and have even put in a few offers on different properties. All of the deals fell through, unfortunately, so they're starting from scratch and hope to finally find the perfect house near the beach.

Sunday
Aug 19
8:30pm | 7:30c
Season 20, Episode 7

A Peaceful Panorama

A Baton Rouge, LA, couple with two kids love spending time at the beach and enjoy the peaceful waters surrounding Alabama's Dauphin Island. After almost a year of searching, they're ready to purchase their own vacation home.

Monday
Aug 20
3am | 2c
Season 20, Episode 1

First Home on Emerald Isle

North Carolina newlyweds have been renting on Emerald Isle for several years. Now that they're married, they're looking to purchase a home together and have even put in a few offers on different properties. All of the deals fell through, unfortunately, so they're starting from scratch and hope to finally find the perfect house near the beach.

Monday
Aug 20
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.

Friday
Aug 24
6:30am | 5:30c
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 $350,00.

Friday
Aug 24
7am | 6c
Season 10, Episode 2

Placencia: It's Un-BELIZE-able

Dave and Laura are from Cleveland, Ohio, and have been married for 5 years. They are both tired of the cold Midwest winters and are looking for a place where they can be outside more than two months out of the year. They are looking for a home and also a location with room for a beachfront business. They love Belize and feel like this is the perfect time to make the move. With the help of real estate agent Chris Appelbe, they hope to find the perfect beachfront property for only $350,000.

Friday
Aug 24
7:30am | 6:30c
Season 18, Episode 11

Atlantic Beach Surprise

After years of talking about buying a coastal retreat together, two wives are kicking things into gear and surprising their husbands with a weekend of beachfront bargain hunting for a home under $350,000.

Sunday
Aug 26
4pm | 3c
Season 13, Episode 7

The Kids Agree on Siesta Key, Florida

Richard and Christine are from Chagrin Falls, Ohio, and have three kids: Alexandra, Madison and Leah. After Christine's parents purchased a condo in Siesta Key, Florida, a few years earlier, the whole family fell in love with the area. After years of renting, they are finally ready to purchase a place to call their own.

Sunday
Aug 26
4:30pm | 3:30c
Season 15, Episode 5

Keeping Active in Akumal

Shannon has been working and saving her entire life for the opportunity to purchase a beach home. Her two children have traveled the world with her, and they've all decided that Akumal, Mexico, is the ideal spot for a family getaway. They hope to find the perfect vacation home on the Caribbean Sea for under $390,000.

Sunday
Aug 26
5pm | 4c

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