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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 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.

Sunday
Jul 19
8pm | 7c
Season 7, Episode 11

A Couple Searches for the Perfect Beach Getaway for Their Large Family of Nine

Jon and Susan have their heart set on finding a second home in Palm Coast, Florida. They love everything the quaint beach town has to offer and that it's a quick drive away from home. Finding a place big enough for their family of nine and on the water is no easy task, but with the help of local real estate agent Patricia "P.J." Blackmon, they set off to find a beach home fit for their entire family.

Monday
Aug 10
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.

Sunday
Aug 23
1pm | 12c
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.

Monday
Dec 28
3:30am | 2:30c
Season 9, Episode 8

Caribbean Dreamin' in the Great White North

Chris and Amanda are a young couple from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, who first met during an evening of dancing at a nightclub. While getting to know each other, Amanda revealed her aspirations of someday owning a beachfront vacation property. Chris thought it was a brilliant idea, especially since winters in the Great White North can last between six and eight months. After researching a variety of tropical locations, they're concentrating their search on the sun-drenched shores of Isabela, Puerto Rico. Chris and Amanda both want an ocean view with access to the water for $320,000 or less. While Chris is a spender and Amanda a saver, they are at odds over sticking to their budget when finding the seaside home of their dreams.

Sunday
Jan 10
8:30pm | 7:30c
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 work week. Having vacationed on South Carolina's Grand Strand most of their lives, the couple is ready to turn in their hotel keys for house 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 10
3pm | 2c
Season 9, Episode 3

Costa Rican Playa Persuasion

Sean and Donna are from Brooklyn, New York. Their two teenage daughters will soon be moving into the collegiate phase of their lives, but before they're out of the house and on their own, Sean and Donna would love to create some indelible memories. They've decided that the purchase of beachfront home would be the ideal setting for family fun and would entice the girls to come visit more often in the future.

Monday
Dec 26
3:30am | 2:30c
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 and 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.

Thursday
May 11
3pm | 2c
Season 15, Episode 7

From Turkey to the South Jersey Shore

Sevket and Selim work long hours at their business in Jackson, New Jersey. Growing up in Turkey, the brothers were landlocked, so they've always dreamed of owning a house on the beach. Now, they are looking for a home their entire family can enjoy. With the help of their real estate agent, Sevket and Selim hope to find the perfect beachfront property for under $399,000.

Monday
Jul 31
3am | 2c
Season 16, Episode 9

Vacation Condo in Orange Beach, Alabama

Growing up in the area of Orange Beach, Alabama, Jamie and Jamie spent a lot of time on the sand, but their life with three children it has made it difficult to catch a break on the beach. Conveniently located only 20 minutes from their home, Jamie and Jamie feel that purchasing a beachfront property in Orange Beach is a great opportunity to spend more time with their children. They're turning to their friend and local real estate agent to help them find a fun-filled vacation condo with a view, all for under $340,000.

Monday
Sep 4
3am | 2c
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Monday
Sep 11
3am | 2c
Season 14, Episode 9

Returning to Kailua Kona, Hawaii

Mark and Josephine live in San Francisco, California, along with Josephine's 14-year-old daughter, Ibby. After coming to Kailua Kona, Hawaii, for their engagement, they immediately fell in love with the location. For Josephine, it reminds her of growing up in the Philippines, and she wants to share that experience with her daughter. With the help of a real estate agent, they hope to find the perfect tropical retreat for under $350,000.

Saturday
Sep 30
3:30am | 2:30c
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.

Monday
Jan 22
3am | 2c
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 work week. Having vacationed on South Carolina's Grand Strand most of their lives, the couple is ready to turn in their hotel keys for house 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.

Friday
Jun 29
6:30am | 5:30c
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.

Friday
Jun 29
7am | 6c
Season 11, Episode 1

Buying in Beaufort on a Budget

Lori and Chad's second date was during a Christmas flotilla in the historic seaside community of Beaufort, North Carolina. Soon they not only fell in love with each other and were married, but they both developed a deep connection with the tranquil coastal town and have continued visiting ever since. While Lori and Chad enjoy all Beaufort has to offer, they're tired of constantly making trips back and forth from their hometown of Greenville, North Carolina, and are ready to find a place to call their own. But with a budget of $375,000, they're not sure if a permanent residence or vacation home will be the way to go, so they've hired local real estate agent Rita Roberts to aid in their search.

Friday
Jun 29
7:30am | 6:30c
Season 9, Episode 7

Opening Up Shop in San Jacinto, Ecuador

Working in the travel industry has provided Marty and Jim a ticket around the world and an education in hospitality. They've learned that expectations are high and are looking to live up to them by opening their own bed and breakfast in San Jacinto, Ecuador. Finding a home to live and work in won't be easy, but with the help of real estate agent Tom Saunders, Marty and Jim are searching for a spot on the sand to make their own, all for under $200,000.

Sunday
Jul 1
1pm | 12c
Season 10, Episode 13

A Future on Fripp Island, South Carolina

Todd and Kristy have been married for over four years and are expecting their first child in just a few months. Between their hectic work week and constant preparation for the baby, it's hard for them to find time to unwind. In an effort to ensure they'll have a break from the daily stresses of life, they've decided to scour the remote shores of Fripp Island, in search of a vacation home. Just a short drive from their hometown of Bluffton, South Carolina, Fripp Island offers a laid back coastal vibe, the ideal setting for a weekend getaway. Shopping with a strict budget of $350,000, they're not exactly sure what type of property they'll be able to afford, but they're hoping real estate agent Wayne Zerler can find them a house right on the water.

Sunday
Jul 1
1:30pm | 12:30c
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 US 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
Jul 1
2pm | 1c
Season 12, Episode 10

Coastal Fun in Florida's New Smyrna Sun

Tami and Don are from Enterprise, Florida, and have two kids, Izzy and Zander. Living less than an hour away from New Smyrna Beach, they've spent plenty of time there and think it's the ideal vacation destination for their family and friends. With the help of real estate agent Carl Vasile, they hope to find the perfect beachfront home and investment property, all for under $275,000.

Sunday
Jul 1
2:30pm | 1:30c
Season 17, Episode 4

Searching the Sands of Orange Beach, Alabama

A Missouri family decides to invest in a permanent residence in Orange Beach, AL. After years of visiting the location, they hope to find a beachfront property they can call their own with all the amenities and promising rental potential. Will their budget be enough to afford them the Alabama beach home of their dreams?

Sunday
Jul 1
3pm | 2c
Season 16, Episode 2

Saving on the Spacious Sands of La Ceiba, Honduras

A Texas father-daughter team searches for the perfect vacation spot in La Ceiba, Honduras. After visiting many times, they've fallen in love with the adventurous aspect of the area's jungles and La Ceiba's location in the northern part of the country. The duo is ready for their next venture but will they have the budget for the seaside home of their dreams?

Sunday
Jul 1
3:30pm | 2:30c
Season 6, Episode 6

Battling Budgets in North Myrtle Beach

Vinny and Frenia agree on the idea of a vacation home in North Myrtle Beach, but they are finding out that their differing budgets may come between them. They have enlisted the help of real estate agent, Jason Moore, to play referee between Frenia's urge to splurge at $250,000 and Vinny's more conservative outlook of $185,000.

Friday
Jul 6
6:30am | 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 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
Jul 6
7am | 6c
Season 9, Episode 3

Costa Rican Playa Persuasion

Sean and Donna are from Brooklyn, New York. Their two teenage daughters will soon be moving into the collegiate phase of their lives, but before they're out of the house and on their own, Sean and Donna would love to create some indelible memories. They've decided that the purchase of beachfront home would be the ideal setting for family fun and would entice the girls to come visit more often in the future.

Friday
Jul 6
7:30am | 6:30c
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.

Friday
Jul 13
6:30am | 5:30c

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