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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 11, Episode 13

A Budget to Squeeze in Placencia, Belize

Ever since their third date, Glenn and Samantha have shared the dream of owning a vacation home somewhere on the beach. Glenn grew up on the coast of Florida, and Samantha is a serious scuba diver, so they both feel a strong connection to the ocean. After a lengthy period of researching everywhere from Mexico to Costa Rica, they kept hearing great things about Placencia, Belize. Known for its exquisite diving, laid-back lifestyle and friendly atmosphere, Glenn and Samantha decide to visit Placencia for the very first time to explore the possibility of purchasing a property.

Friday
May 10
1:30pm | 12:30c
Season 14, Episode 1

Why Not Move to Warwick?

Aman and Kevin are native Rhode Islanders living in Narragansett. They have grown tired of renting and are ready to move more centrally within the Ocean State to access their family, work and favorite activities. Conveniently located within the heart of Rhode Island, Warwick boasts 39 miles of coastline and eight beaches while providing easy access to city life in Providence or seaside life in Narragansett. Will this couple find their first home on New England waters, all for under $215,000?

Friday
May 10
2pm | 1c
Season 17, Episode 13

A Deal on Dauphin Island

An Alabama couple and their three children visit Dauphin Island for the first time to find a vacation retreat for under $265,000. During their search, they explore the area's panoramic views, historic sites and plethora of family activies.

Friday
May 10
2:30pm | 1:30c
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.

Friday
May 10
3pm | 2c
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.

Friday
May 10
3:30pm | 2:30c
Season 14, Episode 10

Down by the Chesapeake Bay

Phillip and Jordan love visiting Cape Charles, Virginia, with their three young sons. Located along the Chesapeake Bay just 90 minutes from their home in Suffolk, Cape Charles is the perfect place to visit the beach and relax. Wanting to take advantage of the small beach town feel and historical charm, this family is seeking a historical beach home with a budget of $375,000.

Friday
May 10
4pm | 3c
Season 15, Episode 6

A Deal in Jonesport-Beals

After living in the Jonesport-Beals area of Maine their entire lives, Stephen and Heidi want to upgrade from ocean views to oceanfront living. Stephen is a commercial lobster fisherman, so they are hoping to find a waterfront home with a dock, allowing less time at the marina and more time for family fun. A local real estate agent helps the couple find a permanent residence on Maine's rugged gulf beaches to live, work and play for under $350,000.

Friday
May 10
4:30pm | 3:30c
Season 17, Episode 9

Finding a Rentable Rendezvous

After four years of being in a relationship but living 45-minutes apart, a couple decides to purchase an oceanfront rendezvous in Point Pleasant Beach, NJ. With a budget of $499,000, they hope to find a home directly on the beach that could also produce rental income when they're not there. Will they find the perfect beach home where they can spend more time together?

Friday
May 10
5pm | 4c
Season 13, Episode 13

Taking Flight in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina

Johanna and Andy live in North Carolina, and while they love the laid-back lifestyle of the Outer Banks, it lacks many of the conveniences of a year-round residence. As their son Charlie grows, they've decided that they're ready to purchase a permanent beach home in Kitty Hawk. As a real estate team in the area for over five years, Johanna and Andy will search for a home on the historic sands of Kitty Hawk for under $350,000.

Friday
May 10
5:30pm | 4:30c
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.

Friday
May 10
6pm | 5c
Season 17, Episode 1

A Life for Me on Manasota Key

Blake grew up on Manasota Key, Florida, and moved back two years ago to help with his family's real estate business. Everything he loves is on the island, so he is ready to buy a permanent beach condo on the area's laid-back sands for under $300,000.

Friday
May 10
6:30pm | 5:30c
Season 14, Episode 5

Savings on Washington's San Juan Islands

Sybil and Travis live and work on the San Juan Islands, an archipelago off the coast of Washington. They previously owned a vacation property in Cabo San Lucas but making trips to and from Mexico on a regular basis was problematic. Sybil and Travis decided there would be no better place to find a new family getaway than right in their own backyard, so they are looking for a San Juan sanctuary within their firm budget of $375,000.

Friday
May 10
7pm | 6c
Season 15, Episode 4

A Casa in Costa Maya

At home in Austin, Texas, Jeremy and Shannah are three to four hours from the Gulf to Mexico but feel that the beautiful turquoise waters of Mexico's Caribbean coast are better suited for their scuba and snorkeling needs. Specifically interested in the undeveloped paradise of Costa Maya, the couple is hoping to find a waterfront home with separate units so they can rent to visitors and cover their mortgage. Can Jeremy and Shannah find their own little slice of heaven for under $399,000?

Friday
May 10
7:30pm | 6:30c
Season 11, Episode 4

Gettin' Mama a Gulf Front View in Orange Beach, Alabama

Tammy and Russ are from Aliceville, Alabama, and both spent their childhood vacationing in Orange Beach. They have two sons, Preston and Rafe, and are hoping to spend some quality time with them at the beach while they're still young. Tammy's only requirement is that she gets a direct view of the Gulf of Mexico. With the help of real estate agent Lance Steffek, they hope to find the perfect beachfront condo for only $275,000.

Thursday
May 23
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.

Thursday
May 23
1:30pm | 12:30c
Season 18, Episode 2

Our Own Margate City Retreat

After staying with friends in Margate City, NJ, a busy Philadelphia couple decides it's time to find a place of their own. With a budget of $250,000, they hope to purchase a property as close to the beach as possible. Will they find their beach getaway on their budget?

Thursday
May 23
2pm | 1c
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.

Thursday
May 23
2:30pm | 1:30c
Season 20, Episode 3

Can't Get Enough of Carolina Beach, NC

Jesse and Alana live in Raleigh, North Carolina, with their two sons. Alana has been visiting her family's vacation house in Carolina Beach since she was a kid, and Jesse has been coming along since they met. Now that their boys are getting older, the couple has decided it's time to search the area's expansive sands to find a beachfront home of their own.

Thursday
May 23
3pm | 2c
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Thursday
May 23
3:30pm | 2:30c
Season 18, Episode 13

Moving Over to Marshfield, Massachusetts

A water-loving couple is ready to sell their house in Whitman, Massachusetts, and raise their children in her coastal hometown of Marshfield. Located on the East Coast between Boston and Cape Cod, they love the different beaches of the area, as well as its proximity to their families. These native New Englanders are eager to fulfill their beachfront dreams as they set out to find a permanent haven on the shore for under $399,000.

Thursday
May 23
4pm | 3c
Season 20, Episode 5

Getaway on Palm Island, Florida

A mother-daughter duo from Colorado wants to find a tropical vacation getaway on Florida's Palm Island. After vacationing there for years, the family is ready to make Palm Island their home away from home.

Thursday
May 23
4:30pm | 3:30c
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.

Thursday
May 23
5pm | 4c
Season 21, Episode 3

Coming Back to Crystal Beach, Texas

Stacey and Billy are looking for a retreat from their snow-filled life in the Rocky Mountains. Having grown up along the Gulf Coast of Texas, Billy has a history with the laid-back community of Crystal Beach and feels it would be the ideal vacation destination to host their family and friends.

Thursday
May 23
5:30pm | 4:30c
Season 20, Episode 10

A Place for the Family in Ocean City, MD

A Maryland couple that loves taking their four kids to the beach decides to invest in a beachfront vacation home in Ocean City.

Thursday
May 23
6pm | 5c
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Thursday
May 23
6:30pm | 5:30c
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?

Thursday
May 23
7pm | 6c

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