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Beach bound! 5 affordable ocean vacations

Laura Begley Bloom from Travel + Leisure magazine shows off five beautiful beach vacation spots that you can enjoy for less than $200 a night.

Ready for a beach getaway? Plan your escape now and book a deal at these great beach hotels where even the room rate will put you at ease. 

Viceroy Zihuatanejo
Just 3.5 hours by plane from L.A., this resort on Zihuatanejo Bay's Playa La Ropa is an easy escape for West Coast residents. Stay in one of 70 rooms or suites—each with a private terrace or balcony—but be sure to venture out for a dip at each of the three pools. If you like to cook, organic cooking classes are available and include a tour of the town market to shop for local ingredients. Afterward, relax at the spa with a Viceroy Signature Lava Shell Therapy that uses smooth shells from the ocean that are heated with minerals, sea kelp, algae and salt water. Rates from $180/night

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Hawaii: Aqua hotels
Aqua Lotus, one of the 16 hotels in the Aqua hotel chain, has an indeal location in Honolulu near Diamond Head between Kapiolani Park and the beach. The 50 Asian inspired rooms have private lanais, and views of either Diamond Head or the Pacific Ocean. On top of this great deal, take advantage of complimentary perks such as in-room Wifi, daily wine service in the lobby, beach cruiser bikes, and morning yoga classes. Rates from $99/night at Aqua hotels; from $199/night at Aqua Lotus

Northern California Coast: Blue Door Inn, Mendocino
Located about 150 miles north of San Francisco, this recently renovated bed and breakfast is a short walk from the coastline and makes a great base for exploring the area’s vineyards and shops. The cozy, neutral-colored rooms are decked out with fireplaces, Frette towels, and Kiehl’s bath products. In the morning, enjoy gourmet two-course breakfast, and later on in the day, an afternoon wine hour. Rates from $200/night

Florida: The Atlantic Resort & Spa
A T+L 500 hotel, Atlantic Resort & Spa in Fort Lauderdale is offering a package deal with the city’s Museum of Art to bring you close to one of the most awe-inspiring predators of the ocean: sharks. In addition to tickets to the exhibition—where you can check out more than 400 photographs, illustrations, and installations—the deal includes a two-night stay in an oceanfront room, daily breakfast for two at East End Brasserie, a two-hour snorkeling cruise for two in a glass-bottom boat, and 20 percent off all services at The Spa Atlantic. Rates from $199/night

 Newport, RI: The Attwater
Re-opening on June 1 after extensive renovations, this boutique hotel is on a quiet street three blocks from Newport Harbor and an eight-minute walk to First Beach. The modern hi-tech rooms come with iPads, Apple TV, and iPod docking stations. Book the Ultimate Lark Getaway deal, which includes two nights, a harbor cruise on the Rum Runner II, including cocktails from June 1 through July 31. Rates from $165/night

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