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South Padre Island, Texas
There are a few beachfront (everything is beach front on this narrow little island) resorts with spectacular pools and views on the island and, surprisingly, many are affordable. Pearl South Padre Resort has relaxing pools that wind through the property and rooms around $80 per night. Don’t feel like you need to put your money into an impressive resort here, though. The beaches are the main attraction, so you can save money by choosing an inexpensive motel to sleep and spend your waking time a few steps away in the sand.