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Where Are the Best and Most Affordable U.S. and Puerto Rico Beaches?

by Aoife O'Riordan

Jul 6, 2023

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Omio, a booking platform for plane, train and bus travel, hopes to inspire family travelers this summer with its recent study ranking the best and most affordable beaches in the United States and Puerto Rico. The study looked at price points for ice cream, soft drinks and beer by the beach, as well as weather data and public ratings for 35 of the most popular beaches on U.S. territory.


These are the top 20 best and most affordable beaches in the United States and Puerto Rico:

  1. Driftwood Beach, Jekyll Island, Georgia
  2. Coligny Beach, Hilton Head, South Carolina
  3. Playa de Isla Verde, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  4. Siesta Beach, Siesta Key, Florida
  5. Balneario Seven Seas, Fajardo, Puerto Rico
  6. Caladesi Island State Park, Clearwater, Florida
  7. Kiawah Beachwalker Park, Kiawah Island, South Carolina
  8. Henderson Beach State Park, Destin, Florida
  9. Saint George Island State Park, St. George Island, Florida
  10. Cape May Beach, Cape May, New Jersey
  11. Ocean City Beach, Ocean City, Maryland
  12. Wrightsville Beach, Wilmington, North Carolina
  13. Cannon Beach, Cannon Beach, Oregon
  14. Miami Beach, Miami, Florida
  15. Stewart Beach, Galveston, Texas
  16. Coopers Beach, The Hamptons, New York
  17. Oak Street Beach, Chicago, Illinois
  18. Poipu Beach Park, Kauai, Hawai’i
  19. Lighthouse Beach, Outer Banks, North Carolina
  20. Coronado Beach, San Diego, California


Driftwood Beach of Jekyll Island takes the top spot as the best and most affordable beach in the United States and Puerto Rico. The study found an average price of $1 for ice cream, $2.48 for soft drinks and $5 for beer. The beach has a balmy average temperature of 82 degrees Fahrenheit, too, making it a great family spot this summer.


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