Great finds, from Highway 1 hideaways to 30-A beach rentals

Sometimes, nothing takes the edge off like a beachside vacation. Whether you’re in the mood for a cozy cottage for 2, a glam villa with a swim-up bar, or a 20th-floor condo with endless views, there’s a set of keys with your name on them. From the East Coast to the west, there are beaches galore where you can plant an umbrella, spread out your towel, and dive into your favorite beach read. Read on to learn about the many options that you could choose from for any kind of home-away-from-home beach vacation rental.

Romantic Beach Cottage Hideaways

Planning an oceanside vacation spent snuggling with that special someone? Your best bet for a weekend of romantic bliss may lie in the perfect beach cottage rental. If you like the thought of long mornings boating followed by an afternoon of antiquing, maybe you’ll see yourself in a shingled Cape Cod beauty in Bar Harbor, Maine, enjoying an evening cocktail in your rose-filled beachfront garden. Or perhaps you’d prefer the Southern vibe of Georgia’s Tybee Island, where you can climb a lighthouse before returning to your cottage with its yard paved in crushed seashells and jasmine blooming in your private patio. Cozy as they may be, you’ll find most standard amenities in a cottage as you would in any accommodation—nearly all include full kitchens and TVs, and some come with thoughtful additions such as bicycles, boogie boards, and reading material.

A mansion at the beach for an upscale getaway

A luxurious beachfront villa in a ritzy oceanfront town like Malibu, California, is a perfect choice for someone looking to get away from the cares of daily life. With expansive sea views from floor to ceiling windows, hot tubs, outdoor speakers, and private beaches, staying in a luxury villa can elevate a short weekend away into a true vacation. Many posh private villas feature multiple bedrooms, decks and balconies, and extra touches such as concierge massage services or gourmet chefs for an extra fee. Most feature private pools and hot tubs as well, so it's possible you may not even make it to the beach—although it would be a shame not to check out some of Southern California’s famed eateries.

Condo Beach Rentals

College reunion? Bachelor weekend? Sorority sister get-together? If you like the idea of a beach holiday with plenty of entertainment options around the corner, a beachfront condo rental in a city like Miami or South Beach might be an ideal option for you. You’ll have the privacy of your own home, but still have access to many of the amenities you might find in a large resort, such as multiple pools, swim-up bars, tennis courts, gyms and weight rooms, and even boat docks. A condo in a beach town doesn’t have to break the bank: You can find these in a huge price range, from modest condos to sprawling penthouses with rooftop terraces. Perhaps the best thing about choosing a condo over other options, especially if you snag an upper floor, is the endless views over the water that you’ll have right from your living room.

A beachfront rental for the whole family

Hanging out on the beach with the whole family is a fabulous way to make memories on vacation. And with a rental directly on the beach, you can live your beach bum truth when traveling with the family—babies and great-aunts can nap in their rooms without the whole party having to leave the beach. If you snag a house in a town like Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, you’ll not only have sand in your toes directly outside, but you’ll also have plentiful entertainment options for all ages, from golfing for grandpa to the rides on the boardwalk for kids and teens. Plus you’ll find historical sites, nature preserves, and shopping centers up and down the 60-mile Grand Strand of South Carolina to suit every age, budget, and taste.