Spring break condos

8 fun, affordable beachfront investments

Spring break is nearly upon us, a time to shake off winter's grip and think about sun, fun — and beachfront living.

But is this an affordable dream? To find out, we shopped for homes in some of the most popular spring break destinations along the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic coasts, from South Padre Island, Texas, to St. Augustine Beach, Fla.

We found eight reasonably priced condos either on the beach or within easy walking distance of the water. They all have at least two bedrooms and two bathrooms and are on the market for $150,000 to $250,000. These condos offer both a great vacation spot for your family and serve as potential investment properties, offering rental income when you're not there.

Keep an eye on the difference in price per square foot, which is a great way to compare how far your housing dollar will stretch in certain areas. Let's head first to south Florida, where the surf's up near the first property on our tour.

By Mitch Strohm
Interest.com Contributing Editor