Have oceans of fun at these beach condos

9 affordable summertime retreats

Your dream of owning a second home along some sunny distant shore might be more within your reach than you thought.

Yes, there are affordable summer beach condos out there. And we found 9 to prove the point.

We shopped for homes in busy resort towns like Hilton Head, S.C., and more laid-back locales like Gearhart, Ore., along the Pacific Coast. The point is, there's something here for everyone — the beach bum, the golf enthusiast, the person in search of historical charm.

All of these condos have two bedrooms — many have two bathrooms as well — and are on the market for $183,000 to $250,000. These are not only great summer vacation spots for you and your family but also potential investment properties, offering rental income while you're not there.

We'll start with the cheapest option first, a 95-year-old retreat just outside Boston.

By Mitch Strohm
Interest.com Contributing Editor