Nothing beats the comfort and convenience of keeping your summer travel domestic.

And that’s apparently a sentiment many of us share, with recent reports showing that for the first time in two years, international travel is taking a backseat and people are flocking to some of the country’s most gorgeous hubs instead.

This upcoming season is no exception.

But what some travelers are quickly realizing is that while the comfort and convenience are still there, domestic travel isn’t nearly as affordable as it used to be.

So, if you’re trying to save as much as possible this summer, where can you go here in the U.S. for some good ol’ budget-friendly fun?

The answer can be found thanks to Yahoo Finance’s latest report on the cheapest domestic beach destinations, which crowned these gorgeous cities as the top 5 picks:

5. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Typical summer day in Myrtle Beach

Let’s start with a long-time favorite among budget-conscious travelers – Myrtle Beach.

The average visitor can expect to pay a little over $190 a day here, though if you’re making a conscious effort to limit costs you can bring that total down significantly.

That’s why so many people, especially those traveling with family or in big groups, can’t get enough of the South Carolina gem whose vibrant blue waters look like something straight out of the Caribbean.

And even beyond the gorgeous beaches, the fact that you’ll get to enjoy so many affordable shops, arcades, and live entertainment venues (Broadway at the Beach is incredible) all in one place, makes Myrtle Beach one of the best-value destinations you can choose this summer.

4. Cannon Beach, Oregon

View of Cannon Beach, Oregon

This criminally underrated city tucked away in the rugged coastline of Oregon is the perfect relaxing retreat.

Cannon Beach is a haven for quieter yet more adventurous souls looking to escape the crowds of better-known summer hubs (Myrtle Beach included) – daily costs are roughly the same, so the choice boils down to personal preference.

What I do want to note is that what the city lacks in big tourist attractions and all-inclusive resorts it more than makes for in cozy seaside cottages and darling little streets lined with art galleries, boutiques, and cafes, so if you haven’t already, definitely make sure to add it to your travel bucket list.

3. Huntington Beach, California

Huntington Beach at sunset

Craving Cannon Beach’s laid-back vibe but want to go somewhere livelier? Or are you a surfer eager to catch some waves?

Either way, the perfect place for you to go this summer is Huntington Beach, one of the only places in California that offers you its iconic entertainment scene and golden sand beaches at a reasonable price.

Coming to a place that’s known as “Surf City USA,” you already know that the energy will be unmatched.

Those who’re not too big on surfing can always take up beach volleyball or biking instead.

Better yet, do as I do and just lounge around and take in the Californian sun, knowing full well that you’re getting the experience of a lifetime for under $190 a day.

2. Gulf Shores, Alabama

Gulf Shores, Alabama

Home to pristine beaches, budget-friendly hotels, RV parks, plenty of hiking trails, a golf course, and even a zip line that goes over the dunes, Gulf Shores is the ultimate escape for travelers (especially families) looking to cut down on travel costs.

Between sunbathing sessions and exploring the many local attractions like Gulf State Park, Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge, and the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, your days here will be filled with memory-making experiences that’ll last you a lifetime.

1. Virginia Beach, Virginia

Virginia Beach aerial view

And the cheapest beach destination in all of the U.S. is… drum roll, please!

Virginia Beach.

The miles of golden, almost pink-ish-looking sand here are like something straight out of a movie, and when you combine that with all of the lively boardwalks, cute little cafes, and fascinating aquariums, you get the perfect budget-friendly summer hub where you can spend a whole week for just a little over $1000 (that includes travel and accommodation).

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