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Ten Last-Minute Beach Getaways for Summer

By Kathleen Squires
August 28, 2014; 8:30 AM ET

You're dreaming of sun-kissed days on the sand and the sounds of the ocean, but you haven't made your summer vacation plans yet. No need to worry-there's still time to book a beach getaway. We've tracked down 10 spots enjoyable for all types of travelers, whether you're a foodie, a fisherman, or fixing to become a beach bum. These destinations are not only easily accessible, but are also underrated, uncrowded, and full of fantastic last-minute deals. From Virginia to California, here's where you can enjoy the sun and the sea before the summer is out.

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Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

There are a few reasons the D.R. is one of the most visited tourist destinations in the Caribbean: warm, crystalline waters; abundant sand and sunshine; and a laid-back tropical rhythm that pervades the daily vibe. Punta Cana, where the Atlantic and the Caribbean meet, is a hub for all-inclusive stays, many showcasing great eleventh-hour deals. One of the newer resorts, the Hotel Riu Palace Bavaro, is offering junior suites for as low as $115/night, per person, all-inclusive, with spa credits and golf discounts. Jet Blue Vacations is also featuring reasonable, last-minute airfare and hotel packages for purchase by August 24.

Plan Your Trip: Visit Fodor's Dominican Republic Guide

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West Beach, Alabama

Nature-lovers and golfers are drawn to this Gulf Shores getaway, an impossibly soft, sandy six-mile stretch. Set out for the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge, home to various migrating birds and sea turtles. Golfers can head to the quaint condos of the Kiva Dunes Resort, which is running special "Play All Day" rates until the end of the summer.

Plan Your Trip: Visit Fodor's Alabama Guide

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Virginia Beach, Virginia

For something quintessentially American, look no further than Virginia Beach's famous three-mile-long boardwalk, where games, food, and amusements of all kinds await. Or, climb the tower of the historic Cape Henry Lighthouse, built in 1792, for panoramic views of Chesapeake Bay. This is one of the country's most family-friendly destinations, and the area's newest beachfront resort, Oceanaire, is not only conveniently located right on the boardwalk, but is offering great deals for the rest of the summer.

Plan Your Trip: Visit Fodor's Virginia Guide

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