I hesitate to tell you about the beach house we rented last week because it is so wonderful and I want to keep it to myself, but I'm a good person (in spite of what you might think) so I'll pass along the information. It's the bottom floor of this house:
The owners live upstairs and they are as congenial as can be. I'm not going to lie to you, the water is cold.
But it's not that cold. (The tile floor in the bathroom in my house in Utah in January is a lot colder.)You will have fun and it will be just right for your family. It's not too ritzy and intimidating; neither is it crappy and scary. I saw a whale the first day. You probably don't believe me, but it's true. It's a magical place--I got tan and did not burn. Again, true. If you go I hope you enjoy it and I hope your 18 month old doesn't scribble with ball point pen on the couch because that really ruins it for the rest of us. Geeze.
Does the owner pay me to promote this place? No. But he should.