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What Beaches Should You Hit This Summer?

What Beaches Should You Hit This Summer?

Here are some of the best places for sun, surf and sand in the USA


Spring is well underway, and as the weather gets warmer we turn our heads to the approaching summer. With sun-soaked sands, fresh sea air, and crashing waves, a day out on the coast is just what everyone needs this summer, but east or west, which beach is best? Both sides of the U.S. tout some fantastic beaches, so lets take a look at which ones top the list.

Three states feature prominently when it comes to the best beaches in the United States, and those are; Florida, California, Hawaii. That’s hardly a surprise to anyone, but there are exceptions of course, and some of those are featured below, so read on to find out where you can head this summer for your dose of the seaside.

Miami Beach, Florida

Topping many lists of the best beaches in the USA, Miami Beach is the place to hang out if you think you’re cool. People-watching is big here apparently, and people come here in their droves just to see or be seen. Aside from that, there is of course the fantastic beach lifestyle, gorgeous wide sandy beaches stretch for miles along the coastline and clear blue water makes for excellent swimming. However, if lying on a beach all day soaking up the sun isn’t your idea of fun, there is another thing Miami Beach is known for; its art deco heritage. Take a walk around admiring art deco-style hotels, or learn more about the architecture by joining a tour. If this isn’t your thing, head to South Pointe Pier and try your hand at fishing.

Huntington Beach, California

Nicknamed ‘Surf City USA’, this California beach features excellent surf conditions year-round and is the ideal place to learn how to surf. There’s an abundance of surf schools and options for renting surfing equipment as well. One of the standout features of Huntington Beach is its wide beachfront allowing for plenty of space to spread out, play volleyball, or just do whatever it is you want to do. Huntington Beach has more of that quintessential Californian vibe than probably anywhere else in the Golden State, so if you haven’t been to California before, this is definitely worth a stop.

Ka’anapali Beach, Hawaii

Surf, sunbathe, swim, snorkel with turtles, or go whale watching. Why wouldn’t you want to visit this beautiful location? Located on the island of Maui, Ka’anapali was one of the first locations in Hawaii to be developed into a resort area. This serene location will have you switched into relaxation mode in no time. But if hanging out on the beach isn’t your thing, there’s an abundance of non-beach related activities to do here too, such as hiking, playing golf and zip-lining. You can even watch a traditional cliff diving ceremony at the beach’s Puu Kekaa (Black Rock).

Hanalei Bay, Hawaii

Located on the north shore of the island of Kauai, Hanalei Bay offers up pristine beaches, gorgeous sunsets, and prime hiking trails, in addition to those fantastic mountain views that Hawaii is famous for. If you want secluded splendor, then Kauai is the place to visit. Explore the area on foot or take a boat tour to get the most out of your stay here. The downside to visiting Kuaui is that due to its popularity, it can get a little pricey, with hotel rates being particularly high in the peak season.

Laguna Beach, California

Rated among the best beaches in California, you’ll be amazed at Laguna Beach’s awe-inspiring beauty. Coastal parks and secluded beaches dot this scenic community. It’s so breathtaking that you definitely need to see it to believe it. Situated on the Pacific Coastal Highway between San Diego and Los Angeles, it is a prime stop-off if you are on a Californian road trip. There is more to the area than just its natural beauty, however. A strong appreciation for the arts here is evident, with more than 100 pieces of public art spread throughout the town. In addition to this, whale watching a popular activity here, and there are an abundance of wildflower-filled parks along the coastline.

Cannon Beach, Oregon

The seemingly endless coastline of Oregon’s Cannon Beach stretches for four miles. This misty wonderland features Haystack Rock, a 235-foot tall rock stack that rises up out of the sea and is a seasonal favorite of the puffin. At low tide, you can explore many of sea life-filled rock pools or view waterfalls cascading onto the sand at Hug Point. If hiking is your thing, then you’ll definitely want to pay a visit to Ecola State Park which offers up some stunning views of the Oregon coast. In 2013, Cannon Beach was listed in National Geographic’s 100 most beautiful places in the world, so you surely won’t be disappointed with what it has to offer.

Destin, Florida

Destin, located on the Florida Panhandle, is an activity-packed destination that is a favorite with families. Here you can enjoy pristine white sand beaches, go scuba diving, take a dolphin cruise, go fishing, play golf, or take a boat to Crab Island. The soft white sandy beaches at Destin remain cool as they reflect the sun’s rays, which also gives the water a beautiful turquoise tint. It’s an oasis that offers nature trails, spots for grilling, picnicking, and camping. While summer is the peak season, spring is recommended as the best time visit as it offers cooler temperatures and lower hotel rates. Avoid fall if possible as it can get wet due to the Atlantic hurricane season.

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Located along a 60-mile stretch of South Carolina coastline called The Grand Strand, Myrtle Beach has a quaint charm about it and its beachfront promenade feature arcades and souvenir stands, as well as a 187-foot tall Ferris wheel. In addition to its plentiful white sandy beaches and popularity for kayaking and surfing, Myrtle Beach is well-known as the golf capital of the world, with around 90 different golf courses, some designed by legends of the game. When it’s time to eat at Myrtle Beach, there are certainly no shortages of options. Seafood buffets are a plenty, but if that’s not your thing then are a plethora of other choices available. There are also plenty of entertainment options with various live shows and themed events.

Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Known to the locals as simply “The Cape”, Cape Cod has far more to offer than simply beaches and makes an awesome weekend getaway for any New England mainlander. Rugged sand dunes and scenic bike trails snake along an endless coast that’s dotted with sea kayaks and fishing boats. A top attraction here is the Cape Cod Rail Trail, a 25-mile trail that is popular with bikers, rollerbladers and even horseback riders. It is one of the best ways to experience to the Lower Cape’s diverse ecosystems and natural beauty. You should also pay a trip to the Cape Cod National Seashore, a 40-mile stretch of coastline that features some of the best beaches the Cape has to offer. Cape Cod is also of course famed for its seafood dining options, so be sure to try out some local favorites.

Santa Monica Beach, California

Santa Monica beach ticks all the boxes of what a beach should offer; gorgeous soft sand, pristine blue water, boardwalks, bike trails, delicious dining options, and of course the famed Santa Monica Pier. This bustling wooden wharf is a big draw here and boasts an amusement park with roller coaster and Ferris wheel, aquarium, shops and restaurants. All-in-all Santa Monica Beach is one of the most iconic beaches in the Greater Los Angeles area, it’s usually teeming with people and there is always something happening here. It’s definitely worth a day visit or weekend getaway.

So those are our top picks for best beaches to visit this summer. Which one would you like to visit? Of course there are plenty others that didn’t make the list, so do your research before you go and check which beach is best suited to what you’re looking for. We hope you have a blast this summer, no matter what it is you intend to do or wherever you intend to go!

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