If you’re getting ready to go on vacation and the beach needs to be the main focus, there are plenty to choose from in the U.S. But how do you know which one is the best for you and your family? Maybe you just want to find a nice beach for total relaxation or maybe you want one chocked full of fun things to do. Exploring what some of the best beaches in the U.S. have to offer can help you narrow down your choices and get on with booking your trip sooner. Here are just a few examples of some popular beach vacation destinations and some highlights of what to do in the area.
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
South Carolina is full of gorgeous beaches, if you’ve already visited the lovely Hilton Head area, you may want to look again for vacation rentals in the Hilton Head area or maybe try to the north, in Myrtle Beach. Gorgeous sandy beaches are at the foot of a mini-metropolis of amusement rides, restaurants, and skyscraper hotels. There are also a lot of quiet nooks to Myrtle Beach too, such as golfing or enjoying some horseback riding right on the beach. For kids, they will enjoy visiting Ripley’s Aquarium to take in some of the beautiful creatures from under the sea. A variety of attractions makes Myrtle Beach fun for everyone in the family.
Caladesi Island, Florida
Located on Florida’s Emerald Coast,Caladesi Island in Pinellas County is a true gem of a beach. It’s a state park and is really only accessible by ferry or private boat. Because of its remote atmosphere, it’s the perfect beach getaway for those looking for just that—to escape to a quiet tropical location. The focal point of Caladesi is the white sandy beaches set on the aqua waters of the Gulf of Mexico. It’s quiet and laid back, in comparison to a neighboring popular beach—Clearwater Beach. If you’re looking to stroll the quiet beaches of Caladesi, don’t forget to check out the remote trails throughout the island. With its jungle-like qualities and unspoiled property, you’ll discover rare plants and maybe a rattlesnake or two. This is the perfect and affordable beach to get away for a scenic and tranquil day trip. There are no hotels, campsites or restaurants on the Caladesi, so keep that in mind and pack accordingly.
Hulopoe Beach, Lanai, Hawaii
If you’ve been planning a trip to the Hawaiian Islands, there are a lot of stunning locations to choose from. Native Hawaiians adore Lanai and many people call it home. They are very welcoming to guests and vacationers. Hulopoe Beach is located on southern Lanai Island and offers a laid-back beauty that is a must-see for vacationers looking for something different in a beach getaway. Different because of the calming weather, stunning waters and volcanic coves that give this area a distinct advantage over other beaches around the country and the world. Aside from the white sand beaches, this island has a lot of small inlets that make the perfect snorkeling and swimming area. While pristine, it can also be a hot spot for surfing—especially in the winter months. There is a beach park that attracts many visitors on a daily basis, so you can enjoy sunbathing and taking in the scenery. One special treat that can also be found in Hulopoe Bay is the large tide pools. Made from carved volcanic rock, these tide pools have unique underwater sea life such as opihi and sea stars that are distinct to the habitat there. You may also get to see the aerobatic spinner dolphins perform in this area and may also spot humpback whales. A great beach destination for the entire family or a quiet retreat for two!
Laguna, Beach California
Known as the Sunshine Coast of the U.S. California is a warm, sunny destination for many travelers from around the globe. But one beach getaway is a great retreat for those looking to enjoy the beach and all that it has to offer. Laguna Beach is a coastal city that has one of the most prime beaches in the region. You can find hidden tide pools and meandering paths and gardens that showcase the landscape. Perfect for a day of picnicking and hiking along the coast. The highlight, of course, is the many private and public beaches in Laguna Beach. Some sites to check out include Crystal Cove State Park, Victoria Beach and Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. A day full of surfing, beachcombing and enjoying world-class bistros await travelers of all types.
No matter what your taste is when it comes to a beach vacation, one thing they all have in common is they offer the tranquility and beauty that every beach lover adores.