There is no need to fly thousands of miles away to the Caribbean to bask in the sun on a beautiful beach.
In the U.S., there are plenty of pristine and breathtaking beaches that can rival any exotic location. The perfect venue for your picture-perfect weekend getaway is not too far away.
Any of the following beaches will transport you to a magical land of soothing warm sand and soft ocean breeze.
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This is Jacksonville’s claim to fame. People come from all over just to experience a relaxing nap on the ultra-soft sand. The day can just float by without a care. The beach does not get very crowded, so it is perfect if you want a quiet experience.
The beach is monitored by lifeguards, so it is a perfect place to take the family for some water fun. Children can splash in the water, go boogie boarding, or body surfing.
After playing in the water, you can stroll along the Jacksonville Beach Pier and take in the magnificent views. After a fun day at the beach, you can visit the shops close by and have a great meal at one of the local restaurants.
The Beach at Naples Pier
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This beautiful beach in Florida has miles of lovely sand that pamper your feet. The pier stretches out about 1,000 feet off the coast, which basically divides the beach into two areas. Most of the amenities and facilities are near the pier.
The crowds do not get too large, so it is a perfect beach for just relaxing in the sun and enjoying a slower pace. You can take a stroll along the pier and enjoy a refreshment from one of the vendors. You can go swimming or just sit by and read a book, watch people, or take in a beautiful sunset.
On 3rd Street, a couple of blocks from the beach, you can explore shops and enjoy a meal on the patio at one of the many restaurants. If you are there on a Saturday, you can find wonderfully fresh produce at the farmer’s market.
For activities, you can join in a game of beach volleyball on the south side of the pier where you will find players at all levels. The part of the beach on the south side of the pier is more level, which is more suitable for long walks and jogs or shelling. As you keep walking, you will reach Gordon Pass.
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On the Potomac River and near the Chesapeake Bay, Colonial Beach stretches 2.5 miles along the coast in front of the resort area.
It has lots of history dating back to the early 1900s when the beach was a popular recreational area for people who lived in Washington, D.C.
Visitors enjoy swimming in the ocean, sunbathing, fishing, sailing, or just taking a walk on the boardwalk and trying to catch a glimpse of an osprey.
After a fun day at the beach, visitors can enjoy a fine meal at one of the many restaurants nearby.
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This is the beach that stretches along the famous Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.
It is a wonderful beach particularly for families because it has a lot of amenities and attractions for all ages. There are amusement park rides and games for the young. There are conveniences like restrooms and plenty of places to eat.
If you just want to relax on the beach, do try to get there early during the summer because it does attract a lot of people, and you want to claim a prime location where you can settle in.
The ocean waves are gentle, and the beaches are monitored by lifeguards. It is less crowded during the off-season, but it is still a popular place where people can stroll along the beach.
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Located in South Carolina, this is a popular vacation destination for people on the East Coast. Not only can visitors enjoy 60 miles of golden sand and gentle waves, but kids especially love the amusement parks that feature roller coasters, water slides, and race tracks.
Nearby to the beach are many attractions like Broadway Grand Prix and Ripley’s Aquarium. Myrtle Beach offers a variety of options for entertainment so there is something for people of all ages.
Whether you like to spend a quiet day relaxing on the soft, warm sand with a good book or getting some excitement in the amusement park, Myrtle Beach is a great place for entertaining the whole family on a budget.
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Orange Beach in Alabama’s Gulf Shores is packed full of fun for the whole family. It is located on the Emerald Coast, bordering Florida’s Perdido Key. You can enjoy eight miles of pristine white sand with shimmering blue waters in the background.
If you want adventure, you can get into a kayak and explore the bayous and interior waterways north of Perdido Pass. Want to explore a shipwreck? You can dive to the Lulu, an old freighter that was intentionally sunk in 2013 on an artificial reef.
Go to Wolf Bay and enjoy a picnic at the Waterfront Park. Kids can try fishing from the pier. If you like deep-sea fishing, charter a boat at Zeke’s Marina and try your luck at catching the big one.
Orange Beach has no lack of activities that are sure to make your vacation memorable.
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The movie “California Dreaming” placed this beach on the map. The beach looks out into the bay called Port San Luis. The area has the unique advantage of being sheltered from the wind, which makes this beach especially warm and inviting to beachgoers.
This is a resort area popular for getaways for those who like hot springs and ocean views from their rooms. The Avila Beach Pier is a popular attraction.
Some beach areas have more relaxed rules. Pets are welcomed at Fisherman’s Beach, aka Dog Beach, where dogs can play in the sand off-leash. Clothing is optional at Pirate’s Cove.
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For those who prefer a more peaceful and calm beach experience, they can head to Edisto Beach, located around an hour’s drive from Charleston.
It is different from many of the other beaches in South Carolina because it does not have as much commercialism. Although there are galleries, charming shops, and bed-and-breakfasts, the pace is a lot slower and laid back compared to the more commercially developed beaches.
The northern section is part of Edisto Beach State Park, still in its natural state, and it can be explored by paddleboarding or kayaking.
There are plenty of trails for hiking and secluded spots to hide away at where you can take a break and relax along the way. You can enjoy fishing and camping by the beach. Cruises are available to take you on a romantic ride into the sunset or to go dolphin-watching.
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Ruby Beach at Olympic National Park gives you an experience that is different from the warm beaches in Florida or along the Gulf.
The 70 miles of coast along the Pacific Ocean offers you a magnificent shoreline of unusual rock formations and weathered driftwood that float and swirl in the waves. There are miles of coastline that are full of mysteries waiting to be explored.
When the tides are low, you can walk to the tide pools and look for crabs, starfish, and other interesting sea life. You can continue your exploration as you trek along the sand to Abbey Island.
If you want to hike further when the tide remains low, when you head south, you can do a three-mile hike to Steamboat Creek where you can enjoy views of Destruction Island and the lighthouse west of it.
Ruby Beach is for you if you want a cooler climate and an adventurous experience in exploring the natural beauties of the Pacific coast.
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This famous beach in Miami is known as “SoBe” by the locals, and it is the beach of all beaches.
It is wildly popular with miles of soft sand and lots of activities on the boardwalk. You can swim in the warm waters, sunbathe, play beach volleyball, go shopping, or enjoy great food.
The architecture in the area is iconic with its blend of Art Deco and high-end modern design. It is the home of some of the area’s most popular restaurants and fantastic art galleries.
If you like to be a part of the vibrant nightlife after a day on the beach, South Beach is for you.
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Buckroe Beach, nestled along the coast of Chesapeake Bay, is a very popular beach in Hampton’s that offers a wide range of activities for the entire family.
The beach is three-quarters of a mile wide, and it covers eight acres. It is a wonderful place for swimming, and there are lifeguards during the summer months. You can rent kayaks and paddleboats. There is a playground for kids and three sheltered picnic areas with tables and grills. There are paths for biking and hiking.
The summer season brings special activities. Part of the tradition includes the Groovin’s By The Bay concerts that happen every Sunday. On Tuesdays, there is a Family Movie Series with outdoor movies.
There is always plenty of parking. Dogs are allowed, but not during the summer season.
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