The beach is ideal for a few different types of getaways. It’s the perfect place to go with your best friends for a weekend of sun, fun and countless reasons to spend the day on the sand together. If you’re planning a family trip, the beach offers something for all ages. The kids can build sandcastles and play in the waves and adults of all ages can indulge in a little rest, relaxation and tanning time in the salty air. A solo beach trip is something you should think about doing at least once in your life. There’s nothing better than living on island time for a long weekend with a good book, a suitcase full of men’s swim trunks and no one to entertain or watch out for.
In any case, a beach trip is sure to leave you with a peaceful mindset, gratitude for this beautiful planet and maybe a little sand in your suitcase. Ready to hit the road? Here are the top U.S. beaches you should put on your list:
Hilton Head Island, SC.
Coastal South Carolina is home to some of the most beautiful beaches that have managed to remain under the radar in past decades. Though lively spots like Myrtle Beach and the multiple beaches that surround the city of Charleston are fantastic choices for a fun-filled beach vacation, Hilton Head offers something a little different.
As a barrier island, Hilton Head boasts perfect beach summers and mild winters, making it a great year-round choice for weekend getaways or longer stays if you live farther north where the winters can be brutal. Additionally, Hilton Head is a residential town full of friendly locals, and many work in hospitality and other tourist-based industries and make the little island feel like home. Whether you’re with a few friends or the whole family, Hilton Head Island is a great place for seafood, boating and long beach days.
Perhaps the most well-known U.S. beach city, Miami truly lives up to its reputation of being the place to go for a fun beach trip. You might think of Miami for a bachelor or bachelorette party because there’s so much fun to be had without having to travel much.
However, you might not know that Miami is also a great spot for a trip with your significant other or a calm crowd that doesn’t love the party scene. In addition to beach time and outdoor activities, you can visit Miami’s iconic museums and landmarks, browse unique art galleries and take home a pair of swim trunks from one of many Miami-based sustainable swimwear brands.
This list wouldn’t be complete without a nod to the incredibly beautiful beaches of the west coast. In Monterey, the craziness of California slows down and life becomes peaceful. Natural beauty is abundant on the Monterey Peninsula, with coastal vegetation adding a green theme to the strips of sand and sea. Visitors rave about Monterey’s charming streets and the cleanliness of the beaches.
If you’re packing for a trip to Monterey, be sure to bring a jacket or two because it can get chilly at night. Taking outfit inspiration from natural hues and earth tones will ensure that your stylish swim trunks and cover-up shirts fit in among those of the locals.
Outer Banks, NC.
It might seem odd to think of North Carolina as a particularly beachy state, but visit just one of the state’s beloved beach towns and you’ll see why people return year after year. The Outer Banks, in particular, offer an array of activities and attractions that allow you to experience their beautiful span of coastline in a new and exciting way.
Thrill-seekers and outdoor enthusiasts are sure to find endless fun and entertainment while windsurfing, wildlife watching or embarking on a day of fishing. Having said that, the natural beauty of the area and less crowded beaches are perfect for those wanting some serene beach time as well.
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Last, but certainly not least, comes Key West, the star of the Florida Keys and home to some of the best beaches that can be found on U.S. soil. Pack your suitcase full of bright, colourful beachwear and let the Keys tell you what you need.
The best part about Key West is that the beach makes you feel like you’re on an exotic, tropical vacation minus all the travel time. The area is also home to a host of quirky landmarks, funky art studios and eclectic spots for food and libations. Dig your feet in the white sand, take a dip in the turquoise water and enjoy some much-needed beach time in Key West.