Best Beach Vacation Places in the U.S.


Thankfully, if you live in the United States, there are several options for the greatest beach vacation places scattered across the country's 50 states. If you're still unsure about where to go on your next beach vacation, here are the top ten beach holiday spots in the United States.

If you're hunting for a beach holiday destination that provides active summer activities as well as convenience to a city known for its history and quirky appeal, consider Hilton Head Island.

1. Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Want to cross another state off your list? There are 32 miles of white-sand beaches in all, allowing you to explore the region's gorgeous landscapes while spying on seagulls and eagles, alligators, and even black bears.

2. Gulf Shores,  Alabama

Whether you enjoy surfing, sailing, or seeing Gilded Age homes, Newport is a star-studded seaside holiday destination. Ruggles Beach, the biggest, is a wide crescent of sand popular with surfers.

3. Newport, Rhode  Island

Haleakala, Molokini, Upcountry, and Hana are all located on the Hawaiian island. Maui has something for everyone, including humpback whales (from November to March), spinner dolphins, and a half-dozen golf courses.

4. Maui, Hawaii

Every summer, this picturesque town cluster on Long Island's southeast coast plays host to New York's A-listers — from Wall Street titans to music moguls — who flee the city to weekends at beachside houses worthy of an Architectural Digest cover.

5. The Hamptons,  New York

Cannon Beach, a broad, wild expanse of sand on the Oregon Coast about 90 minutes from Portland, is hard to beat for seeing nature at its best. Cannon Beach is great for eco-loving couples because of its impressive rock formations, thick rainforests, significant artist community, and animals.

6. Cannon Beach,  Oregon

Beach family vacations on the Outer Banks can feature historic lighthouses, wild horses, and picturesque flights in open-cockpit biplanes over the place where the Wright Brothers first flew.

7. Outer Banks, North Carolina

Some locations just make you say, "Ahh..." and these nearby islands on Florida's west coast are among them. Their infinite white-sand beaches, many of which are covered with tiny sea shells, provide amazing views of the Gulf of Mexico's clean, quiet seas and golden sunsets.

8. Sanibel and Captiva Islands, Florida

This premium coastal hamlet, located approximately 90 minutes north of San Diego, is great for summer R&R that includes gallery hopping, wine tasting, and spa visits.

9. Laguna Beach,  California

Few beach vacation locations are more evocative of New England than this hook-shaped island. Its beautiful sand dunes and shingled cottages have made it a summer vacation destination for generations of Americans.

10. Cape Cod,  Massachusetts

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