Summer is here and that means it’s time to hit the beach! Whether you want to work on your tan, surf, or even catch a few Z’s, this list has it all. Don’t forget to pack the cooler and some suntan lotion!
- Main Beach, East Hampton, NY – After spending the morning shopping at Lilly Pulitzer and J. Crew, you can certainly start craving some beach time on the shores of Main Beach in East Hampton, NY. After working on your tan as if it were a fulltime job, you will want to relax some more. The best part is, that’s exactly what the Hamptons are all about! If possible, it is best to stay during the weekdays because once Friday comes around, you should expect an influx of Manhattanites escaping the fast-paced lifestyle that the city can have. Maybe you’ll even see the cast of Revenge working on their next season!
- Kahanamoku Beach, Waikiki, Oahu, Hawaii – Named after olympian Duke Kahanamoku, this beach does not disappoint. With the clear water and toasty sand, this destination is a beach lover’s dream! Enjoy the fireworks on Friday with a bunch of friends and then enjoy the nightlife of Waikiki.
- Cape Florida State Park Beach, Key Biscayne, FL – With gentle waves, this beach provides the relaxation that any college student needs after finals period. Worried about an overcrowded beach? You don’t have to! This beach stretches 1.25 miles along the coast so you will be able to get your peace and quiet.
- Coast Guard Beach, Cape Cod, MA – What happens when you add history, sand, and pastels? You get Coast Guard Beach in Cape Cod! Travel to where the Mayflower first sighted land in 1620 and get a nice tan while you are at it! Find out when peak seasons are and travel accordingly.
- Coronado Beach, CA – For #5, we find ourselves on the West Coast in San Diego County. Coronado frequently finds itself at the top of America’s best beaches. There is plenty of room for everyone on the soft, glistening sand. The individual beaches that make up Coronado allow for all sorts of people to come and enjoy themselves and the sun. Be aware of beach rules including 11pm curfews as well as no alcohol or smoking on beach property. Favorite activities include sunbathing, beach volleyball, surfing and sunset s’mores.
- South Beach, Miami, FL – Aside from the crazy club scene, Miami also has one of the most beautiful beaches in the United States! No need to overpack, all you need is sunglasses and a bathing suit. Clothing seems to be optional in the surrounding restaurants, especially during festival season.
- Myrtle Beach, SC – Myrtle Beach is a southern gem that attracts the foodies and golfies from all over. With 60 miles of soft, sandy beaches, it’s no surprise that this is a popular tourist destination. After you have spent enough time on the beach, try fishing, water sports, or even spend the afternoon shopping at the outlet mall. There are also amusement and water parks!
- St. George Island State Park, FL – Miles of undeveloped beaches provides the ideal spot for sunbathing, swimming, nature tours, and more! The designated picnic areas are also accompanied with grills so get a cooler together with hotdogs and burgers and head over this summer!
- Panama City Beach, FL – The sugary white beaches create a picture-esque view. No wonder why it is most commonly known for being the top Spring Break destination. But spring isn’t the only time to visit, this summer the beach is calling your name!
- Virginia Beach, VA – Last, but certainly not least, we find ourselves on the shores of Virginia. Virginia Beach may get crowded at times, but the sand and emerald waves are totally worth it!
Soft sand, beautiful waves, and personal space aren’t so easy to come by, but here are some beaches that deserve an honorable mention: Hamoa Beach, Cape Hatteras, Kiawah Island, Ocean City, Hilton Head, Pensacola and South Padre Island.