Can you feel the heat? That’s summer approaching and what better way to cool off than at the beach. Like a lot of people, I love the beach. The sand in my toes, the waves crashing up against the shore and coolers packed with drinks. It all brings me back to summer time as a kid. So many travelers will head for the beaches for summer vacations, but where to? To help you get your tan on, we’ve rounded up the best U.S. beaches to travel to this summer. So slap on some sunscreen because summer is coming.
Zuma Beach, Malibu – One of the largest and most popular beaches in the Los Angeles, Zuma is known for its long, wide sands and excellent surf. Zuma plays host to several premier surfing events each year. Zuma offers swimming with lifeguards on duty, kite boarding, windsurfing, body boarding, volleyball and plenty of parking.
Punaluu Beach – Black Sand Beach, Hawaii – It’s not the only black sand beach, but certainly the most accessible and famous. The Punaluu Beach on the Big Island of Hawaii has been attracting vacationers for years. The beach is the perfect backdrop to take pictures and enjoy the scenery with a picnic lunch. Located off Highway 11 just south of Hilo, the quiet beach and soft sand relax the minds of many travelers. You can also spot sea turtles which frequent the beach to sunbathe.
Fort Zachary Taylor State Park & Beach, Key West – Florida’s southernmost state park and beach, Fort Zachary Taylor State park and beach is a national historic landmark having played significant roles in the Civil War and the Spanish American War. The beach is popular for tours, picnicking, fishing, swimming and snorkeling. Live corals and numerous tropical fish, can be seen within the swimming area. With so many activities and history to enjoy, Fort Zachary Taylor State Park and Beach is the perfect summer getaway.
La Jolla Shores Beach, San Diego – The coastline varies dramatically in La Jolla. The Shores is a mile-long crescent of prime sand beach favored by active beachgoers of all interests. In summer, the waves at this beach are usually the most gentle of all San Diego beaches. The San Diego La Jolla Underwater Park Ecological Reserve is located next to the beach making fishing and removal of objects from this area prohibited unlawful. The activities are endless as the beach offers the only boat dock in the city limits. Beach goers can enjoy snorkeling, swimming, scuba and fire pits with picnic tables.
Magens Bay Beach – St. Thomas, U.S Virgin Islands – From the turquoise waters and beautiful white sand, this half-mile loop of beach boasts the calmest waters in the Caribbean. Two peninsulas protect the shore from strong waves, making Magens an ideal spot for swimming. Expect crowds as this beach is popular. Offering all the conveniences of parking, lifeguards, equipment rental, freshwater showers, restaurants and bars, it’s no wonder Magens Bay Beach is a vacationer’s dream.
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina – Myrtle Beach has dazzled East Coast beach goers for decades, and it remains a popular destination for families and beach enthusiasts seeking large beach resorts and excellent access to boating and water sports. From oceanfront resorts along the entire Grand Strand, to cozy beach homes and vacation rentals in north and south Myrtle Beach, there’s something for everyone. Myrtle Beach is a major tourist destination attracting millions over the summer.
Craigville Beach, Massachusetts – Craigville Beach is a very popular tourist hot spot on Cape Cod. Unlike many private Cape beaches which offer parking to residents only, Craigville is a public beach available to non-residents for a parking fee. Craigville beach consists of two separate beaches, the public beach, Craigville Beach and the private beach, Covell’s Beach. Warm waters in the summer time make this beach a great destination to swim and relax with some friends and family.
Ocean City, Maryland –From a classic family vacation to a weekend getaway, Ocean City offers beach goers everything. The board walk, golfing, and fishing are popular among travelers. Including shopping outlets along with restaurants famous for seafood, Ocean City attracts thousands of travelers from neighboring metropolises like Philadelphia and Baltimore. Offering free events stretching from Spring to Fall, Ocean City makes for a great summer beach trip on a budget.
South Beach, Miami – South Beach is a major entertainment destination with hundreds of nightclubs, restaurants, boutiques and hotels. South Beach is synonymous with partying and beaches. Perhaps it’s the sun, the weather, the beach, the Latin influence, or the laid back lifestyle that releases an electric energy into the club scene at night. Whatever it is, South Beach continues to draw in crowds from all across the world.
Hanalei Bay, Kauai – Hanalei Bay is the largest bay on the north shore of Kauai. With over two miles of beach surrounded by mountains, Hanalei Bay is a popular spot for surfers, body boarders and stand up paddle boarders. Hanalei Bay boasts a pier for fishing and coral reefs on both the left and right of the bay. Hanalei Bay Beach is well-known for its beauty, yet it never gets too crowded.
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