We love spring, but if we're being honest, we're already counting down the days to summer...And some serious PTO at a sandy, sunny retreat. Here, our favorite beaches in the U.S. from coast to coast.
Ditch Plains Beach, New York
This laid-back Montauk spot is a welcome respite from its glitzy and scenery sister, East Hampton. Come for the first-rate surf, and stay for the fresh oysters, cliffside views, and charming Montauk Point Lighthouse.
Baker Beach, San Francisco
If you’ve ever been to San Francisco, you know how hard it is to escape the ever-present fog. In fact, the weather is such a big deal in the city that locals have given it the name Karl. When Karl takes a day off, you best take advantage of a day at Baker Beach, one of the top beaches in the U.S. which has jaw-dropping views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the mansions in the Seacliff district. If you’re lucky, you may even catch a glimpse of dolphins in the surf.
Waipio Valley Beach, Big Island Hawaii
To see the beautiful Waipio Valley Beach, you’ll need to break a sweat. Beachgoers have to hike over narrow and hilly paths to get here, but hey, think of that beach bod you’ll get! And at the end of the trek, you’ll be rewarded with a mile-long beach leaning surrounded by lush rainforest and 2,000-foot cliffs. Walk south on the black volcanic sand to the Kaluahine and Waiulili waterfalls to take in more of Hawaii’s gorgeous landscape.
Ditch the Ocean Drive craziness for Miami’s more refined Mid-Beach, between Bal Harbour and South Beach. Score a plush cabana at one of the high-end hotels and leave the hard-partying to the SoBe tourists, but don’t worry, the waves are just as nice in this northern neighborhood. The area also attracts a creative crowd thanks to the Faena District, which is always hosting art events at its 50,000-square-foot complex designed by Rem Koolhaas.
Sand Harbor, Nevada
We know, we know, Lake Tahoe isn’t on the coast, but we just couldn’t skip over Sand Harbor. On the Nevada side of the lake, it has some of the most jaw-dropping vistas of Tahoe’s clear waters and the snow-capped Sierra Nevada mountains in the distance. Plus, the 2,500-foot beach is a haven for scuba divers, swimmers, jet skiers and sunbathers alike.
Cannon Beach, Oregon
Red Sand Beach, Maui
Red Sand Beach will give your ‘gram some serious pizzazz. As the name implies, this hidden cove is a gorgeous red from its rust-colored cinder cliffs. Don’t expect crowds at this beach as it also takes some skillful hikers to climb down and walk along the rocks to claim your sunbathing spot.
Goose Rocks Beach, Maine
A short drive from the charming town of Kennebunkport, Goose Rocks has courted the New England elite for generations and is still today one of the most family-friendly getaways and best beaches in America. Within its five miles of tanning real estate, there is more than an abundance of activities, whether you want to comb the beach for seashells and sand dollars or set sail on the calm water.
Oak Street Beach, Chicago
The Windy City may not scream beach destination, but come summer, Oak Street Beach floods with Chicagoans looking for a waterside escape. With downtown’s skyline at your back and the Lake Michigan shoreline in front of you, it’s the perfect mix of city-meets-sand. Set in the Gold Coast neighborhood, this beach has access to a running and biking path, panoramic views of the skyscrapers, and Chicago’s Michigan Avenue for some of the city’s best restaurants and bars.
Singing Beach, Massachusetts
Although Singing Beach is located in Manchester-by-the-Sea, don’t expect it to be as dark and gloomy as seen in the Oscar-winning flick. This seaside town is the definition of quaint, with a sleepy harbor, shingled houses, and a charming main street. An hour outside Boston, it’s perfect for a day trip.
Kiawah Beachwalker Park, South Carolina
While you could easily spend a weekend in Charleston just eating and shopping, why take a trip to the East Coast without a day at the beach? Enter Kiawah Island’s Beachwalker Park, just an hour south. With 11 miles of sugar-soft sand bordered by the Bohinket River and the Atlantic Ocean, there’s plenty of secluded corners to call your own.
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