Beach season is finally here! Grab your best friends, favorite swimsuit, and matching towel, and get ready to relax in the summer sun. With beaches being some of the first spots to fully reopen, we wanted to round up some of the best sandy areas around the country. So, what are you waiting for? Let’s make some plans and create new memories.
Grayton Beach State Park, Florida
People come from all over the U.S. to visit Grayton Beach State Park, located between Panama City and Destin on the Florida Panhandle. In fact, families make it a mission to come out and vacation here every year. The park offers a world-class shoreline on the Gulf of Mexico and is home to numerous native plant and animal species. With sand appearing nearly white and the water so blue, it’s definitely a picture-perfect spot to venture.
Cape Cod, Massachusetts
It’s a luxury to be able to visit Cape Cod during the summer. With huge sand dunes and warm water, it’ll feel as if you’ve journeyed outside the country for a quality spot. Many beachgoers come here to obtain their licenses to fish oysters and clams from the water. Others grab friends to go kayaking. The best time to visit Cape Cod is at the beginning or end of the summer season, when temperatures are comfortable and there are fewer crowds.
Montauk, New York
You’re nearly dropping off at the end of the Earth when visiting Montauk – at least that’s what many think when they venture to the tip of Long Island to get there. Montauk’s beaches are famous for their fishing and claim to have some of the world’s best saltwater fishing records to date. It’s a great spot for a weekend getaway, but it will take at least three hours if you’re driving from Manhattan.
Long Beach, California
No matter the time of year, there’s something to do in Long Beach, as its location in Southern California offers year-round beach weather. It is also home to many tourist attractions such as the Aquarium of the Pacific and the Long Beach Museum of Art. Families can travel here off-peak in January, and it will be worth their while.
Venice Beach, California
Another SoCal beach town, Venice Beach is great for travelers looking for a good nightlife scene. The beach is known for its canals and the circus-like Ocean Front Walk, a 2.5-mile pedestrian promenade featuring performers, fortune tellers, artists, and vendors.
South Beach, Florida
This Miami Beach hot spot is known for being trendy, quirky, and overall welcoming to visitors. The sand is pristine, the food is amazing, and it offers quite a nightlife for those up for an adventure. South Beach is also known for its art deco buildings dating back to the 1920s and ’30s. You can opt to take a walking tour of the homes to fully immerse yourself in the culture!