Sometimes, a beach vacation is just what you need. Deciding which kind of beach vacation is a whole other story, though. Depending on your lifestyle, preferences and time of year, your ideas may vary.
But if your idea of the best beach is the rocky shore of Cape Cod, we’ve got you covered. If you think the balmy breezes and palm trees of the Caribbean is more your style, we’ve got that too. Fast-paced beaches such as Myrtle, Daytona and Miami may be on your list. Or maybe you go for the relaxed vibes of smaller spaces, such as St. Augustine or Marathon, Florida. Whatever your preference, we’ll help you find your best beach vacation.
Family Oriented Beaches
The warm shores of Myrtle Beach call millions of families every year. They, along with couples and individual travelers, named Myrtle Beach the best beach in 2011 in a TripAdvisor® poll, and it’s still a family vacation favorite. Why the enduring popularity? First, there’s 60 miles of beaches in the area, the Grand Strand. Second, the Myrtle Beach area is arguably the golf capital of the Southeast and inarguably the mini-golf capital. Finally, factor in the entertainment options beginning with the colossal dining, shopping and attraction complex Broadway at the Beach, and you have a destination that appeals to beach lovers across the spectrum.
A fun-filled family vacation awaits at Daytona Beach. From stock car and motorcycle racing -inspired events and activities to great parks, museums, dining and shopping, Daytona Beach appeals to active vacationers. Take the kids to Tomoka State Park to canoe and fish, or if speed is your thing, head to Daytona International Speedway for the Richard Petty Driving Experience.
There is dinner. And dancing. And late nights on the beach or early morning strolls through Lincoln Mall antiques. From crowded beaches to packed restaurants, Miami is the perfect location for a date night, or week. If you’re adventurous, sign up for a day of sailing. If you want to shop, the options are limitless. If you want to wine and dine your loved one, one restaurant is trendier than the next. From Surfside to Coral Gables to Key Biscayne, Miami offers the beaches, beauty and bling-y lifestyle to take romance to another level.
Nothing says tropical vacation, honeymoon or anniversary like the white sands and tall palms of Aruba. You spend a day relaxing with a cool drink on the pool deck or Eagle Beach, then take an after-dinner stroll along the lively harbor-front—or enjoy sunset from the gentle harbor waters aboard a Black Pearl. You can go bar hopping or casino hopping, or you can enjoy world-class gaming including a sports book at Glitz, right at your resort if you’re booked at La Cabana Beach Resort & Casino. Eagle Beach is as romantic as it gets for beach lovers—and lovers, period.
Outdoors Enthusiast Beaches
St. Augustine is a city of history, beauty and activity. Its past is spread out along the shoreline and west into state parks, historic plazas and beautiful buildings, making it one of the best beaches for outdoors enthusiasts. Trekking through the sights will take more than a day, and leave you with sun shining on your face and in a good mood all around. To stay out and active, tour the Fountain of Youth Archeological Park, and spend some time at Anastasia State Park. You can always rent canoes, kayaks and boats to take through the Intracoastal Waterway or offshore, and a historical tour of the city will keep you moving, too.
Known as a prime destination for whale watching and beach-basking, Cape Cod has plenty to offer the outdoors enthusiast. Being with a kayak tour through the Cape with Dick Hilmer, walk through Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary or hike the beach at Sandy Neck. And while touring a vineyard might not be the most strenuous outdoor activity, you’ll nonetheless be glad you went—and not only for the wine-tasting. The beaches and dunes of Cape Cod are some of the most diverse, and exploring them will bring pleasure to any true outdoors lover.