Top Beach Vacations
Whether you are coming to escape winter or to greet summer, there is a beach vacation waiting for you. Looking to put up your toes and kick back? Eager to mix a bit of history with your suntan? Are world-class shopping and nightlife at the top on your list? From the rugged coast of Oregon to the Gulf of Mexico to the soft, white sands of the Caribbean, the destinations below offer something for the beachcomber, historian, and shopper in all of us. Start planning your next beach vacation today!
U.S. Virgin Islands
The U.S. Virgin Islands of St. Croix, St. John, and St. Thomas offer a dynamic mix with something for every vacationer. The islands’ pristine waters are ideal for sailing, diving, swimming, or simply enjoying from the comfort of a beach chair. Charming and picturesque towns, excellent dining, and ample entertainment and recreation opportunities make these islands a premier Caribbean beach destination.
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Outer Banks, NC
North Carolina’s Outer Banks are a 200-mile long string of barrier islands between the mainland and the Atlantic Ocean. Their windswept sand dunes and unique coastal architecture are part of the distinctive charm of these islands. Vacationers can enjoy the miles of quiet, unspoilt beaches and also take in the Outer Banks’ quaint towns, historical sights, and numerous recreation activities.
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Located in the very heart of the Caribbean on an island it shares with Haiti, the family-friendly and popular Dominican Republic is sure to be a hit with those seeking a Caribbean beach vacation. With 900 miles of tropical coastline, rich flora, a pirate-laden history, and a friendly populace, the Dominican Republic is a top value and a compelling vacation destination.
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With ‘only’ 700 islands, the Commonwealth of the Bahamas may fly the Union Jack, but make no mistake, this is a bona fide island paradise, and it’s less than an hour away from Miami by plane. Like the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Bahamas’ diversity is its strength, and the opportunities for relaxation, exploration, shopping, and sightseeing are almost endless in this nearby island group.
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St. Barts, Caribbean
This French West Indies island, called Ouanalao by its indigenous people and often called St. Bart’s in English, is renowned for its refined mixture of fine dining and over 20 tropical beaches.
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The ‘Garden Isle’ boasts a stunning diversity of environment, with miles of tropical coastline ad beaches complementing monumental Waimea Canyon and a lush tropical interior.
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Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Come explore the stunning beaches of Guanacaste in the country whose fondness for relaxation is so pronounced it has a name: ‘pura vida.’
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Fort Lauderdale, FL
Fort Lauderdale mixes the vibrant energy of South Florida with 23 miles of clean, sandy beaches ripe for relaxation.
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San Diego, CA
‘America’s Finest City’ offers a breathtaking coastline and all the excitement of a major city in a friendly, convenient vacation destination.
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The Yucatan’s Tulum has something for everyone, with pristine beaches, Mayan ruins, and a tropical forest in close proximity.
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With a staggering variety of beaches around the island, Antigua is sure to delight, and its pink and white sand beaches are not to be missed.
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Cannon Beach, OR
For those seeking a more rugged beach experience, consider Oregon’s highly regarded Cannon Beach.
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Nantucket Island, MA
Tiny, tidy Nantucket boasts a charming town and excellent beaches, many of them accessible by bike.
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Saint James, Barbados
Called the “Platinum Coast” due to its wealth and glitz, Saint James has earned its spot as a top beach vacation destination.
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Sanibel Island, FL
The laid-back barrier island of Sanibel, near Ft. Myers, Florida, boasts some of the finest shell collecting in the world.
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Siesta Key, FL
Renowned for its soft, sugary sand, Siesta Key is regarded as one of the world’s finest beaches and is a highlight of Florida’s Treasure Coast.
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