A beach is the ultimate getaway destination. You have warm weather, a peaceful atmosphere, fun nightlife, and nothing to worry about except what level suntan lotion to put on. And luckily, you don’t have to travel too far to take advantage of this luxurious and relaxing experience. Whether you’re looking for a family friendly beach or a romantic Oceanside resort, there are a ton of options to choose from right here in the USA!
Benefits of Traveling Domestically
There are many benefits to traveling domestically for your vacation. You won’t have to worry about learning a new language or converting your currency, yet you can still experience an entirely new culture. With domestic travel, you won’t have to go as far, which means you’ll have more time to spend at the beach!
And while you don’t need a passport, you should still consider a travel agent. We’ll get you the best flight at the best price and hook you up at the most luxurious hotels and resorts. We can direct you to delicious, local restaurants, will book tickets for a sunset cruise with the best views of dolphins, and can recommend the most private spots along the beach. Miss your flight? Hotel can’t find your reservation? Decide last minute that you want to spend a day at Disney? No problem! We can handle any problem that arises so all you have to do is enjoy.
So where do you want to travel? Check out our top 10 favorite domestic beaches for inspiration.
Destin Florida is located in what is known as the panhandle of Florida. It sits on the Gulf of Mexico, offering emerald waters and dazzling white sands. Just an hour away is Pensacola, home of the Navy Blue Angels, which has completely clear ocean. It’s the perfect place for kids, as they’ll be able to see what’s swimming nearby – whether they’re curious or scared. Destin’s HarborWalk has restaurants, shops, games, and rentals! Try paddleboarding, snorkeling, rent a jet ski, or go parasailing!
Cape Cod, MA
Cape Cod is the ultimate sight-seeing peninsula. Stop by one of their 14 lighthouses for an amazing view, or take a boat tour to see them all. You may even see a whale or two! Go fishing or birdwatching, hiking or biking, or catch a performance. You’ll definitely want to do some shopping, as Cape Cod is full of talented artisans. Along with the typical water sports, you can also visit breweries and vineyards or venture over to Martha’s Vineyard or Nantucket for a day!
Focus on relax and rejuvenation at Coronado in California. There are dozens of spas and salons for you to book a relaxing massage, facial, or detox! Play a round of golf, visit nearby parks, or take a gondola ride. Looking for a bit more adventure? Enroll in the surfing academy, ride in a seaplane, or take a food tour. For a bit of city life, visit San Diego! SeaWorld, LegoLand, and Disneyland are a must for families, while the casino, live music, and museums are perfect for the adults.
Key West, FL
Key West is the farthest south you can get without leaving the continental US. It’s actually closer to Cuba than it is to Miami! You’ll find a rich and diverse culture. Take advantage of it by trying new cuisines on a food tour or taking a dance class to learn Salsa. Stop by Fort Jefferson or take a tour of historic landmarks and museums. Book a dolphin encounter or strap on a water jetpack! Search for conch shells and take in the beautiful architecture inspired by these colorful shells!
Laguna Beach, CA
Though Laguna Beach offers beautiful beaches and sandy shores, most people visit for the hidden gems! Explore their sea-side caves, cliffs, and natural tide pools while taking in the gorgeous scenery all around you. Skimboarding was started in Laguna Beach, so there’s no better place to perfect your form! Or, you can take a hike along one of their many trails or parks, go whale watching, or stroll through one of their many art festivals.
Outer Banks, NC
The Outer Banks is one of the most popular beach destinations on the East Coast for both families and romance! It’s home to Jockey’s Ridge, the highest sand dune in the East Coast – a perfect spot for hang-gliding, flying a kite, or just a picnic! Continuing with the “highest” theme, you can climb the tallest brick lighthouse in North America at Cape Hatteras. And even though we all know the Wright Brothers were from good ole O-H-I-O, North Carolina has a pretty cool museum and monument you can visit while you’re there.
Ocean City, MD
Ocean City is a perfect spot for families or adrenaline junkies. Ride one of the boardwalk rides, take a spin on Trimper’s Carousel, or brave one of the rollercoasters at Trimper’s Rides or waterslides at Jolly Roger Amusement Park! Take a boat ride over and spend the day on nearby Assateague Island, known for its wild horses roaming the shore. And if you time your trip to OC right, you may be able to enjoy movies, concerts, fireworks, or dance parties on the beach! Round out the night with a magic show, at the casino, shopping the boardwalk, or biking the pier.
Cannon Beach, OR
Cannon Beach was named one of the world’s top 100 most beautiful places by National Geographic. If you’ve ever seen the movie The Goonies, you’ll understand why. The big rock formation at the end of the movie is called Haystack Rock, found in Cannon Beach. Explore their tide pools, incredible views, and unique wildlife – they’re known for the Tufted Puffin! Then visit their charming village for boutique shopping, art galleries, take a cooking class, or do a wine or beer tasting.
Orange Beach, AL
Like Pensacola and Destin, Orange Beach Alabama is a white sand beach! Build a sandcastle, search for shells, float on the gentle waves, or rent water sport equipment. For a day away from the beach, visit the Gulf Coast Zoo for 500+ exotic animals. You can even book a kangaroo or sloth encounter! The Wharf has shopping, restaurants, and rides, ziplines and lasertag, and live performances! Visit Fort Morgan, take a helicopter ride, or book a dolphin cruise.
One of the best parts about the United States of America is that it offers such a wide variety of activities, cultures, cuisines, and scenery! From adventure to relaxation, calm waves to imposing cliffs, there’s a destination perfect for any getaway! Click here to find out more about our DIY vacation planning or contact us for advice on planning your next trip