LuxeGetaways Magazine – Fall 2016 | With so many great options, we wanted to include a diversity of beach options for today’s travelers…
Coronado – A Family Favorite
Named one of the Top Beaches for Families in 2014 by Family Vacation Critic, San Diego’s Coronado Beach sits right between San Diego Bay and the Pacific Ocean. From the tidepools at low tide at Coronado Central Beach to the fishing at Ferry Landing to s’mores at one of the many fire pits dotting the Coronado beachside, Coronado Beach is sure to be a family favorite.
Local Tip: There is certainly no shortage of great hotels and resorts for the family here, and two of our favorites for the level of service, amenities and great family activities include Loews Coronado Bay Resort and Hotel del Coronado.
Folly Beach – An Under-The-Radar Experience
Just ten miles from Charleston, Folly Beach is a 12 square mile barrier island surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and the Folly River. This casual and laid-back southern town offers visitors an authentic beach town experience with amazing eateries and breath-taking beachside rentals. With six miles of beaches to explore, visitors can choose from a variety of activities including eco-tours, fishing, surfing and kayaking; or simply relax and enjoy the southern sun.
Local Tip: Get a true feel of the local environment and friendly locals here with a visit to Ocean Surf Shop and an authentic and fresh local meal up the road at Bowens Island Restaurant.
Kalaloch Beach – An Amazing Wildlife Experience
Tucked within Washington’s Olympic National Park, Kalaloch Beach offers sanctuary to marine mammals and birds alike. Large nesting colonies of tufted puffins, bald eagles, harbor seals and harbor porpoises are a common site along the rocky beaches while whales and otters are a rare treat. Various hiking trails along the beach offer unparalleled views of both the Pacific Ocean and marine wildlife.
Local Tip: If you are not into camping and want to spend a few days, check out the Kalaloch Lodge and Creekside Restaurant for uniquely localized experiences.
Pirate’s Cove – A Clothing Optional Experience
Pirate’s Cove in Pismo Beach, California offers beachgoers the chance to sunbathe in the buff while enjoying an incredible beach experience. The south-facing cove offers not just a clothing optional atmosphere but also fantastic hiking. Aspiring explorers can venture into Pirate’s Cave and other sea caves in the area, or venture onto a segment of the state-long California Coastal Trail.
Local Tip: When you get done at the beach, take a drive up the coast to Avila Beach for a fun visit to Morovino Winery, and if you decide to stay the night, try one of the Owner’s Suites at Avila Lighthouse Suites.
Miami – A People-Watching Mecca
Perhaps one of the most famous beaches in the U.S. is Miami’s South Beach, which sprawls along the highly populated Ocean Drive in the heart of Miami. From the kid-friendly South Pointe Park Beach to the gay-friendly 12th Street Beach, Miami’s South Beach could not be more inclusive. With countless restaurants, bars and shops all within walking distance, Miami is the perfect place to take in the view and join in the fun.
Local Tip: The beaches are fantastic, but the pool scene at the many hotels along Collins Avenue should not to be ignored. At the end of the day, walk over a few blocks to discover a host of restaurants at the pedestrian-only promenade, Lincoln Road Mall.
Nantucket – A Quiet Charmer
Off the coast of Massachusetts, the island of Nantucket could not be quainter. From the cobblestoned streets and Whaling Museum to the trendy boutiques and happening bars and restaurants, Nantucket is the perfect blend of historic and hip. Surrounded by water, Nantucket offers ten beaches, including Children’s Beach with a playground; Jetties Beach that is just a quick bike ride from downtown; and west-facing Madaket where you can catch amazing sunset views.
Local Tip: It is only fitting to stay in an elegant and quaint bed and breakfast when enjoying the shopping, dining and scenery around Nantucket, and the Old Historic District – the beautiful Brass Lantern Inn will not disappoint.
Waikiki – A Must-Experience
Located on the island of Oahu, Waikiki Beach is most famous for its hotels and resorts, surfing and, of course, beaches. Surrounded by the beauty of Leahi on one side, and the ocean on the other; beachgoers can fulfill their dream of surfing and sunbathing in the Hawaiian rays, while enjoying world-class shopping, dining and entertainment along the main strip of Kalakaua Avenue. For true beach lovers, Waikiki is an absolute must.
Local Tip: While a number of hotels are great options, The Royal Hawaiian Resort (“The Pink Palace”) and Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort and Spa offer some of the best amenities and services to make the most of your time at Waikiki Beach.
West Beach – The Magical Gulf Shores Sand
The powdery white sands of Gulf Shores are nothing short of incredible. With miles of beachfront condos and homes spanning the Alabama coastline, Gulf Shores can offer a family-friendly vacation, girls’ or guys’ weekend getaway or even a romantic couples retreat. For those looking to spend a day out of the sun, the Gulf Shores area is also home to great outlet shopping and endless fresh seafood restaurants.
Local Tip: It is all about relaxed fun when in this area, and the restaurants become a place you visit for an afternoon of hanging out with friends and family, or staying into the evening – our favorite spots are The Hangout and LuLu’s Gulf Shores.
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