Warm sand between your toes, a cold drink in your hand, the rhythmic lull of the waves—is there any vacation spot more relaxing than the beach? While the US boasts countless opportunities for coastal fun in the sun, here’s the inside story on three of its prime oceanfront destinations.
Key West, Florida
Old Town Trolley Tours talks about how most travelers are aware that Key West is the southernmost point that can be reached by car in the US It’s the perfect spot to dine on conch and Key Lime pie, washed down with rum cocktails. But did you also know that it’s home to the world’s third-largest barrier reef, making it the ideal snorkeling destination? Or that historical tours of the island are available aboard the Conch Tour Train? In short, there’s something here for everyone. Travelers should note that sunscreens containing oxybenzone and octinoxate have been banned in an effort to protect the reef; use all-natural alternatives instead.
Ala Moana Beach Park, Oahu, Hawaii
Nearby Waikiki may get the lion’s share of the press, but that’s one of the many reasons why you should consider seeking out the lesser-sung Ala Moana Beach Park instead. The 100-acre beach is protected by a shallow offshore reef, so it’s a great spot for swimming, even for families with young children. However, the bottom drops out quickly in some spots, so caution should be exercised at all times. This is also an especially desirable location for foodies who enjoy sampling a variety of restaurants while on vacation. Urban Oahu explains that the nearby Ala Moana Center boasts some of the world’s most popular brand names in shopping, as well as an enormous restaurant selection.
Cisco Beach, Nantucket
The magical journey to Nantucket begins with a two-hour ferry ride from Hyannis, making visitors feel as if they’re traveling to another world. And the old-world charm of this old whaling capital certainly fits the bill, with its cobblestone streets, gas streetlamps, and of course, the beaches. Fisher Real Estate describes how Cisco Beach is a prime destination for surfers who are hardy enough to brave the chilly North Atlantic temperatures, but even if you opt to remain dry, there’s plenty to enjoy here. The views of the Atlantic are awe-inspiring, and the sand dunes beg to be captured by an artist’s brush. Farther out on the point, Millie’s Restaurant offers fresh seafood with a Mexican flair.
Whether you park your umbrella in the east or the west, you’ll find that there’s no need to travel outside the US for your next beach vacation.
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