Winter is fast approaching along with the holidays. Many people celebrate by traveling to join other friends and family at a pre-planned central location to carry out their festivities. There are some that would rather treat themselves to a vacation instead of the crazy holiday rush. They would rather sip their cold beer or margarita while working on their tan at some of the best beaches in the US. From coast to coast fantastic beaches can be found in America, and you don’t have to wait until the holidays to visit, as the weather and sand will be waiting for you whenever you need it. All you need to do is decide which beach shall be yours for your vacation.
Florida presents the beautiful powder white sand of Siesta Beach as a top contender for your trip. Located on the West side of the Florida Peninsula, not too far from Sarasota, lies Fiesta Beach in Siesta Key. Renovations were completed revealing an updated playground a concession stand for all to enjoy. Parking is limited, so it is best if you can get there early to claim your spot, especially since it is free! The famous pearl white sand is excellent and never seems to get too hot, and with the blue calm water as its backdrop, this beach makes a perfect place to relax and unwind. The fine sand encourages the creation of intricate sand castles and giant sculptures, which you may be lucky enough to view if there are sand sculptors at Siesta Beach that day.
La Jolla Cove
The west coast offers it prize beach, La Jolla Cove for your enjoyment. La Jolla is a popular place not only for the gorgeous views, but to observe the sea lions that call it home. Don’t get too close or the lifeguards will ask you not to get so close, but only watching these sea creatures rest on the soft sand creates a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The sea lions do call La Jolla home, so be prepared for the animal smell that they may share with you. Stroll down the beach or try your hand at some great kayaking in the Pacific. The sunsets will steal the show, so don’t forget your camera.
Wai’anapanapa State Park
Hawaii offers some of the most stunning beaches people have ever seen. Located on the island of Maui are the Wai’anapanapa State Park and home of the shocking black sand beach. The Road to Hana is a very famous drive you can take to witness some of the most beautiful scenery of this island. The black sand beaches are a stop on the Road to Hana, with huge cliffs and crashing waves as their background. The sand is made from lava rock, and it is coarse and can quickly dirty clothing, bags, etc. This is a magical place to stop and take in the beauty of Maui before continuing on the Road to Hana.
Ogunquit Beach is a lovely yet quiet retreat located in Maine. The summer months do bring tourists, but the down season offers more peaceful and relaxed atmosphere in the fall before the weather turns too cold for the change of seasons. The beaches are clean and well kept, and nearby there is shopping and dining options available. Take a stroll down the beach after shopping, or spend the entire day soaking up the sand and waves. Hotel accommodations are also located not far from the beach, and you can take a sunset walk. Parking is free for your convenience. Enjoy Ogunquit Beach before the masses discover how great this place is.
Saint Pete Beach
Saint Pete Beach is located in Florida, not far from Clearwater and Tampa on the west side of the Florida peninsula. Saint Pete offers a nice, wide stretch of beach and sand to explore. The vast stretch offers more room to claim your spot or play games and makes it, so it doesn’t feel so crowded. The water is quite calm in this area, perfect for relaxing. Rent a chair and umbrella and unwind with your toes in the sand. Hotels, restaurants, and bars are close by making Saint Pete’s extremely accommodating. Parking fills up fast at this beautiful stretch of beach, making early arrival a wise idea.
Maui, one of the Hawaii Islands offers the beautiful Kaanapali Beach for your consideration. Hotels line the beach, but Kaanapali never seems crowded. Parking and access to the beach are free. Smaller waves at this beach make for great paddle boarding. The water is clean and clear, providing fantastic snorkeling opportunities. Eateries and shopping are available and litter the edge of the long beach. Fish, turtles, and sea crabs call this beach home and delight the travelers with their appearances. Experience the many miles of the serene beauty of Kaanapali Beach.
Bluewater and Breathtaking Views Await You
These beaches made the top of our list, but there is much more to choose from. At some point everyone needs a vacation, a chair with an umbrella, and drink in their hand, staring at cool, blue water and surrounded by soft, white sand. Eateries and shopping are available at many of these beaches as are hotels and parking, making it a stress-free environment. Experience the black sand beaches of Wai’anapanapa with its rugged cliffs in the distance, or the quitter was setting on Ogunquit Beach. If your heart desires an ocean breeze and sun on your face, try one of these most famous beaches for your trip.