St. Barths, Capri, St. Tropez—these are destinations that “resort” brings to mind. But there are plenty of sandy stretches just as alluring and a whole lot closer to home for those of us with a U.S. zip code. We’ve rounded up the top American beachy hotspots that should be on your list.
Coronado Beach, San Diego, CA: Located in Rebecca’s home county, this beach was just named the country’s best beach by “Dr. Beach” (Yes, he actually has a doctorate. No, his name is not actually “Beach”). Channel Marilyn Monroe in a sexy white one-piece—“Some Like It Hot” (1959) was filmed right here at the shore-framing Hotel del Coronado.
Horseshoe Beach, La Jolla, CA: In the same sunny San Diego area, this bit of secluded coastline is perfect for a beachside romance. Go retro with a wicker picnic basket and a beach blanket for two.
Venice Beach, CA: The boardwalk has forever secured a place in California lore. If you’re afraid to get a little salt water in your eyes, this is a great place just to people watch.
Poipu Beach, Kauai, HI: The three white-sand crescents that make up Poipu match anything in the Caribbean. Kauai is the least developed of Hawaii’s major islands, so you won’t be wonting for lush views either.
Punaluu Beach, Maui, HI: Seeking the exotic? Find your way to Hawaii’s blackest black-sand beach and swim with green sea turtles, also in great abundance here.
South Padre Island, TX: Not all beaches fall on a traditional coastline. A favorite of Southern spring-breakers, South Padre Island is the place to get a little messy and not feel bad about it. The Texas Gulf Coast destination also has plenty of blue waters and long stretches of shoreline.
Miami Beach, FL: No other American locale offers sun and fun in quite the same staggering proportions. Book a room at “high-style hostel” Freehand and keep your cares packed away.
Beachwalker Park, Kiawah Island, SC: The Hamptons and Cape Cod may be inhabitable in a bikini this time of year, but don’t write off East Coast locations just yet. South Carolina’s Kiawah Island, less than 30 miles from Charleston, offers serene beaches and winter temperatures in the 70s.
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