While the dazzling lights and constant entertainment of the big city are certainly exciting, there’s something to be said about choosing the relaxed vibe of beach towns over a major city. The salty sea breeze, relaxing sound of the waves, and laidback atmosphere is perfect for those who just want some peace and quiet. Best of all, you have the beach close by anytime you want. Here are some of the best beach towns in America.
Carmel-by-the-Sea is the perfect location for a romantic getaway in a European-style picturesque town. The gorgeous beach town is full of art and even used to have Clint Eastwood as mayor. This is the perfect place to visit if you want to bring your dog along with you, as it is a remarkably dog-friendly place with many pet friendly restaurants, galleries, and hotels.
Sanibel Island, Florida
The best feature of Sanibel Island is that it is both family-friendly and relaxing, so you do not have to choose between the two if you are traveling as a family. You can spend a chill afternoon on the shore collecting shells and taking in the ocean breeze, or you can book activities for your kids at any of the family-friendly hotels in the area. That way, you can relax with a round of golf or a luxurious spa treatment.
Cape May, New Jersey
Okay, so we know what you might be thinking. Yes, Cape May is technically a part of the Jersey Shore. However, it represents the exact opposite of what you might associate with the less desirable areas of the Jersey Shore. Cape May isn’t known for nightclubs and tanning salons but rather stunning Victorian mansions and a beautiful lighthouse.
Newport, Rhode Island
Newport is located in the heart of what’s known as the Classic Coast of Rhode Island. You can take in the beautiful coastal scenery, Gilded Age and Colonial style architecture, or take a pleasant walk along the wharf at the waterfront. There are endless mansions surrounded by plenty of culture including bustling nightlife and many great restaurants and wineries.
Provincetown is the quintessential New England beach town located in Cape Cod and is home to the Cape’s best beaches: Race Point Beach and Herring Cove Beach. Downtown you’ll find fantastic boutiques, plenty of restaurants to choose from featuring fresh seafood, and lots of funky art galleries to peruse. It is also a wonderfully LGBT friendly destination.