If you’re looking to plan a getaway for your family this summer, look no further than your own backyard! International travel is getting ridiculously expensive. When you look at how long it would take to fly somewhere like Mexico or the Caribbean, it makes sense that people are choosing to travel within the United States instead.
However, there’s no need to deprive yourself of a vacation. Just pick one of these amazing American beaches to go to this year! You won’t have to convert your money, or worry about your passport. Most of these places are extremely accessible, which means that you don’t need to have a full week off in order to get in some quality beach time.
To help your vacation planning, here are a few of the best beaches in the country.
Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve – Oahu, Hawaii
Although getting to Hawaii does require a flight, if you’re already on the West Coast, you can be in Hawaii within six hours of takeoff. After that, get ready for some of the best beaches that you’ve ever seen in your life.
One beach that has consistently received high rankings is Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, a gorgeous beach on the island of Oahu. Hanauma Bay is excellent for snorkelling, and they take amazing care of their oceanfront, so it always looks pristine. Just be aware that they close one or two days a week so that the fish can feed undisturbed.
Clearwater Beach – Florida
Located along the Gulf of Mexico, Clearwater Beach is a beautiful white sand beach on an island just off of Clearwater, Florida. The island is accessible by bridge, which makes it a great choice for people traveling by car.
If you’ve decided to fly in, the island is only 20 miles from Tampa International Airport. There are plenty of activities for your family once you’ve reached the island – bicycle trails, an aquarium, plus 2.5 miles of stunning white sand beaches.
Cape May – New Jersey
If you grew up in New Jersey, chances are you spent most of your summers visiting the Jersey Shore. If you didn’t grow up in Jersey, you’ve probably heard all about the Shore from the popular MTV series Jersey Shore. If your vacation must-haves involve cheap alcohol, midway games, and sunburns, then you’ll probably be happy along the bustling Boardwalk.
However, if you’re looking for a quieter, more family-friendly vacation, head to Cape May, which is on the southern tip of the Jersey Shore. Cape May is full of cute little B&Bs, fine dining restaurants, and soft sand beaches where you can watch the sunset.