Top American Beach Vacations This Summer

South Beach – Miami, Florida

Miami’s South Beach neighborhood has it all. Amazing beaches, wild nightlife, trendy restaurants, and swanky hotels. People come to South Beach to be seen. While you’ll see plenty of gorgeous human beings sunbathing in chairs on the beach, you might find that the actual swimming is kept to a minimum.

South Beach is famous for their all-day clubs – posh lounges where you can drink and eat sushi poolside during the day, then dance and mingle all night. South Beach is definitely a top destination for amazing bachelor and bachelorette parties. / Shutterstock

Head of the Meadow Beach – Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Most people don’t picture beach vacations when they think of Massachusetts. However, Head of the Meadow Beach (located along the Cape Cod National Seashore) is one of the most underrated vacation spots in the state.

Not only are there plenty of opportunities for swimming and other water sports, Head of the Meadow Beach allows camping, so you can sleep a few feet away from the water if you’re feeling adventurous. There have been over 1,000 shipwrecks in this area, and you can even see the wreck of the Frances, which sunk in 1872, from the beach during low tide.

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Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach – Outer Banks, North Carolina

Ocracoke is a long, narrow island located off the coast of North Carolina. It’s a remarkable place because except for one small residential area, the rest of the island is parkland and waterfront.

To get to the Lifeguarded Beach, you’ll have to cross a long boardwalk, which puts you really close to the water. There aren’t many amenities, so if you’re coming for the day, you’ll need to bring things like towels, umbrellas, and snacks with you. However, as a trade off you get a beach that’s much less busy then the rest of the Outer Banks area, where you can spot wild horses, hunt for shells, and swim uninterrupted.

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American City Guide: New York City

New York City is the most populous city in the United States and has a reputation as the most vibrant and thrilling vacation destination on the continent. It’s the home of New York Fashion Week, the United Nations, Broadway, Wall Street, and the Statue of Liberty. Its fast pace inspired the phrase “New York minute” and even if you only have $5 per day to spend, you can still enjoy every aspect of this incredible metropolis.

Extravagant Hotel Pools You Need to See

For a lot of us, the pool is the holiday and the holiday is the pool. The success or failure of a getaway in the sun is determined by just how good the pool is. Knowing this, many hotels have some truly absurd swimming pools. Absurd for their grandeur and extravagance, these pools alone would make an unforgettable holiday.

Total Relaxation: 10 Best Wellness Retreats

Depending on what kind of relaxation you are looking for, a wellness retreat can offer an extraordinary vacay away from daily distractions of life, while enjoying incredible cuisine, along with fun activities to keep your body moving. Whether you love the idea of some hiking, yoga, meditation, or massages, there are a variety of wellness retreats all across the globe that help you relax, find your inner self, and feel rejuvenated.