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Fantastic Beaches

Everyone would likely agree that we could all use a little extra beach time. The variety of beach destinations is endless, whether you are looking for relaxation, recreation, or just a little sunshine.

From the rocky coast of Maine, to the sunny shores of Southern California, there is a beach to suit everyone's personal taste. Take a look at these 10 fantastic beaches.
  • 1. Laguna Beach
    Laguna Beach
    Coast Hwy and Broadway, , 92652
    This beautiful Orange County beach, well known due to the popular MTV reality show of the same name, is among the most gorgeous in all of Southern California.

    The dramatic scenery, including cliffs and coves, easily places this beach on the top of any Orange County must-do list. This stunning beach is a photographer's dream!

    Bonus: Walk over to town for fantastic restaurants, shopping, and art galleries.
  • 2. Manhattan Beach
    Manhattan Beach
    2 Manhattan Beach Blvd, , 90266
    A pristine, clean beach in Los Angeles county, Manhattan features a wide, sandy beach with plenty of activities. Volleyball, surfing, access to the 22 mile long South Bay Bike name it - Manhattan has it all!

    From the beautiful pier to the gorgeous houses along the beachfront, the scenery here rivals the top beaches in the country.
  • 3. Virginia Beach
    Virginia Beach
    Virginia Beach Boardwalk, , 23451
    This 3 mile stretch along the Atlantic Ocean is absolutely stunning. The beach and boardwalk are amongst the cleanest, most well maintained in the country.

    You will also find a 3 mile walking/biking path which runs along the length of the beach. The boardwalk is lit up at night ensuring a safer atmosphere.

    On a vacation to Virginia beach, not only will you be treated to a beautiful wide sandy beach, you will also find great summer events, numerous opportunities for recreation, and of course, fantastic views of the ocean.
  • 4. Coast Guard Beach
    Coast Guard Beach
    2 Ocean View Dr, , 02642
    This beautiful Cape Cod gem ranks among the 10 most beautiful beaches in the US. Whale sightings are frequent. Don't worry if you don't spot a whale as there is plenty of other natural beauty to be found.
  • 5. Huntington Beach
    Huntington Beach
    21601 Pacific Coast Hwy, , 92646
    This lively beach in Orange County is the perfect place for summer entertainment. In addition to watching the surfers from the pier in what is known as the "Surf Capital of the World," you will also find summer concerts, special events, volleyball, an 8 mile bike path, and more!

    You will never get bored at Huntington! Not the place to go if you are looking for relaxation, however, if you are looking for exercise, entertainment, and surfing you are in the right spot!

    Tip: Head over to town after your beach day for plenty of restaurants, bars, and shops.
  • 6. SeaGlass Beach
    SeaGlass Beach
    Elm St & Old Haul Rd, , 95437
    If you are a fan of seaglass, then you need to plan a visit to Sea Glass beach in Ft. Bragg, California. Once an old trash dumping site, this beach holds the highest concentration of sea glass in the world.

    For those of you who have never heard of the term "sea glass," the term refers to glass that has been formed into a smooth stone after years of tumbling along the ocean. The ending result is a beautiful gem like treasure. Layers and layers of these natural gems cover the entire beach. Light reflecting from the sun makes the glass sparkle as you walk across. Take a break after hours of driving on Hwy 101 to explore this natural beauty.
  • 7. Hermosa Beach
    Hermosa Beach
    1 Pier Ave, , 90254
    This LA County beach is one of the best in the world for volleyball. Various pro competitions are held here throughout the year. Not into volleyball? Don't worry there are plenty of opportunities for shopping, dining, entertainment (summer concerts on the pier), and enjoying other sports such as the 22 mile long South Bay Bike Path.
  • 8. Second Beach
    Second Beach
    474 Sachuest Point Rd, , 02842
    Sachuest Town Beach, otherwise known as Second Beach, is a picture perfect beach in Middletown, Rhode Island (just a short drive from the historic Newport Mansions). The mile plus long coastline is the perfect setting for a romantic stroll along the beach at sunset. Unlike beaches in hotter destinations, summertime in Rhode Island is absolutely beautiful for a relaxing beach day.
  • 9. Islesboro Town Beach
    Islesboro Town Beach
    Main Rd, , 04848
    Islesboro, a small island (year round population of only 600) located off the coast of Maine (and accessible only by ferry), is the perfect place to take a summer vacation.

    The beaches are gorgeous, local residents are friendly, and you will have your choice among several fantastic seasonal restaurants and shops. Most of the beaches are pretty desolate especially in the early morning hours.

    Town Beach is a hotspot for sea glass hunting. Take a vacation off the mainland and enjoy the solitude of this peaceful island.
  • 10. West Island Town Beach
    West Island Town Beach
    Fir St, , 02719
    This hidden gem in Southeast Massachusetts is one of the most scenic and quietest beaches in the state. West Island is the perfect New England beach for photography. If you are lucky you may even find a few pieces of sea glass!