Most Popular Beaches in the United States

by maureen loon

As much as I hate saying this, 2011 summer is almost over. A new school year starts soon and slowly, the restaurants, beaches and resort hotels are emptying. But this is no reason to despair. If you happen to have some leftover vacation days, you can still enjoy a memorable beach vacation. After all, why not? The water is warmer than ever, the prices are getting down and queues are getting shorter.
In late August or even September some of the most popular beaches in the United States can be enjoyed without the constant fear of being stepped on, of having no room where to put your beach mat or even swim. So check out these gorgeous beaches and plan your new vacation:

Carmel, California

The whole name of this wealthy residential area in California is Carmel by the Sea. There are few other small towns in the US that host such classy villas or glamorous boutiques, but even fewer those with such superb beaches. The beach at Carmel is small and remote, surrounded by coquette beach houses and high cliffs.

Waikiki Beach, Hawaii

by phault

Hawaii is never to be omitted from a US beach guide. This insular US state comprises some of the most gorgeous tropical beaches in the whole world. Quite a popular beach with Hawaii visitors is the Waikiki on the island of Oahu. With smooth golden sands, beautiful waves and a classy restaurant and shopping area, Waikiki is made to fit any pocket or demand.

Provincetown, Massachusetts

With a numerous gay community and typical Massachusetts charm, Cape Cod is by far one of the country’s favorite summer destinations. As for the quaint Provincetown, its lovely beach and picture perfect beach houses have transformed it into a bohemian artist colony.

Coronado Beach, California

Back to the sunny California, you might be delighted to find out that the city of San Diego does hide some of the nation’s finest beaches. Coronado Beach on the Coronado island is a fairly wide strip of sand overlooking the San Diego bay. There are plenty of restaurants, shops and sports facilities on the island, as well as great conditions for whale spotting.

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

by Phil Guest

Myrtle Beach probably sounds very touristy and it’s exactly what this mega resort at the Atlantic represents. But things might not be as bad: the whole Myrtle Beach area accounts for more than 40 miles of sandy coastline. Not all the beaches are populated, so you’ll easily find your own piece of paradise.

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