A beach getaway is a classic summertime vacation. This year our best beach destination picks are both more secluded and a little understated. We hope you put them on your shortlist this year – before the summer’s over.
Laguna Beach, California
Laguna has a small town feel that you just can’t get from bustling San Diego or the legendary beaches of Santa Monica, Venice and Malibu. Along with beautiful, craggy cliffs and picturesque sunbathing spots, you’ll find the beaches of south Orange County inhabited less by tourists and by more locals. Laguna’s the perfect place for a chill hang with your partner or family.
Hidden Beach, Marieta Islands, Mexico
Mexico always welcomes American beach-goers with open arms, but this little slice of paradise is an off-the-beaten path miracle. Hidden Beach is just a short trip from Puerto Vallarta – but to access it you’ll have to pass through a water tunnel to reach it! Make it a day excursion and get ready to post some amazing pics to your Instagram.
Higgins Lake, Michigan
Natives might not want us to share – year after year Higgins Lake is ranked “most beautiful” in the state by those who should know! Higgins Lake is known for being crystal clear – you can see all the way to the bottom in depths of up to 20 feet. Fly into Grand Rapids to get there, and once you arrive you’ll find canoeing, sunbathing and racing go-karts are just some of the family-friendly activities not to miss.
Big Sur, California
For a different kind of beachy dream, explore the untamed beauty of California’s central coast. Big Sur is not for the lounging by a pool with a Pina Colada in your hand beach type, but adventurous souls will get otherworldly vistas and hiking and boundless nature to make up for it. Luxury accommodation and world-class dining can be found alongside yurt and tent camping alike.
Finger Lakes, New York
Most of us think of Manhattan when we consider a New York vacation, but New Yorkers know there’s much natural beauty outside of the Big Apple to explore. The 11 Finger Lakes in central New York offer more than 650 miles of shoreline, more than 200 wineries and over 1,000 waterfalls and gorges. Stunning natural scenery, a quiet place to relax and decompress? Sign us up!
Little Torch Key, Florida Keys
If you’re looking for a romantic trip for two, look no further than Little Palm Island Resort on Little Torch Key – and leave the kids at home! Children under 16 are not permitted, with the entire island dedicated completely to privacy and couples only exclusivity. It’s not cheap, but we hear it’s well worth the price!
Carova Beach, North Carolina
Located in the extreme northeast corner of the Outer Banks of North Carolina, you’ll need to bring the 4 wheel drive to experience this spot properly. Sunbathing and wild horse watching (really!) are activities on the menu in this most secluded of beach spots.