Summer is pretty much here, and that means that it’s time to finally break free of the house and get out there in the world. As a matter of fact, it’s not merely time to get out and smell the fresh air; it’s also time to start planning your beach vacations!
Now, no matter where you go in the United States, you’ll find that you’re never far away from a good beach. But, when you want to get some of the best that the country has to offer, you have to head toward one of the coasts. Now, while those who live out on the West Coast will say that they have the best beaches, there are plenty of East Coast partisans who will disagree!
If you ask us, as a matter of fact, there are definitely some beaches on the East Coast that are far better than even the most breathtaking beach in Southern California. Don’t believe us? Well, then this list was made for you! Read on, and check out our picks for the 20 East Coast beaches that absolutely everyone should visit!
1. Skaket Beach, MA
The calm waters just off the shore of Skaket Beach are perfect for those looking to unwind and relax.
2. Long Beach Island, NJ
With a stately lighthouse looming overhead, this is what East Coast beaches are all about.
3. Coligny Beach, SC
Located in Hilton Head, there’s plenty to keep one entertained at this beautiful beach, with great shops and restaurants nearby.
4. Virginia Beach, VA
Many consider this to be one of the best beaches on the East Coast, and we’re not inclined to disagree.
5. Cape May, NJ
Some people poo-poo the idea of taking a vacation in New Jersey, but that’s just because they’ve never been to Cape May!
6. Second Beach, RI
If the idea of catching the surf in the shadow of Newport’s famous mansions sounds appealing, then this is the place for you!
7. Folly Beach, SC
Charleston is one of the hottest summer destinations out there right now, and this is the beach there you’ll want to visit.
8. Main Beach, NY
Located in East Hampton, this is where you want to go if you want to experience the glitz and glamor of the Hamptons.
9. Gulf Island National Seashore, FL
This might be our pick for the very best beach along all of the East Coast. Check it out for yourself, and let us know what you think!
10. Tybee Island, GA
If you’re looking to “get back to nature”, then this wonderful Georgian treasure should be right up your alley.
11. Nags Head, NC
If you’ve got a mind to go snorkeling at the beach, then you’re going to love this treasure of North Carolina.
12. Waterford Beach, CT
You may not find this in many guidebooks for the area, and you’d better believe that the locals prefer it that way.
13. East Beach, RI
Situated in the shade of Taylor Swift’s summer home, this Watch Hill beach is a thing of beauty.
14. Cisco Beach, MA
Located on Nantucket, there may be no beach that embodies the spirit of New England more than this one.
15. Bowman’s Beach, FL
If you’re looking to collect sea shells down by the sea shore, then you will absolutely love this beach.
16. Myrtle Beach, SC
Let’s just say that watching the sunrise from the pier at Myrtle Beach is a thing of utmost pleasure.
17. Cape Hatteras, NC
If there’s a hurricane churning somewhere out in the Atlantic, then this is where you want to go for some primo surfing.
18. Moshup Beach, MA
Martha’s Vineyard is a summertime treasure, and this is the beach you want to check out if you visit.
19. Kiawah Island, SC
A welcome break from all the crowds at other beaches nearer to Charleston, this is a beautiful place to catch some sun, swim and relax.
20. Rehoboth Beach, DE
Here you’ve got a wonderful little beach town with an energy all of its own… The beach is pretty beautiful, too!