If the answer to the above is yes, then read on, because we’ve rounded up some of the top sandy spots in the US. Whether you’re a resident or just vacationing here this summer, make sure you put our picks on your must-visit list…
Main Beach, Santa Cruz
What for: Unlimited entertainment. The classic combination of rollercoasters, beach and corndogs will forever be a winner.
Top picks: The endless amount of events on Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Did someone say “Free movies on the beach”?
Drink up: Head over to happy hour at Ideal Bar & Grill; it’s buzzing with people, has sports playing on the big screen, and a sun-drenched oceanfront view.
Kick back: Rest up on a California King Bed at Boutique Hotel, Dream Inn, located next to the wharf and historic boardwalk.
What for: White sands, calm waters and ‘the ancient spirit of aloha’. But don’t be fooled – this ain’t no honeymoon haven, rather a buzzing hotspot for singletons.
Top picks: Adrenaline junkies rejoice; here you can go shark diving, sky diving, canoeing, or go on an extreme helicopter tour. The surf’s ideal for beginners, too.
Drink up: Head for a nightcap and watch the sun setting at The Barefoot Bar in Hale Koa hotel. Ocean breeze, cool cocktails and live music included.
Kick back: Young, trendy and modern; The Modern Honolulu is where it’s at. Armed with both a club and ridiculously serene rooms for that much needed shut eye, you get the best of both worlds.
Atlantic City Beach, New Jersey
What for: Casinos, spas, parties and people watching.
Top picks: Here, you can surf, kayak and windsurf to your adventurous heart’s content. Oh, and don’t forget to check out the boardwalk either.
Drink up: Soak up some sweet sounds at Bally’s Beach Bar, where a different band plays every single night. Rockstar Karaoke? Sure, why not.
Kick back: Just a short stroll from the boardwalk and in the heart of it all you’ll find TRYP by Wyndham – a real gem that won’t cost the earth.
Ocean City Beach, Maryland
What for: This place is just one big playground and offers all sorts of delights, not to mention sensational beach snacks. Must-tries include: Fisher’s Popcorn, Thrasher’s French Fries and Fractured Prune Doughnuts.
Top picks: LED paddleboards make the sea look positively psychedelic at night.Time to shine (literally) with your water sport skills.
Drink up: It doesn’t get much better than sipping on rum and an idyllic ocean view. At Skye Bar, that’s exactly what you’re going to get.
Kick back: Scrap big chain hotels and get some bang for your buck at the family-run Sea Hawk Motel – it’s close to the beach and has everything you need.
Panama City, Florida
What for: Two words: SPRING BREAK! This 27-mile-long beach is bursting with party vibes – not to mention super fine, sugar white sand and an emerald sea.
Top picks: Beer pong, bikini contests, DJs and day parties. If it all gets a little too much, you can hop on a boat to one of its many secluded beaches.
Drink up: Sit back, dig your toes deep into the warm sand, and raise a toast to summer fun at Pineapple Willy’s (serving great cocktails since 1984. Oh yeah.)
Kick back: The clue’s in the name when it comes to Seahaven Beach Hotel– a chilled getaway spot in an incredible beachfront location.
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