Is city living getting to you? Probably. Are you desperate to feel the sun’s hot rays on your face? Course you are. How about the soft, warm sand on your toes? Duh! And that bitter but oh-so-sweet sea salt on your lips? Sure thing. But what about those cool, foamy waves enveloping your very BEING… Are you pining for THAT?

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. 


Wakiki, Hawaii

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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

The Sea Board

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

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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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