Both the east and west coasts of the United States offer gorgeous oceans and beaches, so it’s no surprise that they are also home to a number of idyllic getaways. Here are 7 coastal cities, ranging from smaller but charming towns to larger cities, that are the perfect destination for your next trip to the oceanside.
1. San Diego, California
If you’re looking to enjoy big-city amenities with a slightly slower-paced feel than other large cities such as New York and Los Angeles, as well as take in some ocean views, consider heading down to San Diego, California. One of the southernmost cities in the United States, San Diego offers mild winters and sunny summers. You can look forward to exploring a wide range of beaches, from the luxurious white sands of Coronado Beach to the tide pools near La Jolla Shores. You’ll also have plenty of options when it comes to the kind of stay you’re looking for. If you enjoy the big city feel, consider staying in the downtown San Diego area. Those looking for a slightly more relaxed feel may enjoy Coronado Island or La Jolla.
2. Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts
If you’re looking for an idyllic east coast getaway, this town on Martha’s Vineyard won’t disappoint. Located on the northeast shore of the island. Oak Bluffs is one of three main towns on the island, and its popularity is well-earned. Check out the historic Flying Horses Carousel – the oldest platform carousel in the nation. Enjoy fine dining at one of the town’s highly rated restaurants, such as Sweet Life. Take in some fresh ocean air at Oak Bluffs Town Beach. No matter how you choose to spend your time, it’s sure to be memorable.
3. Key West, Florida
Head off the Florida coast to experience Key West. This popular island city is home to countless resorts such as Oceans Edge Resort & Marina Key West. You can look forward to lounging by the sparkling blue waters that surround the island – or cooling off with a dip in them. After a day of fun in the sun, enjoy a meal at one of the city’s restaurants, such as Two Friends Patio Restaurant. Those who are looking for a vibrant nightlife scene won’t be disappointed either – Key West has a well-known and loved nightlife that includes everything from casual bars to extravagant nightclubs.
4. Carmel-By-The-Sea, California
Those looking for a peaceful, dreamy getaway will love a trip to this small Californian town. Carmel-By-The-Sea (also simply known as Carmel) is an oceanside town that offers a charming feel in the town itself and a stunning coast. There’s a wide variety of things to do in Carmel, from exploring art galleries to checking out local shops to wine tasting. When it comes to lodging, you won’t have any shortage of options either – Carmel is home to plenty of larger hotels as well as a variety of cozy bed and breakfasts and inns.
5. Friday Harbor, Washington
The San Juan Islands, located off the coast of Seattle, is an archipelago that consists of over 100 named islands. The two most popular to visit are Orcas Island and San Juan Island. The latter is where the charming seaside town of Friday Harbor is located. Offering a wide variety of things to do from whale watching spots to local shops, Friday Harbor is also only a short ferry ride from Seattle, making this a great option for those looking for a quick getaway from a larger city.
6. Seaside, Oregon
Seaside, Oregon is a beautiful small town located near the equally beautiful Cannon Beach. This resort town offers visitors plenty to do. Head over to the Seaside Aquarium to view a wide variety of animals and get the chance to feed seals. Venture a little outside of town to Ecola State Park to see a historic lighthouse. Or even simply explore the town’s variety of boutique shops and local eateries – you’re guaranteed to have a fun time no matter what!
7. Bar Harbor, Maine
Located at the foot of Acadia National Park, if you’re looking for a charming, outdoorsy getaway, Bar Harbor is your answer! The largest community on Mount Desert Island, Bar Harbor is a great choice for those planning to explore the nearby national park. The town itself isn’t without its reasons to visit either, though – you can look forward to a wide variety of things to do from relaxing at Massage Bar Harbor Inc. to a wine tasting at Bar Harbor Cellars.
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