Our Favorite Beach Destinations

Written by on July 22, 2013 in Lifestyle, Travel - 6 Comments
Our Favorite Beach Destinations

Summer is the ideal time to take a vacation, and if there’s one trip we associate with the season more than anything else, it’s a beach excursion. There’s just something about the sea-and-sand combo that seems to beckon to us just as soon as the warmer months roll around. In honor of Glitter Guide’s Beach Week, we’re sharing our team’s personal favorite beach destinations across the country. From warm ocean water to delicious fish tacos to cute seaside boutiques, it seems there’s a beach here to match everyone’s summer vacation desires!

Illustration by Striped Cat Studio.

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  • “I love the laid-back vibe that Santa Cruz offers. It’s not for show—there’s nothing fancy about it. There are people relaxing and riding along the coast on their cruisers. And then there’s the old-school Beach Boardwalk, which is a fun place to ride roller coasters and eat cotton candy. I also love Capitola (right near Santa Cruz) for its colorful buildings, fun shops and great margaritas at Margaritaville!”

    Image credit: Beach for Baby

  • Bald Head Island is a special spot for our family. There’s no other way to describe this tiny island off the coast of Wilmington, NC. No cars are allowed—so bikes and golf carts are the way to get around!—and only a handful of restaurants exist. There are many beaches to discover with calm waves (perfect for swimming!), and the Maritime forest makes you feel like you’re on a tropical island.”

    Image credit: Bald Head Island

  • “My favorite beach is Waimea Bay in Oahu, Hawaii. The water is warm, which is a treat for anyone used to Northern California beaches! There are big, black volcanic boulders that the locals jump off of into the water—and although that’s technically not recommended, even just climbing the boulders makes for some cool photos! Afterward, go to Haleiwa and get shave ice from Matsumoto’s. Any guidebook will probably tell you that, but it’s so good that I’m not ashamed to be copying the advice!”

    Image credit: Kate Wong

  • “Long Beach Island, NJ holds the biggest spot in my heart, as it’s where my huge, close-knit extended family vacations each summer. The ‘island’ is brimming with character—quirky houses, tiny surf shops and a range of charming restaurants. Enjoy an al fresco breakfast at Dockside Diner, pay a visit to beautiful Barnegat Lighthouse, and pop into The Showplace Ice Cream Parlour for sundaes with a side of fond memories!”

    Image credit: Long Beach Island Journal

  • “My favorite beach is North Beach (“Dog Beach”) in Del Mar, California. On the weekends, my husband and I like to take our adopted puppy Maggie there to swim and play fetch. It’s ideal for those who want to exercise their pups—or even for dog-lovers who just want to soak up the sun while watching silly pups play in the water! Although dogs must be leashed there from mid-June until Labor Day, it’s a perfect spot for anyone visiting or living in San Diego who loves to take their dog along on their beach day!”

    Image credit: Natalie Lynn Borton

  • “Maroma Beach—close to Cancun, Mexico—is my favorite beach of all time. It’s one of those beaches on all of the postcards: the sand is soft and white and the water completely turquoise. I feel lucky to have witnessed such beauty and tranquility!”

    Image credit: Loco Gringo

  • “My favorite beach is Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. My parents went there on a whim for their honeymoon, and we’ve gone back as a family ever since. We tend to gravitate towards the understated section of the island, on a plantation filled with Spanish moss-covered trees, quiet winding streets and miles of gorgeous bike trails. My one insider’s tip? Make sure you eat at Skull Creek Boathouse. Hands down, the best fish tacos on the island.”

     

  • “I love that this little beach town has the cutest little restaurants and boutiques (not to mention, it isn’t far from the outlets!). My favorite boutique is Downtown Cowgirl. Accessories, trendy dresses and jewelry—I love it.”

    Image credit: Rehoboth Beachteam

  • Jasmine Patterson

    I love Waimea Bay! Haleiwa is where my husband and I got engaged! We are also going on a family vacation in a couple weeks to Rehoboth! (I am excited about shopping at the outlets!) Great article! Great recommendations!

  • Rebecca Woodcock

    Bald Head Island is one of our favorites! Such a perfect little spot to vacation! XOXO

  • Muffles

    Maroma beach is one of my favourites too!

  • http://www.prettyshinymine.blogspot.com/ Emily

    Hilton Head is so fun! Good choice!

  • Heidi

    The hubs and I just went to Rehoboth Beach for the first time and it was gorgeous. Doesn’t hurt that Dogfish Head is just a few blocks off the beach :)

    http://jax-and-jewels.blogspot.com

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