From an isolated nature retreat nestled along Virginia's Outer Banks to a picturesque coastal village with towering seawalls in Washington, these beaches prove that bigger doesn't necessarily mean better -- and that getting away doesn't need to be a headache.
There are beaches for partying, beaches for swimming, and beaches for doing absolutely nothing at all. If you're after the latter, we've got you covered.
Imagine going to spend a day at the beach with friends or family, looking to recharge your batteries at some of California's most treasured destinations. But before you hit the sand, you encounter razor wire. Or a locked gate. Or an oddly placed boulder.
The above painting, captures the innocence of childhood and my love of Martha's Vineyard. I have traveled to the island every summer for the last 17 years. It's hard to write about its splendor without sounding cliche.
What comes to mind when you think of the perfect beach? Do you hear the sound of ocean waves crashing on the shore, feel white sand shifting beneath your feet? Whatever your ideal sandy spot, your own section of paradise should be just that -- your very own.
Summer's on its way in, which means hello beach days! While you're lounging in the sun and leaving footprints in the sand, don't forget to collect shells and other beach treasures for some amazing crafts and decorating ideas.
Here, you'll find average annual temperatures of 74 degrees, and more than 100 islands stretched over 435 miles of ocean.
Norman Island is an uninhabited island at the southern tip of the British Virgin Islands Archipelago. It is known for its three shallow caves at the ...
It's the time of year to pull out the sunscreen, but before you do, learn these five shocking sunscreen facts.
I have yet to explore every mile of this fun, and often underestimated coastline, but am looking forward to another season to do so. In the meantime, put aside any stereotypes you may have about my new home state, and head on over to The Shore.
Animal encounters are not the only memories you'll take home with you. The Galapagos Islands have a history to uncover and a stark volcanic landscape ringed with ice-white sand and lapped by chilly, brilliant blue water.
When I fly, I'm usually not the one looking out the window as we start the descent. But as São Miguel island came into sight, I couldn't stop staring at the breathtakingly green island scattered with craggy mountains and sapphire lakes. By the time we actually landed, I couldn't wait to get on the road.
Aside from cookouts and flip-flops, I can't think of a summertime tradition more essential than a trip to the beach. The waves, the sand, the sunny skies -- it's the perfect place to rest and spend some much-needed time with family.
It's best to live towards your dreams through a gracious heart that believes the miraculous is listening. Meanwhile, prepare the way by living responsibly and the opportunities, people, and places will show up in your lives at the perfect time. It's all up to you and God.
Soak up barefoot island life and explore the pristine surroundings of these idyllic spots.
Because we already told you about the country's best beaches, and its best small towns, the next logical step seemed obvious: America's best small beach towns (as in, small towns with beaches; not small beaches with towns). Here are 14 of the country's finest.