By Rose Gray; Business Relationship Director & Global Travel Expert
What is it about a beach vacation that draws us to it? Why are we compelled to kick off our shoes and run through the sand?
Having grown up on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan, one might assume that my love of the beach is in my soul, in my DNA, in my being. But it’s not just me. Even people raised in the Colorado mountains, Oklahoma plains, or landlocked cities like Dallas know the allure of a beach! The ebb and flow of the surf, the crashing waves, the distinctive aromas – these beautiful characteristics call to us and we go!
Choosing a favorite beach is like picking your favorite child. Each one is different, but you love them all. In no particular order, these are some of my favorite beaches in the United States.
Fort Lauderdale Beach, Florida
This is one of my “go to” beaches when looking for that relaxing winter getaway. Wisconsin winters can be brutal! Those of us looking to escape winter know that the farther south we can go, the better! It is known as the Venice of America because of its canal network, rivers, and waterways. This laid-back destination is perfect for those who are seeking a perfect beach experience without the fast-paced atmosphere of Miami.
Gulf Shores, Alabama
Thirty-two miles of pristine, white sand beach. Need I say more? If you want to take a break from the beach, check out Gulf State Park which offers 28 miles of hiking trails, biking, fishing, and a nature center.
Venice Beach, California
This lively Los Angeles beach offers prime surfing and excellent sunbathing spots. It also has one of my favorite pass-times, people watching! Ocean Front Walk is a boardwalk which runs parallel to the beach and has provided me with hours of entertainment while literally doing nothing but watching the “free spirits” of Venice Beach.
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Although it is widely known as a destination for golfers, Myrtle Beach is the hub of Grand Strand, a 60-mile string of endless beaches. It is a perfect vacation spot for families and in addition to sand and sun, offers great restaurants, arcades, an amusement park, and a great selection of accommodations.
Sanibel Island, Florida
Considering the east to west positioning of this island, Sanibel offers some of the best shelling in the United States. Nature lovers will enjoy this vacation destination as almost 60% of the island is covered by nature reserves.
BONUS! Kaanapali Beach, Maui, Hawaii
At only three miles long, this fabulous beach in Maui, Hawaii offers crystal clear water, white powdery sand, and amazing snorkeling. When your day at the beach is over, grab a cocktail and dinner at one of the fantastic restaurants at Whalers Village. Plus, you will not want to miss one of Kaanapali Beach’s most famous attractions – the nightly cliff diving at the beach’s northernmost cliffs.
If you are looking for a quick vacation escape to warmer temperatures right now, you are certainly not alone. In the heart of winter, nothing sounds more alluring than relaxing with a cool beverage, pressing your toes into the sun-heated sand, and feeling the sunshine warming your soul. Contact one of our vacation travel advisors today for help booking a trip to the beach!