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25 Best Beaches in the U.S.
From New York to Hawaii, and California to Florida, find your perfect U.S. beach destination. Editor’s Note: Travel might be complicated right now, but use our inspirational trip ideas to plan ahead for your next bucket list adventure. As summer approaches, you likely have one thing on your mind: the beach. But not all sandy stretches are created equal. Many different criteria define the perfect beach: the sand, the waves (or lack thereof), the level seclusion, the public transportation and accessible parking, the boardwalk, the activities, and even the amount of shaded trees.
Nothing beats spending an entire vacation next to the ocean—in fact, it’s a scientific fact that. Even though American travelers might not be able to jet off to the Mediterranean coast or choose a at will right now, there are plenty of hotels in the United States that are perfect for your next beach getaway. We’ve rounded up our favorite oceanfront hotels spanning the entire contiguous U.S., and we guarantee there’s a listing here for every type of traveler. So whether you’re craving an intimate retreat in Big Sur, a family-friendly cabin on , or a five-star high-rise located directly on Miami Beach, this list of the best beach getaways should have you covered.
The Best Beaches in Southern California
Whether you're seeking ideal surfing or swimming conditions or prefer a secluded spot for sunbathing, there's a beach in Southern California for you. Editor’s Note: Travel might be complicated right now, but use our inspirational trip ideas to plan ahead for your next bucket list adventure. Southern California’s coast stretches from San Diego in the south through Malibu in the north, although the northern border is not consistently defined. Most guidebooks include San Diego County, Orange County, and Los Angeles County.
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The Chanler at Cliff Walk, Newport, Rhode Island
has a long history of catering to the country’s upper-crust, and few places appeal to that “I’m friends with at least one Vanderbilt” clientele better than . The gilded-age manor was built in 1873 for Margaret Astor Ward (great-granddaughter of John Jacob), but opened its doors to the public as a hotel in 2003. The rooms are decorated in the styles of different historical periods, each somehow more extravagant than the next. Our favorite is the Martha’s Vineyard villa, an ocean-view beauty with a mantled fireplace, two prim blue chairs, and a canopied, four-poster bed with intricately carved wooden frame.
11 Amazing Black-owned Hotels Around the World
Book one of these incredible properties for your next trip, and support Black hospitality business owners in the process. When planning a getaway — whether it be a long holiday or quick weekend jaunt — picking a place to stay can feel like a daunting task, with a plethora options ranging from quaint boutique hotels to sprawling luxury resorts to all-inclusive stays. The accommodations you choose may not only make or break your trip, but can also have an impact. With that in mind, consider supporting a Black-owned hotel.
Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa, New York
It’s no secret that Montauk is one of the best beach getaways for New Yorkers, but booking a room atwill take your semi-staycation to the next level. With its ocean-fed saltwater pool and in-the-sand daybeds adorned in yellow and cream, the beach scene here is the stuff Hamptons dreams are made of. People come to Gurney’s beach club from all over the area just for happy hour, but you can dodge the mid-afternoon crowds in one of the resort’s 38 oceanfront guest rooms, complete with private verandas and floor-to-ceiling windows.
Four Seasons Hotel at The Surf Club, Miami, Florida
Theis like one giant breath of fresh air—especially compared to the clubby vibes that seem to infiltrate most of . Your relaxing stay begins as soon as you enter the palm-filled, beamed lobby, and certainly continues into the minimalist rooms. The category to choose is an Oceanfront room (its name should tell you why), but even the city-view rooms look across Biscayne Bay to mainland Miami, which offers the opportunity to see some striking sunsets. You can even see the ocean from your shower in some of the rooms, which shows that The Surf Club takes its views very seriously. With great location comes great responsibility, after all.
This Adorable Hotel in Maine Teamed Up With Sperry Shoes for a Quintessential New England Vacation
The Yachtsman Hotel & Marina Club wants you to get to the water this summer. Nothing screams “New England summer” quite like a fresh pair of Sperry shoes. Throw in a stay at the Yachtsman Hotel & Marina Club in Kennebunkport, Maine with a pair of iconic kicks and you’ve got a summer to remember. This summer, the hotel by the sea is teaming up with Sperry to create a package to please the most discerning shoe-loving travelers. Together, they are offering “Therapy by the Sea,” a package meant to help people have a relaxing (and stylish) vacation to remember.
Chatham Bars Inn, Cape Cod, Massachusetts
With its shingle-style cottages and beautiful surroundings,is exactly what you picture of a country inn. Scattered around 25 acres atop a seaside bluff, the hotel’s charming, New England–style cottages have bay windows, fireplaces, and private decks or patios with views of the ocean, grounds, or golf course—but we’re obviously going for the ocean views if we can get them. Chatham Bars Inn also somehow manages to appeal to both quiet-seeking adults and families with young children, with daily, supervised activities to occupy the young ones and a relatively quiet beach with plenty of opportunities to view wildlife (mainly seals, which is all anyone really needs to be happy).
Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur, California
Clinging to the 1,200-foot cliffs above the Pacific, Big Sur’s iconicdelivers both ocean views and elevated, tranquil spaces. The nineteenth-century homestead features floor-to-ceiling glass walls facing the shoreline, while the seven treehouses (yes, there are treehouses) have custom beds tucked under huge skylights. In other words: This place is all about soaking in those views. To really take it all in, treat yourself to the Post House private home, which has a private outdoor hot tub and patio that face away from the rest of the Inn, making it feel like you have the grounds to yourselves.
Post-Lockdown Bangkok: Empty Temples, Nightclubs, and Hotels
What the world's most visited city is like without tourists.On January 13, Thailand was the first country outside China to report a case of COVID-19, but it wasn’t until March that local infections started spreading. In reaction, the government closed schools, malls, and parks, and while we were still allowed to move around the city, much of the infrastructure was shut down. Bangkok's international airport, the entry point for most of Thailand's 39.8 million tourists last year, stopped almost all international flights in April. Most hotels shut their doors, restaurants pivoted into delivery businesses, and a 10 p.m. curfew was imposed.
Little Palm Island Resort & Spa, Little Torch Key, Florida
Recently reopened after Hurricane Irma forced a two-year closure, this elegant resort on Little Torch Key is already reminding us why it’s been a beloved favorite for so many years.already feels remote, seeing as it’s only accessed by boat or seaplane, but the overall design and thoughtful amenities easily fool us into thinking we’re in the South Pacific: We’re talking more than 250 coconut palm trees, thatched-roof bungalows, and outdoor showers. Add to that a spa with a two-story atrium, some incredible ocean views, and direct access to white sand and , and you have yourself a vacation spot that you may never want to leave.
The Best Resort Getaways from Chicago
For when the City of Big Shoulders is crowding you.From a world-class Wisconsin spa to a quaint Galena B&B, here are seven of the best Chicago-area resorts to book now. Their on-premise perks are at your fingertips, so upon check-in, you have full permission to log off and immediately start unwinding.
The Cloister at Sea Island, Georgia
Set on Georgia’s tiny Sea Island (just five miles long and under two miles wide),is a palm frond-flushed palazzo that definitely lives up to its name. The Mediterranean-style resort offers the Lodge, encircled by three separate golf courses on St. Simons Island; the Cloister, the most centrally located, with beach access and spa; and the Cottages, private, and optimal for couples and families seeking space. The decor varies from room to room, but we’d sum up the overall look as “Italy meets the American South”: think overstuffed chairs, floral curtains, and exposed wood beams. Did we mention there are seven restaurants on the property? Get ready to eat sea bass and lobster off of exquisite, hand-painted china.
Headlands Coastal Lodge & Spa, Pacific City, Oregon
Oregon’s Pacific coastline is one of thein the country (those boulders!), so why not book a hotel situated directly on the sand? We love not only for its location right next to Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area, but also for its spacious rooms and cottages, all of which have a terrace or balcony affording once-in-a-lifetime views. While you could easily watch the waves from your room all day long, be sure to take advantage of the many outdoor activities the hotel can help you experience, from kayaking the Nestucca River to bike-riding along the coastline.
Disney Announces Polynesian Village Resort Won’t Open Until Summer 2021
The property will undergo changes while closed to the public.Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort was initially scheduled to reopen on October 4 after being postponed originally from August 12, but those plans were abandoned on Monday. The Villas and Bungalows at the resort will remain open.
Hotel del Coronado, San Diego, California
It’s nearly impossible to think ofwithout immediately conjuring up images of , one of the grandest, most iconic buildings in the entire city. The first thing you’ll notice while pulling up to the hotel is the red, turreted roof—unless you already spotted it from your plane window, that is. But you’ll have to spend a couple days here to really see what all the fuss is about. Stay in one of the California Cabanas or the Ocean View Towers for rooms with white shutters and bright pops of color, plus easy access to the beach and pool. Or, for something even more beachy (and definitely more private), book a room in the Beach Village, the Del’s secluded cottages by the ocean with separate entrances and private valets.
Montage Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina
Photos ofdo not do this South Carolina stunner any justice, as beautiful as those photos may be. The 20,000-acre property is like its own little world, with an on-site bird conservatory, Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course, and arching trees dripping Spanish moss. In fact, 75 percent of the grounds are a protected nature reserve. Opt for one of the lagoon- or May River-front cottages to watch the sunset from your screened porch, but make sure you save the swimming for one of the resort’s many pools. Trust us, it’s the only way your soak won’t put you face to face with a resident alligator.
Shutters on the Beach, Santa Monica, California
First opened in 1993,has become something of an icon in the game of California hotels. As its name suggests, the hotel sits right on the sand of Santa Monica Bay, and guests can see the Pacific from the pool and Jacuzzi (take your pick: chaise lounge or private cabana). The 186 breezy guest rooms and 12 suites all feel residential—hardwood floors with Tibetan rugs, built-ins instead of bulky furniture, and spacious bathrooms. Just be aware that very few of the rooms have ocean views, so be sure to get the skinny before you book.
The Tides Beach Club, Kennebunkport, Maine
An hour and a half north of, Kennebunkport is quintessential Maine, complete with rocky beaches, antique stores, and lobster shacks galore. It also happens to be home to one of the most luxe hotels in the state: . The modern-but-beachy, 21-room hotel sits pretty on , whose powdery white sand is exceptional as far as Maine beaches go. As for the hotel itself, you can expect big porches overlooking the ocean, nautical paintings and coffee table books, and preppy rooms decked out in turquoise and coral. (Two suites are even , so we really do mean preppy.)
The Wauwinet, Nantucket, Massachusetts
Arguably the most well-regarded hotel on Nantucket,is a classic New England retreat perfect for well-dressed vacationers looking for some quiet time by the sea. The 5-star hotel (and winner) is tucked away on the far northeastern side of the island, meaning the only crowds you’ll run into are fellow guests and friendly staff members. And we think silence is the best way to enjoy those spacious rooms, comfortable beds, and private terraces with wicker lounge chairs and direct beach access.
Rosewood Miramar Beach, Montecito, California
If The Great Gatsby took place on the West Coast, the parties probably would have been held at. Indeed, its rows of white roses and trim boxwood, and clapboard cottages seem too pristine to be real, but a stay here is more like an elevated version of life than a fictional one. If you’re able, be sure to book one of the Beach House Suites, which are bigger than the garden-view bungalows and have ocean-facing terraces—although, with access to one of the best beaches along California’s central coast (Miramar), you probably won’t be spending too much time in whichever room you choose.
Marriott Announces New Escape to Luxury Offerings .
The hotel giant is working to reward travelers.Launching at The Ritz-Carlton, St. Regis Hotels & Resorts and EDITION properties, the offering will be available for a limited time each month to both Marriott Bonvoy members and non-members as a way to enhance their trips and vacations, including up to $300 in credits.