USA Beach Holidays

America's beach holiday hot spots

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Russ Sanchez

Russ Sanchez
HomeAway travel expert


US BeachesFrom the iconic white sands and almost otherworldly blue waters of Hawaii in the Pacific, to such famous East Coast haunts as Martha's Vineyard in the Atlantic – where the American elite have watered for centuries – the USA's sprawling coastline contains beaches to suit every holiday temperament. For example: there are to be found here both lively beaches backed by glamorous resort hotels and strewn with beautiful, scantily clad people in various states of repose; and quiet, secluded ones with shallow crystalline waters that stretch to the horizon – and every point between. So whatever it is you desire from your beach holiday, you can find it – somewhere – in the US.

And since HomeAway has private rentals all across the globe, you can be sure to find the perfect hacienda to host your USA beach holiday. But with so many options – and so many coasts! – which will you choose? That IS the question. Here are our suggestions as to where to locate your holiday bliss amongst the stars and stripes' top beaches.

 

The very best beaches in the US of A


   

USA beach holidays at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina USA beach holidays at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

A long-time East Coast favourite, South Carolina's Myrtle Beach is one of America's best-known beaches. Miles of soft, even sands (dotted with the occasional loggerhead sea turtle), and clean sparkling surf. Daytime temperatures average 28°C – 33°C, so bring your sunscreen. Pets are not allowed on the beach 10AM to 5 PM, May 1st through to September 1st (although they are allowed elsewhere in Myrtle Beach State Park, if kept on a lead).  

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USA beach holidays at Waikiki, Oahu, Hawaii USA beach holidays at Waikiki, Oahu, Hawaii

Waikiki is one of the most famous beaches in the world, known for its crystalline blue waters – which are very shallow in many areas, extending far into the ocean – white sands, and the concentration of ritzy hotels that form its backdrop. It is, in short, the classic picture-postcard beach; indeed, it was the playground of Hawaiian royalty in the 1800s! It's also known as an excellent site for beginning surfers.  

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USA beach holidays at Venice Beach, California USA beach holidays at Venice Beach, California

As a Cali boy, myself, I'd be lynched in my home state if I didn't include a couple Californian entries on this list – and the first of these is Venice beach. Surely you've heard of Venice beach. Not for the beach itself, which, though lovely, with soft sands and sun aplenty, is pretty par for the course for CA beaches. What truly distinguishes Venice Beach is the circus that is Ocean Front Walk, an over two-mile-long promenade-cum-street theatre extravaganza. There you'll find roller skaters, fortune tellers, street performers, artists, burn-outs, vendors, and, of course, body builders. Few places outside LA so characterize So Cal quirk like Venice Beach; it shouldn't be passed up.

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USA beach holidays at Matador Beach, California USA beach holidays at Matador Beach, California

My second Californian entry, and perhaps the polar opposite of Venice Beach, is Matador Beach, in Malibu. There is nothing to the beach – other than the frequent fashion photo shoots that take place there – beside the beach itself. But the beach itself is a doozy: long, softly sandy, and pristine, with iconic coves and rock arches that time has worn into the cliffs. And the sunsets here? Almost beyond description. If relaxation is a top priority for your US beach holiday, without the city being entirely out of reach, Matador Beach is it. Just be aware that its seclusion comes at a price: it's a steep climb down to the beach, and is not easily accessible to those with limited mobility.   

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USA beach holidays at St. Pete Beach, Floriida USA beach holidays at St. Pete Beach, Floriida

Florida is another state with a deserved reputation as a beach lover's Mecca. Choosing a favourite from among its beaches is extremely difficult, but St. Pete is definitely one of the best. Located in St Petersburg, Florida, southwest of Tampa, St. Pete has some of the snowiest sands in the US, and is lapped by the clear warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Schools of dolphins are known to frolic in its waters. It is often a quiet beach, but any number of activities, like sea kayaking, are available for those who haven't mastered the art of being exquisitely idle.  

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Beach Holiday Homes in the USA

Beach House w/Private Desert Patio, 100% Solar. Border with Santa Monica!

Cactus Flower is a one-bedroom guest house designed from the ground up as a sustainable luxury building with solar electric power, solar-thermal hot water systems, reverse osmosis water filtration, organic cotton towels and linens and non-toxic cl...

Contemporary Guest House, 100% Solar. Border with Santa Monica!

Modernist Beach Living. The minimalist home to work and relax. A luxury guest house in a peaceful corner of Venice Beach. Venice Place is a gorgeous, fully furnished, one bedroom house with a private patio and garden. We are proud to announce tha...

Ocean Views & Breezy Palms, Secure dedicated WiFi, Central to Everything

Our home is situated in the Kawama Tower at Kawama Yacht Club and is modern and spacious with elegant furnishings. A combination of beautifully maintained gardens, pools and waterside facilities ensure a lovely base for a Family or a Romantic Coup...

Fall Wks $200 off, The Penthouse! Gorgeous 4bd/4.5ba with Incredible View

PLEASE KNOW THAT WE WILL NEVER ASK FOR PAYMENT BY WIRE TRANSFER. Mustique Luxury Penthouse, Gulf Shores, Alabama. Mustique is the last tower at the quiet end of West Beach in Gulf Shores. With just two units per floor, you will have the very to...

Mustique 901, The Best of Mustique, Read our Reviews!

PLEASE KNOW THAT WE WILL NEVER ASK FOR PAYMENT BY WIRE TRANSFER. Gorgeous Mustique 4 bedroom. 4.5 bath, 2511 sq ft condo with stone floors, granite counters throughout, beautiful furnishings and incredible original art throughout. While all of ...

Halekai III Gulf Shores Premier Beachfront Home

PLEASE KNOW THAT WE WILL NEVER ASK FOR PAYMENT BY WIRE TRANSFER. This is it! With 11 bedrooms and 11 full baths, this beautiful new designer home will accommodate up to 36 people. Two full kitchens, including one custom designed for catering, i...

Sand, Sea & Sky,Cozy Condo-Luxe New Decor, Wifi Sandalfoot 4a1

Sandalfoot Condominium offers close proximity to the mainland at the quiet end of Sanibel Island. Sandalfoot is a beautifully maintained complex. Our unit is newly remodeled and redecorated with high end furnishings, stainless steel appliances, g...

Spacious villa in a prime beach location, close to Mercato Center

Top location near the beach (free parking pass), shopping and restaurants. Very central and quiet area. Within minutes you can reach all spots of interest in Naples. This comfortable 270 square meter luxury villa is furnished in July 2014. In the...

Best located villa near the beach,restaurants, shopping malls and Mercato Center

The location of this comfortable villa is optimal. You can enjoy your holidays at the private pool or at the miles long beach which you can reach within walking distance or by bike in a few minutes. If you choose the car you are within 3 ...

3 bed, 3 bath luxury beach house on North Shore Oahu

Nani Kai Hale (Beautiful Beach House) is located in Hale Koolau, a family owned and operated group of beachfront vacation rental homes. Hale Ko'olau is the proud recipient of the Trip Advisor 2014 Seal of Excellence. Transient Accommodations and G...
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