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

Buy 2 Nights, Get 1 FREE! 'Shrimp Daddy' Funky 1970s Retro Beachfront Condo!

No. 225 “Shrimp Daddy” is a retro-cool condo with modern amenities that are vintage in style. This space embraces the Sea Gypsy’s 1970s roots. We are currently offering a buy 2 nights, get 1 free special! Call us to make arrangements! No. 225 ...

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...

Affordable North Shore Studio just 80 feet from the beach

The Molokai studio is located in Hale Ko'olau, 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 General Excise Tax...

Large beachside 1 bed, 1 bath with hot tub

The Kauai Kai (Sea of Kauai) is located in Hale Ko'olau, 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 General E...

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...

Beachfront Studio on North Shore Oahu

The Ehu Kai (Seaspray) Studio is located in Hale Ko’olau, a family owned and operated group of beach front vacation rental homes in Honolulu, Hawaii. Hale Ko'olau is the proud recipient of the Trip Advisor 2014 Seal of Excellence. Transient Accomm...

3 bed, 2 bath beacfront cottage on North Shore Oahu

The Ehukai Hale (Seaspray House) is located in Hale Ko'olau, a family owned and operated group of beach front vacation rental homes. Hale Ko'olau is the proud recipient of the Trip Advisor 2014 Seal of Excellence. Transient Accommodations and Gene...

Large oceanfront 1 bed, 1 bath with hot tub

The Lanikeha (Legendary Part of Heaven) is located in Hale Ko'olau, a family owned and operated group of beach front vacation rental homes. Hale Ko'olau is the proud recipient of the Trip Advisor 2014 Seal of Excellence. Transient Accommodations a...

3 bed, 3 bath beachfront home with hot tub

The Hale Lanikeha (Legendary Part of Heaven House) is located in Hale Ko'olau, a family owned and operated group of beach front vacation rental homes in Honolulu, Hawaii. Hale Ko'olau is the proud recipient of the Trip Advisor 2014 Seal of Excelle...
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