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

SMART AND TRENDY, PROFESSIONALLY DECORATED 1 BR CONDO IN INDIAN SHORES WITH PANORAMIC GULF VIEW!

** When you call, reference this unit code TT503 or Tahitian Towers 503 ** ** Month of February may not be rented without month of January if January is not already rented ** Unit 503 at the Tahitian Towers is a one bedroom one bath condo you wi...

BEACH CHIC AND REASONABLY PRICED DESCRIBES THIS ST AUGUSTINE OCEAN AND RACQUET CLUB 2 BR CONDO JUST STEPS FROM THE OCEAN!

** When you call reference this code: SOR2304 or St Augustine Ocean and Racquet 2304 ** ** Jan 3 - Jan 31 $1658; Jan 31 - Feb 28 $2663; Jan 3 - Feb 28 $4321 ** ** Month of February may not be rented without month of January if January is not alr...

3BR OCEAN FRONT COOL AND BREEZY CONDO IN QUIET INDIAN SHORES COMPLEX!

** When you call reference this code: SHH502 or Shore House 502 ** ** Month of February may not be rented without month of January if January is not already rented ** At the Shore House you can wake up to the sound of waves or stroll for miles o...

DELIGHT IN THIS 3 BEDROOM UNIT AT THE DOG FRIENDLY SEAHORSE COTTAGES; ONE OF THE TRUE TREASURES OF TREASURE ISLAND!

** When you call, reference this unit code SHC9 or Seahorse Cottage 9 ** ** Good News! If you want to return to this unit enter the unit code above in the ad site search bar instead of the listing number ** We do not update the calendar on this s...

DISCOVER THE CHARM OF THIS 2 BR, DOG FRIENDLY, SEAHORSE COTTAGE IN TREASURE ISLAND WHERE THE POWDERY SUGAR SAND IS YOUR BACKYARD!

** When you call, reference this unit code SHC2 or Seahorse Cottage 2 ** ** Good News! If you want to return to this unit enter the unit code above in the ad site search bar instead of the listing number ** We do not update the calendar on this s...

1 BR MADIERA BEACHFRONT CONDO WITH BREATHTAKING VIEW AND 5 MINUTE WALK TO FAMOUS JOHN'S PASS!

** When you call, reference this unit code SB705 or Sea Breeze 705 ** ** Month of February may not be rented without month of January if January is not already rented ** Unit 705 at the Sea Breeze Condominium is a lovely place for a vacation. Lo...

SB702 - FABULOUS UPSCALE BEACHFRONT 2 BR CONDO IN MADEIRA BEACH WITH AMAZING VIEW OF EMERALD TURQUOISE WATER!

** When you call, reference this unit code SB702 or Sea Breeze 702 ** ** Month of February may not be rented without month of January if January is not already rented ** Unit 702 at the Sea Breeze Condominium in Madeira Beach depicts the true es...

ENJOY YOUR AWARD WINNING GULF VIEW AND CLASSIC BEACH BOARDWALK IN THIS 2 BR CONDO LOCATED IN MADEIRA BEACH!

** When you call, reference this unit code SB306 or Sea Breeze 306 ** ** Month of February may not be rented without month of January if January is not already rented ** The Sea Breeze Condominium is one of the most desirable complexes in Madeir...

FRESH 2 BR CORNER CONDO WITH STUNNING VIEW OF GULF IN QUAINT REDINGTON BEACH!

** When you call, reference this unit code RP101 or Redington Place 101 ** ** Month of February may not be rented without month of January if January is not already rented ** Unwind in accommodations that offer airy space bathed in light with al...

BEACHFRONT CORNER 2 BR UNIT FEATURING MAGNIFICENT SUNSETS IN THE QUIET COMMUNITY OF REDINGTON BEACH!

** Swimming pool closed for restoration Sep 15 - Oct 10, 2014 ** ** When you call, reference this unit code RS301 or Ram Sea 301 ** ** Month of February may not be rented without month of January if January is not already rented ** Fancy yourse...
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