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

SUNSET CLIFFS vacation home 1.5 blocks from the ocean.

Our home is one and a half blocks from Sunset Cliffs and has an ocean view looking out from the front porch. It has recently been upgraded and has two flat screen tvs, WIFI, hardwood floors and beautiful new tile flooring in the kitchen and bathro...

Ocean View From Driveway 2/1, 900sq Ft Beach House, 2.7 Miles To Main St,

Completely remodeled 2/1, 900 sq ft beach house with peek of beach from driveway. A1a is 5 steps away, beach access is 15 steps away. Motorcycle and pet friendly. Large fenced back yard, gas grill fire pit, and enclosed front sun room. New kitchen...

Beach Haven: 3 BR / 2.5 BA three bedroom townhome in Kissimmee, Sleeps 6

Experience a wonderful vacation at a knock-out price! Enjoy one of the best vacations ever at this 3 bedroom resort town home on the Terra Verde gated resort - just minutes from Walt Disney World® Resort and all of the attractions, theme parks, re...

Oceanfront Maui Condo With Amazing Ocean & Sunset Views, WiFi, Sparkling Pools.

“Come have fun in the Sun and Welcome to 'Get-A-Way-To-Kihei'. Other vrbo.com/8825147 located in Northern California available as a vacation rental also. GetAwayToKihei fronts the beautiful Hawaii conservation shoreline in Kihei. Fabulous restaur...

Sunset Dreams is a Beach Front Luxury Townhome with Ocean/Sunset Views and Pool

Sunset Dreams is a richly remodeled and appointed townhome. The Villa is unique with awe inspiring direct gulf views and amazing sunsets, as well as sunrise views over the bay. The property includes exclusive access to over 380 feet of Gulf beach ...

Maui Beachfront Townhouse !!

OUR MAUI BEACH HOUSE... (Please read our Guest Comments to see how great this place is!) LOCATION: Right on a sandy Kihei beach, four miles north of Wailea. Walk just a few steps from the living room and deck to the lawn and sandy beach. Enjoy ...

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...

Stunning Beachfront Home on Magnificent West Malibu Cove

This modern Malibu beachfront home is situated on a spectacular sandy cove. Designed by noted architect Ed Niles, the home has master bedrooms upstairs and down, each with its own granite-topped kitchen. Steps lead to one of the most pristine b...

Ocean Views Steps From The Beach. Completely Remodeled & Redecorated, 1st Floor

Luxury for up to 6 with 2 large remodeled baths and plenty of storage. Perfect for 2 couples with King beds in each bedroom or families with the second bedroom made up as twins. Our new American Leather sofa sleeper is a Queen+. A full 80' long, 6...
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