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

Modern Beach House at Encinitas' Moonlight Beach & Steps to Shops

EVERYTHING IS NEW AS OF JULY! Our new beach house was just built in 2008 and is ideal for walking steps to the beach and shops of the most iconic Southern California beach town, Encinitas in Northern San Diego. The house is across from a very popu...

Charming Ocean Front Three Bedroom Cottage

--This property is managed on behalf of the owner by www.lovehomes.com. For more information or to discuss your rental needs please contact us on +44 203 5877 955 or info@lovehomes.com. We have over 40,000 stylish properties available and will hap...

Chateau Relaxo' Luxurious Beach Home w/Ocean Views & Spa

Come kick back and relax at our beach getaway lovingly named 'Chateau Relaxo'. We are Located just steps from the sand in the laid-back beach community of Silver Strand Beach, California. Wake up each morning to a beautiful sunrise from any of...

A DREAM - renovated 3bd Oceanview Home with new XBOX ONE, NEW MATTRESSES

RENOVATED! Beautiful Townhouse with beach and ocean view on Anna-Maria-Island, Florida. Just a few steps to the snow-white, fine coral sand. Crystal blue sea. Dolphins and Manatees swim less than 15 meters from the beach. Quiet location, three b...

Steps To Ocean Mission Beach Large 2BD/2BA 2 Reserved Parking Spaces Sleeps 8

This renovated unit is on the second floor and is a two story unit with a living room, full sized kitchen, two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a patio balcony with views of the beach. The property is on the beach side of Mission Boulevard. Steps to ...

Luxurious 1/1 Ocean View Unit At The Marenas Resort! Apr-May 20% Discount!

***TO BOOK CALL 1-(305) 434 4076 ext. 203 Amazing direct ocean view unit in the heart of Miami best beaches! Come and stay at the best hotel condo of the area, enjoy the direct beach access, pool, fitness center, spa, restaurant, bar, 24 hs conc...

Best Location In South Beach - One Block To The Beach, Lincoln Rd, Espanola Way

Vacation condo located in the heart of the famous Art Deco district Just around the block from the beach One block from the famous lincoln rd, ocean dr, and espanola way Moments from the best restaurants, night clubs, and shopping! . R...

Now booking Fall 2014/Summer 2015. 7 guest max. See Video & 5-star reviews

Summer is almost booked, time to start thinking about autumn in Harbor Country. It's about enjoying a classic Michigan getaway as the leaves begin to turn and the air grows cool. Gatherings around the giant fire pit, a warm fire inside and your ...

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...

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...
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