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Summer Time At The Beach With The Grand Kids

 Summer Time At The Beach

summer time at the beach
Photo credit – Cathy Yeulet

Summer time at the beach!  Let’s have some fun-filled time with the grand kids at the beach!  Oh, yes! Who’s ready to go to the beach? Summer Travel 2021 is going to be busy!  We’re ready to go. We have been missing the beach.  Last summer was filled with a pandemic, stay at home mandates and political turmoil.  This year, we’re ready for sun, sand and fun; and that spells beach!

Here are our top beaches to sunbathe, stroll the shore, swim and enjoy all your favorite water sports from boating, to jet skiing to fishing.

Hilton Head, SC

 summer time at the beach
Hilton Head Island = Family Fun

This 42-square-mile barrier island is all about slowing down, but also about keeping up with some of your urban life.  There’s outlet shopping, places to have a great meals, and relaxing is always part of the itinerary. Follow the leisurely pace of the residents – the population is part descendant of the Gullah, or the freed slaves who settled in the area, and part East Coast mainlanders who make Hilton Head their second home. You’ll find a diverse group of vacationers and you’ll definitely find your spot.  If you’re a regular you know exactly what I’m talking about. It’s the perfect place to mix a little action with a lot of relaxing.  There is golfing, tennis, boating and spas too.  Explore the Coastal Discovery Museum and the Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge, not to mention 12 miles of sandy beaches.
Plan a trip to visit – Hilton Head, SC

St. Augustine, FL

summer time at the beach
St. Augustine, Florida, USA Skyline at Bridge of Lions

If you want to add history to your beach vacation, St. Augustine is your spot. The city is filled with history.  And, with history also comes ghost tours and stories of people and places from long ago. From American history to Spanish history; there has been a lot of historic action in St. Augustine.  And, today you can explore the life of those who came before us, and take in the oldest continuously occupied European settlement in the U.S. Alongside narrow cobblestone streets and colonial architecture, you’ll find more modern-style gilded-area buildings, many of which were designed by railroad and oil tycoon Henry Flagler, who played a key role in developing St. Augustine and the rest of Florida’s east coast.

Though the main draw here is the abundance of landmarks that date back to the Spanish occupation, the Ancient City also offers various boutiques, eateries, live music venues and art galleries. Travelers with children should check out the St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum and the St. Augustine Wild Reserve. And, don’t miss the Fountain Of Youth; it’s worth taking a sip to see if it really works. Once you’re ready to relax, grab your gear and head to the beach take along a picnic lunch. As with many coastal Florida towns, St. Augustine offers prime access to the Atlantic Ocean and year-round sunshine and loads of sand.

Plan a trip to – St. Augustine, FL

Key West, FL

 summer time at the beach
Key West has the Southern most point in the U.S.A.

Why Go To Key West you ask! For a city with such a fan following you might think, I’ll skip this beach area for something a little calmer. Well, don’t… it’s all that you’d want in beach fun and the perfect spot for people watching, and taking in the beach sites. Known for warm beaches and of course those eccentric residents, you can also relax, enjoy great seafood, take a guided tour to learn more about the history, including Ernest Hemingway’s old home.  And a must do is to look for those six-toed cats. Make your way to the Southern most point of the U.S. and don’t forget to plan for a world famous Key West sunset. Bring your camera; you’ll want that shot. 

Plan a trip to – Key West, FL

Island Hop the Georgia Barrier Islands – The Golden Isles

 summer time at the beach
Driftwood Beach is artistic and fascinating!

When a group of islands has it’s own name and it’s Golden, you know you’re in for a treat.  And the best treat is you are able to visit each of them during one vacation.  Rated as the Best Beaches in the U.S. by U.S. News, they’re Georgia beaches so you know Georgians will all agree, Georgia can hold its own with our neighboring “beach states” who try to soak up all the sand and sunshine status.  The Golden Isle beaches are St. Simons, Sea Island, Jekyll Island and Little St. Simons; four barrier islands off the coast of GA.  

Each island has a special beach that draws you in for different reasons. Driftwood Beach on Jekyll Island is a must-visit spot thanks to its striking trees and driftwood-covered sand. While sunning is on the itinerary, you’ll want to walk among the trees and take lots and lots of photos. On St. Simons Island, visitors should check out East Beach, which features an enchantingly long shoreline perfect for long walks at sunset and bring along your fur baby.  Dog are welcomed on the sandy shore.  And for those in search of peace and quiet, there’s the 7-mile-long beach on Little St. Simons Island, where beachgoers will find water that’s safe for swimming and bike-friendly sand and the private island gives the feel of living the Rich and Famous lifestyle. To really live the life of the elite a stay on Sea Island delivers 100%.  For a stay on Sea Island, the Cloisters offers cottages with enough luxury and space to make everyone happy. 

Plan a trip to the – Georgia Golden Isles

Sapelo Island, GA

 summer time at the beach
Sapelo Island’s Nanny Goat Beach

No island line up will be complete without Sapelo Island being part of the list.  The home of a small group of Geechee – Gullah residents who still call the land home after 10 generations of living on their ancestral land.  The descents of the antebellum plantations continue to practice many of their traditions and cultural ways of day-to-day life.  With two beaches to sun bathe and walk the shore you can choose between Nanny Goat beach and Cabretta beach.  Fishing from a bridge or along the shore, taking a history tour with an island descendant or relaxing on one of the oversize porches.  You’re in synch with the Sapelo Island vibe.  Laid back, slow and relaxing.  Engage with the vibe and you’ll come home with lots of memories.  Bring your fur baby.  Dogs are welcomed on the beach and love running along the shore.  

Plan a trip to – Sapelo Island, GA

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