Top 10 Beaches For Summer and Fall Fun
Top 10 beaches for summer and fall are waiting for you to say “hello!” Beach time is the best time with temps still higher along with the desire to dive into the ocean waters.
Here are 10 beaches to put on your list. Make it a road trip or jump on a plane.
You can’t have a beach list without starting with our beach jewels along the Georgia coast.
Jekyll Island located off the coast of Georgia, in Glynn County known for it brilliant green, lush marshes. It is one of the Sea Islands and one of the Golden Isles along Georgia’s pristine seashore dotted with several barrier islands. The island is owned by the State of Georgia and run by a self-sustaining, self-governing body. Over 75 years ago, the State of Georgia bought Jekyll Island and the exclusive Jekyll Island Club for use as a state park. Governor M.E. Thompson declared the island “a playground that now belongs to every Georgian.” The island is calling all fisher men and women, boys and girls – young and mature. A fishing pier also adds to possible fun all year round. Add more to your visit with horseback riding along the shore or check out the Sea Turtles facility to learn more about conservation and rehabilitation of injuries turtles.
St. Simon approximately 12 miles long here’s a Georgia island with a long list of delicious restaurants, a historic lighthouse and museum rebuilt in 1872 after it was destroyed during the Civil War and, a dog friendly beach inviting you to dip your toes and paws in the cool water. Add a little more to your time on the Georgia coast with a short boat ride over to Little St. Simons Island, home to many shorebirds birds and amazing scenery stretching for miles. Advance reservations are required for travel to Little St. Simons. A relaxing time after a day of exploring in condos, vacation homes or hotels are all waiting for you to make this a getaway filled with memories.
Sapelo Island one of Georgia’s jewel islands that you only reach by passenger ferry. The island is filled with history, wildlife and pristine beaches. A crowded day on the beach means 10 people, maybe. The two beaches on the island, Nanny Goat and Cabretta provide a relaxed time on the shores, or a chance to try shore fishing. Watch for shrimp boats catching your next seafood meal, dolphins and shorebirds in their natural habitat. The island is the size of Manhattan with only 29 full time residents. What makes this pristine barrier island an extra special visit is the rich history of Geechee residents whose ancestors were formerly enslaved on island plantations. You’ll find many of the traditions continue to be part of their day-to-day life, seine fishing, crabbing and shrimping are a big part of how the residents source their food. Before you leave ask about getting one of Yvonne Grovner’s Sweetgrass baskets. She makes them in the traditional way. A perfect souvenir to bring home for yourself and family too. Sapelo Island Birdhouses are the comfort cottages for your stay on the island.
Tybee Island is considered the easiest of Georgia’s beaches to get to and enjoy. Located outside of Savannah it is dotted with great casual restaurants and short term rentals.
Colorful reminders to let your hair down and enjoy the vibe are all around the island. The cool, bohemian vibe means you can come as you are. No pretenses just beach fun. Pets are welcomed, but be sure to follow the rules.
Siesta Beach in Siesta Key is located off the cost of Sarasota, Florida in the Gulf of Mexico. The area is known for sandy beaches along with great shops and cafes in Siesta Key Village. Crescent Beach offers access to Point of Rocks, limestone outcroppings that surround tidal pools and coral reefs. You’ll find bars, restaurants and even a drum circle with steel drums all in bohemian style! So let your hair down and come on over.
Huntington Beach in Huntington, California is the surfers paradise – all about serious water-surfing adventure on the Pacific Ocean. The mild climate makes it excellent for beach goers too. No need to think you can only visit to surf. There’s great beach and surfing history there too. Huntington Beach was once the playground of the Hawaiian Surfer – Duke Kahanamoku who popularized the sport of surfing helping the city gain the name Surf City.
El Matador State Beach in Malibu, CA. Here’s the spot for anyone looking for a little Instagram magic. The spectacular Malibu cliffs bring the scenery with rocky towers darting from the sea and you add the cool beach vibes – Instagram magic! Stroll the beach for salty tidal pools, cool caves, and ocean wildlife. Tip – The rocky area makes it a no-swim zone.
Ocracoke Island, in the Outer Banks, North Carolina is part of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Nothing says the nostalgia and ol’ time beach towns like the Outer Banks. Shops, delicious seafood restaurants, tours and the coolest of relaxing vibes a beach can have – it’s all there waiting for you. Tip – This wheelchair accessible beach welcomes everyone. It’s all about the chill.
Venice Beach, in Los Angeles, CA is all about people watching and more people watching. Venice Beach is the place to see if all. With restaurants, resident’s homes and a large array of various shops, swimming might be lower on your list than watching the various characters who stroll along the sidewalks. Don’t forget to check out the skateboarders too. Bring your camera, you’ll be disappointed if you don’t go home with photos to help share your stories.
Fort Lauderdale Beach, in Fort Lauderdale, FL – You can’t have a beach list and not include Ft. Lauderdale. It’s where you go for beach fun and blue waters. The beach may be crowded but less than the South beach area. And, it’s a great place to be seen and also checkout other beach goers. It’s vacation time, so it’s ok to do it how you’d like and Ft. Lauderdale Beach brings it all – fun, food, friends and beach frolic – it’s all there and the warm turquoise waters are waiting for you.
After the beach, how about a train ride. Check out Rocky Mountaineer for a journey through the Canadian Rockies.