As the weather warms, people start thinking of weekend, or week-long beach getaways for the summer. If you are like us and want to spend entire days reading, sunbathing, swimming and fishing on the beach, here are our top 5 beaches on the east coast you wont want to miss! You probably haven’t even heard of most of them…
1. Duxbury Beach, MA
Duxbury Beach is perhaps one of the least-known, most beautiful beaches in the world. Approximately 30 minutes south of Boston, Duxbury Beach is a barrier peninsula that lies just north of Plymouth Harbor. The barrier beach is 6-miles long, and the only land access to the electricity-free villages of Gurnet Point and Saquish, which make the tip of the peninsula. In 1620, the Pilgrims gave Gurnet Point its name because it resembled the headlands in the English Channel, where there were a lot of “gurnett” fish. The most notable feature of this barrier beach is Powder Point Bridge, a half-mile long, wooden bridge. The bridge once made it into the Guinness Book of World Records for being the oldest, longest wooden bridge in the world till it was rebuilt in the 80s. If you visit this beautiful New England beach, don’t forget to stop at French Memories, a delicious coffee, sandwich and pastry cafe that is second to none, and only a short distance to the beach!
2. Long Beach Island, NJ
Long Beach Island, much like Duxbury Beach, is a barrier beach. The only difference is LBI is a barrier island, not a peninsula. This beach boasts a stunning, 18-mile stretch of white sand, and the water typically runs around 70 degrees or warmer in the summer. Like surfing and fishing? Bring out your poles and boards, because these beaches are friendly towards both extra curricular activities, not to mention, it has some amazing après-beach joints as well, like the Sandbar and Seashell (pictured above). Both bars offer daily music right on the beach, and yes, you can wear your bathing suit to the bar! Want to know a cool fact? This is where the first shark attack in America happened – the one that inspired the movie Jaws! Don’t worry though, there has not been a fatal shark attack in over 100 years!
3. Whitecrest Beach, MA
Whitecrest Beach is in Welfleet, Ma, which is the second-to-last town on Cape Cod. This beach is special, because a) there are incredible dunes that separate the town from the sandy shores, some of which reach almost 80 feet and b) The Beachcomber. The Beachcomber is a beach bar and food joint that is known for attracting some of the best local, and national music talent. For those that come alive with the rising of the moon, check out The Beachcomber’s nightclub, which was ranked “10th Sexiest Beach Bar in the World” by the Travel Channel.
4. Delray Beach, FL
Delray Beach is in West Palm Beach county, an awesome area of Florida. This is the perfect place to go if you want a Miami-style beach, but with less madness and more wide open towel space. The water is warm, the sand is white, the waves are surf-able, and the vibe is relaxed. Right off Delray Beach is the famous Atlantic Avenue, which is a great place to do some shopping, enjoy lively nightlife, or just take a break from the beach and throw back a few bites and beverages. Boston’s Sandbar would be our recommendation, as they have a variety of food and drink options accompanied by a game of cornhole . Oh yeah, did I forget to mention the tiki hut? Gotta have a tiki hut.
5. The Outer Banks, NC
Honestly, there are so many beautiful beaches on the Outer Banks we chose this destination as a whole for our final, top 5 east coast beach. The Outer Banks is an incredible 200-mile-long string of barrier islands off the coast of North Carolina. It has something for everyone. If you feel like getting a history fix, check out Roanoke Island, the famous site of the mysterious, disappearing Roanoke Colony of 1590. If that doesn’t pique your historical fancy, check out the seafront town of Kitty Hawk, where the Wright Brothers’ first “airplane” first took flight. A personal favorite, however, are the wild horses found on either Corolla, Shackleford Banks or Ocracoke. This is one of the last places in the United States where mustangs run free. Incredible.
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