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Best East Coast Beaches In The USA

Updated: Jul 21, 2022

To me, it isn’t summer until I have sand between my toes and saltwater kissing my skin. As a full grown adult who still tries to convince her friends to play mermaids any chance I can get when we are near a body of water, to me being at the beach is pure bliss. As a born and bred east coaster, to me, the following east coast beaches are full of memories and good times. Whether you’re traveling by yourself, with your family, or on a gals trip, these beaches are sure to bring a smile to your face while you relax in the sun and sand.

Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

Rehoboth Beach was my family’s go to beach growing up and holds a special place in my heart. With white sandy beaches, a boardwalk full of fun shops and restaurants, and a vibrant nightlife, this beach is perfect for family and friends trips. Visit Browseabout Books bookstore to pick out your perfect beach read while you relax by the ocean. Fuel up for your fun adventures at Café Papillon, the perfect place for a morning pastry and coffee.

Where To Stay In Rehoboth Beach

Rehoboth Beach has many amazing hotel options just steps from the beach. The following are some of my family favorites.

The Bellmoor Inn & Spa

About: Just an eight minute walk from the beach, The Bellmoor Inn and Spa is located in the perfect place for relaxing beach days and fun filled evenings. If walking the two blocks to the beach is not for you, the hotel offers a complimentary shuttle to help you scope out the perfect beach spot. With luxurious features and friendly staff, you are sure to have a dream vacation when staying at The Bellmoor.

Beach View Hotel

About: As the name suggests, this charming hotel is located just moments from the beach with perfect seaside views. Enjoy a complimentary breakfast in the morning and freshly baked cookies in the evening. With a priority on convenience, Beach View Hotel is the perfect spot to stay for an easy and relaxing vacation.

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Jekyll Island, Georgia

The perfect playground for beach bums and sunshine chasers, Jekyll Island boasts white sand beaches, plenty of seashell hunting, and warm waters perfect for hopping in to cool down from the hot sun. Apart from pristine beaches, Jekyll Island has numerous hiking and cycling trails perfect for anyone seeking a little adventure. Spend a day exploring the 14.8-mile loop trail that surrounds Jekyll Island.

Where To Stay In Jekyll Island

Looking for the perfect place to snooze at in Jekyll Island? Consider a stay at one of the following properties.

Beachview Club Hotel

About: With 38 charming guest rooms just steps away from the beach, Beachview Club Hotel makes for the perfect oasis to return to at the end of a long beach day. If the ocean isn’t your scene, swim in the Beachview Club Hotel’s pool with a scenic view.

Jekyll Island Campground

About: For the more adventurous beach adventurers, this campground is the perfect place to pitch a tent or park up your RV for your Jeykll Island adventure. Jekyll Island Campground comes with 7 full hook-up sites and 12 primitive tent sites.

Starfish in sand next to ocean
Soak up the sun with some east coast fun.

Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts

Full of white sandy beaches, picturesque lighthouses, and stunning cliffs, Martha’s Vineyard is a beach destination like no other. This quaint beach area is perfect for spending your days strolling along the beach or reading a book in the powdery sand. Enjoy paddleboarding and kayaking along the coast and dining on some of the best seafood in the country.

Where To Stay In Martha’s Vineyard

Relax for the night with a glass of wine and a great view of the beach in one of the following spots.

Beachfront Inn of Martha's Vineyard

About: Cozy up in this charming Victorian bed and breakfast that is located, as the name suggests, right along the beachfront. Each room offers views of the water making it the perfect lodging option to catch a stunning sunrise or sunset. Breakfast is served daily for guests.

Harbor View Hotel

About: This iconic Martha’s Vineyard hotel will have you feeling like royalty. With a stunning exterior akin to a castle, Harbor View Hotel sits tucked away in the Edgartown Harbor. Just moments away from boutiques, art galleries, beaches, and sunset cruises, this luxurious hotel is the perfect home base for your Martha’s Vineyard adventure.

Palm Beach, Florida

Enjoy the surf and sand in Palm Beach. With a vibrant nightlife, delectable restaurants, and stunning beaches, you’re sure to have a great time in one of the best beach towns in the Sunshine State.

Where To Stay In Palm Beach

Whether you want to paint the town red or get an early night's sleep, the following hotels are perfect for drifting off to dreamland.

White Elephant Palm Beach

About: This luxury hotel is the perfect place for a relaxing escape. Not only is this hotel highly instagrammable, it also comes with many excellent amenities like a complementary car and bike service, an outdoor pool, a fine dining restaurant, and more. Plus it is just a short stroll from the beach!

Grand View Gardens

About: Located just a fifteen minute walk from the best restaurants, theaters, cafes, nightclubs, and boutiques Palm Beach has to offer, Grand View Gardens is the perfect bed and breakfast to stay at while exploring Florida. The historic 1925 property stuns from floorboard to ceiling, so much so that you won’t want to leave for the day to go down to the beach!

Aerial image of Palm Beach, Florida
For a fun time in the sand and sun head to Palm Beach.

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

For those looking to soak up the sun, go kayaking, hit the trails on a bicycle, and enjoy some delicious food, look no further than Hilton Head Island. Grab a coffee and some pastries to catch an early sunrise or spend your day shopping around Harbour Town.

Where To Stay In Hilton Head

Snooze in style in one of the following amazing hotel options in Hilton Head.

The Inn & Club At Harbour Town

About: The Inn & Club At Harbour Town has been voted one of the best hotels to stay at in Hilton Head, so it’s no surprise it has glowing reviews online. Enjoy getting pampered and having your every need attended to during your stay at this luxury hotel. Located close to all the major attractions, beach included, this hotel is sure to spoil you.

Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort

About: Lap up a life of luxury while staying in Omni Hilton Head Ocenafront Resort. This resort has access to an 11-mile lagoon system. During your stay enjoy bike trails and the property’s tennis courts and golf courses.

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Wilmington, North Carolina

If you want to feel like you’ve walked into a Nicholas Sparks book, head to Wilmington, North Carolina for the picture-perfect romantic getaway. Wilmington is made up of three beaches, Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, and Wrightsville Beach. Each beach offers stunning seaside views and comes full of fun opportunities. If you need to escape the beach, head to Airlie Gardens for a walk through beautiful flower gardens and around peaceful lakes.

Where To Stay In Wilmington

Whether you want to enjoy breakfast in bed or catch an early sunset, the following places are perfect to call home during your time in Wilmington.

Beacon House Inn Bed & Breakfast


About: Located close to Carolina Beach, this charming B&B is the perfect place for a pleasant vacation. In addition to the rooms available in the bed and breakfast, there are also three cottages available to rent. It is both family and pet friendly so you can bring your furry family members along on your vacation as well.

The Sand Dunes Motel


About: Don’t let the word motel throw you, The Sand Dunes Motel is a comfortable and cozy place to stay just steps away from Kure Beach. Go fishing at sunrise on the June Beach Fishing Pier just moments away from Sand Dunes. This cozy motel is perfect for a peaceful stay in Wilmington.

Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Cape Cod is one of the most famous beaches along the east coast and in Massachusetts. With charming cape-style houses sprinkled about the white sand coastline and tons of charming small towns waiting for you to explore, you are sure to love your stay in Cape Cod. Take a break from the beach to learn more about the cute creatures that call Cape Cod home by visiting Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge while in Cape Cod.

Surfers in Wilmington at sunrise
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Where To Stay In Cape Cod

Stay right in the heart of big adventures at the following locations.

Chatham Bars Inn


About: Located just steps away from the beach, this picturesque hotel is the perfect place to unwind during your vacation. Dine at one of the many onsite restaurants with produce grown locally on their farm. Treat yourself to a wide range of spa services, including body scrubs, facials, and massages.

Belfry Inne and Bistro


About: No we’re not joking, this charming hotel is located in the town of…Sandwich. Spend your days relaxing on the beach and your nights drinking cocktails at the Belfry Inne and Bistro’s cocktail and wine bar. They even offer wine tasting classes and numerous other events for you to enjoy during your stay.

Who doesn’t dream of the perfect beach vacation? If you’re ready to kick back and relax for a bit, look no further than these amazing east coast beaches. From powdery white sand and warm waters to vibrant nightlife and fine dining, these beaches are sure to leave you well-rested.

What's your favorite beach you've relaxed on? Tell us in the comments!


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