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BY LISA A. BEACH
Best Beach Destinations For Your Next Summer Vacation
Craving sunshine and turquoise water at a toes-in-the-sand destination? Consider one of these seven best beach destinations for your next summer vacation with Club Wyndham. Pick your favorite, plan it out with the help of these 10 travel tips for family beach vacations, and then book it to the beach. Just don’t forget to pack the sunscreen.
No matter which beach you visit, make sure to load up on coral reef-safe sunscreen — an SPF product that uses physical UVA and UVB filters (like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide) instead of chemicals that contribute to coral reef deterioration. FYI: Reef-safe sunscreen is now required in Hawaii, which began banning unsafe sunscreens this year. So save your skin and save the reefs.
1. Clearwater, Florida
Boasting soft, sugar-white sand that feels like velvet on your feet, Clearwater draws you in with its translucent, warm Gulf Coast waters — perfect for swimming, boating, or snorkeling. On Pier 60, go fishing, soak in a glorious sunset, or watch street performers. Stroll along the palm-lined Beach Walk Promenade or grab a cold beer at one of the breweries along the Gulp Coast’s craft beer trail.
This family-friendly spot delivers both beachfront bliss and bustling activities. For natural beauty, head to Myrtle Beach State Park and explore the nature trails meandering through the maritime forest. Day or night hit Broadway on the Beach — a dining, shopping, and entertainment complex with amusement rides, zip lining, miniature golf, aquarium, shops, restaurants, piano bar, and comedy club.
Hang ten at Coronado Beach, get a taste of hippie culture at Ocean Beach, or explore local favorite Windansea Beach. Hike through sandstone canyons at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve where you can stand atop rugged cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Explore the city’s cultural hub called Balboa Park — home to the San Diego Zoo, lush gardens, and multiple museums.
Relax at Hideaways Beach, surf at Puu Poa Beach, or head to Queens Bath — a favorite swimming spot for the locals. For a birds-eye view of Kauai’s breathtaking landscape, consider a helicopter tour. Snorkel in the emerald bay of Hanalei Valley or book a kayaking tour to explore the remote Na Pali Coast. Go horseback riding — and explore waterfalls — at Princeville Ranch near the Makaleha Mountains.
Go kite surfing or windsurfing on Kailua Beach or head to kid-friendly Lanikai Beach for a family kayaking adventure. Dig into history at Pearl Harbor National Memorial and Iolani Place, built in 1882. Don’t miss a trek along the scenic hiking trails at Diamond Head State Monument, Oahu’s iconic geological wonder.
Sometimes the best beach involves more than just sand and surf. Atlantic City rules with its iconic, four-mile-long boardwalk. From staples like saltwater taffy and kettle corn to casinos and carnival games, the bustling boardwalk provides something for every age, every taste — all with fantastic ocean views.