Planning your next family vacation? While the common beaches in places like Florida and California may sound beautiful, they’re exactly that: Common. It’s time to branch out a bit and find a destination that still offers a great experience, but offers a variety of amenities and attractions you wouldn’t find in the two larger coastal states.
Just because they’re more popular doesn’t mean they’re your only options. It’s time to skip the Golden and Sunshine States and find your next shoreline destination elsewhere.
Cannon Beach, Oregon
North of California is a state known for its eccentricity, chill vibes, and breathtaking views. Cannon Beach, located on the northwest coast of Oregon, offers more of an adventure than a laid-back experience. It’s been used as a location for films like “The Goonies” and “Point Break.” Be sure to take a few quick pics in front of the Haystack Rock when you go. Anyone who sees photos from your trip to this amazing spot is sure to be jealous.
The beach has many restaurants and hotels around that range in price and amenities offered, so you’re sure to find something that matches both your taste and your wallet.
Gulf Shores, Alabama
If you’re used to heading down to Florida every year, but crave something new, and not far, the Gulf Shores is a perfect option. Home to the Hangout Musical Festival every May, this beach gets pretty lively during the summer months. Prices in Gulf Shores are typically cheaper than what you’d find at most Florida beaches, but if you want a happy medium you can drive just 30 minutes away to the Flora-Bama bar, where you can drink in both states at the same time!
If you’re looking for a place to visit at almost any time of year, Brunswick, Georgia, is a great choice. The town loves to celebrate its history almost any chance it gets and has several events throughout the year, from the Fourth of July to fall festivals in its historic downtown. The beaches offer breathtaking views and a relaxing atmosphere, but the nearby St. Simons Island may bring out the adventurous side of you.
There are many great deals on hotels in the area as well, so whether you’re traveling alone or with a brood, you’re sure to be taken care of without breaking the bank.
While the idea of fun in the sun is appealing to some, others prefer a more laid-back vibe with a cool breeze passing through. If that’s you, then Nantucket deserves to be on your shortlist of destinations to visit. The New England town offers many restaurants and shops that you can’t find anywhere else in the U.S., creating the feeling of another world you may not want to leave. The former whaling community is now home to a small community of locals that are welcoming to visitors and a beach for everyone in the family, like the nearby Children’s Beach.
If you’re looking for a change of pace on your next vacation, these destinations are a great place to start. The only problem is choosing between them.