Our editors compiled a state-by-state guide to the coolest getaways for every type of traveler, including the best spots for golf, fishing, relaxing in the sand, spotting wild animals, and more. The list is complete with lodging information for each location (and even notes pet-friendly hotels) so our readers will be sure to stay a while when they visit. East Beach in Santa Barbara made this year’s list for its white sands, gorgeous views of the Channel Islands, and the wide variety of activities that are offered at the Cabrillo Boathouse and the Four Seasons Biltmore. Van Damme Beach on the Mendocino Coast was also included for its stunning natural beauty and for its proximity to the quaint and pet-friendly Little River Inn.

The entire list is included below, and you can find the link to the story here.


· West Beach, Gulf Shores


· East Beach, Santa Barbara

· Van Damme Beach, Mendocino Coast


· North-End Beach, Captiva

· South Beach, Miami Beach


· Sea Camp Beach, Cumberland Island


· Hanakapiai Beach, Kauai

· Kapalua Beach, Maui


· Sand Beach, Mt. Desert Island


· South Ocean Beach, Assateague Island


· Head of the Meadow Beach, Truro


· Twelvemile Beach, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

New Jersey

· The Cove Beach, Cape May

New York

· Ditch Plains Beach, Montauk

North Carolina

· Pine Knolls Shores, Atlantic Beach

· Ocracoke Beach, Ocracoke Island


· Cape Arago State Park, Coos Bay

Rhode Island

· Fred Benson Town Beach, Block Island

South Carolina

· Islanders Beach, Hilton Head Island


· Malaquite Beach, North Padre Island


· Kalaloch Beach, Olympic National Park


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