Here?s a quick glance at some of the beaches in USA which you can?t afford to miss.
South Beach, Florida
Some places and times just go together, and South Beach seems right now to be one of those places, embodying the cultural mix of fashion, celebrity, design, hip beach culture and wealth that defines American fabulousness. The city's location as a kind of centre point between Europe, New York, L.A. and South America has no doubt contributed to its current ascendancy, but credit must also go to Miami?s architectural forefathers, who between the late '20s and early '40s built a backdrop as beautiful as today's bronzed and buffed denizens.
South Beach?s Architectural District - aka the art deco district - crowds into a mere one square mile some 800 pastel-coloured buildings in the art deco, streamline modern and Mediterranean Revival styles.
Virginia Beach, Virginia
The first English-speaking settlers had the right idea way back in 1607 - Virginia Beach is the ideal place to land. Tucked between the Atlantic shoreline and Chesapeake Bay, there?s a special beauty and way of life here that continues to draw visitors close to nature. While currents supply our waters with a great variety of fish, a mild climate makes for year-round opportunities to be on the water, whether it?s on the ocean or paddling inland waterways.
The trails of Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge are favorite hiking paths, while Virginia?s most visited state park, First Landing State Park, marks the spot of the Jamestown settlers? arrival to the continent. Its beaches are as welcoming as they were four centuries ago. Lucky for you, now there are beach cruisers to pedal your way through old growth forests and well-marked trails to guide you.
Waikiki Beach, Hawaii
It used to be a swamp - its name, which means ?spouting water? comes from the springs that fed the taro patches and fishponds - but Waikiki also had a two-mile crescent of sand, plenty of sunshine and perfect waves rolling into shore. So in the early days, after Honolulu became the capital of the Kingdom of Hawaii in 1845, the royalty wisely chose to build their beach homes on Waikiki.
Shortly after becoming the newest of the 50 U.S. states in 1959, when jets began bringing visitors to the island, builders usurped the rest of Waikiki Beach, resulting in today?s side-by-side cornucopia of tropical resort hotels. In fact, Waikiki even ran out of sand and for a couple of decades had to import it from Molokai, across the channel, to spread over the world-famous beach. It worked, and Waikiki still ranks as one of the world?s best urban beaches.
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
From its quaint beginnings as a stretch of shoreline dotted with cottages, Myrtle Beach has grown into a lively centerpiece among world-class destinations. Visitors can enjoy a stroll along the new, 1.2-mile Oceanfront Boardwalk, located in down town Myrtle Beach, or dine outdoors at one of the many ocean front restaurants. More than 100 championship golf courses offer plenty of variety for visiting golfers, while Myrtle Beach?s live entertainment and nightlife options are sure to provide plenty of excitement. Whether you?re looking for a laid-back beach vacation or a trip packed with entertainment and adventure, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, does not disappoint.
Golden Isles, Georgia
Located along the southern stretch of Georgia?s scenic coastline, four barrier islands and the adjoining mainland combine to transport you to a world of serene, natural beauty. The Golden Isles - St. Simons Island, Sea Island, Jekyll Island, Little St. Simons Island and Brunswick ? is one of the most captivating destinations you?ll ever discover.
Rich in history, culture and forgotten heroes, along with undiscovered towns and hamlets, the Golden Isles experience is one of the richest along the Atlantic seaboard. Cultural elements ? songs, stories, dances, food and architecture ? and numerous other factors help define the area.
Monterey Peninsula & Pebble Beach, California
Mother Nature worked overtime on the rugged Monterey Peninsula, a highlight of the legendary Pacific Coast Highway, the road that follows much of the California coastline. The peninsula is a surf-and-wind-sculpted wonder of cliff-lined beaches, sandy dunes, rocky shores and deep ocean bays. The old fishing town of Monterey, forever immortalised by Nobel Prize-winning novelist John Steinbeck, remains the peninsula?s biggest draw. Every September, it hosts the Monterey Jazz Festival, a huge three-night affair that attracts more than 500 greats from around the world and is the oldest ongoing jazz festival in the nation.
Considered by many to be the most thrilling, beguiling and breathtaking golf course on the face of the Earth, Pebble Beach?s ocean-hugging links are sacred ground for golfers. Now part of a trio of championship courses that includes Spyglass Hill and the Links at Spanish Bay, Pebble Beach opened in 1919. In the late 1940s, crooner Bing Crosby brought his pro-am tournament here, the ?clambake? that evolved into the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, played on Pebble, Spyglass and the nearby Poppy Hills courses during the second weekend of February.
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