Looking for a beach getaway without the crowds, spring break partiers, or fussy resorts? The East Coast is home to many charming beach towns where you can enjoy a quiet vacation with your partner, friends, or family. Check out some of these sweet little gems for a vacation that will leave you feeling truly rested and restored.
If this town’s name sounds familiar to you, it’s probably because the Bush family has a summer home here where they’ve received such famous guests as Margaret Thatcher and Vladimir Putin. The Atlantic coast in this part of Maine is known primarily for lobster, and you’ll find plenty of lobster restaurants around the town’s center. The sandy beaches are perfect for sunbathing, swimming, and sailing. Kennebunkport is also home to museums, a trolley, hiking trails, and more fun things to do on vacation.
Old Saybrook, Connecticut
If you’re seeking relaxation and beautiful scenery, you can’t do much better than Old Saybrook. Whether you’re lying on the beach, swimming, kayaking, or boating, you’ll be basking in the beauty and solitude of this picturesque location. Visitors here love to take long walks along the shoreline, creeks, and paths, browse the fashionable boutiques, and enjoy fresh seafood in Old Saybrook’s many restaurants and eateries.
Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina
If you’re looking for a place to play on the water, Wrightsville Beach should fit the bill perfectly. This town is all beach, with water sports that include surfing, kite boarding, kayaking, and paddle boarding. If you’re happiest on a boat, you can take a harbor cruise, charter a deep-sea fishing boat, or sail. Check out Wrightsville Beach’s assortment of hotels, exhibits, restaurants, and nightlife as well. The island also boasts more than 100 years of history, which you can explore at the Wrightsville Beach Museum of History.
Tybee Island, Georgia
Tybee Island is another island that’s fully accessible by car. The island boasts white sand beaches, blue waters, and beautiful views. Dolphin sightings will delight the animal lovers in your group, and the history buffs will appreciate the island’s two military forts, one of which was used during the Civil War. Heading this far south extends the beach season for swimming and sunbathing, and if you come in the fall you can take part in the Pirate Fest weekend.
Amelia Island, Florida
Of course, the longest beach season is found in Florida. If you’re looking for a sweet beach town in the Sunshine State, Amelia Island in Nassau County is a good choice. If you’re bringing your family, plan to spend your time at Main Beach Park, where you’ll find playgrounds, picnic areas, and playmates galore. When you’re not on the beach, you can spend your time golfing, shopping, boating, fishing, or indulging yourself in the town’s historic center full of quaint eateries and shops.
These destinations invite you to relax in a laid-back atmosphere loaded with charm. A weekend getaway or a full vacation in any of these sweet beach towns will revitalize your body and soul.