With a slow economy and high gas prices, many people cannot afford a big vacation. Instead of hopping on a plane or a cruise ship, people are looking for vacation options that are closer to home. If you are looking for a beach destination you can drive to, there are several in the continental U.S. to choose from.
Florida offers many great beaches. Bahia Honda State Park has many beautiful beaches that offer white sand and great swimming. Since it is a state park, many of the beaches also offer amenities such as picnic pavilions and shower houses.
Another great Florida beach is at Fort Desoto Park near Tampa Bay. In addition to the beach, visitors here can enjoy camping, fishing, boating, nature trails and more. Siesta Beach in Florida has been named the Best Sand Beach in America. The beautiful soft white sand is made almost entirely of quartz, and this beach is also well-known for gentle surf that is good for ocean swimming.
Ocracoke Island in North Carolina also makes the cut as a great American beach. Ocracoke is a barrier island and can only be reached by water or air. This beach not only offers long stretches of uninterrupted sand, it is full of history. The famous pirate Blackbeard is said to have spent time here. If you visit here, maybe you’ll even find some buried treasure!
Cumberland Island, Georgia, is the final beach on this list. This 17-mile long island offers more than just a beautiful beach. Visitors here can also see marsh, tidal creeks and mudflats. The wild nature of the island harbors abundant wildlife, dunes and even some historic buildings.
While all of these beaches are on the eastern or southern shores of the U.S., there are many good beaches on the west coast, too. You are sure to be able to find a good beach that is close to you.