There is no shortage of incredible beaches in the U.S. The most popular destinations, however, are also the ones with the most crowds. Sometimes it pays to get a little bit off the beaten path. So move over Miami Beach, because we’ve got a few other awesome beach recommendations for you.

Virginia Beach, Virginia

Virginia Beach is the number one vacation spot in Virginia and a classic destination for a family-friendly vacation. It’s a 300-foot wide, 35-mile long stretch of sand lined by a beach boardwalk, where visitors can find a plethora of Virginia Beach hotels, lots of little boutiques, and souvenir shops. You should consider the Candlewood Suites Virginia Beach/Norfolk if you’re looking for affordable accommodation. Virginia Beach also offers lots of great activities, from surfing and eco-tours to hiking, kayaking, and biking adventures.

Huntington Beach, California

Some refer to Huntington Beach as the “Surf City” of the U.S. This Southern California seaside town in Orange County is known as a place where surfing culture was born back in the 1960s and where it continues to thrive today. The city lives and breathes all things surf, featuring attractions like the International Surfing Museum and the Surfing Walk of Fame. If you’re looking for good waves, surf shops, a laid-back vibe, awesome views, and just enough Huntington Beach hotels to keep the beach from getting overcrowded, then this is a must on your list of awesome places to check out. Consider Crowne Plaza Costa Mesa Orange County for a budget-friendly stay during your visit.

Huntington Beach by Lily A. via

Huntington Beach, Photo by Lily A. via

Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

Often referred to as simply “Kona,” Kailua-Kona is the main city of the Big Island of Hawaii. Once a quiet fishing village, it’s now a destination known for great shopping, dining, snorkeling, and amazing sunsets. There is also plenty of affordable accommodation in Kailua-Kona, located in close proximity to some of Hawaii’s historic sights. Kona Islander is a great hotel for enjoying a comfortable stay and the sights around the city. Thanks to its geographical position, Kona gets very little rain all year round, making it an ideal beach destination no matter the season.

Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, Photo by Agy Kagawa via

Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, Photo by Agy Kagawa via

Saint Augustine, Florida

Visitors flock to Saint Augustine to soak up its history, feel its romantic charm, and admire its old world architecture. It’s a great place to slow down and enjoy a lovely afternoon visiting art galleries, quaint shops, and restaurants. Stay close to the historic district with hotels in Saint Augustine if you want to take advantage of being able to explore the town center on foot. Choose to base yourself near Vilano Beach, like at the Vilano Beach Garden Inn, and get a taste of history with a big serving of a seaside vacation.

Old Town St Augustine, Photo by Jasom via

Old Town St. Augustine, Photo by Jasom via

Clearwater Beach, Florida

Year after year, Clearwater Beach continues to rank as one of the most beautiful beaches in the U.S. Its long white stretch of sand and shallow waters make it an ideal destination for a family vacation. Whether you’re visiting with family or a loved one, be prepared. The beauty of this place isn’t a secret, so affordable hotels in Clearwater Beach near the waterfront may be hard to find. Magnuson Hotel Clearwater Central is just one hotel to consider that offers budget-friendly prices. Book in advance and choose a location that will allow you to enjoy not just the beautiful beach, but also Clearwater’s lively entertainment scene. For an extra memorable trip, plan your visit around the Clearwater Beach Food & Wine Festival so you can take advantage of one of the most anticipated foodie events of the year

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