With summer right around the corner, many families are starting to think about where they are going to spend their vacation this year. While exotic locales may sound wonderful, a combination of budget and fear can often get in the way that makes people just not want to pull the trigger on those types of deals. The money side is understandable, but the fear often stems from not knowing what to expect when you travel abroad. The food is different, you might not understand the languages, and then what do you do if you get sick? You can pretty much guarantee that you are not going to find a Walgreen’s in Egypt, so if you come down with an upset belly, what the heck are you supposed to take?
The good news is that there are plenty of great beach destinations here in your own backyard, and you can use one of our Walgreens coupon codes to pick up all the stuff that you might need for your summer trip. You can save a bundle by shopping online, which will give you a little extra cash to load up on sunscreen, beach toys, and anything else that you might want to take with you to one of these incredible US destinations:
- Maui – taking a trip to Hawaii almost feels as though you are travelling abroad, but without the hassle of having to go through money exchanges or learning a new language. The beaches in Maui are like being stranded on a desert island, with Kapalua Beach being one of the major draws. A Great place to indulge in some water sports or just lay back and soak up the sun. Don’t forget to remove your lei so that you get a nice even tan.
- Miami Beach – another tropical paradise right on your own doorstep. This is a popular vacation spot so you will be sure to find plenty to do during your stay. Great for those who love to do a little deep sea fishing as part of their relaxation, but if you want a real slice of adventure, then head to Haulover Beach, where you can strip down and get a full Florida tan.
- Outer Banks – most people think about Florida and California when they think of beaches in the US, but the Carolina’s have a few great ones of their own. The Outer Banks in North Carolina is an absolutely beautiful spot and is jam packed with things to do for the whole family. The area consists of four islands: Bodie Island, Roanoke Island, Hatteras Island, and Ocracoke Island. You can just spend a day at the beach or take the short trip to see the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island. The area has some significant historical value as well being the spot where the Wright Brother’s first powered heavier than air flight took place in December 1903.
- Hilton Head – not to be outdone by their neighbors to the north, South Carolina has its own little beach paradise on Hilton Head. This is the ideal spot for sun lovers, but also for those that like to hit the greens. Hilton head is home to some of the most stunning golf courses in the country, although that’s one place where the sand isn’t quite so appealing.
- Laguna Beach – this is a truly beautiful spot that offers a little something for everyone. It’s home to tons of great art’s festivals, has a myriad of watersports activities just waiting for you to try, and also is the perfect place to do a little shopping in one of the many unique shops that line the village streets. Laguna Beach really is an example of California at her best. You might also want to eat at one of my absolute favorite oceanside restaurants called Splashes at the Surf and Sand Resort.
- Clearwater – if you have never taken a trip to Florida, then you really have to take a look and see what you are missing. It would be easy to make a top 10 list of beach destinations simply using this one state. Clearwater is a great spot for a romantic getaway, and there might be nothing sweeter than sipping a glass of champagne with your loved one as you watch the sun setting over the Gulf Coast.
- Nantucket – if it’s a beach vacation that you are looking for, then Massachusetts is definitely a summer trip, but you can easily go year round to sample some of the magnificent seafood that is on offer. Beautiful harbors and statuesque lighthouses dot the landscape along this most magnificent of coastlines which lies just 30 miles south of Cape Cod. Aside from being known as the home of Tom and Tom from Nantucket Nectars, Nantucket is also known for having the oldest operating windmill in the United States (since 1976) and was also where the NBC show ‘Wings’ was filmed.
- Fort Lauderdale – if Miami Beach is the party town of Florida, then Fort Lauderdale represents the more laid back approach to life by the sea. There are over 20 miles of golden sand in the area, which means a whole lot of lying around doing nothing while you work on getting bronzed. There are also a host of great sights and attractions to visit, and all at a more relaxed pace.
- Southampton – if you like the idea of rubbing shoulder with celebrities, then this might very well be the spot for you. The is where some big names make the short haul from New York City to come and enjoy the beaches, shopping, and great cuisine that is on offer all year round.
- Kauai – we started this list in Hawaii and that is where we are going to end it as well. Kauai is known as the Garden Island for a reason, as it is home to breathtaking foliage, waterfalls, and other natural beauties that will leave you a little breathless. Great beaches and all the watersports that you can ever imagine make this another perfect beach destination.
Those are just 10 of the great beach spots in the United States, but your vacation doesn’t just have to be about sun and sand. This country is home to some great cities, where there may be no beach, but there is just about anything else that would make your vacation perfect. The next time you start leafing through a holiday brochure for a trip abroad, take a look out of your own back window and see what’s there instead