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THE U.S. has a stag­ger­ing 95,471 miles of shore­line to suit every mood. Want to com­bine some re­lax­ing beach time with up­scale shop­ping and din­ing? Then head to Florida’s chic re­sorts of Naples or Sarasota. How about some­thing al­to­gether more wild? Check

out Cal­i­for­nia’s leg­endary Big Sur. Whether you’re a sailor, a snorkeller or sim­ply a sun-lover, the United States’

beaches will de­liver – every time.

RIDE THE SURF

Noth­ing beats the feel­ing of rid­ing along a beau­ti­ful beach on horse­back, the sun in your eyes and the wind in your hair – apart, per­haps, from rid­ing that horse in the ocean. The Great World Ad­ven­tures' Beach Horses Ex­pe­ri­ence in Braden­ton, Florida, starts off on the white sands of Palma Sola Bay, be­fore en­ter­ing the wa­ter for some horse-rid­ing fun in the surf.

SPIN OUT

The sweep­ing dunes of Oceano in San Luis Obispo County, Cal­i­for­nia, are a play­ground for those who like to do more with their sand than just lie on it.

Dune buggy rides, ATV tours and sand board­ing are all on of­fer here, while vis­i­tors ar­riv­ing by car can take a spin along one of Cal­i­for­nia’s rare drive-on beaches.

HIT THE BOARD­WALK

With a trio of won­der­ful beaches, great restau­rants, bars, water­sports and play­grounds, Vir­ginia Beach in south­east­ern Vir­ginia has some­thing for ev­ery­one. Make like a lo­cal and rent a bi­cy­cle or rollerblades to ex­plore the three-mile-long board­walk.

HIGH ROLLERS

What could be more fun than hit­ting the beach in the af­ter­noon, fol­lowed by a trip to the casino at night? Mis­sis­sippi’s Gulf Coast has some top casino re­sorts, with many over­look­ing the Gulf’s 62 miles of golden shore­line, plus there’s ex­cel­lent shop­ping, din­ing and en­ter­tain­ment to en­joy with your win­nings.

TO THE LIGHT­HOUSE

There are some places that don’t live up to the hype but Cape Cod is not one of them. Think chic, nau­ti­cally-de­signed re­sorts, friendly mar­itime towns, great lo­cal din­ing and the re­gion’s iconic light­houses. Cross the Cape Cod Canal from main­land Mas­sachusetts and drive along the penin­sula to dis­cover 560 miles of beau­ti­ful beaches.

PIC­TURED Main im­age: sun­down on the West Coast; Above: South Beach, Mi­ami; Right: a sun­set stroll in Braden­ton; Op­po­site page: res­i­dent pel­i­cans in the Florida Keys

The new GULF AD­VEN­TURE CEN­TRE at The Wharf on Or­ange Beach, Alabama, zooms thrillseek­ers along on zi­plines up to 90-feet high. Just make sure you don’t close your eyes – the coastal views of the Gulf of Mex­ico and sur­round­ing sand dunes...

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