Coast to coast
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.
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.
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 are
South Carolina’s MYRTLE BEACH
has become a magnet for foodies, with oceanfront and marina-side restaurants serving a broad range of international cuisine, alongside traditional Calabashstyle buffets and southern, ‘Lowcountry’ specialities. Look out for its great music and food