Get ready to dig your toes in the sand: From white strands to secret coves, we've found the ultimate spots by the shore, plus fabulous lodging so you can stay as long as you like.
Photo: Kindra Clineff
Block Island, Rhode Island
Barefoot or bicycles is the vibe of this tiny (11-square-mile) island off the southern New England coast. Long, lean, and pewter-colored, Fred Benson Town Beach rides a sandy isthmus between Great Salt Pond and the open Atlantic. Summer booms with kayak, boogie board, and umbrella rentals.
Hotel Recommendation: Stay at the 1661 Inn & Hotel Manisses.