The 31 Best Beach Vacations

Whether you want to stroll for seashells, ride waves, or build sand castles, our list of amazing beaches will guide you to your new favorite coastal playground.

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Cape Hatteras, Outer Banks, North Carolina: “The best board surfing on the East Coast,” says Dr. Beach; paddle out near the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse (877/629-4386 or

Northside Beach, Sheboygan, Wisconsin: This surfing beach, surprisingly on Lake Michigan, is the site of the Dairyland Surf Classic (

Santa Cruz, California: The Santa Cruz Surfing Museum (831/420-6289 or at Lighthouse Point overlooks the famous Steamer Lane surf break.

Sebastian Inlet State Park, near Sebastian, Florida: Three miles of tranquil Atlantic beach beloved by surfers and fishermen (321/984-4852 or

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20 Beautiful Beach Cottages

From polished and sophisticated to rustic and casual, browse through this roundup of beach cottages to find your favorite coastal style.

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