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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Neskowin Beach State Recreation Site, Neskowin, Oregon
Photographer Matt Brown

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Neskowin Beach State Recreation Site, Neskowin, Oregon

From U.S. 101, you barely notice the village, let alone the beach. That’s why you might have this breathtaking confluence of sea, sand, and scenery all to yourself.

Stay: The 11 fireplace-equipped shorefront cottages of The Breakers Beach Houses (503/392-3417 or overlook the ocean. Private cottages start at $160. To see available vacation rentals, visit

Eat: Hawk Creek Cafe (503/392-3838) serves excellent pizza from a wood-fired oven.

Shop: Head 13 miles south to Lincoln City for glass art at The Volta Glass Gallery (541/996-7600 or Or create your own art across the street at The Jennifer Sears Glass Art Studio (541/996-2569 or

Local secret: See that picturesque sea stack topped with trees? There’s a reason it’s called Proposal Rock.

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