Soft sand, sweet surf, and stunning sunsets help make these 10 U.S. beaches tops for romantics. Get ready to fall in love.
By Bob Curley
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Montauk, New York
Bypass the Hamptons for the serenity of Montauk Point, where you can ride horses along the shore at Deep Hollow Ranch and snuggle at the beachfront Montauk Yacht Club or Gurney’s. “The End” is just the beginning for a romantic weekend getaway on Long Island.
Siesta Beach is famous for its cool, white-quartz sand, perfect for romantic barefoot strolls. In town you’ll find a rainbow of pastel homes, shops and restaurants; the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens,just a short walk away, will surround you with the lush beauty of the tropics.
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“P-town” is a free-spirited artist’s haven with a thriving LGBTQ community that’s also a historic Cape Cod seaport famedfor whale-watching as well as galleries and a sizzling summer scene. Go four-wheeling in the dunes or just chill at sunny Race Point Beach, part of Cape Cod National Seashore.
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Jekyll Island, Georgia
Pack a picnic lunch and head to Driftwood Beach, a hauntingly beautiful strand lined with the weathered bones of pine and water oak trees. The Jekyll Island Club, once an island hideaway for Vanderbilts and Rockefellers, has luxury suites at the heart of a 240-acre historic district; the rest of the island is mostly protected parkland.
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San Diego’s Hotel del Coronado will spark up a private bonfire for two (s’mores included!) on Central Beach, a long, broad stretch of sand dotted with cabanas and the hotel’s signature red umbrellas. The boutiques and cafes of downtown Coronado are just steps from the sand.
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The sweeping arc of Carmel Beach is traced by the cypress-shaded Scenic Bluff Path, inviting arm-in-arm strolls; below, surfers seek the perfect break while dolphins plunge into the waves. In town, Carmel has an Old World feel with its historic mission and warren of village homes and shops.
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Sunset Beach, North Carolina
Lovers can walk a mile along Sunset Beach to the Kindred Spirits Mailbox to drop a note with their romantic intentions and other prayers and wishes. Overwater sunrises and sunsets are a daily ritual on this unique, south-facing beach in the Brunswick Islands.
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Wailea Beach, Hawaii
The natural beauty of Wailea’s gold-sand beach is accented by some of Maui’s poshest hideaways, including the Wailea Beach Resort, fresh off a $100-million makeover. Sunrise on the beach, whale watching in the afternoon, and a luau dinner is the formula for a perfect Wailea day.
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Gold Beach, Oregon
Misty, rugged and beautiful, Gold Beach can be explored on horseback or, if you want to get your feet wet, a sunset shore walk through tidal pools and past towers of eroded headlands. For an adrenaline rush, take a jet boat ride on the nearby Rogue River.