I received a question from my college roommate, April, on instagram awhile back asking my opinion on the best beaches. I love getting asked my opinion on things so feel free to ask me anything you want. I’d even plan a trip for you if you want (lol).
I’ve been to several beaches. I’ve been up the east coast. I’ve been to beaches in the Caribbean, along the gulf and west coast. I live to be next to water. I love the smell. I love the atmosphere but all beaches are not created equal.
Its all about the vibe that you want when you go. What do you want? What amenities do you desire? All this is determined by your mood. So I’m going to go through my favorites based on my ever changing mood.
Lighthouses & Lobster Rolls
When I visited lighthouses up the New England coast, I didn’t expect to fall in love so badly. Lighthouses are whimsical. The New England coast doesn’t offer you a lot of pizazz. It’s not the place that you will go if you want to drink until you land face first into the street pavement drunk, though doable. It’s more of a cozy place where you go when you want to feel disconnected, drink wine and demolish overpriced but totally worth it lobster rolls. You can grab a blanket and watch the sunset. If the lighthouse is active you can stare at the tower light reflect out onto the dark sea.
Drawback: These are small towns so some things are not easy accessible and businesses close a lot earlier.
Serenity & Relaxation
Islands have the best beaches. Most are private beaches on resorts, you will have rows of lounge chairs available to you while you kick your feet up, listening to music, feeling the soft breezes and reading a good book. I typically don’t get into the water much but when I do I feel like I’m not worthy to dip my toes in the crystal clear blue water. Sometimes I sit out and fall asleep without a worry.
Drawback: Sometimes locals invade the beaches attempting to sell you everything under the sun. They never understand no thank you. A lot of women want to braid your hair and the men want to sell you excursions. Never buy an excursion outside of a building.
Miami’s South Beach is amazing and stretches for miles. Some areas are less populated but for this vibe you want to be right on the action of South Beach. Across from Fat Tuesday & Wet Willies for the frozen booze to go. Not sure how safe it is to drink and go into the ocean but proceed with caution. There’s so much great food and music blasting from different places. People all around looking for a good time. Men with snakes and the water…I sit in the ocean for hours. The water is never abusive and wild. It’s so still.
Drawback: It can get very crowded and fast. People are playing around and you may get hit upside the head with something.
The difference between this mood and Drunken Calm is the ocean and the type of scene available. I love playing in the water and sometimes I want to see big giant waves ripple and crash on top of each other. I can play in this water but depending on the weather it can be too dangerous to go too far into the ocean because I am not a strong swimmer.
The next best thing is the small city culture and attractions that surrounds these beaches. Cuba has this environment but I love California’s many Oceanside cities like Santa Monica, Venice and Laguna Beach. Although right outside a major city, they hold their own completely as separate entities.
Drawbacks: Those waves can be extremely strong.
So here’s my list. The only thing you need to know is what you want out of your trip. Make sure these beaches offer what you want in that moment and it will be the best beach for you.