It’s officially summer, which means it’s prime beachgoing season along the East Coast—when the weather finally warms up enough that a dip in the chilly Atlantic is actually refreshing. Below, we’ve highlighted six of our favorite East Coast beaches, stretching from Maine down the coast to the tip of Florida.
Home to some of the famous beaches in the entire U.S., Nantucket is a dreamy, all-American getaway where historic buildings, clad in gray shingle siding, now host farm-to-table restaurants and upscale boutiques. Children will love Jetties Beach, while surfers and stand-up paddleboarders flock to Cisco Beach. On the western side, Siasconset offers a break from the crowds. Harborview Nantucket overlooks its own private cove, perfect for kids to splash around.
Kiawah Island, South Carolina
A barrier island outside of Charleston, Kiawah Island is marked by miles of wide, sandy beaches with plenty of room to spread out and explore. The Lowcountry isle offers miles of biking paths, making it easy to pedal from your home to the beach—and firmly packed sand makes beach cruising a cinch. Stay just a few minutes from the shores at stunning Inspirato homes like Driftwood Dunes, Beachcomber, and Azalea.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
With elegant beaches and a winding Intracoastal Waterway, sunny Fort Lauderdale on the east coast of Florida is all about the aquatic life. Rent a boat and cruise the Intracoastal, or grab a towel and post up along seven miles of sandy beaches. Fort Lauderdale Beach offers soft powdery sands and a multi-purpose path for bikers, walkers, bladers, and more. Inspirato offers 17 one- and two-bedroom residences nearby at The Conrad.
Florida Keys, Florida
It’s no surprise that the Florida Keys—the chain of islands scattered off the southernmost tip of Florida—are home to some of the most stunning beaches in the U.S. White sand, swaying palm trees, and turquoise waters make you feel as if you’re in the Caribbean. Plus, the barrier coral reef that runs the length of the archipelago is an ideal spot for snorkeling and scuba diving. Stay in a private oceanfront villa at Islands of Islamorada.
First put on the map as the historic vacation destination of the Bush family, coastal Kennebunk is home to an array of beaches. The most famous are Gooch’s Beach, Middle Beach, and Mother’s Beach. Stroll these wide, sandy stretches to look for sand dollars, listen to the waves crash on the rocks, and brave the cooler waters for a swim in July and August. Located near the Kennebunk River, White Barn Inn is less than a 5-minute drive from these local beaches.