U.S. Cities by the Beach

Cities by the Beach: Travel Plans

Do you want to take a beach vacation but experience all that a city has to offer? Here are four U.S. cities by the beach, all with a different vibe.

Charleston, SC: Charleston, founded in 1670, is known for its cobblestone streets, historic homes, Southern charm, and rich Civil War history. Visit Fort Sumter, known for the start of the Civil War. Restaurants include everything from steakhouses and oyster bars to burgers and pizza. For those who want to add nightlife to their travel plans, visit a rooftop bar or dance club.

Nearby beaches include Kiawah Island, Folly Beach, Sullivan’s Island, Isle of Palms, and Seabrook Island.

Miami, FL: Miami, an international travel destination with a Latin flavor, is rich in art, culture, and history like other U.S. cities. However, it differs in that it’s strongly influenced by Cuban culture, is hot year-round, and has white sandy beaches. To fully experience Cuban culture, add Little Havana to your travel plans.

Miami has many beaches. The most renown beach is South Beach, known for its colorful art deco buildings, hip boutiques, and vibrant nightlife. North of South Beach lies Mid-Beach and North Beach. Both include stylish bars and upscale restaurants but with smaller crowds than South Beach.

Los Angeles, CA: Los Angeles, known for Hollywood glamour and a laid-back lifestyle, is more than a city with culture. It is also a city with many tourist attractions as well as diverse restaurants, nightclubs, outdoor recreation, and upscale shopping. If you’re a shopping enthusiast, plan a trip to Rodeo Drive. It’s the standout shopping destination for travelers as well as L.A. natives and celebrities.

The County of Los Angeles has many beautiful beaches. Two beaches that are a short drive from the City of Los Angeles, where traffic is often dense, are Santa Monica and Venice Beach.

San Diego, CA: The City of San Diego is known for its year-round temperate climate, scenic harbor, stunning Spanish style architecture, and white sandy beaches. Its warm weather allows for outdoor recreation year-round. Its vibe is casual, laid-back, and friendly. Like L.A., San Diego includes many tourist attractions as well as restaurants, culture, and nightlife. If you enjoy animals, add the world-famous San Diego Zoo to your travel plans.

San Diego County has miles of white sandy beaches. Beaches near the city include Coronado Beach, Ocean Beach, Pacific Beach, and Mission Beach.