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Low-Key Beach Towns to Visit This Summer

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Tired of taking the kind of fast-paced beach vacation that leaves you spinning? The following beach towns across the United States offer a slower pace by the sea, where you’re less likely to be surrounded by crowds and more likely to relax away from the chaos associated with packed tourist destinations.

 

Northeast

  • Long Beach, NY

    Located on a barrier island just south of bustling Long Island, Long Beach is a laidback town known for its classic beach-town amenities. Walk along white-sand beaches and the lively boardwalk before you go for a dip in the Atlantic Ocean.

     

  • Plymouth, MA

    Known as America’s Hometown, Plymouth offers numerous quiet beaches to explore, including Plymouth Long Beach, Ellisville Harbor State Park, and Nelson Memorial Park. In addition to seaside activities, Plymouth guests enjoy learning more about the rich history of the area the Pilgrims first settled.

 

Southeast

  • Juno Beach, FL

    Nestled about ten miles north of West Palm Beach, Juno Beach is home to miles of tranquil beaches on the southeast coast of Florida. While visiting Juno Beach, be sure to walk the length of the Juno Beach Pier, tour the Loggerhead Marine Life Center, and go kayaking in the sprawling Juno Dunes Natural Area.

     

  • Cape Coral, FL

    Situated across the Caloosahatchee River from Fort Myers, Cape Coral touts a serene atmosphere on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Head to Yacht Club Community Park to enjoy beach access, water sports, a fishing pier, playground, and a swimming pool. Matlacha Pass Aquatic Preserve offers kayaking, fishing, and birdwatching opportunities among the mangroves as well.

 

West Coast

  • Warrenton, OR

    Teeming with history and natural beauty, Warrenton is located in an area once known as “The Graveyard of the Pacific.” While exploring Warrenton, make plenty of time for Fort Stevens State Park, which is equipped with stunning beaches, trails, a fort, and a historic shipwreck—the Wreck of the Peter Iredale. Lewis and Clark National Historical Park is also convenient to Warrenton, where you can hike scenic trails, spot wildlife, take a guided canoe or kayak tour, and see a full replica of Fort Clatsop.

     

  • Anacortes, WA

    Anacortes boasts exceptional ocean views in addition to a close-knit, small-town atmosphere. Pack a picnic, enjoy the sights, stroll along the beach, or go boating at Washington Park. Head to Cap Sante Park for gorgeous trails featuring elevated views of the marina, wildlife, and the Olympic Mountains. Be sure to explore the quaint shops and local eateries along Commercial Avenue too.

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