Five Beach Getaways on the East Coast

Soak up the sun with some beach day fun at these five East Coast beaches.

The warmer weather is slowly coming back, which means it’s almost time to visit everyone’s favorite place for sun, sand and relaxation. If you’re looking for a little more than a typical day at the beach, the East Coast has got you covered. Many locations offer gorgeous views and great waves. Travel to these fun spots and stay a while and have some outdoor fun in the nearby towns! If you’re ready for some beach day fun, here are five places on the East Coast from north to south that are sure to get you in the mood for a little beach vacation and some sun.

Block Island, RI

If you want a more lowkey trip, take a look at this hidden gem in Rhode Island. Block Island is home to every activity you could possibly imagine. Beaches are a part of that fun, as they have not one but 15 different spots waiting for you to visit! Each one offers something for everyone, and they’re also accommodating to your needs. If you bring the kids, take them over to Baby Beach or Scotch Beach for some beach fun that everyone can enjoy.

If you want to get close to the water, head onto Surf Beach or Black Rock since they’re great for snorkeling and surfing. Block Island offers gorgeous views of the Atlantic Ocean, and you can see them at spots like Mohegan Bluffs and Vaill Beach. Want to check out more of this New England paradise? Be sure to visit the local town and check out some of its activities that will make you appreciate its natural beauty. 

Crescent Beach on Block Island Rhode Island | WhereTraveler
Crescent Beach on Block Island (Courtesy Block Island Tourism Council)

Cape May, NJ

If you’re looking for a beach with the fun of a resort and the charm of a small town, look no further than Cape May. This charming seaside town in New Jersey holds multiple shores along its coast that can be easily reached from the local town. Once you’re on Beach Avenue, you’ll know just where to go. With your beach tag in hand, you can step onto its clean shores and join in on your favorite type of seaside fun.

Whether you want an action-filled day of swimming and kayaking or something more relaxing like fishing and sand sculpting, Cape May will have the answer you’re looking for. The shores are also located near a promenade filled with scenic views and plenty of fun in town. You can end your beach day with a delicious meal, beautiful shops and even a visit to local breweries! 

Cape May Lighthouse New Jersey | WhereTraveler
Cape May Lighthouse (©R M)

Ocean City, MD

Maryland is full of maritime fun, and that includes its beautiful sandy shores. A popular resort is Ocean City, a place filled with beachside activities all year round. It’s known for its gorgeous views and family-friendly atmosphere, and there’s always something to do along the water. You can take part in water sports like surfing and kayaking, or you can rent a jet ski if you're feeling daring.

Ocean City wants to keep you on the sand all day long, so be sure to check out some of their outdoor summer events like movie nights, dance parties and even fireworks! If you’re ready to cool off, head over to the nearby boardwalk filled with food stands, arcade games and an amusement park that will give you the perfect seaside thrills. 

Ocean City Beach Maryland | WhereTraveler
Ocean City Beach (Courtesy Ocean City Maryland Tourism)

Folly Beach, SC

Suppose you’re looking for a more relaxing day on the sand, head down to Folly Beach. This South Carolina hotspot is the perfect place for getting close to nature, despite being a rather popular beach. If you need a break from the city life in Charleston, you can step out and find beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean. Make sure to bring a camera because you’ll want to be a part of the bright orange sunsets created here.

Folly Beach wants you to experience the water and all it has to offer, as they provide different kinds of water gear like kayaks, paddleboards and fishing gear for guests to rent. They also offer surfing lessons, so you might even be able to catch some waves! Finish your visit off with a trip to the local restaurants and shops, and this is one beach day you won’t forget. 

Folly Beach Sunset South Carolina | WhereTraveler
Folly Beach Sunset (©Alistair Corden)

Playalinda Beach, FL

Florida is known for being a tropical paradise, but there’s one beach that adds some adventure to your beach day. Playalinda Beach is a part of Canaveral National Seashore, a national park in Titusville. This undeveloped beach offers 24 miles of soft sand and natural wildlife surrounding the area. The waves and sand swells are famous for perfect surfing conditions, so be sure to bring your surfboard when you go! If you often keep your eyes on the sky, you’re in for a treat. Playalinda Beach is said to be the best spot to see rocket launches from Kennedy Space Center, so you might find a rocket blasting off while soaking up the sun. Once your day at the beach is through, be sure to check out some other activities in the area, like turtle walks on Merritt Island or an airboat ride through local marshes. 

Surfers Walking on Playalinda Beach Florida | WhereTraveler
Surfers Walking on Playalinda Beach (Courtesy Florida's Space Coast Office of Tourism)