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10 Last-Minute Beach Getaways for Summer

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    It's Not too Late to Hit the Beach This Summer

    You’re dreaming of sun-kissed days on the sand and the sound of the waves, but you haven’t made your summer vacation plans yet. No need to worry — there’s still time to book a beach getaway. We’ve tracked down 10 spots you’ll enjoy whether you’re a foodie, a fisherman or fixing to become a beach bum. These destinations are not only easily accessible, but some are also off the beaten track and not so crowded. Best of all, they’re offering fantastic last-minute deals. From Virginia to California, here’s where you can enjoy the sun and the sea before the summer is over.

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  • The Dunes Of West Beach In Alabama, Last Minute Beach Getaways
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    West Beach, Alabama

    For something quintessentially American, look no further than Virginia Beach’s famous three-mile-long boardwalk, where games, food and amusements of all kinds await. Or climb the tower of the historic Cape Henry Lighthouse, built in 1792, for panoramic views of the Chesapeake Bay. This is one of the country’s most family-friendly destinations, and the area’s newest beachfront resort, Oceanaire, is not only conveniently located right on the boardwalk but is also offering great deals for the rest of the summer.

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  • Virginia Beach In Virginia, Last Minute Beach Getaways
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    Virginia Beach, Virginia

    For something quintessentially American, look no further than Virginia Beach’s famous three-mile-long boardwalk, where games, food and amusements of all kinds await. Or climb the tower of the historic Cape Henry Lighthouse, built in 1792, for panoramic views of the Chesapeake Bay. This is one of the country’s most family-friendly destinations, and the area’s newest beachfront resort, Oceanaire, is not only conveniently located right on the boardwalk but is also offering great deals for the rest of the summer.

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  • Thatch Roof Hut Over The Water In Punta Cana Dominican Republic, Last Minute Beach Getaways
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    Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

    There are a few reasons the D.R. is one of the most visited tourist destinations in the Caribbean: warm, crystalline waters; abundant sand and sunshine; and a laid-back tropical rhythm that pervades the daily vibe. Punta Cana, where the Atlantic and the Caribbean meet, is a hub for all-inclusive stays, many showcasing great eleventh-hour deals. Jet Blue Vacations is also featuring reasonable last-minute airfare and hotel packages for purchase.

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  • Panama City Beach And Hotels In Florida, Last Minute Beach Getaways
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    Panama City Beach, Florida

    This Gulf Coast spot is a go-to for wreck and reef diving, and swimmers might be treated to dolphin and skate sightings. The town brims with art, antiques and restaurants. At the seafood markets, you can pop in for a bite or buy fresh fish to prepare at a condominium rental; try the reasonably priced Grand Panama Beach Resort.

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  • Horseneck Beach At Low Tide In Massachusetts, Last Minute Beach Getaways
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    Horseneck Beach, Massachusetts

    Let the crowds flock to Cape Cod — locals in the know prefer the waves, dunes and the warm Gulf Stream–fed warm water of this New England beach. It’s a favorite for campers and a great pick for last-minute travelers. Those who prefer more creature comforts should head to the landmark Paquachuck Inn nearby, a destination in its own right — with a private dock that’s a favorite for fishing and boating.

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  • Cancun Beach And Hotel Resort In Background, Last Minute Beach Getaways
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    Cancun, Mexico

    Possibly the perfect pick-up-and-go vacation destination, Mexico has no shortage of places to stay along the Riviera. Whale sharks arrive midsummer, so swimming with the gentle species is a popular pastime. For those who want a break from the endless white sand beaches, Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza and Tulum are nearby. Delta Vacations is partnering with various hotels for lodging and airfare packages, including the Melia and Fiesta Americana, through the season’s end. See also: Cancun travel guide

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  • Sunset At Cannon Beach In Oregon, Last Minute Beach Getaways
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    Cannon Beach, Oregon

    The spirit of James Beard, the great American foodie, pervades the Oregon coast. It’s where the “Dean of American Cookery” loved to vacation, and fresh local bounty — such as salmon, Dungeness crab and razor clams — is a big draw. Gourmands looking for a last-minute romantic escape can cozy up at the Stephanie Inn, which overlooks the beach and the iconic Haystack Rock, a 235-foot sea stack that can be reached on foot at low tide. When booking one of the 41 rooms, guests should check for the special “Romance Package” add-ons, from $49.

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  • The Coastline And Ocean Of Laguna Beach In California, Last Minute Beach Getaways
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    Laguna Beach, California

    Artists like to take refuge on this stretch of sand that’s halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego and known for its galleries, public art, craft markets and annual festivals; the Sawdust Art Festival and the Festival of Arts of Laguna Beach both last through Labor Day. The area’s official tourism website, VisitLagunaBeach.com, publicizes summerlong steals. Water sport enthusiasts will be especially keen on packages that include surfing, paddleboarding and more.

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  • The Rocky Shoreline And Beach Of Montego Bay In Jamaica, Last Minute Beach Getaways
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    Montego Bay, Jamaica

    Discover the true meaning of “irie” (“everything is all right”) at the ultimate island escape, the perfect spot to unplug and revel in reggae music, distinctive cuisine and bathtub-warm waters. American Airlines’ AA Vacations has a slew of hotel-plus-air packages into Montego Bay, perfect for spur-of-the-moment travelers.

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  • Houses Along The North Shore Of Shelter Island In Long Island New York, Last Minute Beach Getaways
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    Greenport and Shelter Island, New York

    For those who prefer more scenery and less of the “scene” in the Hamptons, the North Fork of Long Island is the place to be. At its tip, just past a string of vineyards and wineries, is the quaint village of Greenport — a lovely spot in which to decompress. The sedate community of Shelter Island is just a few minutes across the Long Island Sound, where a stop at Sunset Beach is a happy-hour must. If you’re staying over on a Sunday, the Greenporter Hotel has a package that includes a complimentary three-course meal. For cottage rentals, it’s hard to beat the Silver Sands.

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