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8 Great Beach Vacations

Slather on the sunscreen — these coastal destinations offer a perfect blend of sun, sand and surf

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When summer arrives, the sun, sand and sea beckon. So it’s no surprise that a recent University of Alabama study found that beaches are the most preferred type of vacation destination. (Sorry about that, mountains!) Luckily, the U.S. has dazzling coasts that offer a wide variety of beach escapes — from remote, dune-swept shores to boardwalk-lined golden sand with calm, swimmable waters. Slow down the pace in a quaint shore town or get a side of culture and adventure with your sunshine in an oceanfront city. No matter what your perfect beach vacation looks like, we are sure you’ll find it in one of these eight summer getaways.


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Jen Murphy is a columnist at The Wall Street Journal, and a regular contributor to Travel + Leisure, Outside and Departures. She is the editor of Wildsam Field Guides: Hawaii.

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