When it comes to summer vacations, most people immediately think of a gorgeous beach in some exotic destinations. There’s a good reason for it. Beaches are among the most popular vacation choices on the planet, especially during the summer months. However, many of those beach destinations get inundated with tourists during the summer, and you might find that the crowds, hustle, and bustle take away from your vacation. If you’re looking for something a little more quaint but don’t want to give up the beach, consider one of these recommended small beach towns.
Virginia Beach sits at the mouth of Chesapeake Bay, and the environment makes for a truly lovely little beach town. You’ll find charming little shops and family-run businesses as opposed to the typical tacky souvenir shops you’re probably used to in beach towns. Nature provides plenty of sites to see, too. The cypress and oak trees, with drapes of hanging Spanish moss, define the very idea of southern charm. It’s no wonder this part of the United States was one of the earliest colonies to exist in this country.
Just south of Santa Barbara lies the little seaside town of Montecito. This beach community has long been a retreat for Hollywood stars. Over the past couple of years, Montecito was plagued with wildfires, mudslides, and flooding, but the community is up and in full swing again this year. If you’re looking for a place to stay, consider the newly opened Rosewood Miramar Beach, which just opened last spring. Throughout the town, you’ll find botanical gardens, beaches, and plenty of dining options to please even the most critical foodie.
When it comes to little “seaside villages,” Martha’s Vineyard might be the best known. Even so, you won’t feel like you’re overrun by other tourists when visiting this classic destination. If you love fresh seafood, Martha’s Vineyard definitely belongs on your bucket list. You can enjoy a classic summer day at the beach and then follow it up with lunch or dinner at any number of seafood spots. Many of these restaurants are located right on the harbor and have been around for almost 100 years.