Dreaming of a coastal vacation, but not quite ready to go international? Discover where to go for some of the best local sand and surf — no passport necessary. From the rocky shores of San Diego’s beaches to family-favorite Myrtle Beach to slowed-down relaxation at Destin’s beaches, a beach vacation with RCI is just what you need. Opt for a shorter flight — or even a road trip! — to one of these three idyllic beach destinations in the U.S.
1. San Diego, California
Along with the famous San Diego Zoo and the lavish gardens of Balboa Park, beaches are among San Diego’s top attractions. Ride rollercoasters or play a round of miniature golf at Mission Beach. Hit up the lively bars and restaurants throughout Pacific Beach, aka P.B. Or stroll across golden sand that literally sparkles (thanks to the mineral mica) at Coronado Beach.
When you need a dose of city excitement, the Gaslamp Quarter is not to be missed. The bars, restaurants, shops, and galleries in this Victorian-era district are quintessentially San Diego. Old Town showcases colonial buildings and exhibits, while Seaport Village offers waterfront shopping and dining outlets. Nature lovers swoon over the hiking in Torrey Pines and the phenomenal ocean views at Sunset Cliffs.
2. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Family-friendly Myrtle Beach has sights, events, and entertainment for all ages. The area includes 60 miles of sandy beaches, plus lively attractions, thrill rides, and restaurants at the mile-long Oceanfront Boardwalk and Promenade. Take selfies high above the Atlantic in a SkyWheel gondola, then walk just one block south to pick up a souvenir at the Gay Dolphin Gift Cove — Myrtle Beach’s oldest, largest, and most unique gift shop.
Farther inland, at Broadway at the Beach, you have even more choices. See the world underwater Ripley’s Aquarium, navigate a tropical-themed ropes course, or soar over the scenic coast in a helicopter.
3. Destin, Florida
Away from the hustle and bustle of Orlando lies a Florida Panhandle destination that’s sure to delight. In Destin, you’ll find white-sand beaches, emerald water, and first-class fishing options. This is your home for waterside relaxation as well as more adventurous activities, like parasailing and dolphin cruises.
The shallow sandbar known as “Crab Island” is one of Destin’s top attractions. Accessible by boat, this offshore hangout is a wonderful place to stay cool and gather in the water. Back on land, visit Baytowne Wharf for food, bars, and a marina where the fresh catches are brought to shore daily. Wrap up the day with shopping and sunset views at HarborWalk Village.