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Four Fun Beach Vacation Spots in the U.S.

December 28th, 2012 Seasonal

Going to the beach is the perfect way to relax and have fun - you can sit serenely in the warm sand or splash in the waves after building a sand castle. While going to your local beach is always easy and satisfying, taking an extended vacation to sit by a different shore is always nice. Here are a few great beach vacation spots in the U.S.

Myrtle Beach

This South Carolina hotspot is a hub of excitement, entertainment and relaxation. According to The Travel Channel, nearly 60 miles of sand makes up the city and during beach season, the population goes from 26,000 to 400,000. Myrtle Beach has something for everyone, whether it's nature retreats, shopping, restaurants or amusement parks.

Clearwater

Clearwater sits in Florida, right in the Pinellas Peninsula on the Golf Coast. It's only three miles long, but it's the epitome of relaxation because of the lack of crowds and noisy nightlife. Clearwater's coast is peppered with affordable hotels and it offers activities like parasailing and dolphin-watching.

Maui

This tropical getaway is one of Hawaii's most popular locations, and for good reason. The surrounding landscape is comprised of lush vegetation and crystalline waters that are complemented by seasonable temperatures and amiable locals. After you've had your fill of salt water, you can walk the Waimoku Trail, explore the Haleakala Crater or pamper yourself at a nearby spa.

Nantucket

Nantucket, Massachusetts, is a great New England island getaway that you can reach via ferry. The crowd is calm and eclectic and the atmosphere is serene. Everywhere you go, you'll be graced by cool island breezes and the smell of fresh sea water. It's inundated with hotels, restaurants and boutiques. The only challenge you'll face on Nantucket is leaving.