Top 10 East Coast Beaches (not including Florida)

I just got back from a WHIRLWIND of a vacation! As a graduation present to ourselves, 2 of my best friends and I packed a car with plenty of bathing suits and went on an East Coast tour of all the beaches we can find. We brought a tent and sometimes camped out by the water and sometimes were lucky enough to know friends in the area who let us crash on their couches. Occasionally we splurged on cheap motels. Needless to say, we had an amazing time. Here are some of our highlights:

Hampton Beach in New Hampshire was one of our top picks. The Hampton Beach pier has great food and games. The beach is wide. The waters are clear. And we caught a great concert at the Seashell Amphitheater. Before heading out of New England, we stopped at one of Rhode Island’s greatest beaches, Misquamicut State Beach We went for a quick swim, boogie boarded, and then continued on our way. It was a short visit, but somehow won us over with its clean waters and pretty sands.

Further down the coast is Manhattan Beach on Coney Island in Brooklyn New York. Coney Island as a whole is packed and kinda kitschy, but Manhattan Beach is a bit more remote, affordable, and quiet. It’s also just a quick subway ride away from Manhattan, so we counted that as a huge perk. Before we left New York, we swung by South Beach on Staten Island and did some fishing—and caught a few fish!

A few hours drive down the coast brought us to Ocean City Beach, an extremely lively place where we tried our luck (successfully!) at windsurfing. And then an even longer drive down to Wrightsville Beach in North Carolina. This one was actually my favorite, which came as a shock since I had never even heard of it before. It was just so serene and so beautiful. As was Hatteras Island Beach, a magical little place that just screamed relaxation! Another North Carolina island beach we loved was Ocracoke Island Beach, a quaint place that requires a lovely ferry ride to reach it’s pretty banks.

Next was everyone else’s favorite, Myrtle Beach in South Carolina, which for me ranks at a close second. It was just FUN. First of all, we ran into people we knew and ended up staying at this HUGE beach house. The nightlife at Myrtle Beach is fantastic and the weather was perfect. We spent 4 days here which was longer than our stays at any of our other stops.

Before heading back up the coast, we decided to dip into Georgia to catch a Gulf Coast beach, our favorite being Tybee Island Beach, an oasis in that Georgia heat.

We stretched our 3 week trip into 4 and came back home feeling relaxed, looking great, and ready to face the real world! We all agree that these beaches sort of changed our lives—helped us make that transition from one stage of life to another. Anyone who says that a beach is a just beach, needs to check out these 10—who knows, maybe your life will change too!

Take a look at this lovely video I found on YouTube -
It shows the beuty of Coney Island Beach:

The Vacationer presents : Video by Rpenni

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19 Responses

  1. Always good to read about Windsurfing, my ex was of olympic standards..

    Can I ask though – how did you get this picked up and into google news?

    Very impressive, is it something that is just up to Google or you actively created?

    Obviously this is a popular blog with great data so well done on your seo success..

  2. Georgia is on the Atlantic, not the Gulf….

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  4. how can you take a tour of the east coast without going to Virginia Beach? you guys missed the best beach for sure and i feel bad for you

    • ah..i live in virginia and will drive out of the state for beaches. i felt va beach was full of crime and a bit dirty. i loveee myrtle beach, its busy but very clean. also the beachs south of myrtle in s.c. are just amazing. i do like some of the n.c . beaches but feel the water gets deep too fast. i like to go in slowly not two steps to my neck. it would have been good to see them stop at va beach tho.

    • I aguee Virginia Beach is the Hot Spot . they dont know it u go to the otter bank,old people sleep time…zzzzzzzzzzz

  5. “Before heading back up the coast, we decided to dip into Georgia to catch a Gulf Coast beach, our favorite being Tybee Island Beach, an oasis in that Georgia heat.”

    Wow, Georgia is on the Gulf Coast. Who knew?

  6. Please send condo information for beaches on east course.

    Sandra E. Guy
    416 East Main Street
    Powderly, Ky

  7. Please send beach condo information

    Sandra Guy
    416 East Main Street
    Powderly, KY 42367

  8. Georgia is not on the Gulf of Mexico and therefore doesn’t have any gulf coast beaches, contrary to the author’s remarks. Tybee Island Beach is a great Georgia beach on the Atlantic ocean directly south of Hilton Head Island in South Carolina.

  9. just a heads up…GA is not on the Gulf Coast. Atlantic.

  10. No NJ beaches… hmm but yet you went to Ocean City Maryland which completely copied a NJ beach’s name and overall feel and gets a ton of popularity but isn’t nearly as good… Please don’t think the Jersey Shore is only what MTV makes it out to be, we have a lot of shoreline and many beautiful beaches, the first boardwalks, the best boardwalks, AC, Cape May, LBI, Stone Harbor, and many other great places F O.C. Maryland for stealing one of our beach-town’s name and business fame etc OUR Ocean City has been named “The Best Family Resort Beach” or boardwalk something along those lines… PS: BENNYS GO HOME AND SHOOBIES LEARN HOW TO DRIVE!

    • Yeah. Ocean City. What an original name for a beach town. Suprised the NJ folks didn’t trademark it……Get real. They are both trash towns anyway. Rehoboth, Bethany, VA Beach….ALL superior.

    • Adam,

      Ocean City, Maryland was initially known as the “Ladies Resort to the Ocean”‘; however, in 1870 it officially became known as Ocean City. On the other hand, Ocean City, NJ was founded in 1879. Get your facts straight, as it appears that NJ copied off of Maryland.

      And did you really put AC down as an enjoyable beach? It’s quite possibly one of the most disgusting cities and beaches in the entire world. It only took me finding 2 used hypodermic needles in the sand to conclude this.

      Lastly, there is a reason why the Jets and the Giants don’t want to be associated with the state.

      -John

      P.S. Isn’t it ironic that the NJ license plate is the color of piss?

    • “Ocean City Maryland which completely copied a NJ beach’s name and overall feel”

      How do you know that it wasn’t the other way around?

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  12. Definitely check out Rehoboth Beach too! A lot of people don’t know about Rehoboth, and I love it just as much as Ocean City. (Although OC is very different!)

  13. I didnt even know they had an Ocean City New Jersey..Ive been to Wild Wood…No comparison to Ocean City Maryland… Its like comparing a mini mart to a giant food store….The ocean water gets colder as you go north…Virgina Beach dosent have a board walk along the ocean front… and who wants to drive all the way to North or South Carolina for less a thrill….?

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