Summer is almost here, which means millions of Americans are preparing to flock to the beaches in only a few months. This is the most popular time of the year to book summer vacations, so it’s important to get on it if you haven’t began searching. Whether it’s the excitement of the Jersey Shore, the relaxing beaches of Florida, the sightseeing in Laguna Beach, or the serenity of an Outer Banks rental, below are the top three beach destinations in the U.S.

Cape May, New Jersey
Cape May, New Jersey is a cozy, tight-knit town furthest south off the New Jersey parkway – exit zero. Cape May has won numerous awards for it’s pristine beaches and family-fun attitude. The old Victorian beach houses are painted bright, fun colors and have retained the same charm since they were built, over a hundred years ago. Cape May hosts a variety of restaurants, with the most popular being The Lobster House, as well as many small businesses and family-owned shops. Cape May is home to many nature reserves, as well as museums and the Cape May lighthouse.

Clearwater Beach, Florida
Florida offers a large number of beaches to visit, with Clearwater Beach being among the top. Ideal for both couples and families, Clearwater beach offers a variety of activities such as fishing, dolphin watching, parasailing, as well as a few museums and aquariums to visit. People are drawn to Clearwater due to the white sandy shores and it’s close proximity to Tampa.

Outer Banks, North Carolina
The Outer Banks in North Carolina (also known as OBX) is perhaps one of the most affordable beach destinations. Large modern Outer Banks rental homes offer an ocean view (or beachfront if you’re lucky) and often boast swimming pools and hot tubs. Some popular destinations in the Outer Banks include Corolla, Nags Head, Duck, Manteo, Kill Devil Hills, and Kitty Hawk. North Carolina is known for its excellent golf courses, adding to the list of things to do while vacationing in OBX. The Outer Banks is ideal for beach lovers looking for relaxation.

Laguna Beach, California
Made famous by MTV’s hit series, Laguna Beach, the town is among the most fashionable in the state. Many people choose Laguna Beach not only for its pristine beaches, but the Hollywood-esque culture. Laguna Beach is located in Orange County and is full of artistic culture. Whether you’re spending the day out on the town or unwinding on the sandy beaches, Laguna Beach is a top vacation destination.

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