East Coast Beaches
With today seeing the release of the new Baywatch film, we’re sure that thanks to the picture perfect backdrop of golden sands and ocean vistas it will be hard not to hanker for a holiday of our own.
Filmed in Miami, it’s a reminder that the USA is host to some of the world’s best stretches of soft sand and curling, bath-cool waves. It’s not just Florida either – all along the East Coast, the Atlantic creates some incredible destinations for beach-lovers.
Here’s the Flexicover team's top picks for the best East Coast beaches. Though be warned: we’re spoilt for choice.
Siesta Beach, Florida
If silken sand and warm waves feature in your favourite holiday agenda, Siesta Beach should be at the top of your list. The hallmark of this national treasure is the ivory-white sand, made from 99% quartz. Many believe the natural energy of the quartz gives the beach protective and healing properties, but most will just be pleased with its light colour, fine grain and cool touch: even on the hottest days its reflective nature keeps the soles of feet comfortable all the way to its turquoise waters. Its shallow shores mean it's an ideal family destination, but year-round lifeguards are on hand for everyone's safety and enjoyment.
A vibrant, thriving area for holidaying as much as lying on the beach, Provincetown benefits from 30 miles of beach covering a range of needs. As the name suggests, Race Point is a long stretch that makes it ideal for early morning runs, plus there are cycling and walking trails too. Sand dunes backing the beach expand all the way to Herring Cove beach, with its all-day amenities like loos, showers, and gourmet food (think lobster salad rolls, pulled pork sandwiches and cod cake sliders). It’s a long but narrow beach which affords views of the many boats sailing to Boston and from April to October humpback whales, dolphins and seals also populate the area.
Folly Beach, South Carolina
Minutes away from Charleston – a historic city brimming with Southern charm – lies the relaxed area of Folly Beach. The beach attracts visitors from across the States thanks to its warm waters, strong surf and jam-packed calendar which includes food festivals, art specials, social gatherings and most novel of all, a Bill Murray Lookalike Polar Plunge on New Year’s Day, in which participants dress up as their favourite Bill Murray character and brave the Atlantic. For something more relaxing, lie back on the soft sand and keep an eye out for loggerhead turtles, dolphins and bald eagles in the vicinity.
East Hampton, New York
It’s known as a destination for affluent New Yorkers escaping city life, but East Hampton is accessible to all as it’s just two hours away from the 24-hour hum of Manhattan. Situated within the thin stretch of land known as The Hamptons, it benefits from two sides of beaches offering two types of beach experiences. The side facing the ocean offers wide beaches of brown-sugar sand and good surf. The bay beaches have calmer waters, making it better for families, swimming and leisure sailing. Cocktail in hand, stick around for the spectacular sunsets too.
Virginia Beach, Virginia
As with the better beaches of the East Coast, Virginia Beach features an incredible coastline of pristine sand and clear waters. But the real draw is its three-mile oceanfront boardwalk. The impressive length means that while it’s heavily-used by cyclists, strollers, rollerbladers and joggers, it never feels too crowded. It also means that those who are less enamoured with the practicalities of sandy beaches can enjoy the glorious vistas hassle-free: benches line the three miles allowing visitors to while away the hours people-watching, with the rippling ocean as a perfect backdrop.
So wherever you plan to head to this year it’s good to know that Flexicover Travel Insurance is committed to providing you with the highest level of protection to ensure you are safe and secure 24 hours a day when away.