Memorial Day Fever: The Best Beaches to Jumpstart the Summer Season

Your passport won’t be needed at these sandy escapes.

Memorial Day is just around the corner, signaling the start of summer. This year, why not elevate your holiday celebrations by heading to the beach instead of hosting the usual backyard gathering?

The United States boasts some of the most captivating and Instagram-worthy beaches in the Western Hemisphere, offering a perfect backdrop for your Memorial Day festivities.

Whether you plan to relax with friends, enjoy a family-friendly getaway, or party with a lively crowd, you’ll find plenty of options for a memorable stateside vacation.

Here are seven stunning beach destinations where you can feel the sand between your toes this Memorial Day.

  • El Matador Beach

    Whether you live on the West Coast or not, your drive to this California beach outfitted with caves and cliffs will be worth the miles. Just make sure your phone’s battery can live up to the countless selfies and videos you and your crew are bound to take. 

  • Canon Beach

    Surrounded by picturesque mountains and rocks, this beach in Oregon will make you wish your holiday could be extended by an extra day. This nine-mile shoreline offers overnight camping and moments that will last a lifetime.

  • La Jolla Cove

    This beach near San Diego is just as fascinating as it is calming. While taking a break from swimming or snorkeling, don’t be surprised if you encounter a bob of seals sunbathing.

  • Poipu Beach

    Hawaii never disappoints and never does its beaches. With perfect weather year-round, this beautiful crescent-shaped beach might cause you to rethink your address if you’re not a resident of the state, though.

  • Crystal Beach Park

    This beach –nestled in Destin, Floria– off the Gulf Coast, is the place to be for a kid-friendly outing. Its fun energy is just right for kids and has a retreat-style vibe for parents who want a little TLC.

  • Ocean City Beach

    To get the party started, this Maryland beach –which expands 10 miles– is the perfect destination. Beachgoers can also soak up the good times by surfing, fishing, and kayaking.

  • Driftwood Beach

    Driftwood Beach, located on Jekyll Island, Georgia, is like no other. Flanked by colossal weathered branches and trees, this beach will provide an atmosphere that some say dub as of this world.

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