Best East Coast Beaches

The best beaches on the East coast
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The Best Beaches On The East Coast

Which is the greatest beach community on the East Coast of the U.S.A.? It all depends on your definition of the best East Coast beaches. Each of these six beach communities is a bit different.

Image of waves crashing against a rocky beach on the shores of Marthas Vineyard in Massachusetts

Martha's Vineyard, MA

Art galleries abound on the Vineyard, some of which are dedicated to showing the works of local artists. With a yearly film festival, and its own chamber music society, the beach community attracts artists and musicians of all kinds.

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Image of a lighthouse on Nantucket beach in Massachusetts with seagulls on the beach

Nantucket, MA

Located about 30 miles south of Cape Cod and reachable by ferry, the beach community of Nantucket Island is home to many art galleries and museums, including a museum dedicated to its whaling history. It hosts a yearly book festival, a comedy festival, a cranberry festival, and a wine and food festival.

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Image of a seabird walking in the sand on the shores of Cape Hatteras National Seashore in North Carolina

Ocracoke Island, NC

This community in the Outer Banks of North Carolina can be reached by passenger ferry or by a very short flight. Ocracoke Island hosts an annual fig festival and tourists can find many dishes made from figs.

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Image of Folly Beach Pier in Charleston, South Carolina

Kiawah Island, SC

This island about 25 miles from Charleston was developed for tourism, particularly related to its noted golf courses, in the 1970s. It remains a quiet destination for those who love nature, with a wetlands environment rarely found in the United States.

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Image of a sandy walkway between two sand dunes on Virginia Beach, Virginia with beach vegetation growing along the edges

Virginia Beach, VA

This beach community located at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay boasts miles of beach front and serves as a resort city with many nearby towns also serving as a large oceanside resort. Guinness lists Virginia Beach as having the world’s longest pleasure beach. It hosts yearly surfing and beach soccer competitions.

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Image of a colorful lifeguard tower on South Beach near Miami, Florida with beachgoers around it and a skyscraper in the background

South Beach, FL

SoBe is a Miami neighborhood that includes the Indian Creek islands in the Atlantic Ocean. Known for its glamour, wealth, and prosperity, South Beach owes its current reputation, in part, to the Miami Vice TV series of the 1980s.

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