Romantic beach holiday destinations in summer 2009

Summer is a short but wonderful season, often spent with family and friends and enjoys the endless selection of festivals, food and festivals. The summer season is also a perfect time for a romantic stroll on the beach at sunset during a warm summer vacation. Take advantage of the long summer days to explore the list of beautiful beaches and resorts across the United States. In summer you will find your special beach destination, soak up the sun and play in the pristine sandy beaches while making summer memories that last a lifetime.

Maine is one of the most popular romantic destinations for summer vacations for many reasons. The beautiful, temperate weather and rocky coastlines with rising granite cliffs have provided unforgettable views to summer travelers for over a hundred years. A popular summer destination in Maine is Bar Harbor, located in the Acadia National Park area, offering beautiful white sandy beaches and refreshing, cool waters to enjoy and help you relax. Also located in this summer vacation area along Route 1A in the south coast of Maine are the quaint coastal towns of Portland and Ogunquit. Both offer smaller beaches, but are known for their quiet, romantic shorelines. Tired of the beach? How about a trip to Maines's central coastline to Southwest Harbor where vacationers will find wonderful shops, galleries, eateries and bed and breakfast accommodation unlike anything experienced before. And of course, no Maine summer vacation would be complete without attending any of the local fairs, including freshly caught lobster, haddock puppies, fiddle-head potatoes, and my personal favorite, New England clam soup.

Another hot spot for the summer vacation is the New Jersey South Shore, with over 140 miles of pristine beaches, renowned restaurants and celebrated summer festivals and events. This region contains 7 of the 10 best beaches in New Jersey, including the # 1 beach located in Ocean City. Known as America's Greatest Family Resort, it is a great place for family reunions, group trips, and of course, beach weddings. The 2.5-kilometer boardwalk is complete with fine dining and shopping areas for adults, and two amusement parks, go-kart rentals and a water park for the kids. Don't forget the many mini golf courses, fun for the whole family! It really is entertainment for all ages in Ocean City, NJ. And no trip to the New Jersey South Shore would be complete without visiting the historic Victorian town of Cape May. Cape May offers a wide variety of activities in the summertime, including listening to the surf caress the shoreline, the thrill and excitement of walking on the boardwalk, climbing to the top of one of the many famous Cape May lighthouses and enjoying the high views, and finally , stay at a romantic Victorian bed and breakfast on the coast. The New Jersey Southern Shore offers a wide variety of activities to make your summer vacation memorable.

The Florida Keys region, including its nearby barrier islands, has long been a favorite destination for summer vacationers, known for its abundance of sunshine and crystal blue skies year-round. Key West offers soft, white sandy beaches that surround the scenic perimeter, and is known for its outdoor activities, including fishing, scuba diving, water sports and world-class golf. After watching a diverse Key West sunset, you can enjoy the many nightlife activities, including live entertainment by the city's many musicians and street artists. Treat your palate with an island specialty and dine at a local sidewalk cafe or gourmet restaurant, and enjoy an evening drink at one of the many legendary pubs and islands. Accommodation in Key West is as diverse as the island itself, including top notch for traditional conch houses to comfortable bed and breakfast inns. In a city of fascinating contrasts and inspiring diversity, it's easy to imagine letting go of mainland concerns and spending your summer vacation in beautiful Key West, Florida. I have personally visited Key West several times and soaking in the memorable places during the 4 hour drive from Key Largo to Key West, and would highly recommend the trip along scenic USA 1 to any vacation looking for an unforgettable beach vacation in summer.

Home to some of the best beaches in the United States, Texas's southern Gulf Coast region attracts millions of visitors each year, especially during the summer holidays. With over 350 miles of coastline stretching in a gentle arch from South Padre Island north to the Louisiana border, this Texas playground is known for its natural beauty and diverse wildlife. The native coniferous grassland and marshland provide the ideal ecosystem to support rich marine life and nesting sites for migratory birds. In the northern Gulf Coast area, you can explore the historic beach communities of Galveston and Crystal Beach. Galveston offers 32 miles of stunning, soft sandy beaches, top-notch restaurants and live entertainment, and one of the largest and well-preserved concentrations of Victorian architecture in the country. Another popular summer destination on the Texas Gulf Coast is Corpus Christi, offering vacationers a rich blend of culture in the laid-back atmosphere of a historic coastal harbor. When traveling to Corpus Christi, one can expect to find soothing sea breezes, endless blue skies and beautiful turquoise water. Visit the bay promenade, arts and museum district, seaside restaurants and entertaining nightlife while vacationing in Corpus Christi. South Padre Island is located on the tropical tip of Texas bordering Mexico. It is known as one of the best holiday destinations in the country and offers beautiful beaches, high dunes and warm floor waters. Contrary to popular belief, South Padre Island is one of the mildest places in Texas during the summer season, with Gulf Sea Bries keeping temperatures moderate in the high 80s to low 90s. Some activities to explore while vacationing in this top-rated Texas beach destination include saltwater fishing, fresh fish and seafood served at local island restaurants, and stay at a historic bed and breakfast or hotel accommodation. There is certainly something for all travel enthusiasts when visiting the Texas Gulf Coast this summer.

Located along the Pacific Ocean halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, the central coast of California stretches thousands of miles from Santa Barbara to Monterey. The region is known for its romantic, white sandy beaches and rocky coastal views, exquisite wine country tours and artisan villages. Vacationers can choose from charming, historic bed and breakfast inns to scenic oceanfront cottages. During the beautiful days of sunshine, you can discover surfing, water skiing, golf, hiking, biking, horse riding, bird watching, farmers markets and film festivals. If you are looking for beautiful blue skies, shopping, dining, countless activities, unforgettable experiences and a marina complimented by a gorgeous beach, visit Santa Barbara, located on the southern end of California's central coast. Located near the northern tip of Monterey Bay, 74 miles south of San Francisco, lies the famous seaside town of Santa Cruz. Expect a wide variety of attractions, from Santa Cruz's award-winning boardwalk and majestic Redwood forests, to arts and culture events and award-winning restaurants. An enchanting blend of history and natural beauty awaits, making your summer vacation to California's central coast a memorable and enjoyable one.

Bed and Breakfast suggests the above summer beach destinations based on personal experiences and other valued input from travelers. The locations were chosen because of the general entertainment options, the quality and popularity of the beach, the amount of sunny days, the softness of the sand, the temperature in the water and the dining and shopping opportunities.