Are These America's Most Charming Little Beach Towns?


The free and easy days of summer simply scream out for us to visit a beach town.2

A day trip, a long weekend or a week or two – it doesn’t matter.

There’s something for every appetite for however long.

With such a massive coastline, the USA has a wealth of seaside destinations so I’m here to whittle down the list to the most charming beach towns.

1. Chincoteague, VA

Chincoteague, VA

American beach towns can be glitzy, old-fashioned, historic, cultured, sophisticated, or just plain old fun.

And then there are stunning places like Chincoteague that take your breath away.

July is the best time to visit Chincoteague, the portal into the 37-mile long Assateague National Seashore, a seaside paradise with herons, woodpeckers, foxes, bald eagles and ponies roaming free.

During July, the Wild Pony Round-Up and Swim grips the whole island.

Seaworthy cowboys herd the ponies across the channel dividing Assateague and Chincoteague.

The colts are then auctioned off to keep herds small and manageable.

2. Lubec, ME

Lubec, ME

Located close to the border with Canada, historic Lubec is one of those charming Victorian/Greek Revival-style American beach destinations that has plenty of attractions in an understated way.

The most easterly point in the contiguous US and boasting 97 miles of pristine shoreline, two lighthouses, not to mention President Roosevelt's erstwhile summer home, Lubec also looks across to Campobello Island, an international park.2

3. Pacific Grove, CA

Pacific Grove, CA

Hidden between famous beach towns like Monterey, Pebble Beach and Carmel, Pacific Grove has preserved its tranquil ambience.

Famous for its stray deer and butterflies, the town doesn't have a true swimming and sunbathing beach, but is a perfect destination if you love the sound of huge waves battering rocks, take surfing seriously and are happiest when sea kayaking or tide-pooling.

4. Gearhart, or

Gearhart, or

Brimming with antique shops and scenic hiking trails, Gearhart, near the well-known, busy Cannon Beach resort, is an American beach town paradise for Portland's in-crowd, such as Paige Powell and Gus Van Sant.

It's also a great place for stargazing parties at the beach.

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