10 Beach Destinations for Your Summer Bucket List

by Country Inns & Suites
Wednesday, May 22, 2013


The possibilities for fun are endless at the beach! You can relax on a blanket and read a book or enjoy a picnic, while the kids build sandcastles, search for seashells, or play in the waves. More adventurous beach-goers can even windsurf or Jet Ski. Are you ready to enjoy some sun and sand? Grab your bathing suit and towel and check out these ten great beach destinations:

1. Vero Beach, Florida

Public access trails and walkways will connect you to 26 miles of white sandy beaches on Florida’s Treasure Coast. The Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Vero Beach is located just minutes from downtown and a short drive from the area’s most popular beaches, including South Beach Park and Humiston Park.

2. Lake Norman, North Carolina

You don’t need an ocean to have a beach vacation! Lake Norman earned the nickname “Inland Sea” due to its 520 miles of shoreline, all located in Western North Carolina. You’ll want to head over to Lake Norman State Park for a day of swimming, boating, fishing, hiking, and more! Plan to rest up between visits by booking a stay at the nearby Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Lake Norman.

3. St. Pete Beach, Florida

You can watch the sun set behind the Gulf of Mexico as you stroll down this pristine shoreline. The St. Pete Municipal Beach provides public access to four miles of white sand and warm waters; don’t forget to pack your volleyball and Frisbee! Our Pinellas Park hotel puts you close to the top attractions while providing a place to rest after an eventful day in the sand and surf.

4. Stump Pass Beach, Florida

Shell seekers will love Stump Pass Beach, a quiet beach located on the southern tip of Manasota Key. You may even find sharks’ teeth washed upon the shore! With proximity to the beach, shopping, and golf courses, the Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Port Charlotte is the perfect place to stay for a fun and relaxing vacation.

5. Lake Winnebago, Wisconsin

Covering almost 150,000 acres, this popular Wisconsin lake is located just outside of Green Bay and is perfect for boating and fishing. You’ll find plenty of Catfish, Walleye, and Largemouth Bass in the waters, and High Cliff State Park even lends rods, reels, and basic tackle for free! After a day of fishing, there are beach shelters where you can relax and enjoy a picnic. At the end of a fun day, relax at one of our many area Country Inns & Suites hotels in nearby Appleton and Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.

6. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

A family favorite for over 75 years, Myrtle Beach is bustling with activity both on and off the sand. You can cruise on the Barefoot Princess Riverboat, attend the Beach, Boogie & BBQ Festival at the end of August, watch the dolphins on a Jet Ski tour, or just enjoy a fun weekend relaxing and having fun at the beach. The Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Myrtle Beach is located within minutes of the all of the action in this popular beach town.

7. Daytona Beach, Florida

It’s no wonder this destination is nicknamed “The World’s Most Famous Beach.” In addition to experiencing Daytona’s 26 miles of white, sandy coastline, you can also make this vacation an educational trip by teaching your children about the endangered sea turtles. These gentle creatures emerge from the ocean to lay their eggs in the sand between May 15 and October 31. Ready to plan your trip? Book your stay with us today!

8. Tybee Island, Georgia

Just 30 minutes outside of Savannah, Georgia, Tybee Island is decorated with miles of beaches, beautiful lighthouses, and impressive historic forts. Book a stay at one of our Savannah hotels, where you can enjoy the history, cuisine, and shopping of the Hostess City of the South.

9. Mustang Island State Park, Texas

Less than 30 minutes from Corpus Christi, Mustang Island State Park is a beach goer’s paradise. Swimming, surfing, bird watching, fishing, and kayaking are just a few of the activities you can enjoy during your stay. Warm winds blowing in from the Gulf of Mexico create the perfect relaxing setting for sunbathers. Let the Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Corpus Christi hotel be your home away from home during your vacation.

10. Virginia Beach, Virginia

Our oceanfront hotel overlooks the stunning blue waters of the Atlantic and puts you close to the action on the exciting Virginia Beach Boardwalk. From parasailing to putt-putt, this destination is a hit for the whole family.

Freshwater or saltwater, your beach vacation is waiting for you. Don’t forget your sunscreen! What beach are you most looking forward to visiting this summer?