Five Great Beach Destinations for Memorial Day

by Country Inns & Suites
Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Summer doesn’t officially start until June 21, but for many vacationers, Memorial Day weekend signifies the beginning of summer vacation season. While there are many options for destinations, you can’t beat a classic beach trip. There’s nothing like relaxing in the sand or splashing in the waves. Here are five great seaside vacation destinations that will please any beach lover:

Virginia Beach, Virginia

If you’re looking for a classic beach town, Virginia Beach just might be it. Each year, people flock to this popular East Coast destination for fun in the sun and sand. Named the longest pleasure beach in the world by the Guinness Book of Records, you’ll be able to find a spot for yourself even on the busiest of beach days. Whether you spend your days relaxing on the beach, shopping, golfing, or skating on the famous three-mile boardwalk, this is one beach getaway you’ll remember for years to come.

Virginia Beach Photo by Flickr user Beadmobile

Galveston Beach, Texas

Escape to the Gulf Coast this Memorial Day weekend when you plan a vacation to Texas’ popular Galveston Island. At just 32 miles long, this small island paradise is just a short 40-minute drive from Houston. With great restaurants, shopping, art galleries, museums, water parks, and more, you’ll have a hard time deciding whether to spend your days on the beautiful beaches or exploring the town. If you’re a history lover, you’ll enjoy exploring the array of well-preserved Victorian architecture that the island features—more than 2,000 buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places!

Galveston, Texas Photo by Flickr user texastravelgal

Panama City Beach, Florida

Spend your Memorial Day weekend on the beautiful beaches of Florida’s famous Emerald Coast! Whether you spend your days para-sailing over the green waters, trying your hand at fishing on an offshore excursion, exploring the city’s many attractions, or just relaxing in the sand, you won’t soon forget your vacation to Panama City Beach.

Panama City, FL

Ventura Beach, California

Looking to spend your Memorial Day weekend on the West Coast? Look no further than Ventura Beach! Surfing enthusiasts can head straight for Surfer’s Point and Rincon Beach, two great surfing beaches in the area. Rincon Beach has even been named one of the top five surfing spots in the world. For vacationers looking for more relaxing activities, Ventura Beach offers several swimming and lounging beaches, as well as many nearby attractions. You can hike or bike on the miles of scenic paths, browse the local shops, and explore the islands of Channel Islands National Park.

Ventura Beach Photo by Flickr user Hitchster

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Looking for sun, sand, and activities the whole family will enjoy? Head to sunny Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Attracting more than 14 million visitors each year, this popular summer vacation destination won’t disappoint. When visiting the Grand Strand, be sure to make time to stroll through Broadway at the Beach while snacking on homemade fudge or saltwater taffy, play a round on one of the many area golf courses, hunt for good deals at Tanger Outlets, and, of course, relax or play in the waves on the many miles of beaches.

Myrtile Beach Photo by Flickr user Alan Sterling

Which beach destination is going on your must-visit list? Tell us below!