Lazy summer days spent in the sand, surf, and sun: It’s a tradition as American as apple pie and baseball. But as the days get longer and the mercury creeps up, the nation’s coastal hotspots become equal parts more tempting and more thick with crowds.
For sun-seeking travelers who are savvy, however, there are still plenty of hidden beach towns across the nation that remain refreshingly off the grid. Whether you’re looking for dramatic craggy cliffs jutting out over the ocean; the quaint nautical charm of historic lighthouses and shopping districts or a secluded natural hideaway replete with tufted puffins and pet-friendly accommodations, these hush-hush spots offer warm hospitality, plenty of open sand, and a hearty helping of authentic coastal Americana.
Grab your flip flops and don’t forget your SPF 50: here’s a line-up of the best unknown beach getaways across the United States, all packed with undiscovered flair.