Beach chairs on the beach

The Southeastern Coast of the United States has always been the perfect escape each spring break from the snow and deep-freezing temperatures in the Midwest and Northern parts of the U.S.

There are many top beach destinations to choose from, but some offer a great combination of beaches, excellent places to dine and family-friendly activities. 

Where Are the Best Beaches for Spring Break? 

Here’s a roundup of the best beaches in the Southeast to soak up the sun, warm your toes in the sands and enjoy a cocktail while watching family frolic in the surf. 

Relaxing on the beach during a spring break vacationAlabama’s Gulf Coast 

Move over Florida beaches. One of the best-kept secrets in the Southeast would be Alabama’s pristine coast of beaches situated along the Gulf Coast. Alabama is a must-visit beach destination in the US.

We’re talking eight miles of surgery crystals of sand that squeak beneath your feet as you find your place to stake your claim near the water’s shores. But there’s more to explore in Alabama, including plenty of history, shopping and family-centric activities. 

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Spring break vacation in Florida

Florida’s Ecotourism at Punta Gorda and Englewood Beaches 

You don’t have to dive deep to find paradise and lots of beautiful shells in Florida. Sarasota’s Siesta Key boasts some of the best beaches and shelling in the world at Florida’s Sanibel and Captiva. 

Miami’s Ocean Beach Drive 

Miami’s beaches are known for an exciting and eclectic crowd. Just across from those beaches are 10 blocks of the best people-watching in Miami. Take in the neon lights and characters as colorful as Miami’s art deco architecture. There is no shortage of shopping, nightlife and all the energy you can handle. 

South Carolina’s Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach’s Grand Strand boasts over 60 miles of beaches, a mile-long boardwalk, and endless family-centric activities and water sports. If the public beaches in Myrtle Beach are not your scene, there are a plethora of private ones located at The Dunes—a stretch of resorts and condos.

If you get tired of the sun and surf, enjoy the rides, dining and nightly activities at Broadway at the Beach.  

The sun set in Tybee Island, Georgia. Photo by Tybee Island Tourism Council
The sunset in Tybee Island, Georgia. Photo by Tybee Island Tourism Council

Tybee Island Georgia 

Tybee Island, a tiny island in Georgia, is a favorite beach spot for tourists and Georgians alike. Tybee Island is a mere 18 miles from Georgia’s historic and charming town of Savannah. Stroll its six miles of beautiful beaches or get up close and personal with dolphins and other sea life on one of the many cruises. 

Florida’s Clearwater Beach 

Voted one of the top beaches in the United States, Clearwater Beach, Florida offers spectacular sunsets, white-powder sands and as its name indicates, crystal-clear waters. Wondering where to stay in Clearwater Beach? Choose from the most luxurious resorts to family-friendly hotels, and make sure your beach vacation is one to remember. 

Key West Florida 

It’s hard to think of Key West without picturing spectacular sunsets, big game fishing and of course, Hemingway. And in Key West, you can live as Hemingway did, enjoying the ocean with water sports, offshore fishing, snorkeling and vibrant nightlife along Key West’s famous Duval Street. 

Bradenton Beach on Anna Maria Island. Photo by Janna Graber
Bradenton Beach on Anna Maria Island. Photo by Janna Graber

Florida’s Anna Maria Island 

Florida’s Anna Maria Island has golden warm sands and endless outdoor activities, from hunting horseshoe crabs to kayaking through Anna Maria Island’s red mangroves.

Dine at one of the many top restaurants on Anna Maria Island, where the freshest seafood is served, while taking in magnificent views of the Gulf of Mexico. 


Spring break family vacations make for treasured family memories.
Spring break family vacations make for treasured family memories.

Sarasota, Florida 

Sarasota’s Siesta Key has been described as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world and for good reason. Walk the marble-white sands of this stretch of beach in Sarasota or stroll through the quaint downtown area with casual and upscale dining and shopping galore. 

These top beach destinations are just the spot for a memorable spring break vacation. What’s your favorite spring break destination? Let us know in the comments below.

Angela Cavallari

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