Greatest Beach Towns on America’s East Coast (I)
From the North Atlantic to the Gulf of Mexico, the United States east coast offers up some of the world's most spectacular beaches. Dotted along its sandy shore are wonderful towns and exciting regions playing host to millions of visitors each year. Though there are hundreds of beach towns scattered across America, here are six that are among the most popular from the coast of Maine to the shores of the Gulf.
1. Greatest Beach Towns on America’s East Coast: Bar Harbor, Maine — Located on Maine's Mount Desert Island, the town of Bar Harbor bustles with activity from Memorial Day to Labor Day every year Throughout the year, about 6,000 call this island town home, but when the summer sun shines, crowds pack its beaches to absorb the long-anticipated season. With the warm summer temperatures and the cool northern Atlantic waters, vacationers find Bar Harbor the perfect place to relax. At low tide many locals, and visitors alike, venture out to Bar Island for magnificent views and even more peaceful isolation. Just a note though, be aware of the tidal schedule so you don't get stranded on the island when nearly ten feet of water covers the path back to town at high tide. Nearly one hundred cruise ships visit Bar Harbor every year from late spring to early autumn, bringing thousands to this Northeast jewel. Aside from the summer beach-life, Bar Harbor is also a popular destination for those craving outdoor activities, ranging from kayaking fresh water streams to trekking through the Acadia National Park. When you add up all that Bar Harbor offers, it's no wonder its considered one of the best beach towns in America.
2. Greatest Beach Towns on America’s East Coast: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina — For years first-time visitors to Hilton Head Island have found what so many before them have bragged about Being "on island" truly must be experienced. From world-class golf courses to twelve-miles of beach on the Atlantic, Hilton Head is where millions travel annually Some stay for just a few days, while others have either chosen this border island as their winter home, or even their permanent residence. With winter's average temperatures in the 600, to summer highs in the mid-80s, Hilton Head has been said to be one of the most comfortable places to live in the country. Home to the yearly PGA stop known as The Heritage Golf Classic at the Harbor Town Golf Links, and host to the largest annual wine festival on the Atlantic coast in early March, Hilton Head offers so much more than just lazy days at the beach.