Being a beach lover and a travel agent has allowed me to visit many great beaches in our country, and there are three that stand out as the most exciting. Some beaches are great for romance. Others offer many family activities. Seclusion is the key draw with crashing waves at other locations. These beaches offer hands down the most excitement in their own special way, and form a long triangle over our nation if lines were drawn on their locations.
Santa Monica Beach
California has a special look in our nation because mountains can be seen surrounding the flat sands of beaches at Santa Monica. That alone creates more excitement and beauty than the typical flat terrain at many other beach locations. However, the excitement at Santa Monica goes way beyond that. There are so many activities, hotels, restaurants, and even trapeze lessons here.
Boasting a pier with a great amusement park, aquarium, and what seems like endless shopping makes this beach special. Muscle beach with an outdoor exercise area brings memories of Jack Lalane and movie stars. You can almost hear Beach Boys music saying “I wish they all were California girls” with the people watching and many activities being great here.
Atlantic City Beach
The most exciting beach with unique flair can be found at Atlantic City Beach, New Jersey. Casinos abound with flashing lights, chiming sounds at the slot machines, and watching the exhilaration of winners and agony of losers at the gaming tables.
Walk along the huge boardwalk, find a great restaurant, or escape from clocks at the casinos. There is something special watching the glitter of lights plus an oceanfront view here. Imagine the excitement of Las Vegas with body surfing as a bonus and that is what you have in Atlantic City.
With a long time slogan being “The world’s most famous beach”, Daytona Beach, Florida has a unique feature. You can drive on the beach here. Visions of “cruising” in a muscle car of the past can appear in your brain. Safety concerns have limited beach driving to daytime, but you can cruise in your car or rent a beach vehicle.
There are many events here including races and tours at the Daytona International speedway. Bike week draws motorcyclists in droves. The pier has rides, games, and occasional open air concerts. If you like a great ocean front room with a constant sound of crashing waves, Daytona offers the best variety of these I have seen anywhere.