What is your favorite destination for summer travel? You thought of the beach and so did we! Check out the best seaside destinations to travel by car!
Summer is coming, the temperatures are heating up, and the weather starts asking you to enjoy the day, the city and, of course, the beaches! So take advantage of the season to enjoy a weekend, a holiday or even a whole vacation in a different destination!
United States: Los Angeles and Miami
One of world’s favorite destinations, the United States is a great option to enjoy sunny days and breezy beaches. And when we talk about summer, we immediately think of California and Florida, where there is no shortage of places for all types of preferences.
Los Angeles is not only about movies. The city also offers stunning beaches, which are only 50 minutes away from downtown. One of the main ones there is Venice Beach, which has a beautiful boardwalk with several craft stores and where you can rent surfboards, bikes, and rollerblades to ride in style.
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In Florida, we have Miami, one of the most visited cities in the United States – not only by foreigners, but by Americans themselves -. Loved for its constant heat throughout the year and its beautiful beaches, the city receives more than 12 million visitors annually. Impressive, isn’t it? But what’s so cool to do there?
Start in South Beach. If you are looking for a place that’s lively and fun, you can’t miss South Beach, between 2nd and 5th Street on Ocean Drive. There you’ll see many beautiful people, sports, entertainment and beautiful scenery. In Biscayne Bay you can take boat trips with a tour guide and receive in-depth explanations on the many mansions in the region.
Besides South Beach, some of the most famous attractions in the area are Miami Beach, North Beach, Historic Virginia Key Beach Park, Haulover Beach Park, Sunny Isles Beach, Hobie Beach, Lummus Park Beach.
Mexico: Cancun and Acapulco
When you think of beaches, Cancun most definitely comes to mind. Known for its incredible paradise landscapes, framed by fine sand and a lush turquoise sea, this incredible itinerary is sure to leave anyone in love.
This unmissable destination also offers much more, as it’s full of attractions for all tastes and ages, makings it an even more interesting destiantion. So, hit the road and enjoy this little stretch paradise and it’s many attractions!
One of the most famous beaches in Mexico is the beautiful Playa Tortugas, whose waters are warm and very calm, but which also offers the option for more heart pounding activities such as Bungee Jumping and more. In addition, this area is well known for the Tortugas Center, which brings together the ferries that take tourists to the wonderful Isla Mujeres.
If you drive a little further, about an hour, you will reach Playa del Carmen and Playa Linda. Both are great places to take a relaxing boat ride, see and swim with the friendly dolphins, and enjoy the beautiful green color of the sea, caused by the encounter with one of Cancun’s lagoons. Enjoy!
What do you think about Acapulco? The city is located in the state of Guerrero, southwestern Mexico, on the Pacific coast. There, you’ll find paradise beaches, a lively nightlife, and lots of Mexican culture.
For those who enjoy snorkeling, check out Isla de la Raqueta, a spectacular place to get a close look at the marine life in the area. If you want a panoramic view of the city, we recommend a boat ride to Farallon del Obispo, an island in Playa de La Condesa.
Now, if you are looking for exciting things, La Quebrada cliff is the place to be! With an astounding height of 147 feet, it’s quite common for people to dive off the edge into the gorgeous transparent waters below. Would you take the jump?
Europe: Portugal and Spain
Ah, the European summer has a unique charm, doesn’t it? With their warm weather, some destinations stand out from amongst the rest, but there is no shortage of great places to visit in Europe!
Our tip today is to start in Portugal, a country full of beaches and incredible landscapes. If your trip starts in Lisbon, the country’s capital, you should definitely get to exploring the city, which offers beautiful cityscapes framed by the legendary Tejo River and breezes awaft with aromas that are sure to make you want to try every dish of the country’s exceptional cuisine has to offer.
One of the most famous spots is the Jerónimos Monastery and nearby is the famous Belem Tower that was built on the banks of the Tejo River and has become one of the main local monuments as it symbolizes Lisbon in a unique way. Then, get a rental car and explore surrounding cities like Cascais and Lagos, which offer incredible views of the sea and stunning sunsets.
Enjoy your trip to see the beauties of Spain! Our tip is Mallorca, one of Spain’s Balearic Islands, located in the Mediterranean. There are more than 2230 miles to enjoy the natural landscapes of the region with family, friends, or as a couple. That is why it’s essential to rent a car to fully enjoy your trip.
You should start at Cala des Moro, one of the most famous beaches on the island, with white sands and incredible blue seas. Another option is Es Trenc, with a longer stretch of sand, it’s ideal for taking the kids.
Cala Llombards is impressive in its own right! The water is a bit colder, but the view is enough to make anyone fall in love: crystal clear waters and no waves, ideal to enjoy the whole day on the beach.
A note of caution: jellyfish are quite common on Mallorca’s beaches, so be careful to avoid accidents.
If you want a cultural tour, we recommend the Cartuja de Valdemossa, a historic building that was once a monastery and residence of kings. And if you have the time, it’s worth crossing the island to Platja de Formentor, considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the region where you’ll be able to enjoy a diving tour as well. Enjoy!
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