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Stressing about what to do for your summer vacation? If an affordable, family-friendly summer beach getaway is what you're looking for, then consider one of these six vacation destinations. From the Florida Keys, Alabama's Gulf Coast, to San Diego, and more, these 'Top Summer Beach Vacations' share the traits of pristine sandy shores, vibrant surrounding communities, and an inspiring place to unwind. Enter a newfound state of relaxation by catching some rays on the beach or quench that thirst for adventure by snorkeling or embarking on a deep sea fishing adventure! Kids and adults, alike, will surely appreciate the abundance of recreational outdoor activities on and near the beaches, as well as nearby dining and entertainment options. Now that summer has arrived, it's time to hit the beach!
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Tranquility Bay Beach House Resort blends beach home comforts with luxury resort accommodations for an unforgettable Florida Keys getaway! Sitting on 12 lush acres along the Gulf Coast of Marathon,... read more

Tranquility Bay Beach House Resort blends beach home comforts with luxury resort accommodations for an unforgettable Florida Keys getaway! Sitting on 12 lush acres along the Gulf Coast of Marathon, Tranquility Bay has one of the largest beaches and the most lavish two- and three-bedroom beach homes in all of the Keys. Boasting amenities such as gourmet kitchens, spacious porches with stunning ocean views and flat-screen televisions, you'll be sure to feel right at home. Plus with an onsite restaurant, two pools and Adventure Concierge, every day can be as action-packed or as relaxing as you'd like! A complete Florida Keys summer beach getaway awaits!

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2600 Overseas Highway, Marathon, FL 33050

Highlights

Sixteen new luxury single-level "Tropical Garden Guestrooms" are now available which offer more intimate accommodations than the resort's larger beach houses. Enjoy all of the amenities of Tranquility Bay Resort with more affordable luxury in mind, as well as lush tropical garden views.

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Accentuate your summer beach getaway with delicious dining, Florida Keys' attractions, in addition to a nearby Championship 18-hole golf course, tennis courts, state parks with incredible beaches, protected waters for diving and some of the best sport fishing in the world!

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Central Reservations

Ocean City, Maryland

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Ten miles of white-sand beaches await for you in the beautiful town of Ocean City, Maryland. This fantastic destination is ideal for summer beach vacations with family, friends, or your special someone. Central... read more

Ten miles of white-sand beaches await for you in the beautiful town of Ocean City, Maryland. This fantastic destination is ideal for summer beach vacations with family, friends, or your special someone. Central Reservations’ selection of premier vacation rentals lets you discover the perfect place to call home on your relaxing yet eventful beach getaway.

When you’re not enjoying the luxurious comforts of your home-away-from-home, you will find plenty to keep you busy just minutes away. Soak up the bright summer sun from the soft beaches, build a sandcastle together with the kids, or partake in a variety of exciting watersports. Join a fishing charter for a day of fantastic sports fishing along the Atlantic, dive into the waves for a refreshing swim, or simply enjoy the views as you wander down the boardwalk that runs from the inlet to 27th Street. For a day trip, you can take a boat out to Assateague Island as well! With so many options here, you might have to extend your vacation to experience it all!

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6200 Coastal Highway, Suite 100 Ocean City, Maryland 21842

Highlights

Central Reservations' accommodations range from cozy beachside cottages to large multi-room oceanfront homes. Equipped with modern amenities such as full kitchens, private decks, and barbecue grills, you have everything you need for a great vacation! Some homes even offer private pools!

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Central Reservations works with A-Z Rental Services to make your stay a little easier. Order everything from linens to beach equipment and have it delivered to your rental!

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Sunset Oceanfront Lodging, situated high above the sandy beach, majestic sea stacks, and the endless Pacific Ocean, is an ideal way to spend a hot summer weekend!

Oregon's gorgeous coastline meets superior... read more

Sunset Oceanfront Lodging, situated high above the sandy beach, majestic sea stacks, and the endless Pacific Ocean, is an ideal way to spend a hot summer weekend!

Oregon's gorgeous coastline meets superior accommodations and fantastic personal service at Sunset Oceanfront Lodging. Family owned and operated resort for four generations, the hospitality here enough to keep guests coming back indefinitely. But, of course, there's so much more- your gorgeous surroundings and your fantastic accommodations, to name a couple! Bring your family, friends, or coworkers and escape the heat!

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1865 Beach Loop Rd, Bandon, OR 97411

Highlights

The meeting room includes a refreshment area (104 sq. ft.), unisex restroom, and cloakroom. it's 312 sq. ft of extravagant detail and stupendous space!

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The light continental breakfast opens from 7:30 AM until 10:00 AM. ocated in the Lobby.

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The Winds Resort Beach Club

Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina

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The Winds Resort Beach Club is completely unique, relaxed and upscale beach getaway on the beautiful North Carolina Coast. Complete with its own white-sand island beach and spectacular ocean-side pools,... read more

The Winds Resort Beach Club is completely unique, relaxed and upscale beach getaway on the beautiful North Carolina Coast. Complete with its own white-sand island beach and spectacular ocean-side pools, it's the island getaway you've dreamed about in the East Coast's northernmost subtropical region. This family-owned property has been inspired by generations of careful development and artistic vision, including winding wooded trails and awe-inspiring gardens. Two restaurants, a variety of outdoor games and plenty of hammocks and Whirlpools make this a relaxed, yet upscale family retreat or a peaceful romantic escape on the beach. The world-famous Myrtle Beach is just a half-hour away, perfect for golfing, shopping and much more! Escape to the beautiful beaches of the Carolinas!

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310 East 1st Street, Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469

Highlights

Offering a nostalgic beach cottage feel, The Winds offers many size options of oceanfront rooms, suites and four- to six-bedroom Island View Resort Cottages. Surrounded by palms, banana trees and hibiscus flowers, there are charming little nooks and pathways to discover at this beach getaway!

Related Onsite Offerings

Onsite amenities at The Winds Resort Beach Club include the following: • Oceanfront Poolside Tiki Bar/Dining (open seasonally) • Complimentary wireless Internet throughout property • Oceanfront Deck/Patio Rooms and One-, Two and Three-Bedroom Suites • Indoor Fitness Facility • Coin Laundry • All Rooms Non-smoking • Local Area Spa Services Available • Daily Housekeeping • Elevator (oceanfront) • Two Outdoor Pools & One Heated Indoor Pool • Two Whirlpool Spas • Use of bicycles • Free Summer Golf • Pool Volleyball & Basketball • Outdoor Table Tennis • Shuffleboard • Beach Bocce • Swing Set Play Area For Children • Beach Volleyball • Cookout grills • Cornhole Toss • Book exchange • And more

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Perdido Beach Resort

Orange Beach, Alabama

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Find your paradise on the Gulf Shores of Alabama! Secluded on a private beach, Perdido Beach Resort is a world of fishing, boating and water sports. Hit the links at eight nearby golf courses, indulge in... read more

Find your paradise on the Gulf Shores of Alabama! Secluded on a private beach, Perdido Beach Resort is a world of fishing, boating and water sports. Hit the links at eight nearby golf courses, indulge in designer discount shopping or visit the U.S. Naval Air Station and Museum in Pensacola. At the resort, play tennis, work out at the exercise center or relax poolside. An award-winning restaurant, Voyagers, offers local seafood, prepared in true Gulf style. This stunning Mediterranean-style resort boasts twin towers full of spacious rooms and suites with private balconies, each decorated in a coastal style. Relaxation and beach paradise doesn't get much better than this!

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27200 Perdido Beach Blvd., Orange Beach, AL 36561

Highlights

Convenient to both Gulf Shores, Alabama and Pensacola, Florida, Perdido Beach features 346 luxurious guest rooms with private balconies, multiple onsite restaurants, an indoor and outdoor pool, fitness center, tennis courts, and much more.

Getting there

From the Pensacola International Airport: - Turn left on 12th Avenue entrance and go 6/10 of a mile to Bayou Blvd. - Turn right on Bayou Blvd. and travel 7 miles to Blue Angel Parkway/Hwy. 173 NOTE: Bayou Blvd. changes names several times, but stay on it - Turn left on Blue Angel Parkway/Hwy. 173 and travel 6.8 miles to Hwy. 292 - Turn right on Hwy. 292, go 15 miles to Perdido Beach Resort

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TradeWinds Island Grand

St. Pete Beach, Florida

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TradeWinds Island Grand is located off the Gulf of Mexico directly on the white sand beaches of St. Pete Beach, name the 'No. 1 Beach Destination in the U.S.' by TripAdvisor's 2012 Travelers' Choice Award.... read more

TradeWinds Island Grand is located off the Gulf of Mexico directly on the white sand beaches of St. Pete Beach, name the 'No. 1 Beach Destination in the U.S.' by TripAdvisor's 2012 Travelers' Choice Award. Having just completed a $20 million renovation -- Island Grand boasts 585 newly-renovated guestrooms and suites. Just 30 minutes outside of Tampa International Airport, Island Grand offers a variety of recreation activities including JetLev flight center, motorized surfboards, Splash Island Waterpark, Kid’s programs, paddleboats, tennis, a three-story tall inflatable water slide, and more. Lounge next to one of the resort's five heated pools or sip on your favorite libation at Salty's Poolside Beach Bar. This beachfront setting has a hint of the Island tropics and provides a beach getaway where you run out of vacation before you run out of things to do!

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5600 Gulf Boulevard, St. Pete Beach, FL 33706

Population

The coastal city of St. Pete Beach is a famous tourist destination with the town motto, "The Sunset Capital of Florida." Despite its status of being a vibrant tourist post, the population of full time residents is only 9,346 (2010 Census).

Highlights

At TradeWinds Island Resorts you can do it all on the beach! Relax beneath a hooded beach cabana, join a game of beach volleyball, soar over the Gulf on the JetLev or skim the surf with available motorized surfboards. Enjoy a summer beach getaway like no other!

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Cheeca Lodge & Spa

Islamorada, Florida

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Turquoise water. Towering palms. Calm breezes. Imagine yourself whisked away to a tropical, beach paradise where you indulge your mind, body, and spirit, as you rediscover the lush 27-acre oasis called... read more

Turquoise water. Towering palms. Calm breezes. Imagine yourself whisked away to a tropical, beach paradise where you indulge your mind, body, and spirit, as you rediscover the lush 27-acre oasis called Cheeca Lodge & Spa. Romantic, serene, and dynamic, this Islamorada resort sets a true standard of excellence! Be swept away by the casual elegance emanating from every detail and settle into the laid-back lifestyle of Islamorada. Your beach escape awaits!

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81801 Overseas Highway, Islamorada, FL 33036

Highlights

Located in the 'Sportfishing Capital of the World,' Cheeca Lodge is a top destination for serious anglers. Charter a boat and discover over 500 species of fish within minutes from shore. The casual fisherman can cast a line from the end of the resort's 525-foot pier – the longest in the Keys.

Related Onsite Offerings

Featured onsite at Cheeca Lodge & Spa are the following: - 214 spacious rooms and suites - 27 acres of lush gardens - Adult and family pools - Three first-class restaurants on-site - Jack Nicklaus-designed 9-hole par 3 golf course - Unlimited use of fishing equipment, sea kayaks, bicycles and more - Over 4,600 square feet of versatile event space - Camp Cheeca environmental program for kids - Pampering spa and fully-equipped fitness studio - Saltwater Lagoon for swimming and snorkeling - Oceanfront Tiki Bar - Full Service Watersports Facility

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Bahia Resort Hotel

San Diego, California

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Located in the heart of San Diego's Mission Bay on a 14-acre peninsula, the Bahia Hotel is a destination complete with luxury, stunning beach views, and endless warm sunlight. This secluded location is... read more

Located in the heart of San Diego's Mission Bay on a 14-acre peninsula, the Bahia Hotel is a destination complete with luxury, stunning beach views, and endless warm sunlight. This secluded location is ideal for family vacations, romantic escapes, or group getaways on the beach. What's not to love about their spacious beachfront or gardenside rooms, equipped with modern amenities such as coffeemakers, refrigerators, kitchenettes, and more. Onsite, break a sweat at the fitness center, soak in the outdoor pool with a drink from the Cafe Bahia, or test your swing at one of two lighted tennis courts. When you're ready to head offsite for more adventures, the hotel's prime location makes it easy to find something you're sure to enjoy. With over 16 miles of boardwalk nearby, you can simply enjoy a beachside stroll, or indulge in kayaking and paddleboarding by stopping by the hotel's rental center to grab all the gear!

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998 West Mission Bay Drive, San Diego CA 92109

Average temperature

Regarded by many as possessing the best climate in the country the average summer high and low temperatures for June, July, and August in San Diego are 71 and 62, 75 and 65, and 76 and 67, respectively.

Getting there

From Los Angeles (North): Follow I-5 South to San Diego. Exit at Sea World Drive and turn right. Just past the entrance to Sea World, follow the signs to Mission Bay Drive and take that exit. Continue to follow the signs until you go around the loop. After the loop, the hotel is at the second traffic light on the right.

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