An Insider’s Guide to the Best Beaches for Memorial Day Weekend

beaches for Memorial Day

Start your summer with a splash!

Okay, it’s not exactly summer yet—according to the calendar. But the temps are rising, the ocean is calling, and our sun-loving hearts are feeling the summer vibe! Which all leads to one thing: heading to the beaches for Memorial Day weekend.

Ready for your first beachy getaway of the (almost) summer? Check out these shores for sand, sea, and sunsets!

  • Cocoa Beach, FL

    Florida has amazing weather year-round, but May is exceptionally pleasant. Warm enough to swim, but without the oppressive heat and humidity that blanket the state in July and August.

    Cocoa Beach is one of the state’s surfing hotspots, with consistently rideable waves and friendly locals ready to offer pointers. If you’re looking for more one-on-one training, you can also book surf lessons at Ron Jon Surf Shop, which also offers surfboards, body boards, and paddle boards for sale or rent.

    Cocoa Beach is known for its laid-back style; just change into dry clothes and head out for a delish waterfront dinner.

    Best Memorial Day Beach: for hanging ten

  • Coronado Beach, CA

    With so many awesome beaches along the Cali shore, it’s almost impossible to pick just one… but we’ll give it a try!

    Stunning and sunny, Coronado Beach offers almost 2 miles of soft golden sand that’s absolutely made for sunset walks. Or take a dip in the ocean—the waves in this area are usually gentle enough for beachgoers of all ages.

    But what really sets Coronado Beach apart is its awesome beachfront amenities. Grills, bathrooms, showers, and picnic tables all make beach days easy-peasy.

    While you’re there, be sure you visit the Hotel del Coronado, affectionately known as “The Del.” The lux resort has been open since 1888, hosting celebrities, politicians, and other VIPs. Even if you’re not a guest, you can enjoy its boutiques and excellent restaurants.

    Best Memorial Day Beach: for splashing in the Pacific

  • Myrtle Beach, SC

    From the sandbar to the sandtraps, Myrtle Beach has you covered with both water and land sports.

    The wide sandy beaches and friendly atmosphere are a given in South Carolina’s most popular beach, as is its iconic landmark, the Ferris wheel at the end of the pier.

    But the real draw of a getaway to “The Grand Strand” is the clubs… golf clubs, that is. With over 100 impressive golf courses, you can take a break from working on your tan and work on perfecting your swing.

    Best Memorial Day Beach: “fore” enjoying an awesome time on land, too

  • Stewart Beach, TX

    Looking for beaches for Memorial Day with an intergenerational appeal? We’ve got you!

    One of several fantastic beaches on Galveston Island, Stewart Beach has everything you need for fun in the sun, from water sports to volleyball courts and even live music.

    For the little ones, the beach has lifeguards, shallow shores, a children’s playground, and the occasional sandcastle competition making it fun for beachgoers of all ages.

    And the beach is only part of the island’s appeal. Check out Pleasure Pier, a historic amusement park with thrilling rides, prize-laden games, and superb beachside dining.

    Best Memorial Day Beach: for a weekend the whole family will love

If you’re thinking of hitting the beaches for Memorial Day, you can’t go wrong with a sunny vacation at one of these spots!

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