Best Beach Vacations For Friends

Getting away for a beach vacation with your best buds should be as easy as building a sandcastle or saving a lot on car insurance. But sometimes finding a destination that’ll please everyone in your gang can be tricky. To help take the guesswork out, Henley Vazquez—founder and CEO of the travel agency and online magazine Passported—offers her expert picks for the five American beaches that are genuine crowd-pleasers.

Santa Barbara, Calif.

This chic California coastal haven has a variety of vistas: beach, countryside, mountains and vineyards, says Vazquez. If your crew is on a budget, bunk in nearby El Capitán in a seaside cabin rental or go camping.

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Santa Barbara, Calif.

This chic California coastal haven has a variety of vistas: beach, countryside, mountains and vineyards, says Vazquez. If your crew is on a budget, bunk in nearby El Capitán in a seaside cabin rental or go camping.

This chic California coastal haven has a variety of vistas: beach, countryside, mountains and vineyards, says Vazquez. If your crew is on a budget, bunk in nearby El Capitán in a seaside cabin rental or go camping.

Santa Barbara, Calif.

Martha's Vineyard, Mass.

This super-preppy summer-fantasy island off the southern coast of Cape Cod is perfect for active groups, says Vazquez, especially if your friends are into water sports like sailing, kayaking and canoeing. Relax with the gang on Menemsha Beach, with its shallow, calm waters and enjoy fresh, no-frills seafood.

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Martha's Vineyard, Mass.

This super-preppy summer-fantasy island off the southern coast of Cape Cod is perfect for active groups, says Vazquez, especially if your friends are into water sports like sailing, kayaking and canoeing. Relax with the gang on Menemsha Beach, with its shallow, calm waters and enjoy fresh, no-frills seafood.

This super-preppy summer-fantasy island off the southern coast of Cape Cod is perfect for active groups, says Vazquez, especially if your friends are into water sports like sailing, kayaking and canoeing. Relax with the gang on Menemsha Beach, with its shallow, calm waters.

Martha's Vineyard, Mass.

Puerto Rico

The beaches on this Caribbean island are different enough to entertain the most diverse bunch of pals. Vazquez’s faves are the resort-like Bahia Beach, the “surftastic” sands of funky Rincón and the powdery white stretches of Playa Flamenco. You’ve also got colonial history in Old San Juan for culture vultures, and the rainforests of El Yunque National Forest will awe the naturelovers in your group.

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Puerto Rico

The beaches on this Caribbean island are different enough to entertain the most diverse bunch of pals. Vazquez’s faves are the resort-like Bahia Beach, the “surftastic” sands of funky Rincón and the powdery white stretches of Playa Flamenco.

The beaches on this Caribbean island are different enough to entertain the most diverse bunch of pals.

Puerto Rico

Kiawah, S.C.

The wide, shallow-watered gray-sand beaches cry out for surfside games, swimming, kayaking and paddleboarding, says Vazquez. Golfers can enjoy Kiawah’s five championship courses, while foodie friends should plan a day trip to eat around historic Charleston, a 45-minute drive away.

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Kiawah, S.C.

The wide, shallow-watered gray-sand beaches cry out for surfside games, swimming, kayaking and paddleboarding, says Vazquez. Golfers can enjoy Kiawah’s five championship courses, while foodie friends should plan a day trip to eat around historic Charleston, a 45-minute drive away.

The wide, shallow-watered gray-sand beaches cry out for surfside games, swimming, kayaking and paddleboarding, says Vazquez. Golfers can enjoy Kiawah’s five championship courses, while foodie friends should plan a day trip to eat around historic Charleston, a 45-minute drive away.

Kiawah, S.C.

Kauai, Hawaii

Less developed compared with other islands in Hawaii, Kauai has perfect beaches for a relaxed friends’ getaway. According to Vazquez, experienced surfers (and those who love them) should check out Hanalei Bay, while those looking for calmer waters and great snorkeling can head to the reefs off Tunnels Beach.

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Kauai, Hawaii

Less developed compared with other islands in Hawaii, Kauai has perfect beaches for a relaxed friends’ getaway. According to Vazquez, experienced surfers (and those who love them) should check out Hanalei Bay, while those looking for calmer waters and great snorkeling can head to the reefs off Tunnels Beach.

Less developed compared with other islands in Hawaii, Kauai has perfect beaches for a relaxed friends’ getaway.

Kauai, Hawaii

 

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By Andrew Sessa

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