We all have a picture in our minds of what the quintessential beach town of America looks like. These towns along our coasts are sure to fit that ideal we have in mind. They have the whimsy and salt sprayed waterfronts that are begging to be enjoyed as you kick back and enjoy with your bag of salt water taffy. Island Trader Vacations invites you to take a closer look at 3 of the best small beach towns you won’t want to miss.
One of the best tiny beach towns on the Gulf Coast of Florida is Boca Grande. It is the complete antithesis of Miami and Fort Lauderdale. The town is a throwback of a lost generation with whimsical streets lined with mom and pop shops and tiny local restaurants. There is not a chain type of store to be found. The beaches are quiet, and showcase the best of Florida without the college party vibe. It also has a beautiful lighthouse that overlooks the Gasparilla State Park.
Get a little country in your tiny seaside town when you head to Chincoteague, Virginia. In July they have a Pony Round-up and Swim where you can find local cowboys herding ponies from the channel between Assateague and Chincoteague. If you can’t make it for this exciting east coast cowboy display you can still enjoy the seven mile long stretch of beach along the Assateague National Seashore anytime of the year. During a stroll you are sure to come upon plenty of wildlife indigenous to the area such as bald eagle, foxes, and even the famed wild ponies of the area.
Maine has no shortage of diminutive shore towns, but one of the best is Lubec. It is almost to the border of New Brunswick in Canada. The town is picturesque with a Victorian and Greek Revival style. There are 97 miles of shoreline to explore and laze the day away and two lighthouses to visit. You can also visit the former Roosevelt summer home that is now an international park on Campobello Island.
Visiting these tiny beach town destinations is like stepping back in time where life was simpler. It was just about the beach and the fun to be had as you stroll along the sand or down the streets of a classic American town. You won’t find souvenir shops every two feet, but you will find plenty of keepsakes to remind you of this perfect beach getaway.