Best Beach Weeks for Summer 2013
Filed Under: WeatherYou’ve waited all year, trudged through a seemingly endless winter and now it’s finally time to reap the rewards of your patience: a beach vacation! But before booking that hotel room for an arbitrary date, check the forecast to ensure that you’ll be out surfing the waves under a sunny sky instead of huddled inside a hotel room surfing the web on a rainy day.
Let weathertrends360’s list of best beach weeks help you plan the best time to book your vacation. For beach-specific forecasts, check out wt360.com.
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May 25th -- June 1stLike Florida, the southeast is prone to tropical systems, so an early summer trip is a safer bet. The week of Memorial Day will offer some of the driest conditions of the summer, increasing the time you can spend soaking up the sun.
Best Beaches in South Carolina
Best Beaches in North Carolina
May 25th -- June 1st; June 22nd -- 30thJune 1st is the official beginning of the hurricane season, so it’s best to get to Florida earlier in the summer rather than later to avoid a vacation-shortening tropical system. The week of Memorial Day will offer the best chance of extended sunshine, but it’s Florida and it’s summer, so be vigilant of pop-up afternoon showers and thunderstorms.
Top 10 Florida Beaches
Destin: Florida's Emerald Coast
June 24th – 30thIt’s hard to find a bad week to be at the beach along the southern coast of California, but for vacation-dwellers farther north, the weather can certainly impact your trip. The week just before the July 4th holiday will offer warm weather with just a day or two of showers.
West Coast Beaches:
Top 10 Southern California Beaches
Coronado: California's Crown City Beaches
July 12th -- 21stThe Gulf Coast is typically a hot, humid place to be in the summer, so taking a dip in the ocean is essential for increasing the comfort factor. Unfortunately, in hot and humid climates thunderstorms are common, but not so in mid-July. This week will yield an excellent opportunity to enjoy all that the Gulf Coast beaches have to offer, without the worry of being stuck in the hotel room for most of the trip.
Gulf Coast Beaches:
Best Gulf Coast Beaches
Texas' Coastal Bend
Great Lakes Beaches
August 9th -- 16thFor those terrified of jellyfish and sharks, the beaches of the Great Lakes are an ideal alternative. The middle of August will offer the best weather for getting the most out of your vacation with several days of sunny, dry weather.
Great Lakes Beaches:
The Great Lakes
Best Midwest Beaches
August 31st – September 7thThis will be the best week of the entire summer to be at beaches along the Mid-Atlantic coast, like Ocean City, MD, Sea Isle City, NJ, or Virginia Beach, VA, as the number of sunny days will outnumber the days with a chance of rain and storms. But it will also be the last hurrah of the summer so plan for large crowds and book early.
Jersey Shore Beaches
Visit Virginia Beach