Best Beach Weeks for Summer 2013

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You’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

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Southeast Coast

May 25th -- June 1st

Like 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.

Southeast Beaches:
Best Beaches in South Carolina
Best Beaches in North Carolina


Florida Coast

May 25th -- June 1st; June 22nd -- 30th

June 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.

Florida Beaches:
Top 10 Florida Beaches
Destin: Florida's Emerald Coast

West Coast

June 24th – 30th

It’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

Gulf Coast

July 12th -- 21st

The 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 -- 16th

For 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

Northeast Coast

August 19th -- 25th

This will be one of the driest weeks of the summer for the Northeast and it also helps that the ocean temperatures typically near their seasonal peaks around this time.

Northeast Beaches:
Explore Montauk
Nantucket Island Weekend Guide

Mid-Atlantic Beaches

August 31st – September 7th

This 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.

Mid-Atlantic Beaches:
Jersey Shore Beaches
Visit Virginia Beach