The Beach Boys: Good Travel Vibrations

Ready for some good-good-good travel vibrations? With the Beach Boys back on tour, revisit the beaches and cities they sang about, each with plenty of cars, sand, sun and people-watching fun.

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East Hampton, NY
East Hampton, NY

East Hampton, NY

It’s easy to see why the picturesque town of East Hampton is a beloved vacation destination for New Yorkers. A-listers settle into sprawling mansions along Lily Pond Lane, but anyone seeking out white sands and scrumptious lobster rolls will find them on Main Beach (just beyond Main Street). Find out more about our recommendations for East Coast beaches to visit. 960 1280

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Cape May, NJ

Cape May, NJ

Cape May, the crown jewel and southernmost point of the Jersey Shore, is dotted with gingerbread Victorian houses and colorful bed and breakfasts. Founded in 1620, this town -- the nation’s oldest seashore resort -- is one of few places where the sun both rises and sets over the water. 960 1280

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Nantucket, MA

Nantucket, MA

Nantucket’s community of weathered grey-shingled houses, surrounded by wild roses, is postcard perfect. Thirty miles south of Cape Cod, the former whaling community grew rich in the 19th century and still attracts well-heeled vacationers from New York and Boston. 960 1280

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Duck, NC

Duck, NC

Stretching for 130 miles along the Atlantic coast, North Carolina’s Outer Banks are a skinny strip of barrier islands whose hallmark high, sandy dunes front frothy surf on one side and gentle sound on the other. Visitors looking for an old-school family vacation should check out Duck, an upscale residential rental community along the northern reaches of the Outer Banks. This town has no high-rise hotels, but it has rental homes. 960 1280

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Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach

As the largest resort town along South Carolina’s 60-mile Grand Strand, Myrtle Beach has silky white sands that draw vacationers from up and down the East Coast. Its plethora of restaurants, live entertainment, amusement parks and water parks — plus more than 90 golf courses — make it a beacon for spring breakers, families and retirees alike. 960 1280

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Provincetown, MA

Provincetown, MA

Located on the northernmost tip of Cape Cod, Provincetown is known for being the first landing place of the Mayflower Pilgrims in the New World. Since then it has become a distinguished art colony with a gay-friendly vibe and miles of galleries, shops and old mansions. 960 1280

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Southampton, NY

Southampton, NY

A charming village center, exclusive shops and exquisite dining have made Southhampton a perfect blend of sprawling beaches, private estates and just enough places to “be seen” to satisfy the upper crust. Visitors looking to escape to the Atlantic are drawn to its 7-plus miles of unspoiled shoreline, windswept dunes and waving grasses. 960 1280

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Martha's Vineyard, MA

Martha's Vineyard, MA

Crowds swarm Martha's Vineyard during the summer months, but respite can be found in the Vineyard's far eastern reaches "up-island," as it's known locally, at Moshup Beach. Tucked beneath the infamous Gay Head Cliffs, Moshup Beach is accessible by a 10-minute walking trail, making it an isolated paradise (and unofficial clothing-optional destination). 960 1280

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Hyannis, MA

Hyannis, MA

Hyannis in Cape Cod is best known as home to the famous Kennedy family compound -- and more recently Taylor Swift. However, less-famous visitors are also drawn to Hyannis’ laid-back, family-friendly atmosphere and Kalmus Beach’s superior windsurfing. 960 1280

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Kiawah Island, SC

Kiawah Island, SC

Located just 15 miles south of Charleston, SC, Kiawah Island is a coastal island and golf resort loaded with 10 miles of pristine beaches, approximately 10,000 acres of natural woodlands and every amenity to meet the needs of the entire family. 960 1280

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Dana Point, CA

Dana Point, CA

Ghost Adventures host Nick Groff’s favorite beach is Dana Point Beach, CA. 960 1280

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Sand Hook, NJ

Sand Hook, NJ

Off Limits and Mysteries at the Museum host Don Wildman’s favorite beach is Sandy Hook, NJ, at the entrance of New York Harbor. “There are not many people because it’ a trek -- so you feel like you’re playing hooky from Manhattan.” 960 1280

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Anegada, BVI

Anegada, BVI

American Originals host Steve Watson says "I rent a 50-foot bareboat and we bounce around the BVI for weeks at a time. Anegada is the lone, flat island that isn't land-on-sight. A hidden gem, with a milk jug marked channel. You must be a seasoned mariner to navigate the channel but it is well worth it. I hope you love spiny lobster!!" 960 1280

  

Prince Edward Island, Canada

Prince Edward Island, Canada

Toy Hunters’ Jordan Hembrough says, “Nothing beats the beaches of Prince Edward Island, Canada. I would vacation there as a child, and still remember the soft, white sand and clear waters.” 960 1280

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Georgica Beach

Georgica Beach

Host of Bizarre Foods America, Andrew Zimmern’s favorite beach is “Georgica Beach in East Hampton, Long Island. Not even close. Home sweet home.” 960 1280

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Budva

Budva

The Dead Files’ Amy Allan’s favorite beaches are those of St. John and Budva in Yugoslavia and Greece. “I cannot wait to finally see the beaches of Costa Rica, which is on my list!” 960 1280

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St. John

St. John

Hotel Impossible’s Anthony Melchiorri’s favorite beach is on St. John (US Virgin Islands). “The majority of the Island is federal park, so it will be quiet and peaceful for years to come.” 960 1280

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Kailua, Hawaii

Kailua, Hawaii

Host of the all-new Adam Richman’s Best Sandwich in America, Adam Richman says, “I love the beach. I hate cold weather. If I have to take a beach trip, it will more than likely be one in Hawaii -- either something on the North Shore like Waimea, or something maybe a little farther east like Kailua, or even something that's a private beach from one of the hotels on the leeward side of Honolulu. I like Steps Beach in Puerto Rico, and any of the beaches in Nevis. I also found some really beautiful beaches in Phuket and Koh Phi Phi in Thailand.” 960 1280

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