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Fun in the Sun on Sandy Shores

Imagine sugar-white sands and shimmering turquoise waves lapping at your toes. Sound divine? Whether you choose to frolic in the brilliant green sea along Florida's Emerald Coast or prefer to unwind in an exotic island locale such as Thailand or the Philippines, read on for beach vacation inspiration.

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Clinch Park Beach
Clinch Park Beach

Clinch Park Beach

Clinch Park is the most popular beach in Traverse City, MI, since it's just minutes from downtown, close to the Clinch Park Marina and adjacent to the zoo. 960 1280

Traverse City Convention and Visitors Bureau  

Bradford Beach

Bradford Beach

On Lake Michigan, Bradford Beach offers volleyball courts for pick-up games, room for families to spread out and build sand castles, food carts serving Wisconsin cheddar cheese curds and more. 960 1280

VISIT Milwaukee / John Nienhuis  

Sleeping Bear Dunes

Sleeping Bear Dunes

Once called "America's Hidden Riviera," Sleeping Bear Dunes on the north side of Lake Michigan has 2 things lacking on Lake Superior: swimming beaches and loads of sand. While some dunes rise over 450 feet, the 150-foot dune climb is more manageable for families with small children and still offers serene views. 960 1280

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Kohler-Andrae State Park

Kohler-Andrae State Park

Kohler-Andrae State Park is an expansive --nearly 1,000 acres --natural area on the western shore of Lake Michigan. Roughly 50 miles north of Milwaukee, the beach is popular for its sand dunes, cordwalk (a walkway made from boards and rope), nature trails and 137 campsites. 960 1280

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Point Beach State Forest

Point Beach State Forest

Don't let the name fool you, this state park in Two Rivers, WI, has 6 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, sand dunes and the Rawley Point Lighthouse, which has been maintained and operated by the U.S. Coast Guard since 1853. 960 1280

Princely Nesadurai  

North Beach

North Beach

Watch boats bob in Racine Yacht Club's marina, kayak around the harbor or listen to live music on this impeccably clean beach in Racine, WI. 960 1280

Real Racine  

Oak Street Beach

Oak Street Beach

Palm trees mere minutes from Michigan Avenue? It’s true. Opened in 1890, this popular white-sand beach stretches beneath Chicago's Magnificent Mile skyscrapers. 960 1280

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Lake Calhoun

Lake Calhoun

Lake Calhoun is part of the Chain of Lakes and the largest lake in Minneapolis, MN. Of its 3 swimming beaches, North Beach is popular for swimming (of course), biking on the lake's 3-mile trail and (happily) lining up for a bite at Tin Fish, a casual seafood-fry restaurant. 960 1280

  

Park Point Beach

Park Point Beach

Lake Superior’s Park Point is located on the world's largest sand bar (just over 7 miles), east of Duluth's famed Aerial Lift Bridge. 960 1280

Explore Minnesota Tourism  

Presque Isle Beach

Presque Isle Beach

White sands, green pines, blue lake and black rocks -- the view from this Marquette, MI, peninsula can't be beat, especially from Sunset Point. Another sight to behold, brave cliff divers plunge into the icy Lake Superior below. 960 1280

Heidi Blanton, flickr  


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