Well...you made it. You survived the dreaded Valentine's Holiday and you hopefully showed that special someone that you care for them. Now it's time to take a vacation from all the stress and worry from building up to that day., You're officially off the hook until the next birthday, anniversary, or holiday. So you decided that you need a vacation from your vacation, but where to go and what to do? We might have an idea or two for you.
First of all, I would refer you to our article on travel party fouls (or travel rookie mistakes to put it in different parlance) here. Try to remember that when deciding on a destination or activity that you are there for the relaxation and enjoyment it brings. Don't try and skimp by booking a hotel that is cheaper but farther out, especially if you don't have a vehicle of your own. Also don't try and pack too much into one trip, remember that the purpose is to relax and enjoy which can be hard to do if you feel like you're behind schedule or constantly running. However, I once again point you to our previous article and some of the comments people have made regarding their travel mistakes or disasters. It's definitely worth the read.
Okay, so you've decided that you want to have some quiet time on a nice beach somewhere, but where to go? Well, it depends on what you are looking for. I hear you saying, "What I'm looking for is a beach!" Yes, but if you want one that is good for lounging on and swimming in the ocean then you want a different beach than the one that you eat a nice meal next to while enjoying the scenery from inside a nice restaurant. Point is, I would definitely recommend a beach along the Oregon or Washington coast for the view, but I might think twice about lounging on it for sun or swimming in the ocean.
For the scenery, I might recommend Fort Worden beach and surroundings in Port Townsend, WA on the left hand coast. It sits at the entrance to Puget Sound and has a lot of history and things to see. On the right hand coast I might have to recommend a cliche like Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts. If you have never been it's worth the trip and it is a popular destination for its beaches and scenery.
For just a sun yourself, good swimming beach the list could almost be endless. Continental U.S. or Europe?...Islands in Pacific or Caribbean?... and so on. I kind of like the beaches that you can drive to, so for a good swim and lounge beach I would recommend the Florida Keys. Yes, I know, technically those are islands in the Caribbean, but they still make a great place to go that you don't have to fly to. I recommend Siesta Beach, Florida. It is a big, wide open beach and has great sand, warm water temps, and plenty of sun and views. It has also been rated as one of America's best beaches (within the top five depending on who you ask).
So in addition to reading the past post about travel potholes, pick your beach and get your relaxation on! Don't forget to book it here!