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10 Beach Towns That Are So Much More Than You'd Expect

Beautiful beach? That's just the beginning. And to get there, book your next vacation with Expedia.

1. Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA

As if ripped from a fairy tale, this European-style village sits above a white-sand beach. And with nearly a hundred galleries in one square mile, it's the perfect village to soak up inspiration.

Vibes: 🌹🎨🏑

2. Port Aransas, TX

For Texans looking for some surf, Port Aransas has a groovy, small-town feel with lots of great food.

Vibes: πŸ„πŸ–πŸŽΆ

3. Provincetown, MA

Found at the tip of Cape Cod, "P-Town" is the home of over 280 gay-owned businesses. Come for the beautiful beach weather and never leave because of the cabarets, theatre, and drag shows.

Vibes: πŸ‘­πŸŒ…πŸ‘¬

4. St. Augustine, FL

Founded by the Spanish in 1565, St. Augustine is rich with history and even richer with beaches (42 miles of them, actually).

Vibes: 🐚🏰🌿

5. Bar Harbor, ME

Over 5 million lobsters are eaten in Bar Harbor every year. Five. Million. Lobsters. And once you're done feasting with your mouth, you can feast your eyes on the nearby beauty of Acadia National Park.

Vibes: 🍴🍴🌲

6. Rehoboth Beach, DE

For beachside boardwalk strolls, there's no place better. With attractions like a fourth-generation taffy store, it's easy to see why it was named one of the top beaches for families.

Vibes: 🍬πŸ‘ͺβ˜€οΈ

7. Hilton Head Island, SC

It's like a tiny island and a country club merged into a resort paradise. On Hilton Head Island, you'll find over 30 golf courses, a top tennis camp, and hundreds of shops.

Vibes: β›³ πŸŽΎπŸ‘œ

8. Florence, OR

This coastal village has lots of local charm, restaurants, and, most importantly: sandboarding!

Vibes: πŸŽ£πŸ‚πŸŒŠ

9. Cayucos, CA

Referred to some as California's last beach town, a trip to Cayucos is like a trip to where time forgot.

Vibes: β³πŸŒ…πŸ“°

10. New Smyrna Beach, FL

New Smyrna Beach is a tranquil dream. After taking in some of the beautiful coast, take a walk down the historic Canal Street for shops and restaurants aplenty.

Vibes: πŸ˜‹πŸŒ‡πŸ‘

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