For something different, skip the hot spots and seek out the Sunshine State's lesser-known beach destinations — places that have remained under the radar for far too long.
Whether you're a Miami Beach expert or a neophyte, you'd probably have no trouble naming the area's most famous beach. (South Beach, of course.) But as locals know, there are plenty of other sandy stretches to explore.
These beaches in Key West are certainly worth the hike, especially for vacationers staying in nearby boutique inns and cottages.
Renting a car and embarking on a road trip is the best way to experience all that the island has to offer — everything from tiny beach gems to expansive sandy stretches.
Many lakefront destinations in the U.S. offer everything you need in a beach trip (minus the salt).
There's a surplus of inviting beach towns in Mexico that deserve the spotlight, each with something different from (but just as good as) what Cancun offers.