America’s Best Little Beach Towns

These uncrowded and unpretentious beach towns, from Florida to Hawaii, promise fun that's (could it be?) actually affordable.

St. Pete Beach, FL

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More old Florida than new, this lazy, low-key town on the central west coast of the Sunshine State is blissfully free of party-down revelers and velvet-rope VIP rooms. Instead, souvenir shops and surf shacks surround the main drag, Gulf Boulevard, and cutoffs and flip-flops are dress code of choice.

Stay: The Don CeSar, a pink lady of a resort that dominates the prime location on the sand dunes, delivers barefoot luxury with all the amenities—spa, beachfront pools, and wide open Gulf views.

Eat: Reserve one of the eight tables at award-winning Fetishes and treat yourself to a French feast: mini steak au poivre, redfish with lobster sauce, and flambé desserts including bananas foster.

Adrien Glover

America’s Best Little Beach Towns

St. Pete Beach, FL

More old Florida than new, this lazy, low-key town on the central west coast of the Sunshine State is blissfully free of party-down revelers and velvet-rope VIP rooms. Instead, souvenir shops and surf shacks surround the main drag, Gulf Boulevard, and cutoffs and flip-flops are dress code of choice.

Stay: The Don CeSar, a pink lady of a resort that dominates the prime location on the sand dunes, delivers barefoot luxury with all the amenities—spa, beachfront pools, and wide open Gulf views.

Eat: Reserve one of the eight tables at award-winning Fetishes and treat yourself to a French feast: mini steak au poivre, redfish with lobster sauce, and flambé desserts including bananas foster.

Adrien Glover

Courtesy of Postcard Inn on the Beach
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