T&L Asks: Best Beach Towns
What's your favorite American beach town?
Florida's Captiva Island is special because the beach is covered with tiny shells. The town is wonderful; it has many charming restaurants and rooming houses with screened porches and swings.
New York, N.Y.
I lived in Santa Barbara for seven years, but it wasn't until I left that I realized my fondness for the town. Spring is always refreshing in the green hills of Montecito, which overlook the Pacific; there are plenty of hiking trails that allow you to see both ocean and mountains. In summer, you'll occasionally spot Hollywood stars sipping blended mochas at Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. I used to have a great time just sitting on the pier and watching people.
Montauk, Long Island, is without a doubt my favorite. My first visit was a day trip with my boyfriend and his family; we spent our time picnicking near the lighthouse and walking in and out of the shops along the wharf. To my surprise, five years later he proposed to me in one of the very same spots where we had stood the first time we were there together.
My husband and I may be alone on this, but we love Oahu's Waikiki Beach. We're history buffs, and it's easy to imagine the World War II sailors and soldiers here on their weekend passes. Along the beach there are crafts displays, soccer games, and shops; you can walk all the way to the base of Diamond Head. Afternoon tea on the patio of the Sheraton Moana Surfrider, while listening to the ukulele band, is wonderful.
Anne and Dennis Haynes
It's Chatham on Cape Cod. Where else can you play on miles of undeveloped beach by day and explore Colonial-era streets at night?I like to walk from the center of town to the Chatham Lighthouse, on the bluffs high above the Atlantic.
Peter E. Smith
Princeton Junction, N.J.
For more than 20 years, we have made an annual pilgrimage to Destin, on Florida's Emerald Coast. The sand is pure white, the water warm and clear. Breakfast at the Donut Hole, lunch at the Back Porch, and dinner at the Flamingo Café makes for a perfect day.
Mike and Barbara Harper
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