Best Beach Vacation Getaways from the U.S. Video

Who doesn't need a beach escape within easy reach? Watch this quick video for three T+L favorites.

Islamorada, Florida

There’s not much to do in the low-key island village of Islamorada in Florida’s Upper Keys, and guess what? That is precisely the point. Start with a rum runner cocktail from the Holiday Isle Tiki Bar before unwinding at Cheeca Lodge, a popular beachfront hotel that gets bonus points from moms everywhere thanks to its stellar kids camp.

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Laguna Beach, California

You can either splurge or save when you’re in surfer-filled Laguna Beach, California, just 50 miles south of L.A. Pick between luxurious hotels such as the Montage and the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort, or affordable spots, like the Inn at Laguna Beach, where for less than $250 a night you can still take in those papaya-colored sunsets over the Pacific.

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Vieques, Puerto Rico

A glimmering, bioluminescent bay best explored by kayak is reason alone to visit Vieques, a small island off Puerto Rico’s mainland. But there’s also the Hix Island House, an eco-gem where every room has an outdoor shower, and the slick W Retreat and Spa, which has its own rental car depot, so you can be touring the beaches in no time. Soon to open on the island: The dazzling new El Blok hotel, in Esperanza.

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