Summer holidays are fast approaching, and if you haven't finalized your plans, this list is a good place to start. Many public beaches all over the United States have become increasingly strict about large gatherings, but that is no reason to rule out the beach as a location for your next party.
We’ve ranked these beaches based on public access, proximity to bars and nightlife, and amenities for on-site food preparation. From New York, Texas, and North Carolina, these beaches aren’t your typical overcrowded spots, but instead lesser-known options that are still great for any type of get-together. The sun, the sand, the salty air, and the endless horizon make for a relaxed and one-of-a-kind location.
Big Bay State Park on Madeline Island, Wisconsin made our list, which is home to Tom’s Burned Down Café, a contender on The Daily Meal's list of Best Beach Bars. Beloved by locals, Tom's was rebuilt with the promise of live music of all genres and quirky signs lining the walls.
We also added Rand McNally's America's Most Fun Small Town, Delray Beach, where Atlantic Avenue is sure to provide many opportunities for entertainment. Atlantic Avenue is also home to a 4th of July party, which features live music from the Son of Man Blues Band and a beach volleyball tournament that's open to the public.
Whether you’re with family or friends, or just want to relax and have a good time on your own, these beaches are sure to meet your every need. They offer a variety of ways to enjoy your summer party, from picnic tables and pavilions that can host a large group to exciting entertainment like live music nearby. Check our our slideshow to see where you should be organizing your next celebration!