Best historic beach vacation: Cape May, New Jersey
Barbara-Barbour/Shutterstock The lovely Cape May, New Jersey, is a quaint, Victorian town that boasts year-round activities, such as a food and wine festival, a winery that hosts tastings, and a bird observatory, making it one of the best vacation spots for summer travel. In addition to a beautiful beach, visitors can view the town from atop a restored lighthouse, built in 1865. There are over 600 preserved historical buildings in Cape May, and visitors may find themselves being transported in time as they ride the trolley tour through the historic district. In the evening, take a ghost tour and learn who haunts the beaches.
The median weekly rate for a two-bedroom rental in July in Cape May is $1,675.
Best quiet Florida Beach: Miramar Beach, Florida
Ruth-Peterkin/Shutterstock Who doesn’t love a beach vacation? This western-most Florida beach on the gulf is one of the not-as-well-known destinations, making it less crowded and commercial than many other Florida destinations. But that doesn’t mean that there isn’t plenty to do in Miramar Beach. In addition to relaxing gulf side, visitors can dine at one of the many restaurants or shop at any of the 100 boutiques and name-brand stores. If you are a doughnut enthusiast, there’s also a self-guided tour of all of the best donuts Miramar Beach has to offer.
The median weekly rate for a two-bedroom rental in July in Miramar Beach is $2,249.