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America's Best Beaches

Let's face facts folks - the summer is on it's way, it's hot, and most of us want to head to the beach.  If you are lucky enough to live by the coast,  you can visit with friends or with your host family or you may be using some holiday to visit with friends.  Either way, this list of America's best beaches will help with some fun summer activities.




Ocracoke Island, North Carolina
The beaches of Ocracoke Island have been popular with locals and visitors for many years.


Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Myrtle Beach is South Carolina's most poplar vacation spot.


Coronado, California
Coronado is perfectly situated near San Diego and is a tree lined beach.


Little Palm Island, Florida
Little Palm Island is part of the Lower Keys, a collection of small islands between the Florida mainland and Key West. Each of the islands vary in culture so it is a great place to go for something different.


East Hampton, New York
East Hampton is an extension of New York's Brooklyn and Queens, perfect if you would like to combine a city visit with your trip to the beach.

Remember Beach Safety!

Protect your skin and your host children’s’ skin - Apply plenty of sunscreen lotion and limit the amount of direct sunlight you receive between 10:00am and 4:00pm


Drink plenty of water regularly. Avoid drinks with alcohol or caffeine in them. They can make you feel good briefly but make the heat's effects on your body worse.

Watch for signs of heat stroke: Signals include hot, red, and dry skin; changes in consciousness, rapid, weak pulse, and rapid, shallow breathing.


Wear eye protection: Sunglasses are like sunscreen for your eyes and protect against damage that can occur from UV rays.


Wear foot protection: Many times, people's feet can get burned from the sand.
With thanks to http://travel.discovery.com/convergence/beachweek/us/us.html for their help with this article.