Kick Off Summer With 10 of the Most Walkable U.S. Beach Towns

Beachcombers: These destinations are for you.

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It's the moment we've all been waiting for literally all winter long: Summer is finally kicking off and it's time to hit the beach! Spend the rest of the season sauntering down the boardwalks and sandy strips of the country's most pedestrian-friendly shore towns. Here are 10 waterside getaways you'll definitely want to hit up before the end of the summer.

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Capitola, California

Welcome to California's oldest resort town, where the houses are colorful and the vibe is relaxed as could be. Surrounded by dramatic cliffs, the views are just as good as the surf.

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Tybee Island, Georgia

This Southern beach town just outside of Savannah makes for the perfect spot to sunbathe and explore. Plus, if you're lucky you might spot one of the local dolphins.

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Key West, Florida

Although technically an island, at barely 7.5 miles long it doesn't get much more walkable than this. With great shopping, nightlife, and of course, beaches, Key West really is a tropical paradise designed to explore by foot.

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Chincoteague, Virginia

This tiny island welcomes you to the Assateague Island National Seashore, which is a nature refuge home to horses, birds, and other amazing creatures. Get up close and personal with the wildlife before checking into one of the island's charming B&B's and wandering from shop to shop.

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Santa Cruz, California

At California's oldest operating theme park, you'll find everything from miniature golf to the Giant Dipper Roller Coaster, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Santa Cruz's Shakespeare Festival is also a must-see and runs through August.

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Lively strips of shops, bars and restaurants earn this Florida city a reputation for being one of the best beaches in the state.

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Coronado, California

This town was originally founded to be a master-planned resort community — which means it was designed with walkability in mind!

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Newport, Rhode Island

A lovely New England getaway full of historical charm, Newport's cobblestone streets are lined with side-by-side stores and cafes.

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Ocean City, New Jersey

The iconic boardwalk in this beachside town has the usual ice cream shops and restaurants, but also some very unique activities like bounce houses and miniature golf courses. It is an excellent spot for kids or adventurous adults!

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Lahaina, Hawaii

The entryway to the beach resorts like Ka'anapali and Kapalua, this beach town has plenty of excellent seafood and shopping — and the views aren't so bad, either!

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