Nantucket, Massachusetts – On the southern shore of Nantucket, Surfside Beach (pictured) is one of the town's most popular spots for picnics, surfcasting and, of course, long slow walks.
Watch Hill, Rhode Island – Watch Hill has just two main streets. But its Victorian-era Ocean House is the only five-star, five-diamond resort in the state. Even if you don't sleepover, sunset drinks on the grand porch are a must.
Pacific Grove, California – Pacific Grove is close to Monterey but far from its many tourists.
Pacific Grove, California – On the famed Asilomar State Beach in Pacific Grove you might spot a sea otter among the tide pools.
Ogunquit, Maine – Ogunquit means "beautiful place by the sea" in the Abenaki language of its Native Americans. You can spend the day learning how to catch lobsters or, if you're lucky, get asked to open the manually operated drawbridge for boats as you pass by.