The Best Beaches For Labor Day

The Best Beaches for Labor Day

Where is your ideal place to spend Labor Day weekend? Let me guess – the beach. Imagine palm trees swaying, surfing in the ocean, and sunbathing on soft white sand.

From Florida to California, there is no better place than the beach to celebrate the "unofficial end of summer." Whether you are looking for a last minute getaway or you're interested in taking a week-long vacation, these beaches have something to offer for everyone.

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Stay in luxurious beachside hotels, attend tons of Labor Day events and reap the benefits of the sun on one of the best beaches for Labor Day.

Outer Banks, North Carolina

Outer Banks beach is a big attraction for vacationers, especially during Labor Day weekend. The weather is nice, the beaches are beautiful and there are tons of activities to participate in. Visit Corolla and Carova for opportunities to drive right on to the beach. Also, while you are there make sure you check out the Outer Banks lighthouses and North Carolina Aquarium.

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Virginia Beach, Virginia

Get ready for a fun-filled Labor Day weekend on Virginia Beach. Attend the 23rd Annual American Music Festival from Sept. 2-4. It is one of the biggest outdoor music events on the East Coast. Admission is free and children are welcome. When you're not at the festival, relax on the warm sand and enjoy their beautiful beach.

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Oak Street Beach, Chicago

Oak Street Beach's End of Summer Labor Day Party is just what you need to end your summer with a bang. Have fun at the party and enjoy a spectacular view of the city skyline. Also participate in weekly contests and bags tournaments every Saturday and Sunday at 1pm.

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Santa Monica Beach, California

This beach is 3 miles long and covers 245 acres of sand along the Santa Monica Bay, according to Enjoy a relaxing Labor Day; sunbathe on their soft sand, go shopping, eat delicious foods and participate in a variety of activities. Go surfing, paddleboarding and cycling along the Marvin Braude Beach Trail.

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Daytona Beach, Florida

Daytona Beach is an ideal family-friendly vacation destination. Don't miss the free Grunge Lives Concert – a Nirvana/Stone, Temple Piolts/Foo Fighters Tribute on September 2 and the Bruce Springsteen Tribute & Fireworks show on September 3. While you are there, visit the Daytona International Speedway, Tuscawilla Park and the Ocean Walk Village.

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Cape May, New Jersey

This is the perfect last minute Labor Day getaway. Enjoy the beautiful beach and hang out in Cape May for a variety of Labor Day events. On September 4th enjoy a free concert at Rotary Park from 7-8:30pm and on September 5th experience the 20th Annual Airfest at NASW Aviation Museum and enjoy live music with Michael Flanigan at The Ocean Club Hotel's Tiki Ten35 Pool Bar.

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South Padre Island, Texas

South Padre Island is known for its incredible year-round festivals. Celebrate your Labor Day weekend by watching the sky as it lights up and reflects off of the beautiful water. Fireworks are being held at 2305 Laguna Boulevard on September 4 at 9:15pm.

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South Beach, Miami

Don't pass up an exciting trip to South Beach this Labor Day. Plan for crowds, as this beach tends to get a lot of visitors during this time. Relax on the beach, take up a new water sport, or head to one of their many oceanside cafes for a bite to eat and delicious cocktails.

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Gather your family together and head to Myrtle Beach for tons of exciting festivals. The Beach, Boogie & BBQ Festival is a three-day family-friendly event with free beach music concerts, arts and crafts vendors and jet-ski demonstrations. Don't forget to experience Ocean Watersports; go parasailing, jet skiing, or spike your adrenaline on a banana boat adventure. Then when your hungry head to The Chemist for delicious modern cuisine and flavorful craft cocktails.

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Clearwater Beach, Florida

This is a great beach for families, there are tons of activities to participate in. If you're up for an adventure go paddle boarding, kayaking and rent a motor boat. Then visit the Dali Museum, take your family on a thrilling ride – Sea Screamer and hop on the Captain Memo's Pirate Cruise.

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