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The 25 Best Beach Towns in America

PureWow Logo By letters@purewow.com (Dan Koday) of PureWow | Slide 1 of 25: Key West is Florida’s southernmost point, and it’s surrounded by crystal blue waters. This means stunning, Caribbean-like beaches (see: Smathers Beach and Higgs Beach) juxtaposed against cute, brightly painted beach cottages with ornate latticework and plenty of cultural charm, too. In a town that appeals to all types of visitors—and has a strong LGBTQIA+ scene to boot—you might find yourself heading over to the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum for a slice of literary history, seeing a drag show, or taking a kayak tour of a mangrove all in one day. If you’re looking for true relaxation in your accommodations, the Casa Marina, A Waldorf Astoria Resort is a paradise all on its very own. It offers a full-service spa, as well as three on-site restaurants and is located directly on the beach. The hotel also has a world-renowned sand sculptor on staff who creates custom sculpture murals.

1. KEY WEST, FL

Key West is Florida’s southernmost point, and it’s surrounded by crystal blue waters. This means stunning, Caribbean-like beaches (see: Smathers Beach and Higgs Beach) juxtaposed against cute, brightly painted beach cottages with ornate latticework and plenty of cultural charm, too. In a town that appeals to all types of visitors—and has a strong LGBTQIA+ scene to boot—you might find yourself heading over to the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum for a slice of literary history, seeing a drag show, or taking a kayak tour of a mangrove all in one day.

If you’re looking for true relaxation in your accommodations, the Casa Marina, A Waldorf Astoria Resort is a paradise all on its very own. It offers a full-service spa, as well as three on-site restaurants and is located directly on the beach. The hotel also has a world-renowned sand sculptor on staff who creates custom sculpture murals.

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