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Hit the Beach!

By Jennifer Cheng, June 26, 2011  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Jennifer Cheng
Traveling on vacation this summer? We want to go with you! Or maybe just find us when you get there. Many of our stores are just a hop, skip or a subway/tube/bus stop from many of your favorite summer destinations. Over the summer, we’ll be featuring stores near destinations around the U.S., U.K. and Canada that are conveniently located near vacation destinations like historical landmarks, beaches, artsy and adventurous escapades, festivals and more! To many, summer means heat. Sweat. Maybe even humidity. For those of us facing a spate of triple-digit temperatures, there comes a point when it’s easier to just embrace summer—sure there’s some heat and a little wilting happening, but summer days are also sun-drenched and bright! Summer means trips to the beach and sandcastles and splashing in the surf. North, south, east or west, the U.S. has beaches around the country. If you’re planning to visit one this summer, we’ve got you covered with fun activities in and around some popular beach destinations. Remember to check our store list to find out which stores are closest to your beach of choice to pick up essentials like sunscreen, flip flops and picnic foods!

Hawaii: Honolulu and Maui

Hawaii’s famous beaches are vast and picture-perfect. If you’re in Honolulu and love to surf, try renting a surfboard or enrolling in a surf class to take on Hawaii’s big blue waves. To see Honolulu from another perspective, launch off on a helicopter tour or visit the Polynesian Cultural Center to experience Hawaiian music and entertainment. If you’re visiting Maui, take a glass bottom boat tour or go snorkeling to get a peek at underwater life or embark on a kayak tour to paddle around in it! For a change of scenery, take a downhill bike tour down Haleakala (a massive shield volcano in Maui) or drive down the Road to Hana, a route with incredible waterfalls and lush landscapes. Local Whole Foods Markets: Honolulu, Maui

Florida: Miami

Miami’s South Beach neighborhood (or SoBe, for the nickname inclined) is known for hot nightlife and hot beaches, so opportunities for fun in Miami abound! Speed around Miami with a splash by taking a Jet Ski tour or explore underwater wrecks off of the shoreline by signing up for dive and snorkel trips. If you’re interested in exploring some of Miami’s fabulous design and architecture, try a walking tour of Miami’s Art Deco District. If you are going out at night, know that it’s not uncommon for bars and clubs to stay open until five a.m., so when you’re planning your day and night (…and next morning), pace yourself accordingly! Local Whole Foods Market: South Beach

New York: Long Island

Long Island’s Atlantic beaches are excellent for finding natural treasures like seashells, sand dollars and driftwood. (Just remember to limit yourself to a handful in order to preserve the natural setting!) Other ways to enjoy Long Island’s landscape include horseback rides around sand dunes and maritime forests, golfing on sloping public courses and taking trolley tours around Long Island’s vineyards. Local Whole Foods Markets: Jericho, Manhasset, Lake Grove Commons

California: Venice, Santa Monica and Santa Barbara

With over 1,000 miles of beach along the coast, California might be the perfect place to become a beach aficionado. If you’re in the Venice area, visit the famed Venice Beach Boardwalk; a virtual sidewalk circus of entertainers and performers. Santa Monica’s Annenberg Community Beach House is a hub of activity that is open to the public and includes a splash pad, gallery and beach rentals. If you enjoy biking along the beach, the South Bay Bicycle Trail (also known as The Strand) offers a 22-mile stretch of paved path along the southern California beaches. For shorter excursions along the beaches of Santa Barbara, rent bicycles, tricycles and even 4-wheeled surreys for tours that highlight popular areas. Local Whole Foods Markets: Venice, 5th and Wilshire, Santa Barbara

South Carolina: Charleston

Charleston’s relaxed southern charm makes it easy to relax and enjoy its beaches and beyond. Try camping or rent a cottage at James Island County Park or catch a breeze by parasailing over the other beach-goers.  Brave souls can see the dark side of this historic beach town by joining one of Charleston’s ghost tours. Looking for a tour that’s a little less scary? Board a dinner cruise on a yacht to see breathtaking views of the harbor. Local Whole Foods Market: Charleston We know we didn’t cover all of the fabulous beaches. Leave a comment to tell us about your favorite beach destinations!




Rick A. says ...
Please open a Wholefoods store in the metroeast area. It would do very well in Fairview Heights or O'Fallon Illinois.
06/26/2011 3:17:01 PM CDT
Bobby Hawley says ...
Thanks for thinking of us for a store in your area. You can submit a suggestion for new location by visiting our website. Just click here: http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/company/service.php?subject=12#viaemail
06/27/2011 2:17:12 PM CDT
Amanda says ...
We'll be spending a week at South Pardre in July, unfortunately there are no stores nearby. We'll just have to stock up here in Austin before we go down.
06/27/2011 4:49:12 PM CDT
Kathryn McCue says ...
Don't forget the Whole Foods Market in Sarasota where our local Siesta Beach was named the number one beach in America this year by Dr. Beach!
06/28/2011 10:13:18 AM CDT
Christy Grayson says ...
The only time we get to go to a Whole Foods Market is when we are on vacation. :( Fortunately, our local grocery stores (Kroger and Albertsons) have started carrying more organic food but you still have to go to several stores to find what you need. Eating healthy should NOT be this hard.
06/29/2011 3:05:49 PM CDT
sharon says ...
Springfield Missouri needs you!
06/29/2011 8:11:05 PM CDT
Rents in Miami FL says ...
Whole Foods stores are as expensive as the rents in South Beach, but it's all about the health, am I right? Gotta keep trucking.
06/29/2011 9:28:26 PM CDT
Richelle Noroyan says ...
Dear Wholefoods, You didn't mention Santa Cruz, CA or Capitola, CA in your beach listings. Your stores are both close to these great beach towns. Don't forget the only real beach towns in northern California.
06/30/2011 12:08:18 AM CDT
deborah green says ...
Living in Florida, we ha ve many beautiful beaches to enjoy. Clearwater beach, Coquina beach are two favorites. Whole foods in Tampa is our store to shop.
06/30/2011 5:39:17 AM CDT
Judy Handal says ...
Beach and Boardwalk in Ocean City, New Jersey has wholesome family fun atmosphere.
06/30/2011 8:45:35 AM CDT
Raisa says ...
North-East of Columbus, Ohio (Gahanna-New Albany) area will appreciate the Whole Food store.
07/03/2011 11:16:57 AM CDT
Kathleen says ...
Evanston, IL has two WFM's, and each of them is a short walk from a beautiful beach. Evanston is a great place to visit: a wide variety of fabulous restaurants, a vibrant theatre scene, plenty of nightlife and some of the most beautiful beaches in the Midwest.
07/13/2011 9:17:03 PM CDT
Moe says ...
I have always wanted to go to Maui! I think that it would be so fun! My friend when there last summer, and he said that his favorite part was when he went on the <a href="http://ther2h.com/articles/road-to-hana-driving-tips.html" rel="nofollow">road to Hana</a> . I really want to go this summer. Hopefully my work schedule frees up a bit so that I can go.
05/11/2012 10:33:58 AM CDT
michele says ...
Is there a Whole Foods store in the works for O'Fallon,MO?
05/04/2015 9:41:37 AM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@MICHELE - We have not announced a store for that city but we'd love for you to submit a request at http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/company-info/real-estate.
05/04/2015 1:26:01 PM CDT