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.
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.
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.
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: CharlestonWe know we didn’t cover all of the fabulous beaches. Leave a comment to tell us about your favorite beach destinations!