Summer fun is just around the corner — and with it, all those visits to the beach. And while we all have a favorite beach, there are some beaches that just stand out for one reason or another.

With beaches come beach wear, and the bikini has long been the favorite suntanning accessory! The infographic below gives you a quick history of the bikini and some of the most popular beaches in the U.S.

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Visiting the Beach

While I’m more of a builder of sandcastles than a lay-in-the-sun kind of beach goer, I also appreciate a great beach when I find one. Of the ones on this list of popular U.S. beaches, I’ve only visited three: Gulf Shores (that’s the beach featured at the top of this page), Virginia Beach, and Cape Hatteras (North Carolina’s Outer Banks).

When it comes to what makes a great beach, though, most agree it’s all about the sand. The beaches at Gulf Shores, Alabama, are beautiful fine white sand, the result of quartz grains that washed down the Appalachian Mountains thousands of years ago. Believe it or not, the sand even squeaks under your feet, it’s so soft!

Virginia Beach’s white sand is also popular — along with the three mile long boardwalk along the ocean, that provides summer fun when the sun goes down. Whether you’re dolphin watching from the beach like we did (check out our adventures in Virginia Beach), or relaxing with a book under an umbrella in your beach chair, it’s a relaxing place to spend a summer or fall getaway.

Cape Hatteras, North Carolina

If life’s all about the adventure, you may find Cape Hatteras the best beach on this list of beaches. My visit there was amazing, with all kinds of water sports. My favorite? Wind surfing. I’m no swimmer, but I didn’t need to be as the water was under five feet deep. Now that’s my idea of an ideal depth!

I also had my first kayaking adventure in Cape Hatteras, which hooked me on trying all kinds of paddling adventures afterwards.

Do You Have a Favorite Beach

Do you have a favorite beach? Tell us about it in the comments below!

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