What are the best beach vacation destinations for couples over 50?

The odds are if you are over 50 and you enjoy beach vacations you have your favorite beach vacation destination spots. For some reason like resteraunts, we tend to go back to the same beach destinations over and over. I am not sure why that is, are you?

Maybe because when we enjoy a location and we know what to expect when we arrive (like the best resteraunts 🙂 ) that gives us comfort.

However if you are reading this article there is a good chance you are at least considering exploring a different beach location spot this year. So here are the ones we suggest you consider.

1) Miami

For many seniors heading south towards the consistently balmy climates of Florida and other places below the Frost Belt makes perfect vacation sense.

Miami Beach is a coastal resort city located between the Atlantic Ocean and Biscayne Bay and has much to offer older travelers, including some great beachfront resorts like Loews South Beach and hotels like Park Central.

Miami Beach is home to the largest collection of Art Deco architecture in the world and guided tours are plentiful. You can also take a water tour around Biscayne Bay, getting a good look at Biscayne Marina and Biscayne Marketplace on your way.

There are some great museums in Miami including the Wolfsonian-FIU Museum and Lincoln Road is great for shopping. Of course, you’re going to want to spend some time enjoying the ocean, surf and magnificent views at South Beach. Head down later in the day for an early seafood dinner.

Miami has become a melting pop of different cultures and people and it is the type of town you will really enjoy or really want to stay out of. If you like action Miami is the place to be, if you like peace and quiet then avoid Miami as if it where New York City.

2) Big Sur Road Trip

You’re never too old for a road trip and, actually, taking your own car and exploring a patch of the U.S. you’ve never seen before can be an extremely rewarding and pocket-friendly way of spending your vacation. The stretch of Californian coastline between San Simeon and Carmel was once so rugged and badly-maintained that few vacationers dared tackle it but now the Big Sur as it is known is one of the most adored segments of California’s highway 1. It only takes a few hours to speed along the roughly 85 miles of the Big Sur but it is the surrounding regions, off the main road, that offer the most magical experience. There are some beautiful coastal inns and hotels all along the stretch to choose your overnight spot wisely. When you’re done with the Big Sur continue on north to San Francisco or south through Carmel and keep going until you reach San Diego!

3) Alaskan Cruise

You haven’t lived until you’ve taken an Alaskan cruise. The largest U.S. state but also the most sparsely populated, Alaska offers an experience that cannot be replicated by anywhere else in the world. Alaska’s dramatic terrain is best and most safely negotiated by cruise ship. There are many, many companies offering cruise ship tours of Alaska so it’s easy to find one to fit into your budget and schedule. For seniors a cruise is a great way to see Alaska in comfort and style without feeling like you’re missing out. For the adventurous there are opportunities to go skiing, mountain biking, ice-fishing and kayaking. Trips to pretty little Alaskan towns are also on most cruise ship itineraries but for the most part visitors just love the feeling of being surrounded by wide-open space, walking through Alaskan forests and, if they’re lucky, spotting some of the abundant Alaskan wildlife.

5) The Island of St. John, US Virgin Islands

The Island of St John in the U.S. Virgin Islands is as close as you can get to a true tropical escape in North America. Over 60% of the land area on the Island of St John is secluded and perfectly conserved as part of the Virgin Islands National Park. The economy on St John is entirely based on tourism so you can be sure you’ll receive impeccable service during your stay. The beachfront bungalows and villas are plentiful and when beach life gets too much you can spend some of your vacation funds at the nearby upscale jewelry stores and boutiques. An hourly ferry service runs from The Island of St John to nearby Tortola and regular ferries also operate to and from Virgin Gorda and Jost Van Dyke creating ample opportunity for you to take a day trip. St John is an unbeatable destination for pleasure-seekers looking for peace, quiet and a bit of indulgence.

 Lake Tahoe, California

Lake Tahoe should be on everyone’s vacation bucket list for the scenery alone. In summer the days are hot and sunny and the opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors are plentiful. You can kayak, hike, golf, jet ski or, for those who want to take it a little easier, just walk to the lake front and take a picnic. In the winter months, Lake Tahoe comes alive with visitors from all over the US and beyond eager for a taste of the area’s world-class skiing. Homewood Mountain Resort is very popular amongst older skiers as its classes and excursions cater to all sorts of fitness levels. Ice Skating is a must-do activity, particularly if you’re taking your grandkids along for this trip. By staying at a resort you’re guaranteed a comfortable place to relax after a challenging day in the great outdoors and you can even take a ferry boat from Lake Tahoe to Nevada for a night of gambling.

 Key West, Florida

The island city of Key West in Florida is one of the top summer destinations for seniors. The southernmost point of the Florida Keys, Key West is only 90 miles north of Cuba. Although Key West is a well-trodden cruise ship stop, it’s much more rewarding to vacation on Key West itself rather than just dropping in for a day. Famous for its laid-back attitude and pretty pastel-colored houses, Key West is the place to be for those who want to experience a slower pace of living. Key West is known more for its world-class coral reefs than for its beaches and is one of the top destinations in the US for those who want to see first-hand what goes on beneath the surface of the sea. The delectable Cuban-inspired food is one of the main tourist draws to Key West and it can be enjoyed at any one of the hundreds of restaurants that line the island’s main beach front.

Hawaii, Big Island

Hawaii Island, commonly known as Big Island, is the youngest but also the largest of the Hawaiian islands in the Hawaiian archipelago. Not only is it huge, Hawaii Island is also incredibly diverse. You might spend one day of your vacation soaking up the rays on one of the unbelievably beautiful beaches that span in color range from yellow to green to black, one day visiting one of the island’s two very active volcanoes and one day exploring what lies beyond the shore, snorkeling and taking part in exhilarating water sports. The cultural history of the island permeates daily life and you can enjoy a cultural show at Pu’uhonua o Honaunau, a historic park that was once used by locals as a place of refuge. Hapuna and Kahaluu Beach Parks are must-sees as is Waimea, an area that offers horse-back riding amongst the island’s lush greenery.