Mid Atlantic Beaches The mid-Atlantic region of the United States is better known for its historical landmarks and political sites than it is for its beaches, which is why visitors to the region will be pleasantly surprised by the abundance of sand and surf along the east coast and on the inland lake shores.
Mid-Atlantic beaches range from the uber-popular, bustling shores of Virginia Beach or New Jersey, to the quiet and serene beaches around various lakes in Western New York.
Since the mid-Atlantic region is famous for having regular seasons, you'll see the beaches become more popular and then less popular as the seasons change. On hot summer days, for example, you'll be hard pressed to find towel space at one of New York's beaches (either in the city or out in the Hamptons), while in the colder winter months, you'll likely have an entire beach all to yourself, with no one in sight for miles.
Beaches near PA – Pennsylvania The coastal area along the states of Pennsylvania and New Jersey include some of the most visited beaches in the region. This is due primarily to the popularity of Atlantic City on the Jersey Shore. Located near major New Jersey and Pennsylvania cities, Atlantic City supplies a constant buzz of life and activity to its nearby boardwalks, shores, and waters. People are drawn to the area usually by gambling, amusement parks, and the hip area nightlife, but sooner or later, all tourists are drawn to the sandy, glittery beaches.
Though people may not enter the water in the dead of winter, the area is constantly flooded with tourists—rain or shine, summer or winter, night or day.
Atlantic City isn't the only beach hub in the Pennsylvania/New Jersey area, though. Every town that's located along the New Jersey shore hosts its own beach. Some are attached to state parks and offer park/beach facilities, while others are so small and so local, that only the very lucky, or the very well informed, will get the opportunity to walk alone along their shores.
Maryland Beach Vacations If you continue down the east coast, you'll encounter more and more beaches with varied terrain and diverse beach visitors. You'll find beach vacation spots in Maryland and Virginia, especially along the eastern Virginia shore around Virginia Beach; and you'll find less tourist-friendly beaches whose shores are meant primarily for crabbers and fishermen, mainly around the Chesapeake Bay.
That being said, the Chesapeake Bay does also offer its fair share of recreation. The beaches at Chesapeake Beach and Colonial Beach (in Maryland and Virginia respectively) offer family-friendly beach activities, including swimming, fishing, and other beach and water activities. These areas also provide beach-side accommodations that range from luxurious (and rather pricey), to inexpensive, family-owned bed and breakfasts.
Major Tourist Attractions in the Region
Manhattan Beach - Brooklyn (Coney Island), New York
Wrightsville Beach Island Oceanfront - North Carolina
Jones Beach - Long Island (Wantagh), New York
Ocean City Beach - Ocean City, Maryland
Cape Hatteras Beach - Hatteras Island, North Carolina
Orchard Beach - Bronx, New York
Rockaway Beach - Queens, New York
Coopers Beach - Southampton, New York
Hammocks Beach State Park - Bear Island, North Carolina
Ocracoke Beach - Ocracoke Island, North Carolina
Brighton Beach - Brooklyn, New York
Virginia Beach Oceanfront - Virginia
Island Beach State Park - New Jersey
Sunken Meadow State Park Beach - Long Island, New York
Long Beach near New York City - Long Island, NY
Cape May Beach Oceanfront - New Jersey
Main Beach - East Hampton, New York
Point Pleasant Beach Oceanfront - New Jersey
Sandy Hook Beach - Gateway National Recreation Area, NJ
Rehoboth Beach Oceanfront - Delaware
Orient Beach State Park - Orient, NY
Robert Moses State Park Beach - Long Island, New York
South Beach - Staten Island, New York
Fire Island National Seashore - Long Island, New York
Atlantic City Beach - New Jersey
Centerport Beach - New York
Jacob Riis Park Beach - Queens, New York
Surf City Beach - Long Beach Island, New Jersey
Fenwick Island State Park Beach - Delaware
Carolina Beach State Park - North Carolina
Ontario Beach Park - Rochester, New York
Kitty Hawk Beach - North Carolina