Top 10 Beaches for Senior Trip Ideas

What could be better than celebrating your senior year's success with a trip to the beach, an entire travel experience dedicated to sun, sand, and surf?

Not much, in our opinion, which is why we’re sending seniors celebrating graduation to these top 10 beaches in record numbers!

Miami is a staple beach within the U.S for eager spring breakers, budget-loving families, and vacation starving students and seniors alike! Head to Lummus Park in South Beach for some nighttime fun, the sands of Haulover Beach for the best seaside entertainment, or the affordable eateries of North Beach for seriously fresh seafood, the last option just 10 miles away from several fun galleries and museums as well.

Florida isn’t called the Sunshine State for nothing, this number 2 spot on our list also a seaside member of Florida’s Best beach list. Enjoy miles upon miles of white sand at the beach at Panama City, as well as relaxingly calm waves and generally fewer crowds than most Florida beaches. This is a great option for student groups and families alike.

Maui comes in next as one of the absolute best U.S beaches for students, the city itself full of enough history, wildlife, and culture to attract any group alone. Enjoy coastal fairways, hula dancers, and even amazing snorkel opportunities amidst the gorgeous geography of the burgundy sand beaches of Kaihalulu, or perhaps go swim or snorkel on the fine sand and clear tropical fish-filled waters of Kapalua Beach.


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Virginia Beach may not exactly be one of the top choices coming to mind for student senior groups, but with the scenery and affordability offered here, it’s hard not to mention it. This is both a relaxed beach town and spring break haven, the revitalized east coast sand bar and boardwalk both scenic and fun. This beach is typically less busy than most around spring break, yet the same amount of sun and fun overall!

We simply can’t leave out Myrtle Beach, the largest resort area along South Carolina's 60-mile Grand Strand. This iconic East Coast vacation hub offers beaches, amusement and water parks, affordable eateries, and plenty of fun live entertainment. The beach itself is perfect for fishing, sailing, and surfing, or perhaps just sticking your toes into the fine white sand!

Myrtle Beach Skyline

Myrtle Beach Skyline

Welcome to Oahu, the most popular tourist destination in the entire state of Hawaii. Located in Honolulu, this beach area is where luxury meets scenery, as well as where history meets culture. Senior groups will be able to kick back in the sprawling white sand beaches, learn a little about the culture and geography of the area, and even enjoy safe family-friendly attractions near places like Waikiki Beach!

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Florida sneaks onto the list again with another one of America’s favorite beaches, Clearwater Beach. The broad sandy shores here are lined with beachfront hotels and gorgeous palm trees, the entire 3-mile narrow stretch along the Pinellas Peninsula the perfect place for student groups. Enjoy views of the Gulf to the West, and of Tampa to the East, as you take part in dolphin watching or beach volleyball in the white sand beach of Clearwater!

  • Tybee Island

An unexpected listing comes in next, the Georgia-classic beach known as Tybee Island. Here, just a ½ hour drive from Savannah, you will find white sand beaches, dolphin cruises, and plenty of history within the coastal lining military forts. The entire city is considered to be one of America’s best beach spots, with annual events such as Pirate Fest, local Mermaid Cottages for extra ambiance, and even some of the best seafood at the local hotspot, the Crab Shack. This beach is highly affordable and never too crowded!

  • Gulf Shores

West Beach, located along with the Gulf Shores of Alabama, provides visitors with gentle waves along a 6-mile strand of soft white sand. The setting gets less congested and more peaceful the more west you get on this beach, sort of the opposite effect you will get from going to Orange Beach, the local spot full of parks and fun attractions for beachgoers young and old (though both are tons of fun)!

Last up on our list we have a hotspot considered by some to be ‘America’s #1 Beach’ (Coastal Living), the 8-mile stretch of sparkling soft sand and baby blue Atlantic located on the New Jersey Shore. Guests enjoy 2.5 miles of boardwalk here at one of the most famous U.S resort towns, as well as safe family fun, as this beach spot is within a dry county.