View of an interpretive sign at the edge of Kealakekua Bay.

Beaches in the Big Island’s Captain Cook Area

Beaches near Big Island’s Captain Cook Monument are all excellent for various water sports, including rental kayaking, and two have great amenities for a full day at the beach with a packed picnic lunch. All are fairly busy beaches, even the harder-to-reach ones, so plan ahead if you’re looking for solitude.

A woman rests on a park bench in the sand at Kailua beach.

Beaches Near Kailua, O‘ahu

The beaches near Kailua, O‘ahu each have their own big draw; one is the place to go for fun in the water, another for excellent kayaking, and still another for finding your own small stretch of sand. Whenever you seek solitude, however, be prepared to go without the convenience of park facilities and easy accessibility.

A boat on display at the St. Michaels Maritime Museum.

Visiting Historic St. Michaels, Maryland

This charming vintage port is a popular tourist destination and features manicured colonial, federal, and Victorian homes, stunning churches, and a scenic shopping area with specialty stores, restaurants, exclusive inns, and bed-and-breakfasts.

Atop the seventy-five foot high viewing platform overlooking the water.

Peninsula State Park in Door County

Deeded to the state in 1909, Peninsula is the second-oldest park in the state system and the most visited—it draws more visitors per year than Yellowstone National Park.