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The northeastern coast of the United States is home to the beaches upon which the pilgrims landed, near which the barons of the industrial age built their manorial summer “cottages,” and these beaches still attract elite visitors seeking out a sliver of idyllic summer fun. While northeastern beaches are really only suitable for swimming and sunning in the high summer season, their natural beauty and rich history have plenty to offer year round. Moshup Beach on Martha's Vineyard one of New England's beat beaches. It is a slightly-hard-to-reach sandy stretch with a backdrop of red clay cliffs and the Gay Head lighthouse. Unlike many of the other beaches on this island, Moshup faces the open ocean, and the waves roll in over some smooth boulders that create a lovely vista. Main Beach in East Hampton (Long Island), New York, attracts artists, family and New York's elite with its white sand, delicious lobster rolls, white pine forests nearby, and a town filled with posh boutiques and gourmet restaurants. Cape May, New Jersey, seems to stand still in the best of the American Victorian age: a National Historic Landmark, Cape May has a lot of history, in addition to very family-friendly beaches that tout some of the cleanest water and best-maintained stretches of sand on the East Coast.
|Sheri Ann Richerson|