There are plenty of beautiful and pristine beaches all across the USA that can all be accessed easily if you have the perfect rental car. To help you choose which type of vehicle to rent, VroomVroomVroom has shared our recommendation for each popular beach destination.
Known for its several art galleries, scenic coves, picturesque beaches, and restaurants, this upscale beach community situated halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego within Orange County, offers a fun and relaxing vacation for families and couples alike.
Recommended car: If you want to catch some sun, feel the wind against your skin and experience the stunning Southern California coast, book a convertible like a Chevrolet Camaro or similar.
Useful tips: Laguna Beach metered street parking is heavily enforced daily from 8 am to 7 pm at all meters. Rates usually vary from $1-$4.50 per hour. Please note that you will need to move your vehicle to a new spot once you have reached the 3-hour limit.
Getting there: Laguna Beach is easy to reach. Centrally located in Southern California, around 40 miles south of Los Angeles and 72 miles north of San Diego, you can pick up your rental car in Los Angeles. Head southeast and take on Lakes Road to I-710 S and I-405 S to reach your destination.
Perhaps the most visited beach in the Pacific Northwest, Cannon Beach will appeal to couples seeking for a romantic getaway. There are plenty of events to make your visit to Cannon Beach truly unforgettable. These include a yoga festival in February, wine and culinary festival in March, spring whale-watching during mid-March through mid-April, a sandcastle contest in June, a puffin watch in July, and an arts festival in November.
Recommended car: Finding a rental car at Cannon Beach is a breeze. You can choose from spacious SUVs such as Kia Sorento or similar so you can easily fit your entire family. Or go for luxury sedans like Chrysler 300 or similar for an incredible ride.
Useful tips: Remember that overnight parking is prohibited in Cannon Beach. Note that no motor vehicles are permitted on the beach, except by special permit for disabled persons. No parking and Tow-Away Zones are enforced.
Getting there: Cannon Beach is only a 90-minute drive from the Portland International Airport (PDX). You can rent a car at the airport and travel by Highways 101, 26 and 30. Note that each highway to Cannon Beach offers a dramatic landscape and plenty of opportunities to admire this unique location.
It's no secret that Hawaii has some of the most abundant and beautiful beaches. But one standout is Wailea Beach, located in a convenient area of Wailea. You’ll surely enjoy this magnificent beach on Maui’s southwest coast if it’s glitz and glamour that you are after.
Recommended car: Rent a full-size SUV like a Ford Expedition or a convertible like a Ford Mustang or similar for your next trip. Experience what it feels like to cruise down on the open road and to breathe in the fresh air and soak up the warm sun.
Useful tips: You can park at Ulua Beach for free and simply head over to Wailea Beach. Another option is to pay for parking in the parking lot at the Shops in Wailea.
Getting there: Rent a car at Kahului Airport (OGG) and take onto HI-311 S and State Hwy 31/Piilani Highway to reach Wailea Beach.
The crystal clear water, the white sand, and the warm temperature combine to make the experience at Miami Beach like no other. Even the pastel-colored hotels in art deco architecture style on Ocean Drive, as well as the opportunity of catching a celebrity catching some sun, are even more thrilling.
Recommended car: Cruise Miami Beach with a compact car or a convertible rental like a Mercedes-Benz E 300. This type of rental car will make your ride around the city or a drive up the coast even more special.
Useful tips: Miami Beach operates 66 public parking lots which can be found all over the city. Remember that the cost of parking meters in Miami Beach may vary by location. The more popular South Beach charges about $4 per hour, while North Beach is priced at $1 per hour.
Getting there: You can book a car rental at Miami Airport (MIA) and head over to Miami Beach via FL-836 and NW 17th Ave.