Barbara Noe Kennedy - FODORS Travel

It isn’t summer without a trip to the beach.

The sand is golden, the pace is slow, and at least five ice cream shops are within easy reach. That’s the life of a beach town, whether its vibe is funky, historic, trendy, or serene. So what are you waiting for? Here are some of America’s favorite beach towns.

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Bay St. Louis
WHERE: Mississippi
Katrina hit this Gulf town hard in 2005, but it’s come back strong. Old Town, overlooking the marina, bay, and white-sand beach, thrives with buzzy restaurants (Starfish Café) and artsy shops (Bay-Tique, The French Potager, and Gallery 220, representing local artists). Instead of cars, many people get around town by golf cart, on foot, by bike, or even by kayak. Whatever your mode, keep an eye out for the town’s “Angels in the Bay,” created by chainsaw-wood sculptor Dayle Lewis from live oaks that died in Katrina’s wake.

The free Bay St. Louis Mardi Gras Museum features beautiful Mardi Gras costumes, and provides information on the history of Mardi Gras on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

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