me and my friend are planning to travel to the east coast this july cos we're sick of the rain in england! however, we really have no clue where to go. Being 19 we're unable to legally drink in the us, which is a bit of a bummer and we cant rent a car so somewhere with good communications is desirable. we wanna go to the beach, perhaps learn to surf, meet some people of a similar age group and generally have a good time! if anyone has any suggestions as to destinations we would be grateful! cheers. x
Well its a bit of a pain if you cant drive but its not impossible. You didn't say where on the East Coast but I can only presume you'll be heading to Florida !! Miami/Ft Lauderdale is a good hub to base yourselfs, well supported by a massive selection of accommodation, things to do and good public transport.
There's a number of really cheap hostels on Miami's South Beach with pool, internet etc. You can go on day trips from Ft Lauderdale to the Bahamas for about $129 and a return ferry from Miami to Key West is around $139. Of course you can also fly just about anywhere from Miami. Not sure how much money you have but you could maybe get the ferry one way to Key West then stay there overnight and get a different Ferry up to Ft Myers Beach on the West coast. Greyhound buses are also a good bet for getting about on longer journeys, forget trains, too few really and its just as cheap to fly. Ft Myers Beach is pretty cool though theres not that much to do. Clearwater/Tampa is about one and a half hours away.
Anyway, heres a ton of links that will help, send me an IM if you need more help with anything specific.
Forgot to add that BahamasAir do a $99 day return from Miami/Ft Lauderdale
miami is a good choice. i would also suggest that u consider the "spring break" destinations in mexico, like cancun and acapulco. there will be tons of college kids in your age group(18-21)this time of the year, acco is cheap and u can get by without a car. also, u'll be able to drink!
since you wont be able to rent a car, new york city might be a good idea for its great public transportation. i turn 18 this summer and live in manhattan (so im a little biased) but all last summer i went to riis park beach in brooklyn on the train, and it was clean and lovely. let me know if you plan on coming to nyc, id be glad to show you around!
Hi. There are a ton of great beaches on the East Coast. I'm only much of a resource for the ones around NY though and I recommend them. East Hampton is rated the fifth best beach in the country. If you are planning on being in NY send me a message and I'll send you more info.
thanks for links floridaade. Heading there in January.