Seven Popular U.S. Beach Wedding Destinations
You don’t have to fly off to a faraway beach on a tropical island to find the perfect sandy setting and soft breezes. You can find beautiful locations right in the USA, where the travel fees will be cheaper and the requirements for marriages be clearer.
Ocean City, Maryland - Since THIS is the location you really want, there will be more information posted here about Ocean City.
Ocean City, sometimes known as OC, or OCMD, is an Atlantic Ocean resort area in Worcester County, Maryland. Ocean City is widely known in the Mid- Atlantic Region of the United States and is a frequent destination for vacationers in that area. The population was 7,102 at the 2010 census, although during summer weekends the city hosts between 320,000 and 345,000 vacationers, and up to 8 million visitors annually. During the summer, Ocean City becomes Maryland’s second most populated town.
The land upon which the city was built, as well as much of the surrounding area, was obtained by Englishman Thomas Fenwick from the Native Americans. In 1869, businessman Isaac Coffin built the first beach-front cottage to receive paying guests. During those days, people arrived by stage coach and ferry. They came to fish off the shore, to enjoy the natural beauty of the Atlantic Ocean pounding against the long strip of sandy beach, to collect seashells, or just to sit back and watch the rolling surf.
Soon after, other simple boarding houses were built on the strip of sand, with the activity attracting prominent businessmen from Baltimore, Philadelphia,, and Wilmington. They came not so much to visit as to survey the spit. A decision was made to develop it and 250 lots were cut into it, and a corporation was formed to help with the development of the land. The corporation stock of 4,000 shares sold for $25 each. (Don’t we all wish our forefathers had bought some!)
Prior to 1870, what is now Ocean City was known as “The Ladies’ Resort to the Ocean.”
The Atlantic Hotel, the first major hotel in the town, opened July 4, 1875. Besides the beach and ocean, it offered dancing and billiard rooms to the visitors of its more than 400 rooms, and for years it was the northern-most attraction in Ocean City. By 1878 tourists could come by railroad from Berlin to the shores of Sinepuxent Bay across from the town. By 1881, a line was completed across Sinepuxent Bay to the shore, bringing rail passengers directly into the town.
Ocean City’s inlet during the off season
The Ocean City Inlet was formed during a significant hurricane in 1933, which also destroyed the train tracks across the Sinepuxent Bay. The inlet separated what is now Ocean City from Assateague Island. The Army Corps of Engineers took advantage of nature’s intervention and made the inlet at the south end of Ocean City permanent. The inlet eventually helped to establish Ocean City as an important Mid-Atlantic fishing port as it offered easy access to the fishing grounds of the Atlantic Ocean.
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This gorgeous place by the sea was discovered by artists over 100 years ago and they helped to create the town it is today; full of museums, art galleries and hikes in the mountains of Maine. The 1-1/4 mile beach, Marginal Way, is perfect for a beach wedding and a clambake or a banquet of famous Maine lobster and cocktails after the ceremony. You could get married with a background of waves crashing into granite cliffs and tall evergreens rising above the birch trees.
More info: http://www.ogunquit.org/
Crane Beach, Massachusetts:
Located near Ipswich, you have 4 miles of white sand on one of the most charming beaches in New England. This beach was once part of a large, early 20th-century summer estate of Richard T. Crane, a successful Chicago industrialist. The Crane Wildlife Refuge and Castle Hill are nearby.
Ocracoke Island, North Carolina:
This island is located on the southernmost tip of the famous North Carolina Outer Banks and is perfect for a private, highly romantic wedding. The 16 miles of undeveloped, natural beaches are only accessible by ferry, private boat or small plane. The island is not heavily populated with only 800 residents living there year-round, so your wedding would be as private as you want it to be.
You can get married on windswept beaches, at Ocracoke’s 1823 lighthouse, on a sunset cruise or quietly at a beach cottage.
Get more information: http://www.ocracokeweb.com/Wedding.html
Romantic beauty is everywhere on this very popular beach located a quick heartbeat from San Diego. Getting there involves a trip over a curving bridge with magnificent views of San Diego and the Pacific Ocean before reaching the island and one of the top wedding destinations in the U.S., the Hotel del Coronado. The sunsets alone are often so spectacular that crowds gather most evenings just to watch the evening’s beauty.
For more information: http://www.CoronadoVisitorCenter.com
Jekyll Island, Georgia:
A wedding wrapped in Southern hospitality and the charms of one of Jekyll Island’s 10 miles of unspoiled beach might just be what you’re looking for. This island is one of Georgia’s barrier islands. The weather is mild and pleasant year-round, which makes it a perfect backdrop for long walks on the beach with your fiance. The tides are famous for scattering beautiful shells in the sand to add to your hand-in-hand walk along ever-changing beaches.
Kapalua Bay Beach, Maui, Hawaii:
Situated between two lava points that have shaped the shoreline into a crescent, Kapalua Bay Beach is reputed to be one of the very best beach wedding sites in Hawaii. The tranquil surf and gorgeous sunsets make it a perfect choice for your dream wedding ceremony.
Caladesi Island State Park, Florida:
If you are looking for a more rugged, natural wedding setting, this park consisting of six undeveloped barrier islands, might be perfect for your ocean-side ceremony. One aspect to consider is that these islands are very susceptible to threats of floods, fires and many other natural ocean-side disasters, requiring some flexibility and backup planning on your part. It might be good practice for your marriage.