Want a beach getaway? Check out this list of East and Gulf coast airports near the beach.
Eastport, Maine: Eastport Municipal Airport is the most easterly airport in the United States. You can walk to the coast from the airport, although it’s more of a rocky coast than a sandy beach. Or grab the airport courtesy car for a good seafood meal, or to visit the museums. Eastport is a town with a long history.
Fishers Island, New York: Elizabeth Field Airport lies at the southwest tip of Fishers Island, in the Long Island Sound between Long Island and the Connecticut coastline. Grab a courtesy bike to “town” for an ice cream, or take the 20-minute walk. The beaches, a bit rocky, are on the other side of the runways from the aircraft parking.
Montauk, New York: Montauk Airport lies on the extreme northeastern tip of Long Island. The privately owned airport is open to the public, and you can walk to the beach from your airplane. Rick’s Crabby Cowboy Café is right across from the airport and open daily, noon to 10 p.m. They serve great seafood and barbecue, so you can dig into a bowl of chowder or their seafood clambake bowl, or munch on lobster, steamers, oysters, salads, pulled pork sandwiches, and more.
Cape Hatteras National Seashore, North Carolina: Fly to Billy Mitchell Airport during the day (it’s unattended and unlit), tie down, and walk to the long, beautiful beach. The Frisco campground is right at the beach access point. Look for shorebirds and be aware that sea turtles sometimes come onshore.
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina: Myrtle Beach International Airport is less than a mile from the famous Grand Strand beach. Grab the FBO courtesy car, rental car, or walk. You can swim, sun, or take a ride around the Skywheel, a 187-foot-tall Ferris wheel next to the Boardwalk and Plyler Park. The Whispering Pines Golf Course and Family Kingdom Amusement Park and Splashes Oceanfront Water Park are right between the airport and the ocean, near the Westgate Myrtle Beach Oceanfront Resort.
Everglades City, Florida: Fly to Everglades Airpark, where you can rent a bike or just get a ride to Triad Seafood, known for their stone crab claws. In fact, most of the local businesses are happy to pick you up—that includes the airboat tour companies. Take an airboat tour and look for alligators and manatees, or charter a fishing boat and fish for snook and tarpon. The airpark is less than a mile north of the National Park Service Visitor Center, where you can rent canoes or kayaks, get camping permits, or take a 90-minute, ranger-led boat tour of the 10,000 Islands Preserve. You also can get a tour from the folks at the cottages across from the airport, or just camp right at the airport. There’s not a big, wide, sandy beach, but there are small areas nearby with beach access.
Venice, Florida: Although Venice Municipal Airport is right next to the coastline, airport fencing prevents you from walking directly to the beach. So, it’s a 1.2-mile walk to the beach from your tiedown at Suncoast Air Center. Venice beachcombers like to look for shark’s teeth. Directly between the airport and the beach you’ll find the Lake Venice Golf Club. Walk in any time, no tee time reservations needed. Twenty-seven holes, plus a practice range, pro shop, and grill room, are open to the public. Venice Boat Rentals has kayaks, snorkeling equipment, and more. The FBO doesn’t have a courtesy car, but you can reserve a rental car to explore the area further.