There’s nothing more relaxing than plunking down in a hammock and spending the day staring out into the ocean and enjoying the breeze—or just taking a long nap. It’s a joy many East Coasters might not think they can experience often, but they’re wrong. The East Coast might not be home to the world’s largest coalition of palm trees, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t a few great beaches to tie up and lie down.
Huntington Island State Park, South Carolina
Huntington Island State Park outside of Beaufort is a premier fishing and camping spot and home to some of the best beaches on the East Coast. Three miles of sandy shores rest in front of a 5,000 acre park teeming with trees just waiting for someone to come along and tie on a hammock. Just watch out for the alligators—they don’t tend to wander too close to the shore, but you never know.
Ossabaw Island, Georgia
Ossabaw Island off the coast of Georgia is 26,000 acres of tidal wetlands, maritime forest and wide beaches packed with perfectly suitable trees that can hold a hammock. You might have to engage in some tricky maneuvering to get yours to hang from some of the far leaning palms here, but it’s doable. While you’re swaying you might get lucky and catch a glimpse of the areas endangered wood storks and loggerhead sea turtles.
Captiva/Sanibel Islands, Florida
Captiva and Sanibel Islands are popular destination on the Florida coastline with no end to sturdy palm trees ready and waiting for a hammock. Turner Beach on Captiva is a great spot to relax, just don’t try and hang your hammock from any of the giant cacti lining the shores here. Stick to the palms. Both islands are connected and provide some of the state’s best shopping, snorkeling and dining.
Key Biscayne, Florida
Key Biscayne is a welcome reprieve for those wanting to be close to the hustle and bustle of Miami but would prefer a little more peace and quiet with their beaches. The popular Crandon Beach on this tiny island town is overloading with palms where you can rest your hammock between trips to the Nature Center or the Family Amusement Park. You could also hop down to Hobie Beach where there’s an endless supply of trees and world-class windsurfing.
Rest Beach, Key West, Florida
Rest Beach isn’t quite as flashy as some of the other Key West beaches, but it is home to the popular White Street Pier where visitors love to fish. More importantly, though, it’s also home to a wealth of natural vegetation—including hammock-ready palms and other trees. There’s also a nifty yoga deck with nightly classes in case you get a little stiff from all that lying around in your hammock you’re doing to do.
Smathers Beach, Key West, Florida
Smathers Beach is the more popular (and more boisterous) big brother to Rest Beach, but the difference is that it’s entirely man-made. That means there are tons of palm trees to choose from, all conspicuously close enough to one another to hang a hammock. Okay, maybe that’s not so suspicious at all—they were probably designed with that in mind. Smathers is where you’ll find most of the action around Key West with concession stands, volleyball, parasailing, barbecue’s and more taking place on these shores. Head here if you’re less worried about relaxing and more concerned with partying it up.
The reality is that not every beach (most actually) has a short shoreline dotted with trees. But don’t let that stop you from hanging out on a hammock on the beach! All three versions of the Colibri hammocks, the single, double hammocks and padded hammocks, spread open into a beach blanket for those days when you want to lie down on the sand, but not in it.There are many ways to sit in a hammock. How many of them do you know?