If you’re still deciding where to go for vacation, CNN has come up with a list of America’s healthiest beach and lake towns. They evaluated air and water quality, the abundance of parks, the cost of a hotel room and more to zero in on the top 10 healthiest getaways Here are the top 5.
1. Tybee Island, Georgia
It’s about 18 miles east of Savannah, and low-key Tybee boasts a gorgeous 3-mile stretch of beach.
Exercise is a way of life on Tybee — from sunrise yoga classes to biking. You can leave your car parked and bike just about anywhere on the tiny island. And if you forget your gear, just rent a ride from one of the bike shops. Bonus: The island also has the least expensive lodgings of all the towns on this list.
2. Coronado, California
The West Coast has no lack of beach towns. But this one, about 2 miles from San Diego, is wide, clean and uncrowded.
3. Monterey, California
Talk about a breath of fresh air. There’s very little particle pollution or smog there. Monterey is also a national marine sanctuary, where you can scuba dive, kayak or sail alongside humpback and blue whales. Plus, smoking is banned on the beach.
4. Osage Beach, Missouri
Osage Beach is on the Lake of the Ozarks, and it’s the most popular summer-vacation spot in the Midwest. But you won’t feel crowded: The lake has 1,150 miles of shoreline. The free public beach at Lake of the Ozarks State Park in Osage Beach stood out for its fishing, kayaking and sailing, and its scenic backdrop of rolling hills and limestone bluffs.
5. Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
If you’re a golf nut, Hilton Head is for you. There are 20 public golf courses to choose from. But there’s plenty to do for non-golfers, including 12 miles of beaches, 200 tennis courts and 75 miles of bike paths. You can even paddle kayaks through salt marshes and lagoons.