10 Best Beaches where Presidents have Relaxed

  • Biscarrosse, France

    Biscarrosse, France

    When you sunbathe on the sands of Biscarrosse Beach, you're sharing the same sand the Obama family has enjoyed on a past European getaway. The family-friendly French beach town has everything you could want for a vacation on the shore, including surfing, boating, golfing and volleyball.

    Photo courtesy of Karine C.

  • Boca Grande Beach

    Boca Grande, Florida

    The father and son pair of Presidents Bush were known to spend the holidays golfing in Boca Grande, Florida. The community of Boca Grande, located on Gasparilla Island, is known for its superb fishing.

    Photo courtesy of Sean O'Shaughnessy

  • Kennebunkport

    Kennebunkport Beach, Maine

    Speaking of the Bush family, Walker's Point in Kennebunkport has served as a Bush family retreat for over a century. President George H.W. Bush brought his wife and family – including President George W. Bush – here most summers. The upscale resort community is great for sailing, whale watching and fine dining.

    Photo courtesy of 55thstreet

  • Sapphire Beach

    St Thomas, US Virgin Islands

    President Clinton and his wife Hillary enjoyed a romantic moment dancing on a St.Thomas beach in 1998. This Caribbean Island, part of the US Virgin Islands, has long been a favorite port of call for cruise ships. It's also the shopping Mecca of the Caribbean.

    Photo courtesy of Daniel Spiess

  • Hyannisport

    Hyannisport, Massachusettes

    The Kennedy family are no strangers to Hyannisport. In fact, they've had a six-acre plot of waterfront property in the family for decades. The aptly named Kennedy Compound was where President John F. Kennedy stages his successful run for President and served as his summer White House.

    Photo courtesy of Andreas Muelder

  • San Clemente Pier

    San Clemente, California

    President Richard Nixon nicknamed his San Clemente property La Casa Pacifica, but it eventually became known as the Western White House. During his presidency, Nixon entertained many world leaders here, and it was in San Clemente that he wrote his memoirs after his resignation.

    Photo courtesy of Curtis Fry

  • Santa Barbara

    Santa Barbara, California

    President Ronald Reagan had his own Western White House in California, but his was called Rancho del Cielo (Heaven's Ranch) in the hills above Santa Barbara. During his presidency, Margaret Thatcher and Queen Elizabeth II both visited this presidential retreat.

    Photo courtesy of Damian Gadal

  • The Reach Resort beach

    Key West, Florida

    Key West, Florida was President Harry Truman's choice for his winter White House, and he spent a total of 175 days here during his time in office. His home, the Harry S. Truman Little White House, is now a museum open to the public. The Clintons vacationed at the home in 2005.

    Photo courtesy of Ed Schipul

  • Kailua Beach

    Kailua, Hawaii

    President Barak Obama grew up in Hawaii, and he often returns with his family for a little R&R on the Kailua beach. Located on the island of Oahu, Kailua is the place to go for unreal sunrises.

    Photo courtesy of Keoni Cabral

  • Mauna Kea Beach Resort

    Mauna Kea Beach, Hawaii

    In 1973, President Gerald Ford and his wife Betty soaked up the sun in Hawaii, but their beach of choice was Mauna Kea Beach on Hawaii's Big Island. Clear blue waters flanked by coconut groves make this one of the world's most beautiful beaches.

    Photo courtesy of takenbygabi

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