As summer swelters along and many cooped-up families ache for a little break from months of social distancing, a beach visit might sound pretty good. All that refreshing water, all that sand squishing underfoot. Of course, the reality could be a lot less dreamy. Splashing far from others isn’t an inherently dangerous move, but shores across much of America have recently surged with beachgoers all jostling for space, which ratchets up the risk of spreading COVID-19.
You’d be hard-pressed to hoof it to these eight spots right now, so consider this roundup an invitation to a mental vacation. Let your mind wander to wondrously uncrowded places where land and water meet.