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America Holidays

America Holidays

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From casino nights in Vegas and that Big Apple ‘wow’ factor to the rolling hills of the peaceful outskirts - you’ve got boxes, America ticks them.

Destination Highlights

  • World-famous beaches
  • Amazing hospitality
  • Fun times for all ages
  • It’s always sunny somewhere!
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    Beaches | Hotels | Nightlife | Food | Events | Things to do | Weather | Important information | Reviews |


    What are the best beaches in America?

    The USA has got a whole lotta coastline, which means you’ll find beaches of every shape and colour. Get inspired by the country’s biggest names:

    • Daytona Beach, Florida - It calls itself ‘The World’s Most Famous Beach’, and it’s jam-packed with all the activities and attractions you need on family holidays to America.
    • Huntington Beach, Southern California - This eight-mile stretch of soft, golden sands has earned the nickname Surf City because the sea conditions are so perfect for water sports.
    • Venice Beach, Los Angeles - Home to the boho-chic lifestyle, where you’ll find performers and artists lining the promenade.
    • Myrtle Beach, South Carolina - All the fun of the fair borders the main beach at this resort, but there are 60 miles of dramatic Atlantic coast to enjoy too!
    • Carson Beach, Massachusetts - The city meets nature at this gorgeous, curved beach, where the sunset skyline is a photographer’s dream.
    • Cape May, New Jersey - Enjoy the Jersey Shore high life at this pristine beach and its colourful bars and restaurants.
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    What are the top hotels in America?

    You’ll end each day in style on your beach holidays in America, as the country is known for its fancy hotels and super-friendly service. We love these hotels across the states:

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    What's the food like in America?

    We all love the classics like burgers and hotdogs, but each state will bring unique dishes to the table on your American holidays. Let these whet your appetite:

    • Lobster Rolls - Boston serves the fanciest sandwich around, with freshly caught lobster drenched in butter.
    • California Roll - Another seafood roll, but this time it’s sushi! Sticky rice surrounds crab, avocado, and cucumber.
    • Gumbo - You can’t miss this soul food stew in New Orleans, it’s packed with spicy flavours and a choice of meat or seafood.
    • Key Lime Pie - A pastry tart case packed with a creamy filling made with local Florida limes, sometimes topped with meringue. A Florida institution.

    We think foodies will love these famous restaurants just as much as we do:

    • Joe’s Stone Crab, Miami Beach - The best place to eat the freshest Florida crabs and mingle with the locals.
    • Union Oyster House, Boston - This historic restaurant serves the state’s best fresh seafood recipes.
    • Top of the World, Las Vegas - Tuck into juicy steaks and city views at the top of the Stratosphere Tower.
    • Spago, Los Angeles - Celebrity chef owner Wolfgang Puck has been creating America’s finest dining for nearly 40 years.
    • Crossroads, Los Angeles - LA is also known for high-end vegan food, and this restaurant is the soy cream of the crop.
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    Where’s the best nightlife in America?

    Party holidays to the USA are totally different beasts depending on where you go. Las Vegas is the high-energy nightlife capital, Miami has a buzzing beach party scene, and Los Angeles is where celebs go to play—that’s just a taste of America’s variety! Here are a few of our faves:

    • XS, Las Vegas - Hugely popular DJs and rappers take up residency at this temple for hardcore party people.
    • Poppy, Los Angeles - A fantasyland nightclub experience that attracts lovers of all things weird and wonderful.
    • Palace, Miami - See the world’s greatest drag queens at this friendly institution of America’s LGBTQ+ party scene.
    • LIV, Miami Beach - Florida’s own star magnet, where the exclusive surroundings will have you feeling like a VIP.
    • Howl at the Moon, Boston - A home to one of the USA’s favourite live music traditions—duelling pianists!
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    What events can I go to in America?

    It’s a country that loves to celebrate, so there’s plenty of fun to plan 2022 holidays to America around. Here are the biggest events we look forward to:

    • California Restaurant Month (January) - Your chance to discover the state’s renowned fine dining scene for less, with events and fixed-price menus for all.
    • DAYTONA 500 (February) - The year’s biggest NASCAR race held at the iconic speedway in Daytona Beach.
    • Miami Marathon (February) - Runners, walkers, and wheelchair users travel from all over the globe to compete in this coastal race.
    • Myrtle Beach International Film Festival (April) - The East Coast’s answer to Sundance, see all the hottest new flicks and movie talent.
    • Hangout Festival (May) - The Gulf Shores play host to one of the USA’s biggest beachfront music festivals, with all the hottest acts on stage.
    • San Francisco Pride (June) - It’s the biggest celebration of LGBTQ+ pride in the country, so expect huge colourful parades and parties.
    • Independence Day (July) - Wherever you are on July 4th you’ll be swept up in beach BBQs, fireworks, and huge parties.
    • US Open of Surfing (August) - Huntington Beach in California becomes a buzzy hub of the world’s best wave-riders.
    • Burning Man Festival (August/September) - Outcasts and weirdos of the world unite for this carnival of delights in the Nevada desert. While there’s no sea, there’s plenty of sun and sand!
    • Head of the Charles Regatta (October) - The world’s largest regatta sees nearly two thousand boats compete along the Boston shores.
    • Electric Daisy Carnival Orlando (November) - A huge party weekender full of electronic dance music acts, light shows and fairground rides.
    • Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival (December) - The swankiest chefs descend on the beach to deliver four days of foodie heaven.
    • Christmas Boat Parades (December) - Florida’s waterways ring in the season with regular parades of boats bedecked in festive lights.

    Things to do in America

    Party in the park

    The USA is home to more theme parks than any other country, with everything from thrill rides for grown-ups to magical moments for little ones. You’ll find Disney and Universal Parks in Florida and California, or you can ride the world’s tallest rollercoaster at Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey.

    Hang ten, dude!

    There’s nowhere better to learn to surf than the USA, with its world-famous waves and friendly board culture. There are schools all around the coast, but California is the biggest holiday destination for surfers of all abilities.

    Take a deep dive

    USA beach holidays aren’t just about life up top, as the seas are buzzing with diverse marine life. California’s underwater park is a world-class snorkelling site, the Florida Keys have the country’s only coral reef barrier, and Cape Cod in Boston is a shark-spotter’s dream.

    Go on a shopping spree

    America’s malls make our shopping centres look like corner shops! You’ll find everything from star-studded havens like The Grove in Los Angeles, to the many outlet malls in Orlando where you can grab the latest fashions even on cheap holidays to the USA.

    What's the weather like in America?

    The country is so big that it has more than one climate, so be sure to check the forecast before booking any last-minute holidays to America. While many coastal destinations consistently have the high temperatures we love, their sub-tropical climates mean there are wet seasons to watch out for. The good news is that whenever you’re looking to travel, it’ll be sunny somewhere!

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    Important Information about travelling to America

    How long does it take to fly to America?

    Flight times depend on where you travel to. You can reach the East Coast in around 8 hours, but flights to the West Coast can take around 11 hours.

    What’s the time difference between the UK and America?

    America has more than one time zone, which means that the time difference will depend on where you’re staying, but as a guide, the East coast is 5 hours behind the UK, and the West coast is 8 hours behind us.

    What currency do they use in America?

    The currency used in America is the US Dollar (USD).

    What language do they speak in America?

    The official language in the USA is American English.

    Do I need any vaccinations to visit America?

    Please check with your healthcare provider for all up to date vaccination advice before booking your holiday.

    Do I need to pay tax on my holiday to America?

    It is common to be charged a resort fee when staying in America. This varies from hotel to hotel and is usually charged per person or room, per night. This resort tax must be paid by the traveller directly to the hotel.

    Do I need a visa to travel to America?

    The UK is on the list of Visa Waiver Countries in the USA, so you do not need a visa to holiday in America as long as you are staying for under 90 days. However, you will need to make an application through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) for each member of your travelling party, which costs $14. They are usually approved in three days, but it’s best to apply via the official site as soon as you book your holiday: https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta.

    Will Covid-19 affect my holiday to America?

    We are currently closely following the Covid-19 situation and how it affects travel. You can find out the most up to date information about travel to America on the FCO website.


    Customer reviews

    At On the Beach, we’ve sent many satisfied customers to America for a bit of sunshine. But don't just take our word for it, read some of their 5-star reviews below.

    Holly Brady:


    Easy app to use, booked many holidays with this company and never disappointed! Brilliant!!

    Elizabeth Finnigan:


    Amazing service will always book with on the beach

    Mr & Mrs Harmes:


    We have booked with On The Beach several times and never had any issues. Looking forward to another stress free holiday next year.

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    Top America Hotels

    Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, Curio Collection by Hilton

    Las Vegas, Nevada, Usa

    Excalibur

    Las Vegas Strip, Las Vegas, Nevada

    New York New York

    Las Vegas, Nevada, Usa

    The Signature at MGM Grand Hotel

    Las Vegas Strip, Las Vegas, Nevada

    Bally's Hotel & Casino

    Las Vegas Strip, Las Vegas, Nevada

    Luxor Hotel and Casino

    Las Vegas, Nevada, Usa

    Venetian

    Las Vegas Strip, Las Vegas, Nevada

    Aria Resort & Casino

    Las Vegas Strip, Las Vegas, Nevada

    Hilton Miami Downtown Hotel

    Downtown Miami (North), Miami, Usa

    Golden Nugget Hotel

    Las Vegas, Nevada, Usa

    The Mirage

    Las Vegas Strip, Las Vegas, Nevada

    Universal´s Cabana Bay Beach Resort

    Universal Orlando Resort, Orlando, Florida

    Universal's Endless Summer Resort - Dockside Inn & Suites

    Universal Orlando Resort, Orlando, Florida

    Las Vegas Hilton at Resorts World

    Las Vegas Strip, Las Vegas, Nevada

    MGM Grand Hotel & Casino

    Las Vegas Strip, Las Vegas, Nevada

    Caesars Palace

    Las Vegas Strip, Las Vegas, Nevada

    FLAMINGO LAS VEGAS

    Las Vegas Strip, Las Vegas, Nevada

    Stratosphere Hotel & Casino

    Las Vegas Strip, Las Vegas, Nevada

    CoCo Key Hotel and Water Resort

    International Drive, Orlando, Florida

    Bellagio

    Las Vegas Strip, Las Vegas, Nevada

    The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

    Las Vegas Strip, Las Vegas, Nevada

    The Grand Orlando Resort at Celebration

    Celebration, Orlando, Florida

    The Palazzo at The Venetian

    Las Vegas Strip, Las Vegas, Nevada

    Circus Circus Las Vegas Hotel

    Las Vegas Strip, Las Vegas, Nevada

    Pestana South Beach Art Deco Hotel

    Miami Beach, Miami, Usa

    Beverly Hilton

    Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California

    Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort

    Walt Disney World Resort, Orlando, Florida

    Hilton Los Angeles Airport

    Los Angeles International Airport, Los Angeles, California

    Disney's Port Orleans Resort Riverside

    Walt Disney World Resort, Orlando, Florida

    Loews Miami Beach

    Miami Beach, Miami, Usa

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