I'm gonna toss out a couple spots in looking into...
Hollywood, FL Gulf side of FL (ft Meyers, Sarasota) South Padre Island, TX NC, SC, GA? Does Georgia even have beaches?
Georgia has beaches. The water is cold and kinda brown since the atlantic shelf is not far away. The sand is large-grained, not sugar sand like the gulf. The islands and such are generally more wildlife-sanctuary than party destinations. Definitely a more laid-back feel.
I always liked Santa Rosa Island (also called Pensacola beach) near Pensacola florida. There's also "santa rosa beach" but that's a city that faces a sound, not the ocean, so don't mistake them.
Since it's the end of the season you might be able to get deals. The water will be very warm though. I typically like going in May because the sun is hot but the water is cooler and the visitor season hasn't started yet.
In general, South FL (Palm Beach, Broward, Dade, and Monroe counties) is beautiful as long as you stay close to the beach. Hollywood is nice, and situated really close to a bunch of other cool places — short drive to both Ft. Lauderdale and Miami. If you luck out and get a sunny day or two, Ft. Lauderdale has some of the prettiest beaches I've ever been to, and Las Olas is really neat.
If you want a more relaxing vacation, it might be a good idea to go a little further north. Boca Raton and West Palm Beach are gorgeous and less chaotic than Broward and Dade. But those can be fun if that's your thing. Miami has some really beautiful spots — Brickell and Coral Gables are worth checking out, as is Wynwood, a really cool Williamsburg-ish kind of arts district.
South Beach is the really touristy part of Miami, and most people either love it or hate it. It's pretty much the epitome of every obnoxious stereotype that comes to mind when you think of Miami (and Florida in general). But it also has a lot of really nice spots, and it's sort of a spectacle. You should experience it at least once. If you drive a little north on A1A past South Beach, you can check out Surfside/Bal Harbour/Sunny Isles, all of which have incredible beaches and are a little tucked away from the insanity.
The West Coast is WAY more relaxed (except for Tampa). I don't spend too much time over there, but there are some really nice spots, and again, if you stay near the beach, it's really hard to go wrong. Sarasota is a little more upscale like some of the places I mentioned earlier, but nowhere near as crazy. Tampa/St. Pete are totally worth a visit. Definitely some beautiful beaches in that area, and Downtown St. Pete is awesome.
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After having lived in Eastern NC for almost my entire life, I highly reccommend the Wilmington NC area beaches such as Wrightsville, Carolina, Kure, and Topsail/Surf City. It's also not too far from Mrytle Beach SC if you want a little more "glitz".
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Siesta Key is a great, more low key spot and if you’re flying Tampa is usually a cheap flight.
Kiawah Island in South Carolina is also a great beach
I’m from Cincinnati and Hilton Head is where everyone goes for vacation (closest beach) and can be fun and if you rent a car you can go to Savannah, GA which is a fun town.
It looks like you're most likely the winner here. It's looking probable that I'm heading to Siesta Key. Looks like great beaches over there and I've got a bud in Sarasota that I can't meet up with. Seems like I should have a decent mix of relaxation and live music.
I have some fond memories of Panama City, FL - but sure it's changed in the 30+ years since I was there last. I was there for training (dive school), although getting paid to spend hours on exercise, swimming and diving with most nights free to explore the beach really didn't feel like training. Don't think I could manage the 12 mile beach run from Schooners to Miller pier and back we used to do anymore though. Played a lot of beach volleyball (and drank a lot of beer) out behind Schooners