Memorial Day offers a day of reflection for military men and women — representing the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard — who have lost their lives defending the nation. From 1868 to 1970, Memorial Day was strictly observed on May 30; but since the 1970s, it has been recognized on the last Monday of May. Small towns across the U.S. host parades and special commemorative services; many people visit national cemeteries, particularly Arlington Cemetery in Virginia, to pay their respects, stopping by the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. For others, however, the day—folded into a long weekend — also marks the unofficial start of summer. Boat covers come off, swimsuits come on, and the roads leading to the coast swell with revelers. If you’re looking for a beachfront place to spend this Memorial Day, consider these chic beachfront Airbnbs.

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Cleanline Beach House, Cloverdale, Oregon 
(Sleeps 15)

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The perfect place to gather the entire family, this five-bedroom home features floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the ocean, and direct beach access. Walk the beach (or drive along the sand), and at night, enjoy a warming beach bonfire.

Seahorse Beach Villa, Oceanside, California
(Sleeps 8)

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Watch the waves right outside your door at this stunning beachfront villa. Featuring a modern, coastal decor, this three-bedroom, three-bathroom villa exudes a Southern California vibe. Dramatic artwork and sea photography line the walls, linens, and towels are ultra-luxurious. The outdoor patio faces the sea, perfect for sunset.

The Beach Cottage, Riverhead, New York
(Sleeps 5)

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Newly renovated, The Beach Cottage is designed and decorated in a modern organic style. It features a palette of whites and neutrals, inspired by the owner-designer’s homeland, Australia. The airy, light, and open living room features a wall of glass with uninterrupted water views. The chic bedroom comes with an eye for detail, style, and relaxation. Stay on the property for swimming, paddle boarding, beach walks (follow your own private path to the beach), or venture out to North Fork. The cottage is also pet friendly. 

Beachfront Townhouse Malibu, California
(Sleeps 6)

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Located on quiet and star-studded Malibu Road, this contemporary oceanfront townhouse comes with amazing sea views, a living room with a fireplace, and a tub for two. Hear the rhythmic surf in every room. But the ultimate view comes in the primary bedroom with its vaulted ceiling and huge picture windows that look right out to the ocean. 

The Savannah Cottage, St. Simons Island, Georgia
(Sleeps 8)

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Located in an oceanfront neighborhood, this picturesque cottage — known for its white wrap-around porch and turquoise shutters — oozes with southern charm.  Swim in one of the two neighborhood pools, dip into the ocean just steps away, and observe the holiday by watching the Coast Guard Museum flag raised every morning. Other highlights include a claw-foot soaking tub (in the primary suite), chef’s kitchen, large porches and elevator. 

The Bay Bungalow, Hanalei Bay, Kauai, Hawaii
(Sleeps 4)

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Just steps from the water, this sweet two-bedroom, beachfront bungalow offers a panoramic ocean view (from the front yard) and a postcard-worthy mountain scene (from the back). Watch waves crash from the deck, whip up a smoothie in the open-concept kitchen, and try surfing yourself. Afterward walk (or bike) to Kauai’s historic, art-filled town.