Life's a Beach!

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OCEAN CITY, MARYLAND Home to the world's largest billfish tournament. Summer visitors rush to the island in July and August, their numbers peak at around 300,000.

With or Without Kids: * Percentage of families: 71%

* Percentage of couples: 19%

The budget: * 29% spend under $500

* 21% spend $500-$800

* 34% spend $800-$1,500

* 13% spend $1,500 or more

What They Do: * 24% eat all meals out

* 28% golf

* 32% fish

* 97% walk on the boardwalk

The Stay: * 46% stay a week

COASTAL MICHIGAN Tourism brings in $9 billion a year here. 22 million tourists visit each summer-Traverse City alone, home to the National Cherry Festival, hosts 900,000 visitors.

With or Without Kids: * Percentage of families: 46%

* Percentage of couples: 33%

The Budget: * $53 a night on lodging

* $533 altogether

What they do: * 28.6% go to festivals

* 15.5% gamble

* 33.7% engage in nightlife

* 31.6% visit historic sites

The Stay: * Average: 3.6 nights

CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS Waterfront travel to the Lone Star State generates $4.6 billion a year. 1.33 million vacationers arrive between June and August.

With or Without Kids: * Percentage of families: 56%

* Percentage of couples: 22%

The Budget: * Average vacationers spend $107 per day

What They Do: * 46% eat and shop

* 54% camp, hike, and bike

* 21% golf, sail, and fish

* 18% visit historic sites and museums

The Stay * 50% spend 1 to 3 nights

Deluxe Room Rentals Amelia Island, Florida * Amelia Island Plantation

* Double room, per night: $195

* With golf, tennis, and health-club package: $262

Mackinac Island, Michigan * Grand Hotel

* Double room, per night: $473

* With golf package: $358 (really!)

San Diego, California * Hotel del Coronado

* Double room, per night: $595

* Add $450 to include body treatment, 45-minute massage, and spa gift basket

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