If you poll the locals, they always site Butterfly Beach and Hendry’s Beach as the two favorites (which means that they’re also popular). Butterfly Beach is in Montecito, directly across the road from The Biltmore: Parking spots are hard-won and there aren’t a lot of amenities around, so bring a lunch and anything else you might need for the day. Hendry’s on the other hand, is next to The Boathouse, which makes it ideal if you don’t like to plan ahead (they have kid-friendly food, plus really solid drinks).

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