5 Coastal Locations for Summer Travel Nursing

06/03/2019

5 Coastal Locations for Exciting Travel Nursing During the Summer

By Alana Luna, Contributor

There are many reasons to take a travel nursing job, but the opportunity to explore fun and sun in between shifts has to be near the top of the list. Make your summer extra special with a stint at one of these stunning coastal locations.

Top 5 Coastal Locations for Summer Travel Nursing Jobs 

1. Hawaii

It’s the state so closely tied to beaches you can’t pick just one coastal location to visit. Luckily, you’ll be happy in Hilo or Waimea, Lanai City or Wailuku. Locals say there’s really only two seasons in Hawaii: summer and winter. Summer temps average in the mid-80s while winter dips all the way down to the high 70s. It’s a place where you can come for a short May-August travel nursing job and happily extend your contract through fall.

Another major benefit of a summer travel nursing job in Hawaii is access to a wide variety of terrain. In addition to the state’s famous beaches, there are also tropical rainforests and mountain ranges. With some 154 rainy days per year, you may get wet, but at least you’ll never get bored.

2. Fort Lauderdale, FL

Fort Lauderdale is steeped in history and rife with culture. Shop, dine and dance on Las Olas Boulevard, where art galleries, five-star spas and mouthwatering cuisine sit nestled together within a stone’s throw of the New River. Take a mid-morning break on one of Fort Lauderdale’s best beaches, or get a taste of the tropics at Hugh Taylor Birch State Park.

Whether you’re a fan of antiquing and well-preserved historic homes or happy hour with bottomless Aperol spritzers and live jazz, you’ll fulfill your wishlist here.

3.Atlantic City, NJ

Forget everything you think you know about Atlantic City. Sure, there are casinos galore, where you can try your hand at poker or score a high-end spa treatment before dinner and a show, but there is life far beyond famous faces and four-of-a-kinds.

The bustling Atlantic City Boardwalk dates back to 1870. Iconic saltwater taffy shops act as a callback to the good old days, but fancy dining options and oodles of shopping make this a fun spot for people with modern tastes, too. AC is part of a whopping 130 miles of coastline home to New Jersey’s diverse beaches; take a boat to the barrier islands, meander through quaint fishing villages, try your hand at windsurfing or just bring a blanket and soak up the view.

4. Santa Monica, CA

When people talk about living in Southern California, they often mean big cities like Los Angeles of San Diego, but Santa Monica offers an exciting alternative that combines urban nightlife and resort living. Stop by the Santa Monica Pier to check out the century-old Looff Hippodrome or gawk at the whimsical merry-go-round, or satisfy your thrill-seeking side on the rides at Pacific Park.

Santa Monica has a brilliant climate, with far less rain than most of the nation and some 281 sunny days. Still, summer temps rarely exceed the low 70s, meaning you can enjoy biking, hiking, swimming and alfresco lunches without worrying about excessive heat.

5. Bar Harbor, Maine

Seaside charm isn’t reserved for little towns down south. Bar Harbor has a population of just 5,235 people spread over nearly 29,000 acres. That means plenty of space to move and explore Acadia National Park, Mount Desert Island or the winding Shore Path that takes visitors along the waterline to spy on the ocean and the old homes standing guard over the waves.

Take a break from tracking lobster boats and consider your summer travel nursing stint in Maine an invitation to sample local delights ranging from craft brews — pub hop from beer garden to beer garden — to whoopie pies to anything and everything blueberry. If you love to cook, you’ll go crazy over the Sunday farmer’s market; farm-to-table is a way of life here, and the produce selection is incredible.

Studies show that living near the coast could boost your health. Find a travel nursing job in a beach town this summer and see if you can’t find your inner zen amongst the waves while reaping all the perks of working on the road.

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