Cape Cod, Massachusetts
You may write off a journey to the upper East Coast as tame and marked with lobster dinners, bed and breakfasts, and whale watching—but remember that Martha’s Vineyard was the filming location of Jaws for good reason. For the past few decades, shark sightings have been few and far between. But in the last 10 years the local seal population has exploded. And where there are seals, there are great white sharks. Greg Skomal, crewmember of the Ocearch research vessel, identified 56 individual great whites and tagged 15 off the Massachusetts coast last summer. Kayakers and fisherman alike have had great white encounters recently (none involving an attack), so keep a good lookout in the water while you are on the water during your East Coast summer vacation.