Time to stow those winter clothes, put on your favorite bathing suit and soak up the sun on some of the most beautiful beaches in America!
From the sunny shores of California to the warm Gulf of Mexico, here are ten of the best beaches in America. Enjoy!
1. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Boasting 60 miles of sandy beach known as ‘The Grand Strand’ along South Carolina’s Atlantic coast, Myrtle Beach is a family-friendly destination with plenty of swimming and surfing lessons, live music, Ripley’s Aquarium and the Ripley’s Believe it or not Odd-itorium as well as a variety of dining options.
2. Nantucket, Massachusetts
A picturesque island off the coast of Cape Cod, Nantucket has many beautiful beaches and parks that are just waiting to be explored. The stunning Cisco Beach, which is ideal for surfing, and the sandy Dionis Beach, close to the Town of Nantucket, are always manned by lifeguards. Explore the charming towns and enjoy a fresh seafood dinner on the shore.
3. Kauna’oa Bay, Hawaii
Situated on the Island of Hawai’i, Kauna’oa Bay is home to the lovely Mauna Kea Beach. The epitome of paradisiacal Hawaii, Mauna Kea has clear turquoise water, white sandy shores and tall swaying palm trees. For the ideal beach vacation, this destination is perfect. Take advantage of the island’s spectacular nature by hiking in the tropical rainforest and embarking on a volcanic adventure too!
4. Clearwater Beach, Florida
About a thirty-five-minute drive from Tampa Bay in the Gulf of Mexico is the beautiful Clearwater Beach. Characterized by white sand, Clearwater frequently ranks as one of the best beaches in the continental U.S. Aquatic activities, beach camping, restaurants and quality beach resorts round out the fun.
5. Cove Beach, Cape May, New Jersey
Home to one of the East Coast’s most amazing sunsets and some of the best beaches in the world, Cape May is only a ninety-minute drive from Philadelphia and three hours from New York City. Discover historic architecture, delightful restaurants, long stretches of beach, national parks, sand dunes and some serious waves.
6. Virginia Beach, Virginia
Nestled into the Chesapeake Bay on the Atlantic Ocean, Virginia Beach and its surroundings are well-equipped for beach-goers. There are plenty of beaches, hotels and campsites to choose from as well as a range of outdoor activities that are fun for the whole family. Enjoy tree-top adventures, an aquarium, kayaking, hiking in the state park and Atlantic Fun Park with rides, games and more! The diverse culinary scene has something to suit every taste.
7. Coronado Beach, San Diego, California
The Pearl of the Pacific is home to Coronado Beach, one of the best in America. Sunbathe, swim, surf and enjoy long walks along the shore. Characterized by the impressive backdrop of Ocean Boulevard with its extravagant homes and mansions, the shops and eateries along Coronado Beach are worth exploring too.
Slip on some water shoes and explore the shipwrecked remains of the SS Monte Carlo, a pleasure cruise liner known for gambling and other illicit activities, that went missing for 80 years and was ultimately discovered off the coast of Coronado. #VisitSD 📷: @abasicabroad . #SanDiego #Coronado #SSMonteCarlo #shipwreck #LifeWellTraveled #VisitCalifornia
8. Orange Beach, Gulf Shores, Alabama
Orange Beach and Gulf Shores are vibrant and dynamic beach towns on the Gulf of Mexico. In fact, their shores host several art and music festivals each year! Aside from relaxing on white sand beaches and enjoying some classic southern hospitality, you can explore Alligator Alley or Waterville USA, an amusement and water park decked out with more than seventeen slides, lazy rivers, go-karts, roller coasters and more!
9. Malaquite Beach, North Padre Island, Texas
Escape the heat this summer and head down to Malaquite Beach on North Padre Island in the Gulf of Mexico. Explore seventy miles of protected sand and shell beaches, windswept dunes and warm water like a Texan: on horseback. Be sure to check out the lovely Padre Island National Seashore too, the ‘longest undeveloped stretch of barrier island in the world’.
10. North Manitou Island, Michigan
Encompassing fifteen thousand acres of wilderness, beaches, turquoise waters, and serenity, North Manitou Island in Lake Michigan is a delight. Camp overnight and enjoy the solitude of this natural paradise! Due to the protected nature of these lands, always be sure to research park regulations and only leave your footprints behind.