15 of the best beaches in the United States

15 of the best beaches in the United States

From the sunny shores of California to the warm Gulf of Mexico, here are fifteen of the best beaches in the United States!

It’s summertime and that means only one thing, time to soak up some rays! There is just something about a heading on a vacation to a pearly white beach that can’t be matched. The sound of the waves crashing along the shore, the tropical breeze blowing in your face, and feeling the sand between your toes.

Stow those winter clothes away, put on your favorite bathing suit and head to some of the most beautiful 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 to do. From swimming and surfing lessons, to live music, the Ripley’s Aquarium and the Ripley’s Believe it or not Odd-itorium, as well as a variety of dining options, the options are endless. Golfers will be in true paradise, as there are over 100 championship golf courses are in the area.

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. Scattered over 82 miles, the beautiful island is home to some of the best beaches in the United States. The stunning Cisco Beach, which is ideal for surfing and stand-up paddle boarding, and the sandy Dionis Beach, close to the Town of Nantucket, are always manned by lifeguards. Adventure through the charming towns and enjoy a fresh seafood dinner on the shore. Admire a sunset on your next romantic escape to Nantucket.

3. The Hamptons, New York

This strip of beaches on the eastern end of Long Island is a well-kept secret. Comprised of a small group of villages decorated with large mansions, The Hamptons offers visitors spectacular beaches to relax at. Stroll along the pristine white sand at Coopers Beach while you take in the beautiful vistas or head to Main Beach in East Hampton and indulge at one of the nearby clam shacks for fresh seafood. Keep heading out east for about a half-hour and you will end up at Montauk, called “The End”, as it marks the furthest point east on Long Island. It is worth snapping a pic of the lighthouse there.

4. Kauna’oa Bay, Hawaii

Situated on the Island of Hawaii, 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. The half-mile beach contains two coral reefs, the ideal spot to snorkel and spot turtles, tropical fish, and more. Take advantage of the island’s spectacular nature by hiking in the tropical rainforest and embarking on a volcanic adventure too!

5. 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 and its namesake water, 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. Pay a visit to Pier 60 during a sunset to really take in the beauty of Clearwater or dive into the Clearwater Marine Aquarium and visit your favorite sea friends.

6. Outer Banks, North Carolina

This group of barrier islands hugs the Pamlico Sound on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other. Compromised of seaside villages, small, charming towns and a rich history, the Outer Banks has so much to discover. Over 100 miles of beautiful beaches make up North Carolina’s popular vacation destination. Catch amazing panoramic views from one of the five lighthouses, explore down under at one of the shipwreck sites, or kick back on the pearly white-sanded beaches. Most of the local seafood bars serve their “catch of the day”, don’t miss out!

7. 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. With shops, free concerts, and movie nights in the plaza, the city center is the ultimate spot to visit at night. 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.

8. Coronado Beach, San Diego, California

The Pearl of the Pacific is home to Coronado Beach, one of the best in America. Sunbathe, swim, surf, boogie board, and take long walks along the shore. Enjoy a game of beach volleyball before cooling off in the Pacific. 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. Grab a fresh brew at one of the local breweries, the perfect way to finish a day catching rays at the beach. Without a doubt, this is one of the best beaches in the United States.

9. Harris Beach, Oregon

Located in a state park, Harris Beach is known for its scenic rock formations, beach scenery, and the wildlife wandering around. Enjoy a family picnic on the beach as you admire the sun glistening off the sea stacks, truly a site to see. Keep your eyes peeled for grey whales, sea lions, and seals. Camping, hiking, swimming and birdwatching are some of the outdoor activities to take part in at Harris Beach. Those who enjoy wildlife can pay a visit to Bird Island, a National Wildlife Sanctuary where rare bird species can often be seen.

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! Adventure seekers can explore the village and ghost towns that surround the area. Due to the protected nature of these lands, always be sure to research park regulations and only leave your footprints behind.

11. 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. If that’s not enough, jump aboard one of the pirate ship cruises around the area or head on a boating safari!

12. Golden Isles, Georgia

Time for some fun in the sun. These four barrier islands along Georgia’s coast have quite the fitting name, golden. From sunrise to sunset, the sunshine beams off the water with creamsicle orange skies. Each of the islands is unique in its own way. From historical landmarks to museums, art galleries and even world-class golf courses, there are plenty of golden opportunities on the Golden Isles. Head over to Jekyll Island at night, its clear skies make it one of the best stargazing spots in America.

13. 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 nearly seventy miles of protected sand and shell beaches, windswept dunes and warm water like a Texan: on horseback. Don’t forget about mouth-watering barbecues and the western culture that the ‘Lone Star’ state has to offer. Be sure to check out the lovely Padre Island National Seashore too, the ‘longest undeveloped stretch of barrier island in the world’.

14. 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. Be on the lookout for dolphins, you just might get lucky and spot a few during your stay. Romantic walks to the lighthouse and deep-sea fishing trips are a must when in Cape May.

15. Laguna Beach, California

“Surf’s Up.” Halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego, Laguna Beach is the ideal spot for a beach getaway. From surfing, to swimming, snorkeling, and paddle boarding, the coastal destination has it all. This gem is snuggled between seven miles of coves and canyons in Orange County. It’s easy to see why one of the best beaches in the United States fills up quickly during tourist season. Take a walk nearby to visit one-of-a-kind boutiques and specialty shops. There are plenty of beachfront lodging accommodations to help you get the most out of your stay in sunny California.


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