20 Fabulous US Beaches ...


20 Fabulous US Beaches ...
20 Fabulous US Beaches ...

With thousands of miles of stunning coastline and hundreds of tiny islands, the top US beaches are spread right around the country. From huge swathes of sweeping sand to tiny ribbons or secluded horseshoe coves, there’s a favorite for everyone. So here, in no particular order, are 20 top US beaches.

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Coronado Central Beach, California

Coronado Central Beach, California Although the very glam Hotel del Coronado is the dominant feature, Coronado Beach deserves its place among the top US beaches. Stretching for 1.5 miles along Ocean Boulevard in San Diego, it has a backdrop of fabulous seaside homes. The beach is enjoyed by swimmers, sand sculptors, boogie boarders, tide poolers, and between December and February, whale watchers.


Assateague Island, Virginia

Assateague Island, Virginia If you like your beaches untouched, undeveloped and pristinely clean, Assateague Beach is for you. Assateague is a barrier island, shared between Maryland and Virginia with the area designated national seashore and parkland. You might have to share the sand, clear waters and beautiful views with wild ponies that call the island home, and a seal or two, but the beach is peaceful and perfect.


Caladesi Island, Florida

Caladesi Island, Florida Regularly appearing in the list of best US beaches, the white sands and clear waters of Caladesi Island are picture postcard perfect. Accessible by ferry, the island is a favorite for sunbathing, swimming, angling, and beachcombing. Wildlife hikes and kayaking through mangroves are also ways to get close to nature on Caladesi.


Ogunquit Beach, Maine

Ogunquit Beach, Maine Featuring in the top US beaches list compiled by Tripadvisor, Ogunquit is a peninsula of grassy dunes and soft sand that stretches for 3.5 miles. The beach forms a natural barrier between the Ogunquit River and the Atlantic Ocean and one particularly nice feature is the footbridge over the river in the middle section. In summer it’s terrific for all the usual sunshine activities and in winter, fabulous for windy walks with amazing views.


Cape Hatteras, North Carolina

Cape Hatteras, North Carolina Cape Hatteras was the first designated national seashore and it’s immediately obvious why. As well as the iconic lighthouse, the cape has a stunning natural beauty. The sands stretch for 72 miles and the waves are ideal for surfing. Beachcombing is fun here and fishermen love the place.


Hamoa Beach, Hawaii

Hamoa Beach, Hawaii Hawaii has more than its fair share of the best beaches in the USA and it’s difficult to choose the best. Hamoa on Maui’s east shore is not the easiest beach to get to but the intimacy and beauty is worth the trek. Edges by cliffs, fringed and shaded by coconut palms and other lush vegetation and lapped by the famously clear Hawaiian waters, Hamoa is a breached volcanic crater.


Main Beach, East Hampton, New York

Main Beach, East Hampton, New York The Hamptons have been a favorite getaway destination for New Yorkers for centuries. With houses owned by A-listers built right up to the glorious soft powdery sand, you never know who you might be rubbing sun-lotioned shoulders with.


Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina You’ve got to love well-developed resort areas to choose Myrtle Beach, but there’s no denying that it is one of the top American beaches. There’s no denying its beauty and despite the mass of high rise hotels and condos, the sand stretches on long enough for you to be able to find your own special spot.


Ocean City Beach, Maryland

Ocean City Beach, Maryland Known for its most excellent boardwalk, Ocean City beach is hugely popular in summer and there’s rarely a chance to find a secluded spot for yourself here. If you like beaches with a carnival atmosphere, find your sunner home here, because there always seems to be something going on.


Bandon Beach, Oregon

Bandon Beach, Oregon Surely one of the most amazing seaside landscapes in the US is that of Bandon Beach on Oregon’s Gold Coast. The golden sands are scattered with huge haystack rocks, around some of which tide pools gather. The waters off Oregon rarely reach nice swimming temperature but take a dip if you’re brave enough. Otherwise, just lie back and enjoy the scenery.


Cape May, New Jersey

Cape May, New Jersey Overlooked by the Cape May lighthouse, this is the place to grab your binoculars to watch dolphins frolic in the surf. Or you can just bask in sunshine on the super-white, sugar soft sands, occasionally cooling off in the cool, clear water. Be sure to take a walk into town. Cape May is one of the oldest vacation destinations in the US and the town is a charm, full of Victorian architecture.


Dionis Beach, Nantucket, Massachusetts

Dionis Beach, Nantucket, Massachusetts One of the top US beaches for sea shells, Dionis beach on the north shore of Nantucket Island is a lovely area of grassy knolls and sand dunes. The dunes offer shelter from the winds and the waters are safe for swimmers of all ages. Dionis is 3 miles from the nearest town so it never gets crowded.


Coquina Beach, Anna Maria Island, Florida

Coquina Beach, Anna Maria Island, Florida Coquina is 96 acres of beach beauty shaded by Australian pines. It’s the largest of the 6 gorgeous beaches on Anna Maria Island and is popular with surfers and the younger people who call the island home. The beach is divided into sections by the remains of old boat piers; a great place to sit/stand and watch the spectacular sunrises/sunsets or keep watch for dolphins.


Hulopo’e Beach, Hawaii

Hulopo’e Beach, Hawaii Manele Bay is on the Hawaiian island of Lana’i and has a number of wonderful beaches, but it is Hulopo’e Beach that regularly features in not only lists of the best US beaches, but also has long been considered one of the most perfect stretches of sand in the world. No wonder then, that it is a favorite for beach weddings and honeymooners. Manele Bay is a designated marine reserve providing some of the best snorkeling and diving spots in Hawaii.


Pismo Beach, California

Pismo Beach, California 14 lovely miles of golden California sand and warm Pacific Ocean waters grace Pismo, a town halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco and backed by classic wine country. Pismo is for active beach life lovers with an action-packed calendar of events and a 1200 foot pier/boardwalk to enjoy.


Library Park Beach, Florida

Library Park Beach, Florida Some of the most unconventional beaches in the US are found in the Florida Keys. If “different” is your thing, you will love Library Park Beach on Islamorada. So named because it sits next to the public library, it is a delightful little beach practically hidden by mangrove trees and especially famed for its sunsets.


Hunting Island Beach, South Carolina

Hunting Island Beach, South Carolina It is worth paying a visit to Hunting Island Beach simply to walk to the top of the lighthouse to see breathtaking views of the beach, the ocean and the marshland that makes up the state park. As well as the stunning pristine sands, there is a lagoon, a nature center and wildlife trails.


Nanny Goat Beach, Georgia

Nanny Goat Beach, Georgia Probably one of the forgotten states when it comes to beaches, Georgia has some fine examples of shoreline and one of the best US beaches. Nanny Goat Beach on Sapelo Island is uncrowded and enjoys a calm ambiance with the shifting dunes adding to the attraction.


Rockport Beach, Texas

Rockport Beach, Texas Rockport Beach sits on Aransas Bay in Texas and enjoys calmer waters than the Gulf of Mexico, making this one mile stretch of super-clean sand the ideal destination for bathers and swimmers. This makes it popular for families whose little ones can enjoy the pirate ship playscapes as well as the warm waters.


Charlestown Town Beach, Rhode Island

Charlestown Town Beach, Rhode Island Sitting on the rugged Atlantic coastline, Charlestown Town Beach is a haven for surfers and boogie boarders. On calm days, there is a designated swimming area so don’t be put off if you aren’t a surf babe. The beach is a wonderful destination for long walks any time of day and any season.

I’m sure that many of you will identify that your favorite isn’t in my list of top US beaches, so please do share.

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We used to have a mobile home in chincoteaque Virginia which we would go over to asseteauqe for the beach and beautiful wildlife! 23 years I went there every weekend in the summer!

Cape May beach! My hometown!

North Myrtle Beach is so much better than the crowded main beach. More townies less tourists, gorgeous beaches.

I'm glad I saw a Texas beach on there! I love Rockport! Port Aransas isn't that far away from there either if you like bigger waves

Thank you for putting Anna Maria Island (my hometown) in here instead of Siesta Key! AMI is sooo much better!

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