Top 15 most beautiful beaches in the US
Top 15 most beautiful beaches in the US

Nothing says vacation like bright azure waters lapping the shore of a white, sandy beach. Mix in a salty ocean scent with a soft breeze tickling your face, and you've found nirvana, especially if it comes with an ice-cream stand nearby.

Whether you're a fan of kitesurfing, fishing, or beachin' (that's slang for lying in the sand of an empty beach, discussing deep life issues with friends), there's little more enjoyable than a day well spent at the beach-just don't forget your sunblock!

Our favorite beaches to visit in America help ensure your next trip is as relaxing as a float in a calm ocean. From the nicest clear water beaches to fun, family-friendly spots, plan your day by the sea with our list of the top beaches in the US.

List of top 15 most beautiful beaches in the U.S

15. Headlands Beach State Park, OH

14. Easton's Beach (aka First Beach), RI

13. Henderson Beach State Park, Destin, FL

12. Santa Monica State Beach, CA

11. Del Mar City Beach, Del Mar, CA

10. Myrtle Beach, SC

9. Fort Lauderdale Beach, FL

8. Main Beach, Laguna Beach, CA

7. Wailea Beach, HI

6. Cannon Beach, OR

5. Kailua Beach, HI

4. Siesta Key Beach, FL

3. Lanikai Beach, HI

2. La Jolla Cove, San Diego, CA

1. Miami Beach, FL

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15. Headlands Beach State Park, OH

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Photo: TrekOhio

Headlands Beach State Park is a public beach in Mentor and Painesville Township, Ohio, United States. It is the longest natural beach in Ohio and attracts two million visitors annually. The breakwall at the eastern end of the park, frequented by fishermen, is surmounted by the Fairport Harbor West Breakwater Light. The park features a 35-acre beach for sunbathing, swimming, and beach glass hunting along with picnicking facilities and seasonal concessionaire.

Headlands Beach State Park is at the northern terminus of State Route 44 and the Buckeye Trail. The park is between the Mentor Marsh and the Grand River. It is next to Fairport Harbor Coast Guard station and a Morton Salt mine and abuts two other protected areas, Headlands Dunes State Nature Preserve to the east and Mentor Marsh State Nature Preserve to the west.

14. Easton's Beach (aka First Beach), RI

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Photo: Wikipedia

Newport is blessed with a beautiful coastline and several public beaches to enjoy surf, sand, and sun. The largest of them is Easton's Beach - locally known as First Beach. Located on Memorial Boulevard at the start of the City's famed Cliff Walk, Easton's Beach occupies a 3/4 mile long stretch of sand with board walk and Atlantic facing surf.

Easton's Beach doesn't deliver all the pomp and circumstance of other, more high-profile beaches (we're talking about you, Miami Beach). One of many highly rated beaches in Rhode Island (like Crescent Beach on Block Island and East Matunuck State Beach in South Kingstown), Easton's is the largest public surfing beach in Newport.

Tourists of all ages love the 1950s carousel and the amazing views of Newport's cliff-top mansions. Located at the start of the Cliff Walk, Easton's is a perfect spot to base yourself for the day. Grab lunch at the snack shack and park yourself on a towel. Forgot to pack a beach umbrella? No worries, you can rent one (along with a boogie board or beach chair) at the local beach store.

13. Henderson Beach State Park, Destin, FL

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Photo: Henderson Park Inn

Henderson Beach State Park is a Florida State Park located near Destin, in northwestern Florida. The address is 17000 Emerald Coast Parkway.

Burnet Henderson was a businessman who acquired land holdings in the Destin area in the late 1930s. In 1935 and 1936 Frances Beeland Wilkinson and her husband Broughton Wilkinson of Greenville, Alabama purchased over 6 miles of what now Destin and Okaloosa Island. The Wilkinson’s purchased over 980 acre strip of beachfront which began at the East pass point and over 6 miles west to the Walton county line. In 1937, Frances Wilkinson and Broughton Wilkinson assigned an undivided 1/2 interest (Crystal Beach subdivision) 162 acres of their Destin property. In the same transaction Henderson and appointed as trustee for the Wilkinson’s which still held a remaining 1/2 undivided interest. Many of these beachfront parcels have since been developed. One large tract remained in its natural state and became known as Henderson Beach. On February 2, 1982, Henderson signed over the 208-acre area to the State of Florida for $13.1 million, to be preserved as the Henderson Beach State Park.

12. Santa Monica State Beach, CA

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Photo: California Beaches

Located just west of Downtown Los Angeles, Santa Monica beach is an iconic example of the famed Southern California beaches. With few Los Angeles beach options offering both large expanses of beach, bike trails and nearby activities, Santa Monica Beach has exactly what you’re looking for.

Santa Monica State Beach on the north side of the pier is separated from the city by the palisades (an ocean bluff) and the Pacific Coast Highway. A series of bridges, walkways and stairs provide access to the beach from the city.

The Annenberg Community Beach House is at the far north end of the beach, with houses and parking lots running along the Pacific Coast Highway to the Santa Monica Pier.

The North Beach Playground is universally accessible, offering barrier-free equipment for increased maneuvering space, and accessible surfaces and paths. Sensory play elements such as touching, feeling, and hearing are utilized as well as swings, slides, and climbing equipment to inspire activity, mobility, and imagination in all children. These features make it one of the best beaches in LA for young children.

11. Del Mar City Beach, Del Mar, CA

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Photo: California Beaches

The Main Beach of Del Mar City Beach starts at Powerhouse Park and goes north all the way to the lagoon entrance at the San Dieguito River. On the other side of the lagoon entrance is Del Mar North Beach which is known locally as “Dog Beach” as dogs can be spotted there at almost any time of day. On sunny days Del Mar Beach could be crowded so parking spaces in the lots and on side streets can be hard to find.

Del Mar City Beach runs about two miles in length and provides excellent swimming areas for kids of all ages. Plus, there are lifeguards on duty, which can help keep your parental worries at bay.

Itching for a run? Jog on the beach or head to the dirt trail lining the bluffs at the south end. At the north side of beach, you'll find Del Mar North Beach. Locals call it "dog beach" because dogs pretty much own this place, running around at all times of day.

When the weather is perfect, parking becomes a challenge, so aim to arrive early.

10. Myrtle Beach, SC

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Photo: Getty Images

Myrtle Beach is a coastal city on the East Coast of the United States in Horry County, South Carolina. It is located in the center of a long and continuous 60-mile (97 km) stretch of beach known as "The Grand Strand" in northeastern South Carolina.

Myrtle Beach is one of the major centers of tourism in South Carolina and the United States. The city's warm subtropical climate, miles of beaches, 86 golf courses, and 1,800 restaurants attract over 20 million visitors each year, making Myrtle Beach one of the most visited destinations in the country.

The Myrtle Beach metropolitan area is the second-fastest-growing metropolitan area in the country, and more than 104,000 people moved to the Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach area over eight years, representing in a 27.7% growth in population according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

9. Fort Lauderdale Beach, FL

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Photo: Fort Lauderdale

Similar to its cousin in Miami, Fort Lauderdale Beach is also lined by an ocean-front boardwalk. Here, too, you'll find rollerbladers, sun worshippers, and beach volleyball aficionados. You'll also come across a vibrant social scene complete with outdoor musical entertainment and street performers. Unlike Miami Beach, however, you won't need to fight huge crowds to find a good spot for your sun tent.

Florida is packed with beach getaways. This beautiful beach vacation destination is a list-topper featuring seven miles of pure, soft, white sand backing a vast view of the sparkling blue Atlantic Ocean. Two miles of this is staffed by lifeguards.

Towards the north end of the beach, you'll find Fort Lauderdale Beach Park, which has enough picnic tables to seat everyone you've ever met, as well as restrooms, outdoor showers, lifeguards, and of course, that beautiful boardwalk Fort Lauderdale Beach is so famous for.

Popular beach sports include swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, and fishing. No wonder it's one of the main attractions in Fort Lauderdale. Las Olas Boulevard (which connects downtown Fort Lauderdale to Las Olas Beach) also tops the list, with its amazing view of the yachts and mansions that pepper the Intracoastal Waterway.

8. Main Beach, Laguna Beach, CA

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Photo: First Coast Town Planner

About an hour south of Los Angeles and halfway to San Diego, Laguna Beach is one of California's premier beach destinations. Once you've had time to explore the sea caves, coves, and ocean-side bluffs, you'll understand why. Boasting seven miles containing 30 beaches, it can be tough to determine where to spend your time at Laguna Beach.

Main Beach makes that decision easy. The most centrally located (and famous) of the area's beaches, Main Beach sports soft, tan-colored sand and is situated in a broad cove. It's also a perfect spot to take a dip. The waves crash far out from shore, so you won't be slammed onto the sand. One of the highlights is the nearby grassy park, offering basketball and beach volleyball courts, as well as a playground. There's also a beachfront bike path.

Art is a way of life in Laguna Beach. When you've finished soaking up Vitamin D, stop by a gallery or take in a festival - June plays host to the Sawdust Art Festival and Laguna Art-A-Fair, while July welcomes the Pageant of the Masters.

Don't plan a surfing trip during the summer. The sport is banned during these warmer months.

7. Wailea Beach, HI

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Photo: Maui Guide

Wailea Beach is unquestionably a study in beach perfection, and if you don’t mind a resort vibe (and a crowd to go with it) this is a truly outstanding beach.

The beach is wide, the sand perfect, and the ocean inviting. Views of Kaho’olawe, Molokini, Lana’i and the sights (and sounds) of whales are common in winter.

When the ocean is calm, snorkeling is very good around the rocky outcroppings that define both ends of the beach. Boogie boarding and body surfing are also fun in the typically regularly formed, small waves and gentle slope.

Wailea means “the water of Lea”, the goddess of canoe makers. Prior to resort development, this beach was called Kahamanini, and the name Wailea referred only to the rocky point defining the south end of this beach. Original Hawaiian place names often reveal deeper insight to locations, and this is no exception – the name Kahamanini means “place of the surgeon fish.”

The Four Seasons and the Grand Wailea resorts sit like jewel-encrusted Maltese-Falcon bookends smack on either end of this beach. So, unless you show up at the crack of dawn, the beach will be crowded with people, beach chairs and cabanas.

As a result of the original approval for development of this area, visitors will find well maintained public access and facilities, including a paved walkway that runs the length of the beach (and beyond.) Bathrooms, showers and plenty of free public parking are also provided for all to use.

6. Cannon Beach, OR

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Photo: Getty Images

Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. The population was 1,690 at the 2010 census. Cannon Beach is a popular coastal tourist destination in Oregon, famous for Haystack Rock, a 235 ft (72 m) sea stack that juts out along the Pacific Coast. In 2013, National Geographic listed Cannon Beach as "one of the world’s 100 most beautiful places."

Sitting on the clean, soft sand overlooking Haystack Rock, you'll feel as if you are transported somewhere more exotic-like Thailand, for instance. The 235-foot basalt sea stack was created by lava flows millions of years ago.

During low tide, visitors can walk right up to the rock. That's also the best time to look for intertidal sea creatures (like crabs, limpets, sea slugs, and starfish) in its tide pools. Be sure to keep an eye out for the tufted puffins, which are best seen when they're nesting on the rock from April through July.

The charming seaside village boasts interesting shops and delectable food at its numerous restaurants. You wouldn't think you'd be eating Irish food at this West Coast locale, but The Irish Table, a short walk from the beach is a real hidden gem. The service is impeccable, as is the seafood chowder.

Families can challenge the kids to a game of "find the bunnies." It won't take long to spot one of the furry creatures hopping through the well-manicured lawns adorning the neighboring streets. This beach town is rampant with them. Legend has it a few people got sick of their pet bunnies and set them "free." Now the town is living with the consequences.

5. Kailua Beach, HI

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Photo: Best of Oahu

Kailua Beach Park ranks as the second most beautiful out of all the Oahu Beaches. Okay…it’s a little unfair to rank Kailua Beach as second best, only because it is literally right next to THE most beautiful beach on the island, Lanikai Beach.

Kailua Beach Park is located on the easterly shoreline, where the ocean waters are as turquoise blue as it gets, and equally matched with amazingly soft, white powder sand.

Many beach goers on the island, rate Kailua Beach Park number one over Lanikai Beach, simply because it is a longer stretch of gorgeous white sand and turquoise blue waters -- two and half miles long to be exact!

4. Siesta Key Beach, FL

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Photo: Agoda

A short drive from downtown Sarasota, Siesta Key sits adjacent to the glittering Gulf of Mexico and its Siesta Public Beach has been named the nation’s best -- twice. This quaint yet quirky 8-mile-long island offers shopping, resorts, dining and nightlife. Known for its brilliant quartz sand, turquoise waters and many beachside amenities, Siesta Key is a must-visit island paradise. Siesta Key offers something for everyone. Siesta Key is a romantic getaway for lovers, a family vacation destination and a playground for active sports enthusiasts. And don’t forget: Wherever you stay, the beach and bay are always nearby.

3. Lanikai Beach, HI

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Photo: Best of Oahu

Lanikai Beach Oahu Hawaii is a destination all unto itself. It is not only described as "most beautiful" of all Oahu beaches, but Lanikai Beach ranks as one of the best beaches in the world. Surrounded by endless miles of calm tranquil aqua blue waters, it’s hard to look at it these special windward ocean waters without getting an urge to jump right in. You will be mesmerized the moment you walk down one of the several public beach access alleyways.

The word “Lani Kai” translates to “Heavenly Ocean”. It’s such a fitting name for such a beautiful place. Inspired from this paradise, I named my daughter Kailani, which is the true Hawaiian translation of “Heavenly Ocean”...and quite fitting at that!

Worth a thousand pictures...this Lanikai Beach video captures the relaxing pure beauty that this amazing Oahu beach displays!

2. La Jolla Cove, San Diego, CA

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Photo: La Jolla Cove Guide

La Jolla Cove is a small, picturesque cove and beach that is surrounded by cliffs in La Jolla, San Diego, California. The Cove is protected as part of a marine reserve; underwater it is very rich in marine life, and is popular with snorkelers, swimmers and scuba divers.

The swells that often roll in from the open ocean here can be rather large and strong, and so being in the water at the Cove is not always suitable for people who do not have good water skills. The water temperature is also often a little colder than the average San Diego beach, and the beach has the disadvantage that the dry sand area is very small at high tide. In contrast, during very low tides, a lot of interesting tide pools are revealed at the Cove.

California sea lions can be found in the waters of the Cove and hauling out, temporarily leaving the water to rest on its beaches, cliffs, and bluffs. Similar to the events of the Pacific harbor seals at Children's Pool Beach, there is controversy surrounding their presence.

1. Miami Beach, FL

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Photo: Getty Images

Miami Beach is a coastal resort city in Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States. It was incorporated on March 26, 1915. The municipality is located on natural and man-made barrier islands between the Atlantic Ocean and Biscayne Bay, the latter of which separates the Beach from the mainland city of Miami. The neighborhood of South Beach, comprising the southernmost 2.5 square miles (6.5 km2) of Miami Beach, along with Downtown Miami and the Port of Miami, collectively form the commercial center of South Florida. Miami Beach's estimated population is 88,885 according to the most recent United States Census estimates. Miami Beach is the 26th largest city in Florida based on official 2019 estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau. It has been one of America's pre-eminent beach resorts since the early 20th century.

In 1979, Miami Beach's Art Deco Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Art Deco District is the largest collection of Art Deco architecture in the world and comprises hundreds of hotels, apartments and other structures erected between 1923 and 1943. Mediterranean, Streamline Moderne and Art Deco are all represented in the District. The Historic District is bounded by the Atlantic Ocean on the East, Lenox Court on the West, 6th Street on the South and Dade Boulevard along the Collins Canal to the North. The movement to preserve the Art Deco District's architectural heritage was led by the late former interior designer Barbara Baer Capitman, who now has a street in the District named in her honor.

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