Top 15 Most Breathtaking Beaches in the US
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Nothing says vacation like azure waters lapping at the shores of a white, sandy beach. When you combine a salty ocean scent with a soft breeze tickling your face, you've found nirvana, especially if an ice-cream stand is nearby.
Whether you enjoy kitesurfing, fishing, or beachin' (that's slang for lying in the sand of an empty beach with friends, discussing deep life issues), there's nothing better than a day at the beach--just don't forget your sunblock!
Our list of the best beaches in America will help make your next trip as relaxing as a float in a calm ocean. Plan your day by the sea with our list of the top beaches in the United States, which includes everything from the best clear water beaches to fun, family-friendly spots.
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15. Headlands Beach State Park, OH
Headlands Beach State Park is a public beach located in Mentor and Painesville Township, Ohio. It is Ohio's longest natural beach and draws two million visitors each year. The Fairport Harbor West Breakwater Light atop the breakwall at the park's eastern end, which is popular with fishermen. The park has a 35-acre beach for sunbathing, swimming, and beach glass hunting, as well as picnic areas and a seasonal concessionaire.
The northern terminus of State Route 44 and the Buckeye Trail is Headlands Beach State Park. The Mentor Marsh and the Grand River are separated by the park. It is adjacent to a Morton Salt mine and the Fairport Harbor Coast Guard station, as well as 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
Newport has a beautiful coastline and several public beaches where you can enjoy the surf, sand, and sun. Easton's Beach, also known as First Beach locally, is the largest of them. Easton's Beach, located on Memorial Boulevard at the beginning of the City's famed Cliff Walk, is a 3/4 mile long stretch of sand with a boardwalk and Atlantic facing surf.
Easton's Beach lacks the glitz and glam of other, more well-known beaches (we're looking at you, Miami Beach). Easton's is the largest public surfing beach in Newport and one of many highly rated beaches in Rhode Island (such as Crescent Beach on Block Island and East Matunuck State Beach in South Kingstown).
Visitors of all ages enjoy the 1950s carousel and the spectacular views of Newport's cliff-top mansions. Easton's, located at the beginning of the Cliff Walk, is an excellent place to start your day. Grab a snack from the snack shack and stretch out on a towel. Have you forgotten to bring a beach umbrella? No need to worry; you can rent one (along with a boogie board or a beach chair) from your local beach store.
13. Henderson Beach State Park, Destin, FL
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Henderson Beach State Park is a Florida State Park in northwestern Florida, near Destin. 17000 Emerald Coast Parkway is the address.
Burnet Henderson was a businessman who purchased land in Destin in the late 1930s. Frances Beeland Wilkinson and her husband Broughton Wilkinson of Greenville, Alabama purchased over 6 miles of what is now Destin and Okaloosa Island in 1935 and 1936.
The Wilkinsons bought a 980-acre stretch of beachfront that stretched from the East pass point to the Walton county line. Frances and Broughton Wilkinson assigned an undivided 1/2 interest (Crystal Beach subdivision) in 162 acres of their Destin property in 1937. Henderson was appointed as trustee for the Wilkinsons, who still held a 1/2 undivided interest, in the same transaction.
Many of these beachfront parcels were later developed. Henderson Beach was named after a large tract of land that remained in its natural state. Henderson signed over the 208-acre area to the State of Florida for $13.1 million on February 2, 1982, to be preserved as Henderson Beach State Park.
12. Santa Monica State Beach, CA
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Santa Monica Beach, located just west of Downtown Los Angeles, is an iconic example of the famed Southern California beaches. With few Los Angeles beach options offering both large stretches of beach, bike trails, and nearby activities, Santa Monica Beach is ideal.
The palisades (an ocean bluff) and the Pacific Coast Highway separate Santa Monica State Beach from the city on the north side of the pier. From the city, a series of bridges, walkways, and stairs lead to the beach.
The Annenberg Community Beach House is located at the far north end of the beach, with houses and parking lots stretching all the way to the Santa Monica Pier along the Pacific Coast Highway.
The North Beach Playground is designed to be universally accessible, with barrier-free equipment and accessible surfaces and paths. To encourage activity, mobility, and imagination in all children, sensory play elements such as touching, feeling, and hearing are used, as well as swings, slides, and climbing equipment. These characteristics make it one of the best beaches in Los Angeles for young children.
11. Del Mar City Beach, Del Mar, CA
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The Del Mar City Beach Main Beach begins at Powerhouse Park and extends north to the lagoon entrance at the San Dieguito River. Del Mar North Beach, on the other side of the lagoon entrance, is known locally as "Dog Beach" because dogs can be seen there at almost any time of day. On sunny days, Del Mar Beach may be crowded, making parking in lots and on side streets difficult to come by.
Del Mar City Beach is about two miles long and has excellent swimming areas for children of all ages. There are also lifeguards on duty, which can help alleviate your parental concerns.
Do you want to go for a run? Jog on the beach or take the dirt trail that runs along the bluffs at the south end. Del Mar North Beach is located on the beach's northern end. Locals refer to it as "dog beach" because dogs practically own the place, running around at all hours of the day.
When the weather is nice, parking can be difficult to find, so try to arrive early.
10. Myrtle Beach, SC
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Myrtle Beach is a coastal city in Horry County, South Carolina on the United States' East Coast. It is situated in the center of a 60-mile (97-kilometer) stretch of beach known as "The Grand Strand" in northeastern South Carolina.
Myrtle Beach is a major tourist destination in both South Carolina and the United States. The city's warm subtropical climate, miles of beaches, 86 golf courses, and 1,800 restaurants draw over 20 million visitors each year, making Myrtle Beach one of the most popular tourist destinations in the United States.
According to the US Census Bureau, the Myrtle Beach metropolitan area is the second-fastest growing in the country, with over 104,000 people moving to the Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach area over eight years, representing a 27.7% increase in population.
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9. Fort Lauderdale Beach, FL
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Fort Lauderdale Beach, like its Miami counterpart, has an oceanfront boardwalk. Rollerbladers, sunbathers, and beach volleyball fans can all be found here. There's also a thriving social scene, complete with outdoor musical entertainment and street performers. In contrast to Miami Beach, you won't have to fight through crowds to find a good spot for your sun tent.
There are numerous beach resorts in Florida. This stunning beach vacation destination is a must-see, with seven miles of pure, soft, white sand and a panoramic view of the sparkling blue Atlantic Ocean. Lifeguards patrol the first two miles.
Fort Lauderdale Beach Park, located near the north end of the beach, has enough picnic tables to seat everyone you've ever met, as well as restrooms, outdoor showers, lifeguards, and, of course, the beautiful boardwalk that Fort Lauderdale Beach is famous for.
Swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, and fishing are all popular beach activities. It's no surprise that it's one of Fort Lauderdale's most popular attractions. With its stunning views of the yachts and mansions that line the Intracoastal Waterway, Las Olas Boulevard (which connects downtown Fort Lauderdale to Las Olas Beach) is also at the top of the list.
8. Main Beach, Laguna Beach, CA
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Laguna Beach is one of California's premier beach destinations, located about an hour south of Los Angeles and halfway between San Diego and San Francisco. You'll understand why once you've explored the sea caves, coves, and ocean-side bluffs. With seven miles of beaches, it can be difficult to decide where to spend your time in Laguna Beach.
Main Beach makes it simple to make that choice. Main Beach is the most centrally located (and well-known) of the area's beaches, with soft, tan-colored sand and a broad cove. It's also a great place to go swimming. You won't be slammed onto the sand because the waves crash far out from shore. The nearby grassy park, which has basketball and beach volleyball courts as well as a playground, is one of the highlights. A beachfront bike path is also available.
In Laguna Beach, art is a way of life. After you've had your fill of Vitamin D, visit a gallery or attend a festival - the Sawdust Art Festival and Laguna Art-A-Fair take place in June, while the Pageant of the Masters takes place in July.
Summer is not the time to go surfing. During the summer, the sport is prohibited.
7. Wailea Beach, HI
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Wailea Beach is undeniably a study in beach perfection, and if you don't mind a resort vibe (and the attendant crowd), this is a truly outstanding beach.
The beach is spacious, the sand is fine, and the ocean is inviting. Views of Kaho'olawe, Molokini, Lana'i, and whale sightings (and sounds) are common in the winter.
When the seas are calm, snorkeling around the rocky outcroppings that define both ends of the beach is excellent. In the typically formed, small waves and gentle slope, boogie boarding and body surfing are also enjoyable.
Wailea is Hawaiian for "the water of Lea," the goddess of canoe makers. Prior to resort development, this beach was known as Kahamanini, and the name Wailea referred only to the rocky point at the beach's southern end. Original Hawaiian place names often reveal more information about a location, and Kahamanini is no exception - the name means "place of the surgeon fish."
The Four Seasons and Grand Wailea resorts sit on either end of this beach like jewel-encrusted Maltese-Falcon bookends. So, unless you arrive at sunrise, the beach will be crowded with people, beach chairs, and cabanas.
Visitors will find well-maintained public access and facilities, including a paved walkway that runs the length of the beach (and beyond), as a result of the original approval for development of this area. There are also restrooms, showers, and plenty of free public parking.
6. Cannon Beach, OR
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Cannon Beach is a town in Clatsop County, Oregon, USA. The population was 1,690 at the time of the 2010 census. Cannon Beach in Oregon is a popular coastal tourist destination known for Haystack Rock, a 235-foot (72-meter) sea stack that juts out along the Pacific Coast. Cannon Beach was named by National Geographic in 2013 as "one of the world's 100 most beautiful places."
Sitting on the clean, soft sand overlooking Haystack Rock will transport you to a more exotic location, such as Thailand. Lava flows millions of years ago formed the 235-foot basalt sea stack.
Visitors can walk right up to the rock during low tide. This is also the best time to look for intertidal sea creatures in its tide pools (such as crabs, limpets, sea slugs, and starfish). Keep an eye out for tufted puffins, which can be seen from April to July when they are nesting on the rock.
The charming seaside village has interesting shops and delicious food at its many restaurants. You wouldn't expect to eat Irish food on the West Coast, but The Irish Table, a short walk from the beach, is a true hidden gem. The seafood chowder is delicious, as is the service.
Families can engage their children in a game of "find the bunnies." It won't be long before you spot one of the furry creatures hopping through the well-kept lawns adorning the nearby streets. They're everywhere in this beach town. According to legend, a few people grew tired of their pet bunnies and set them "free." The town is now dealing with the consequences.
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5. Kailua Beach, HI
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Kailua Beach Park is the second most beautiful beach on the island of Oahu. Okay, it's a little unfair to rank Kailua Beach second best because it's literally right next to Lanikai Beach, the most beautiful beach on the island.
Kailua Beach Park is located on the easterly shoreline, where the ocean waters are as turquoise blue as they come, and the sand is amazingly soft and white.
Many island beachgoers prefer Kailua Beach Park to Lanikai Beach simply because it has a longer stretch of gorgeous white sand and turquoise blue waters -- two and a half miles to be exact!
4. Siesta Key Beach, FL
Siesta Key, a short drive from downtown Sarasota, sits next to the glistening Gulf of Mexico, and its Siesta Public Beach has been named the best in the country twice. This 8-mile-long island offers shopping, resorts, dining, and nightlife.
Siesta Key is a must-see island paradise known for its brilliant quartz sand, turquoise waters, and numerous beachside amenities. Siesta Key has something to offer everyone. Siesta Key is a romantic getaway for lovers, a family vacation destination, and an active sports enthusiast's playground. And don't forget that the beach and bay are always nearby, no matter where you stay.
3. Lanikai Beach, HI
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The Lanikai Beach Oahu is a destination in and of itself. Lanikai Beach is not only the "most beautiful" of all Oahu beaches, but it is also one of the best beaches in the world. Surrounded by miles of calm, tranquil aqua blue waters, it's difficult to look at these special windward ocean waters without wanting to dive right in. The moment you walk down one of the several public beach access alleyways, you will be captivated.
"Lani Kai" means "Heavenly Ocean" in Hawaiian. It's an apt name for such a lovely location. Inspired by this paradise, I named my daughter Kailani, which is the true Hawaiian translation of "Heavenly Ocean"...which is quite fitting!
This Lanikai Beach video captures the relaxing pure beauty that this amazing Oahu beach has to offer!
2. La Jolla Cove, San Diego, CA
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La Jolla Cove is a small, picturesque cove and beach in La Jolla, San Diego, California, surrounded by cliffs. The Cove is part of a marine reserve; underwater, it is abundant with marine life and popular with snorkelers, swimmers, and scuba divers.
The swells that frequently roll in from the open ocean here can be quite large and strong, so swimming at the Cove is not always appropriate for people who do not have good water skills. The water temperature is also frequently a little colder than on the average San Diego beach, and the beach has the disadvantage of having a very small dry sand area at high tide. In contrast, during very low tides, the Cove reveals a plethora of interesting tide pools.
California sea lions can be seen hauling out and temporarily leaving the water to rest on the Cove's beaches, cliffs, and bluffs. There is controversy surrounding their presence, similar to what happened with the Pacific harbor seals at Children's Pool Beach.
1. Miami Beach, FL
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Miami Beach is a coastal resort city in Miami-Dade County, Florida, that is located in the United States. It was founded on March 26, 1915. The city is built on natural and man-made barrier islands between the Atlantic Ocean and Biscayne Bay, which separates the Beach from the rest of Miami. South Beach, comprising the southernmost 2.5 square miles (6.5 km2) of Miami Beach, along with Downtown Miami and the Port of Miami, form South Florida's commercial center.
According to the most recent United States Census estimates, the population of Miami Beach is 88,885. According to official 2019 Census Bureau estimates, Miami Beach is the 26th largest city in Florida. Since the early twentieth century, it has been one of America's premier beach resorts.
Miami Beach's Art Deco Historic District was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. The Art Deco District is the world's largest collection of Art Deco architecture, with hundreds of hotels, apartments, and other structures built between 1923 and 1943. The District features Mediterranean, Streamline Moderne, and Art Deco styles.
The Historic District is bounded on the east by the Atlantic Ocean, on the west by Lenox Court, on the south by 6th Street, and on the north by Dade Boulevard along the Collins Canal. The late former interior designer Barbara Baer Capitman spearheaded the movement to preserve the Art Deco District's architectural heritage, and a street in the District is now named after her.
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