Best American Beaches

Who says you need a passport in search of turquoise waters and pristine shores? The US lays claim to some of the best beaches in the world.

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Located just south of Cancun, Playa del Carmen is the primary tourist destination in the Mayan Riviera. 960 1280

  

The beaches of Playa del Carmen are most populated along Fifth Avenue, where many resorts are located. 960 1280

  

At Xcaret near Playa del Carmen, visitors can choose from a variety of activities -- or just lounge by the water 960 1280

  

Dive into the warm, crystalline waters of Xcaret Bay. 960 1280

  

At Akumal, offshore reefs protect the white sands and filter warm water through subterranean rivers. 960 1280

  

A conch shell lies on Akumal beach. 960 1280

  

Puerto Morelos is the gateway to the Mayan Riviera. 960 1280

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The warm, welcoming beaches of Puerto Morelos match the temperaments of its people. 960 1280

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Anguilla
Anguilla

Anguilla

Once a secret hideaway, Shoal Bay, Anguilla, has become a Caribbean hot spot for Hollywood starlets and honeymooners. 960 1280

  

Aruba

Aruba

Lovers of surf and sun appreciate the sugar-white sands and tranquil waters of Eagle Beach, Aruba. 960 1280

  

St. John

St. John

Trunk Bay's beach and coral reefs remain among St. John's most breathtaking and well-preserved attractions. 960 1280

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Barbados

Barbados

One of Barbados' most lovely beaches is the palm-tree-lined Crane Beach, also home to a natural coral reef. 960 1280

  

Palominos Island

Palominos Island

Find a respite from Puerto Rico's palpable energy on the beaches of Palominos Island. 960 1280

  

St. Maarten

St. Maarten

Visitors to Philipsburg, St Maarten, can't miss the beauty and bustle of the town's beach and harbor. 960 1280

  

Bahamas

Bahamas

Accessibility and affordability have made Nassau, Bahamas, a popular retreat for families. 960 1280

  

British Virgin Islands

British Virgin Islands

The Baths, famous for its volcanic rocks, in Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands. 960 1280

  

Barbados

Barbados

Palm trees line Harrismith Beach and cove in Barbados, an island noted for natural beauty and fun-loving culture. 960 1280

  

Bermuda

Bermuda

With its famous pink-sand beaches, Horseshoe Bay, Bermuda is one of the loveliest seaside retreats in the world. 960 1280