Top 10 Beaches in America
Whether you’re going down the shore or riding the waves in Hawaii, the beach is always a popular destination. Visit the best beaches the US has to offer.
1: Manele Bay, HawaiiHulopo'e Beach on the island of Lana'i, long considered one of the world's most perfect stretches of sand, lies at the base of the Four Seasons Lana'i at Manele Bay. The resort overlooks the bay, a designated marine preserve filled with colorful fish and the occasional spinner dolphin. In fact, snorkeling and diving spots here are considered some of the finest in Hawaii, making a swim in the 70-degree water all the more tempting. 960 1280
2: Myrtle Beach, South CarolinaAs the largest resort along South Carolina's 60-mile Grand Strand, Myrtle Beach is the East Coast's ultimate vacation hub. The town teems with summertime action: beaches dotting the Strand, amusement and water parks, restaurants and live entertainment. Myrtle Beach's actual beach is an extensive stretch of silky white sand, with opportunities for fishing, swimming, sunbathing, sailing and surfing. 960 1280
3: Nantucket, MassachusettsA trip to Nantucket is like visiting a faraway fairytale land -- one set against a bright blue backdrop of ocean and bay in a community of simple, weathered white cottages surrounded by wild roses. This former whaling community has quaint neighborhoods and a beach for everyone, including Surfside Beach and Children's Beach, both of which feature calm waters and no shortage of sandcastles. 960 1280
4: Kauna'oa Bay, HawaiiPicture Hawaii and you're probably conjuring images of Kauna'oa Bay without even realizing it. Located on the Kohala Coast of the Aloha-state's Big Island, Kauna'oa Bay is quintessential, picture-postcard Hawaii. With its abundant white sand, palm trees and clear, calm blue water, the crescent-shaped beach is a natural draw for sun worshipers, water sport enthusiasts and families in search of safe, sandy fun. 960 1280
5: Clearwater Beach, FloridaClearwater Beach has lured countless families and couples to its broad, sandy shores and beachfront hotels. Spread along a narrow, 3-mile stretch of the Pinellas Peninsula on the Gulf Coast, Clearwater Beach straddles the blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico to the west, and tranquil Tampa Bay to the east. Visitors enjoy sunbathing on white sandy beaches, diving into a game of beach volleyball, renting fishing boats, taking a dolphin-watching cruise, parasailing or heading to a mainland museum or aquarium. 960 1280
6: Coronado, CaliforniaCoronado Central Beach, stretches 1.5 miles behind the great houses along Ocean Boulevard in front of the glamorous Hotel Del Coronado. Swimmers, bodysurfers, boogie boarders, sand sculptors, tide poolers and, from December through February, whale watchers all take to the sand and sea. North Beach attracts surfers in the morning, and at the extreme north is Dog Beach, where leashless canines can frolic in the surf. 960 1280
7: Cape May, New JerseyAs the farthest point south on the Shore, Cape May is the crown jewel of the region with gorgeous beaches and a quaint town center filled with gingerbread Victorians and colorful bed and breakfasts. Bring your binoculars to the beach to spy the playful dolphins jumping in the wake. 960 1280
8: Martha's Vineyard, MassachusettsAs summer commences, crowds swarm Martha's Vineyard in droves, but respite can be found in the Vineyard's far eastern reaches -- up-island, as it's known locally -- at Moshup Beach. Tucked beneath the infamous Gay Head Cliffs, Moshup Beach is an unspoiled paradise of soft, white sand framed by red, brown and tan striated cliffs looming from above. 960 1280
9: East Hampton, New YorkStrolling along the broad stretches of white sand, listening to roaring waves and passing the glorious mansions of Lily Pond, it's easy to see why East Hampton is a beloved New York destination any time of year. The picturesque town is a favorite with A-listers, and at the end of Main Street ,past sprawling yards and fences surrounding huge homes, is Main Beach, where perfect white beaches and incredibly tasty lobster rolls await. 960 1280
10: Cape Hatteras National Seashore, North CarolinaStretching for 72 miles along the Atlantic coast on the Outer Banks, the Cape Hatteras National Seashore is a skinny strip of barrier islands from Nags Head to Ocracoke Island. The beach’s hallmark high, sandy dunes front frothy surf perfect for swimming, beachcombing and body-surfing. Visitors can climb up 248 steps to the top of the nation's tallest lighthouse -- towering at an impressive 196 feet -- for a spectacular view of the seashore. 960 1280
Rebuilt Luxury Outpost Hilton Los Cabos
In the middle of the two towns that make up Los Cabos – the more touristy and rowdier Cabo San Lucas, and the sleepier San Jose del Cabo – lies beachfront resort Hilton Los Cabos. Devastated by Hurricane Odile in 2014, Hilton Los Cabos reopened less than a year later – it was the only hotel in the region that retained its entire staff through the rebuilding process while helping 36 employees rebuild their own homes. The multi-million dollar transformation includes reimagined restaurant concepts, including a swim-up bar, a subzero tequila and mezcal bar and a 9,700-square feet holistic spa and movement studio. Be forewarned, with all 375 rooms having ocean views and balconies, two breathtaking infinity pools and one of the only swimmable beaches in Los Cabos, you may find you never want to leave the property during your vacation.
Don’t Miss: Enjoy complimentary poolside popsicles hand delivered by a concierge who can also fix sunglasses, hand out ice-cold towels and provide anything else you might need to not leave your sundrenched bliss.960 1280
Desert Farm-to-Table Flora Field Kitchen
When you think of Mexican beach towns, farm-to-table dining might not be the first thing that comes to mind. While Cabo might be more known for sea and sand, this tip of the Baja Peninsula also has deep farming roots. One of the best places to see (and taste) this is Flora Farm, a 10-acre organic farm off the tourist trail in the foothills of the Sierra de La Laguna Mountains. Flora Farm grows fresh heirloom vegetables and humanely raises livestock for Flora Field Kitchen, its alfresco family-style dining experience that features homemade ingredients—everything comes directly from the farm from the meat to the fresh-baked bread. After you feast on the generous portions order another Farmarita, Flora Farm's heirloom carrot version of a margarita, while you enjoy the nightly live music from the restaurant’s cozy communal tables.
Don’t Miss: Work up an appetite with cooking and gardening classes or a 30-minute field tour, where you might get a chance to peak inside one of the farm’s sought-after “culinary cottages.”960 1280
Whale Watching Off Baja Peninsula
A trip to Cabo isn’t complete without getting a glimpse of one of nature’s most extraordinary creatures in their natural habitat. The Baja Peninsula is one of the best places in the world to see humpback whales during their migration from the frigid waters of the Artic to the warm waters surrounding Baja. From December to March, there is no better place to catch these gigantic grey whales in action than Los Cabos.
Don’t Miss: Cabo Adventures offers a Whale Watching Photo Safari on an inflatable speed boat that allows for close-up interaction, includes marine mammals experts and a professional photographer on board to show you how to take the best photos of the whales at play.960 1280
Sky High Adventures at Wild Canyon
There’s more to do in Cabo than basking on the beach, so don’t miss a chance to explore the striking dessert landscapes in this region. Get a bird’s-eye view of the desert walking along one of the world’s longest wooden suspension bridges at Wild Canyon. Or for more of an adrenaline rush, take an ATV through the canyon’s rugged terrain and back across the 1,083-foot long bridge or soar above the palm trees on the eight-line zip line course.
Don’t Miss: For a unique nightlife option, fly under the stars with Wild Canyon’s “Moon Zipping” tour that lets couples or friends zipline in tandem straight through the sunset and the desert night sky.960 1280
Gallery District’s Art-Filled Streets
If you’re looking for a dose of culture versus another evening of beachside margaritas (although, some nights those work just fine), head to the Gallery District of historic San Jose del Cabo. This growing art scene celebrating Mexican art has become the cultural cornerstone of Cabo in recent years. You won’t see your typical generic touristy art here; the Gallery District’s charming cobblestone streets are filled with high-end fine art painting, sculpture, photography and folk art that attract international art communities and sell for a pretty peso, too.
Don’t Miss: From October to June don’t miss Art Walk, when studios and galleries stay open late on Thursday nights and entice art lovers to browse and buy with free drinks, snacks, and live music from 5-9 p.m.960 1280