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.

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the Villa Hotel Jasmine

the Villa Hotel Jasmine

Located in the gated community of Sunset Island in Miami, the Villa Hotel Jasmine was once owned by Enrique Iglesias. The Moroccan-style mansion has both a home theatre and hookah lounge, and is available for rent for $68,000 per week. 960 1280

  

Villa Hotel Jasmine

Villa Hotel Jasmine

Relax in one of the many outdoor seating areas at the Villa Hotel Jasmine with the Miami skyline in the distance. 960 1280

  

Golden Beach

Golden Beach

Walk across the suspended slate bridge and over the koi pond to enter this modern Miami beach house. Located right on Golden Beach, the 7,700 square-foot home was designed by architect Carlos Zapata. 960 1280

  

Golden Beach

Golden Beach

The 13.5 million dollar house has soaring 20-foot ceilings. 960 1280

  

Arc en Ciel Villa

Arc en Ciel Villa

Built for British royalty, Arc en Ciel Villa in St. Lucia rents for $16,000 per week. Guests can sit by the pool and take in the stunning view of the Pitons, 2 volcanic plugs in a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 960 1280

  

Le Bleu Villa

Le Bleu Villa

Le Bleu Villa in Anguilla has 2 private beaches, a tennis court and an Asian water garden. Sleep in one of the 10 bedrooms (9 of which open up to the ocean) for $67,500 per week. 960 1280

  

Sandy Line Villa

Sandy Line Villa

Sandy Line Villa in St. Martin sits on 5 acres of land and has both a tennis court and gym. Go for a swim in the 25-metre lap pool overlooking Plum Bay beach, or relax by the second pool. Guests can rent the villa for 80,000 per week or buy it for $29 million. 960 1280

  

on Sunset Island #2 in Miami

on Sunset Island #2 in Miami

Located on Sunset Island #2 in Miami, this $14.9 million beach house was once owned by Maurice Gibb of the Bee Gees. 960 1280

  

Sunset Island #2 in Miami

Sunset Island #2 in Miami

The house has an infinity-edge heated pool complete with a cascading waterfall. 960 1280

  

Malibu

Malibu

For $45 million this Malibu beach house could be yours! Built in 1975, the house was designed by architect Ettore Sottsass, who has also designed a number of posh storefronts on Rodeo Drive. 960 1280

  

Malibu

Malibu

The villa and its gardens were modeled after the Alhambra Palace in Spain. 960 1280

  

Malibu

Malibu

The Malibu mansion also has original Catalina tiles (only made from 1927-1937) in every bathroom. The master bath features 2 matching side-by-side tubs. 960 1280

  

Casa Contenta in Miami

Casa Contenta in Miami

The Casa Contenta in Miami rents for $130,900 per week, and its pool has a cascading waterfall, a grotto and a jacuzzi. 960 1280

  

Artist Peggy Hopper is known for her distinctive paintings of island women, with soft tones and gentle shapes that welcome you like a warm embrace. Her gallery is just one of many you will discover on Oahu. The Honolulu Academy of Arts and The Contemporary Museum feature enviable collections from around the world. On the First Friday of every month, the Chinatown district of Honolulu explodes into an urban block party with niche galleries and art shows practically on every corner. 960 1280

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What's a pink Spanish-Moorish hotel doing in Waikiki? The answer: stealing your breath away. The Royal Hawaiian opened in1927 when the era of luxury travel to Hawaii was just beginning. After a five-day sea voyage, passengers would move into the 'Pink Palace of the Pacific,' bringing with them steamer trunks, servants, and even their Rolls Royce vehicles. In 2008, this classic gem underwent an extensive restoration to become the Royal Hawaiian, A Luxury Collection Resort. Gorgeous. 960 1280

The Hawaiian Islands  

A trip to Pearl Harbor will fill you with pride and also humility. The Arizona Memorial is dedicated to the USS Arizona's 1,102 sailors who were killed when Japanese Imperial forces attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Nearby, the USS Battleship Missouri Memorial honors the battleship where Japan's Emperor Hirohito surrendered to end World War II. A bit of trivia: the Missouri's bow is placed to convey that the battleship now watches over the Arizona so that her sailors may rest in peace. 960 1280

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Oahu is a shopaholic's paradise. Where else can you find Hawaiian-style coffee mugs in a big box store, hand-carved tikis made by those who understand the meaning of each groove, the latest designer brands, warehouse outlets with summer styles 365 days a year, plus, swap meets and farmer markets that offer foods and gifts you might not find anywhere else? 960 1280

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What's the best place to surf on Waikiki Beach? Just ask the 'Duke.' Duke Paoa Kahanamoku was Waikiki's best known beach boy, the 'Ambassador of Aloha' who introduced surfing to the world, and always, the consummate gentleman. He was also an Olympic champion who won three gold, two silver and one bronze medals. Today, residents and visitors alike drape leis on his statue as a gesture of aloha. And if you're searching for Waikiki's most perfect waves, Duke marks the spot. 960 1280

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There's an indescribable something special about Waikiki Beach when the sun goes down. It's an energy, an undercurrent of nightlife that's about to unfold. Sophisticated nightspots. Island music scenes. Mai tais with flavors like lychee, li hing and mango. This is Waikiki Beach--the one and only. 960 1280

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If you can stand on two feet, you can surf. Perhaps not well at first, but that's half the fun. Waikiki beach boys will show you what you how. You'll start with a lesson on the sand followed by a gentle push in the waves, and off you go. If you're serious, start early in the morning before the crowd shows up. After your lesson, you can rent a board and keep practicing. Watch out. It's addicting. 960 1280

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Haleiwa Town on Oahu's North Shore is part country, part chic, and all fun. It started as a beach town on the outskirts of the cane and pineapple fields and has retained its rustic roots. It's a must-stop for shaved ice, shopping, art galleries and crafts, and of course, good eats. It's also the perfect excuse to move a little slower and linger a little longer. Whether you're on your way to Pipeline and Waimea, or heading back to your hotel, Haleiwa is a 'no hurry, no worry' kind of place. 960 1280

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'One paddle, two paddle, three paddle. Four to take me home.' These famous song lyrics are synonymous with outrigger canoes and paddling on Waikiki Beach. Hop in and you'll feel the thrill as your canoe glides out to sea. The best part of the ride is when you turn back toward shore and ride the waves in. It's like surfing while sitting down. In paddling there are two words you won't want to mix up: 'hui' means to switch paddling to the other side, while 'huli' means to turn over. Fun, but wet. 960 1280

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Ask anyone who lives on Oahu's Windward side where the best beach is located, and they'll say 'Kailua.' It's a thriving beach town where you can wear your pareo (wrap around) into the grocery store and flip flops (we call them 'slippers') are the only locally-approved footwear. And the beach, let's just say that it's the second-most photographed stretch of sand on the island. Kailua has several kayak rental and surf stores. If you're into kite boarding, this is also the beach of choice. 960 1280

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Northern Michigan

Northern Michigan

New summertime visitors to the beaches of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, particularly the counties that surround the increasingly hip town of Traverse City, are often heard saying two things: “I can’t believe I’m in Michigan,” and “I can’t believe this is a lake.” Just a two-hour plane jaunt from NYC, this idyllic little corner of the state is another planet from Detroit. Here you’ll find teal blue waters expanding out from unpopulated white beaches, charming villages like Northport and Leland, and welcoming locals who seem happy to let you in on their little secret. 960 1280

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Northern Michigan

Northern Michigan

With a growing farm to market foodie scene, even Mario Batali is happy to call this northernmost part of the Lower Peninsula home. Climb the staggering sand dunes of Sleeping Bear National Seashore, pick cherries, sip tasty local Rieslings and Cabernets, sail, swim, paddleboard, and know you are in on something good. 960 1280

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Wellfleet, Cape Cod

Wellfleet, Cape Cod

While the turned-up-collar set hop the ferry over to Nantucket, the artsy crowd heads up Cape Cod’s Route 6 to the beaches and pine forests of the Outer Cape, the northernmost part of the peninsula. Wellfleet, with endless shores on both the Atlantic and the bayside, a thriving summer cultural scene and woodland ponds that would make Thoreau feel at home, is an ideal escape for the barefoot beach lover with a paperback in her pocket. 960 1280

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Wellfleet, Cape Cod

Wellfleet, Cape Cod

Stop by the buzzing Wellfleet Public Library to get the scoop on where and when the local concerts, art shows and poetry readings are happening. Ride bikes along Route 6’s railway trail, watch the waves roll in from the Beachcomber Bar – a seaside hangout with a wicked lobster roll – or attend world-class plays at the Harbor Stage Company Theater. And don’t leave the Cape without sampling the famous Wellfleet oysters. 960 1280

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Menemsha, Martha's Vineyard

Menemsha, Martha's Vineyard

If you are drawn to New England’s islands, but don’t want to hustle amid the throng, ferry out to the 300-year-old fishing village of Menemsha on the western point of Martha’s Vineyard. You will not find the lively tourist action of nearby Edgartown, but you will find quiet beaches begging for evening bonfires, fish shacks serving up the fresh catch of local fishermen – many of whose families have been trolling these waters for five generations – and what many argue is the best sunset in the Northeast. 960 1280

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Menemsha, Martha's Vineyard

Menemsha, Martha's Vineyard

Settle in for a lobster dinner at the mainstay Home Port restaurant, get back to nature at the clothing optional Lucy Vincent beach or throw your own fishing line in at the Menemsha jetty, a favorite spot for a sunset-drenched end to a perfect summer day. 960 1280

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Casco Bay Islands, Maine

Casco Bay Islands, Maine

While the presidential types may be savoring their summers in nearby Kennebunkport, you, too, can find blissful seclusion in Maine by retreating to one of the Casco Bay Islands. An archipelago that spreads out from the bay surrounding Portland, the largest of these islands are accessible within an hour’s ferry ride from the city; but with bald eagles swooping overhead and air filled with salty sea spray, you feel like you’ve journeyed much further. 960 1280

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Casco Bay Islands, Maine

Casco Bay Islands, Maine

On Bailey’s Island, eat lobster plucked fresh from the bay at landmark seafood joint Cook’s Lobster and Ale House. Or let your kids roam freely at Great Diamond Island where golf carts and bicycles are the only vehicles allowed. Long Island, a wee three-mile stretch of land populated by about 200 people year round, is a favorite thanks to its ample beaches with sands so pristine they are said to whistle as your feet shuffle through them. 960 1280

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The Rhode Island Coast

The Rhode Island Coast

No matter where you are in Rhode Island, you are not too far from the ocean. The smallest state in the union (only 37 miles wide and 48 miles long) has so many inlets and coves, that its total coastline adds up to a whopping 400 miles. So while it is worthwhile to stroll amid the Gatsby-esque “summer cottages” of Rhode Island’s most celebrated summer town, Newport, there are seaside gems spanning the entire state. Just hit Highway One and explore.  960 1280

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The Rhode Island Coast

The Rhode Island Coast

In Westerly, play croquet on the green lawns of the Ocean House, a Grande Dame of a seaside resort that dates back to 1868. A visit to the luxurious Stone House, a hotel and restaurant in the sleepy beach town of Little Compton, will let you decompress while keeping a low profile. Sample some of the seafood shacks in the funky little village of Galilee on Point Judith, and take pleasure in knowing that no matter where you are, it won’t take you long to get to the beach.   960 1280

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