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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Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

"El Arco" -- @lilych19 960 1280

  

Lagos, Portugal

Lagos, Portugal

"I just want to go back #lagos #beach #portugal" -- @berger_king3 960 1280

  

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

"Beach life. dromana/gunnamatta/safetybeach/mccrae" -- @_factorygirl 960 1280

  

St. John, US Virgin Islands

St. John, US Virgin Islands

"#ww #receptionsite #stjohn #destinationwedding #islandstyleweddings" -- @islandstyleweddings 960 1280

  

Miami Beach, Miami, FL

Miami Beach, Miami, FL

"#sitetours #gimmethatcookie #hilton #sunnyisles #miami #hotels #workflow" -- @j_wusinich 960 1280

  

Tybee Island, GA

Tybee Island, GA

"Bird watching #tybeeisland #tybeesunset #visitsavannah #savannahbeach #savannahgeorgia #exploregeorgia #georgiaonmymind #cocos #backriver #eastcoast #pelicans #birds #boats #dusk #ilovetybee #tybeelove #lwynnephoto" -- @lwynne 960 1280

  

Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

"#beachgang #sunset #nopantsdance" -- @eatthespider 960 1280

  

Menorca, Balearic Islands

Menorca, Balearic Islands

"how i missed you Menorca! #beach #sun #paradise #picoftheday #travels #blue #holidays #menorca" -- @lipstickvoice 960 1280

  

The Maldives

The Maldives

"Maldives 2012." -- @mbeatrizleitao 960 1280

  

Big Sur, CA

Big Sur, CA

"Bixby Bridge #california #highwayon" -- @fredrikafrojdh 960 1280

  

Waikiki, Honolulu, Oahu, HI

Waikiki, Honolulu, Oahu, HI

"Waikiki beach helicopter ride #travel #beach #view #paradise" -- @hale_nani_villa 960 1280

  

Baker Beach, San Francisco, CA

Baker Beach, San Francisco, CA

"#bakerbeach #sanfrancisco #beach #goldengatebridge #bridge #twilight #clouds #cloudporn #reflection #nature #landscape #california" -- @bobaumgartner 960 1280

  

Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Island, Australia

Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Island, Australia

"Enjoying the #naturalbeauty of #whitehavenbeach on our #whitsundaycruise #lovethewhitsundays #whitsundayisland #sand #sea #sun #seeaustralia #thisisqueensland" -- @thelittlejess 960 1280

  

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

"Cabo San Lucas Mexico" -- @ccnashphotography 960 1280

  

Big Sur, CA

Big Sur, CA

"The Big Sur in Cali on a road trip down the PCH in 2012. #BigSur #California #travel" -- @jtrovato_ontheroad 960 1280

  

Lanikai Beach, Oahu, HI

Lanikai Beach, Oahu, HI

"My beautiful mother in a moment of zen. Happy Birthday little flower. Xo" -- @marinaleclair 960 1280

  

Oahu, HI

Oahu, HI

"Last night was one of the hardest nights I've had in a long time emotionally ... Caring for a young 19 year old with cancer who's even more enthusiastic about life and it's endless possibilities than I am made me realized whatever my troubles are it's just a small hump in the road. This beautiful life shouldn't be wasted on being sad about something you cannot change but being happy and appreciative of what you've got and how you can use that to help others who are much less fortunate. That little boy gave me so much more than what I could have given him last night." -- @nhamaste 960 1280

  

Maui, HI

Maui, HI

"I miss Hawaii #ilovehawaii #islands #roadtohana #cliffjumping #ocean #water #blueskies #blue #memories #amazing #maui #hawaii #usa #waves #takemeback #beach #bikini #iphone5" -- @missamy6 960 1280

  

Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Bora Bora, French Polynesia

"A little slice of #heaven. #borabora" -- @tiffaneyw 960 1280

  

Ocean Beach, San Diego, CA

Ocean Beach, San Diego, CA

"Look right.." -- @pgsilver 960 1280

  

Laguna Beach, CA

Laguna Beach, CA

"Have been going to Laguna since I was a little kid and the views still amaze me. Always beautiful! #orangecounty #laguna #lagunabeach" -- @paulajohns 960 1280

  

Cornwall, UK

Cornwall, UK

"#cornwall #cornwalluk #cliffs #ilovecornwall #sea #surf #travel #coastalpath #beach #beauty #england #uk #europe #travel" -- @jamiemacm1978 960 1280

  

Saint Martin

Saint Martin

"One of my favorite beaches in the world. #mahobay #stmaarten Can't wait to discover Spain's Canary Islands this weekend! #tcbeachweek" -- @ericaconnolly91 960 1280

  

Dana Point, CA

Dana Point, CA

"Saturday swoop down the coast. Amazing!" -- @mydanapoint 960 1280

  

Nungwi, Zanzibar, Tanzania

Nungwi, Zanzibar, Tanzania

"My beautiful view poolside and ocean front at Essque Zalu Zanzibar." -- @hautetravelgirl 960 1280

  

Eden Rock, St. Barts

Eden Rock, St. Barts

"Just chilling at Eden Rock." -- @jbrochu 960 1280

  

Tobacco Bay, St. George, Bermuda

Tobacco Bay, St. George, Bermuda

"No filter needed #nofilter #tobaccobay #saintgeorges #ocean #sea #adventure #travel #trip #bermuda #beach" -- @petit_chat_photos 960 1280

  

Lagos, Portugal

Lagos, Portugal

"#Lagos #Portugal #beautiful #beach" -- @allicyn1 960 1280

  

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The beach at Baga is peaceful during the day, but when the sun goes down there's a busy nightlife scene. 960 1280

Goa maintains its laid-back charm with afternoon siestas and inviting beaches like this one in Candolim. 960 1280

  

Dona Paula in Goa has gorgeous beaches fringed by rows of delicate casuarina and palm trees. 960 1280

Photo by sudeep1106 through Flickr Creative Commons  

There's plenty of charm to be found along Kovalam's 3 crescent-shaped beaches'Lighthouse Beach, Hawah and Samudra. 960 1280

Photo by agautam2y through Flickr Creative Commons  

Varkala in Kerala is an important cultural spot with mineral-rich springs and Ayurvedic spas along the beach. 960 1280

Photo by Jagels through Flickr Creative Commons  

Key West

Key West

A beach lover’s heaven, Key West is one of the most enchanting of the 1,700 islands that make up the Florida Keys. It’s also the southernmost city in the continental US. 960 1280

Ed Schipul via Flickr Creative Commons SA 2.0, cropped and color corrected  

Key West

Key West

The beaches in Key West are ideal for swimming and snorkeling, and fishing is allowed off the piers at most beaches. Enjoy these activities at Fort Zachary Taylor State Park, Florida’s southernmost state park -- and one of its most beautiful spots -- that’s home to wide stretches of sand and tranquil waters. We recommend renting a 2-person, glass-bottom kayak if you’re looking for a fun but romantic escape. 960 1280

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Clearwater Beach

Clearwater Beach

One of America’s finest white-sand beaches, Clearwater Beach spans a narrow, 3-mile stretch of the Pinellas Peninsula on the Gulf Coast. Clearwater’s proximity to Tampa offers visitors ample activities to enjoy, including beach volleyball, parasailing, a dolphin-watching cruise and a fun fishing excursion. 960 1280

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Clearwater Beach

Clearwater Beach

Piers are a Florida shore staple, and Clearwater Beach is no different. Walk to the end of the famed Pier 60 to take in one of the state’s many beautiful sunsets, whether it’s the one in the sky or the daily festival of the same name, which is held 365 days a year. 960 1280

Matthew Paulson via Flickr Creative Commons NC ND 2.0, cropped and color corrected  

Sanibel Island

Sanibel Island

Known as one of the best shelling locations thanks to the abundant seashells that wash ashore from the Gulf of Mexico, Sanibel Island attracts collectors from all over the world. 960 1280

Gregory Moine, flickr  

Sanibel Island

Sanibel Island

With a small population of locals, along with breathtaking, clear-blue waters and immaculate white-sand beaches, Sanibel Island offers a fun and relaxing vacation for families and couples alike. 960 1280

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Captiva Island

Captiva Island

Just north of its aforementioned sister island, Sanibel, Captiva Island is a tropical paradise right here in the United States. It offers some of the best fishing and boating in Florida. 960 1280

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Captiva Island

Captiva Island

The blue waters and white-sand beaches of Captiva Island stretch into the horizon. So we recommend watching a spectacular sunset at the end of Captiva Drive. But before the sun sets, go boating down the waterways of the island to see local wildlife, including dolphins, crocodiles, blue herons and many different species of colorful birds. 960 1280

Pete Markham, flickr  

Palm Beach

Palm Beach

The easternmost town in all of Florida, Palm Beach is lined with its namesake majestic trees and loaded with beautiful beachfront properties, high-end hotels and sprawling resorts. 960 1280

Simon Morris via Flickr Creative Commons NC 2.0, cropped and color corrected  

Palm Beach

Palm Beach

This 16-mile-long, half-mile-wide island is the epitome of wealth and extravagance. In times past, it served as the winter home to the Vanderbilts, the Kennedys, the Rockefellers and other millionaires. True to form, the town still features some of Florida’s finest hotels, restaurants and shops, as well as beautiful beaches. Perched next to the Gulf Stream, this beach town also enjoys the extra benefit of warm blue water and gentle breezes. 960 1280

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Siesta Key

Siesta Key

Situated between Roberts Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, just a short distance from downtown Sarasota, Siesta Key is as laid-back and enjoyable as any beach you’ll find in Florida. 960 1280

Thomas Orger via Flickr Creative Commons NC ND 2.0, cropped and color corrected  

Siesta Key

Siesta Key

Spend the perfect family vacation in Siesta Key, a barrier island off Florida’s central western coast that boasts beachside picnic areas and playgrounds. Go shell collecting, kayaking or hop on a catamaran for more active pursuits. For adults who want a more low-key experience, spend a candlelit dinner at a restaurant or rent a cozy cottage for a romantic getaway. 960 1280

Mike Miller, flickr  

Naples

Naples

Located in southern Florida on the Gulf of Mexico, Naples offers phenomenal fishing experiences along the pier, top-notch outdoor restaurants and fun — but difficult — golf courses. 960 1280

Marcus Andersson via Flickr Creative Commons 2.0  

Naples

Naples

Watch the rolling waves and gaze at the mansions that line some of Naples’ most popular beaches along 12th Avenue South. For a family looking to camp out on the beach for the day, we recommend heading a few miles north of Old Naples to Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park. Food stands and on-site rentals for umbrellas, kayaks and snorkeling gear are available nearby. 960 1280

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South Beach

South Beach

Take a dip in the crystal-blue waters of Miami’s South Beach, an international playground that offers non-stop nightlife, high-end shopping, luxurious boutique hotels and unique Art Deco architecture. This man-made beach is perfect for early morning runs and topless sunbathing. 960 1280

photosvit/ iStock/ Thinkstock  

South Beach

South Beach

Take in a beautiful sunrise accompanied by blue skies and colorful clouds as you walk along one of the world’s most renowned beaches. 960 1280

ventdusud / iStock / Getty Images Plus  

Delray Beach

Delray Beach

Each year, nearly 1 million people visit family-friendly Delray Beach to enjoy the 2-mile-long beach that’s ideal for fun beach activities, including sandcastle-building. Take a break from the beach and hit nearby Atlantic Avenue, lined with boutiques, seafood restaurants and the luxurious Seagate Hotel and Spa. 960 1280

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Delray Beach

Delray Beach

From sailing and surfing to snorkeling and paddleboarding, water-sport lovers are in for a treat when visiting Delray. 960 1280

Visit Florida / Pete Cross via Flickr Creative Commons NC ND 2.0, cropped and color corrected  

Atlantic Beach

Atlantic Beach

Relaxing is easy on Atlantic Beach: Sand as soft and white as sugar, brilliant sunshine and azure waters abound. And while Atlantic Beach has heaps of small-town charm, it’s also just a short drive from Jacksonville, making it convenient for day-trippers and vacationers who want a short airport-to-beach commute. 960 1280

By AndrewAvitus (Own work) [CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons  

Atlantic Beach

Atlantic Beach

History buffs can learn about the development of the Atlantic Beach and neighboring Jacksonville beaches at the area’s Beaches Museum and History Center. After spending the afternoon strolling the shores, head to Beaches Town Center’s pedestrian-friendly cobblestone streets and check out the town’s restaurants, galleries, boutiques and frequent special events, including live music and the monthly North Beaches Art Walk, held on the third Thursday of every month. 960 1280

By Ebyabe (Own work) [GFDL or CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons  

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