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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Rebuilt Luxury Outpost Hilton Los Cabos

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.

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Desert Farm-to-Table Flora Field Kitchen

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.”

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Whale Watching Off Baja Peninsula

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.

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Sky High Adventures at Wild Canyon

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.

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Gallery District’s Art-Filled Streets

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.

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Tamarindo Beach

Tamarindo Beach

Tamarindo is ground zero for snorkeling, kayaking and paddleboarding enthusiasts. Several snorkel and kayak tours launch here because of the calm, clear waters, which are home to sea turtles and schools of tropical fish. 960 1280

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Flamenco Beach

Flamenco Beach

Before it was named one of the world’s best beaches, Flamenco Beach was a naval munitions training ground. This Sherman tank is a remnant of that past. 960 1280

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Culebrita Tide Pools

Culebrita Tide Pools

Culebrita is one of the smaller islands in Culebra’s archipelago of 23 islands. Explore its tide pools, which are teeming with tiny fish. 960 1280

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Culebrita Lighthouse

Culebrita Lighthouse

Dating back to 1886, the Culebrita lighthouse helped guide seafarers between Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Today, it’s a popular site for Culebra day-trippers, thanks to its great views of the Caribbean. 960 1280

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Casa Robinson: Guesthouse With a View

Casa Robinson: Guesthouse With a View

Many visitors to Culebra choose to stay in rentals or guesthouses. Some have a front-row seat to stunning scenes, such as the one at Casa Robinson. 960 1280

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The Road to Zoni Beach

The Road to Zoni Beach

Pass by Culebra’s prime real estate and the homes of Puerto Rico’s rich and famous on the way to Zoni Beach, an active sea turtle breeding ground. 960 1280

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Dinghy Dock

Dinghy Dock

When the sun sets, visitors and locals head to Dinghy Dock. Order a fruity drink, grab a bite and maybe linger for live music. 960 1280

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Fulladoza Bay

Fulladoza Bay

Boats touring the Caribbean from all over the world drop anchor here and in Ensenada Honda. 960 1280

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Punta Soldado

Punta Soldado

You’ll find the locals at Punta Soldado, at the southern tip of Culebra. The rock-strewn beach is known for its sunsets. 960 1280

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Club Seabourne

Club Seabourne

If you are staying at Club Seabourne, relax in a hammock on the beautifully manicured lawn or gaze out at Fulladoza Bay from your private balcony. 960 1280

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Dewey

Dewey

Pretty murals decorate the streets of Dewey, Culebra’s only town, where the ferry from mainland Puerto Rico arrives several times daily. 960 1280

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Arte Fango

Arte Fango

Get a taste of Culebra’s Calypso roots and culture at Arte Fango, which sells art featuring local heroes and symbols of island life. 960 1280

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Praia de Pernambuco

Praia de Pernambuco

Praia de Pernambuco is located in São Paulo state – not in the northeastern state of Pernambuco. One of the many beaches situated in the municipality of Guarujá, this lovely coastline has the laid-back vibe of the northeast, even though it’s located approximately an hour away from Brazil’s largest city. A bit farther afield than the other beaches of the Litoral Paulista, Pernambuco also attracts more than its share of sun-tanned hotties. Distance from São Paulo: 60 miles. 960 1280

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Canoa Quebrada

Canoa Quebrada

Just a few hours away from Fortaleza and minutes from the equator, Canoa Quebrada enchants visitors with its incredible sunrises and sunsets. It not uncommon for beachgoers to climb the beach’s highest sand dunes to witness this spectacular view. Windsurfing, swimming, sun tanning, and people-watching are the daylight past-times; while the bars and nightspots along Rua da Broadway keep the scene hot after the sunset. One of the more dramatic ways to get to Canoa Quebrada from town is by dune buggy. Distance from Fortaleza: 103 miles. 960 1280

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Maracajaú

Maracajaú

Nicknamed “The Brazilian Caribbean” because of its powdery white sand and spectacular coral reefs, Maracajaú offers the perfect mix of sea, sun, and sand. The 3.5-acre Maracajaú Reef, located just 4 miles offshore, hugs the Brazilian coastline near its easternmost point and mesmerizes divers and snorkelers with its colorful array of coral and marine life. Visitors from Natal can come down for the day by dune buggy or stay at one of the town’s 3 intimate inns. Distance from Natal: 31 miles. 960 1280

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Arraial do Cabo

Arraial do Cabo

The tip of land pointing into the Atlantic Ocean a couple of hours east of Rio de Janeiro is home to some of the most spectacular beaches in the country. Arraial do Cabo, just south of the resort town of Cabo Frio, features brilliant white sands and cerulean seas, with a string of beaches ranging from intimate to party-size. Beautiful Praia do Farol is only accessible via a launch and sits in the shadow of the impressive Fenda de Nossa Senhora rock formations. Distance from Rio de Janeiro: 105 miles. 960 1280

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Baía do Sancho

Baía do Sancho

Secluded and far, far away from the Brazilian mainland and the world, the archipelago of Fernando de Noronha is home to the World’s Best Beach in 2015, according to the TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice poll. Baía do Sancho is the perfect crescent-shaped stretch of sand with a protective layer of thick tropical vegetation that make this a secluded spot. The striking, rocky outcroppings and calm turquoise seas lull lucky visitors into a dreamy paradise come true. Distance from Natal: 217 miles. 960 1280

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Jericoacoara

Jericoacoara

Affectionately known as Jeri, the backpacking haven of Jericoacoara still packs a punch as one of the world’s best beaches. Guarded by a verdant, 20-acre national park, Jeri features exotic landmarks such as the Pedra Furada stone arch and the abandoned town of Tatajuba. It’s also a great destination for fun activities like kitesurfing, windsurfing, swimming, sandboarding, horseback riding, and yes, even capoeira lessons. The beach at Jeri faces west, setting the stage for phenomenal sunsets over tranquil waters. Distance from Fortaleza: 185 miles. 960 1280

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Praia do Forte

Praia do Forte

An eco-friendly beach and a popular resort area, Praia do Forte offers a cleaner, quieter alternative to Salvador da Bahia’s socially sizzling, but not-altogether-pristine beaches. The peaceful atmosphere of this fishing village – rich in history and culture – is undergirded by the impactful history and culture of the place, while the extensive coral reef, whale and sea turtle sightings, and ecologically focused non-profit organizations operating in the area mean a rich experience that goes beyond the typical hang-out and tanning session on the beach. Distance from Salvador: 50 miles. 960 1280

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Praia Mole

Praia Mole

Long, wide, and often populated by some of the most beautiful young hipsters ever to frolic on a Brazilian beach, Praia Mole is Florianópolis’ answer to Ipanema. Due east of the city – in the middle of Santa Catarina Island’s Atlantic shore – Praia Mole is the center of the region’s youth culture and it’s also an LGBT-friendly hotspot as well. Surfing – and “sightseeing” – make this stretch of sand popular, but it remains arguably the most pleasant of the country’s urban beaches. Distance from Florianópolis: 11 miles. 960 1280

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Praia da Pipa

Praia da Pipa

Cliffs of sand and seaside shrubbery tower over Praia da Pipa. It is still one of the more laid-back jewels on the Brazilian coastline – despite the surfers and beach bums from around the world who make this a popular beach. Situated amidst a lush ecological sanctuary, Pipa also features a small but diverse dining scene as well as a handful of fun spots for drinking and dancing the night away. Distance from Natal: 50 miles. 960 1280

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Ubatuba

Ubatuba

Known as the “Capital do Surf” in Portuguese, the town of Ubatuba – with more than 100 beaches in the vicinity – hosts at least 10 international surf competitions every year. Among them are Ilha das Couves, with its deserted sands and excellent diving; and Itamambuca, known for pretty tubular surf action. Distance from São Paulo: 139 miles. 960 1280

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