These Are The Top 10 Beaches In America

Whether you’re looking to relax by the shore or ride some waves, the beach is always a popular destination for the summer. Although the United States is known for its beautiful countryside and national parks, it’s home to some of the world’s greatest beaches as well. No matter where you are in the country, there’s almost always a shore nearby. Here are some of the top 10 beach destinations that America has to offer.

10. Manele Bay, Hawaii

Hulopo’e Beach in the heart of Manele Bay has long been considered one of the world’s best stretches of sand. Snorkeling and diving spots here are thought of as the best in Hawaii, making a swim in the 70-degree water irresistible.

9. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Dominating South Carolina’s 60-mile Grand Strand, Myrtle Beach is the ultimate vacation hub in the East Coast. Summertime action is overflowing with beaches, water parks, restaurants, and plenty of live entertainment. The beach itself is an extensive stretch of white sand perfect for fishing, swimming, sunbathing, sailing and surfing.

8. Nantucket, Massachusetts

Nantucket is set against a bright blue backdrop of ocean, surrounded by weathered white cottages, wild roses and a thriving community. The former whaling town has quaint neighborhoods and beaches for everyone, including Surfside Beach and Children’s Beach which feature calm waters and plenty of sand castles.

7. Kauna’oa Bay, Hawaii

Located on the Kohala Coast of Hawaii’s Big Island, Kauna’oa Bay is the quintessential beach haven of the Aloha-state. With its abundant white sands, palm trees, and clear blue waters, it’s no wonder that the beach is a natural spot for water sports enthusiasts and families alike.

6. Clearwater Beach, Florida

Spread along a narrow 3 mile stretch of the Pinellas Peninsula, Clearwater Beach straddles the waters of the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay. Visitors can enjoy sunbathing, beach volleyball games, renting fishing boats, taking a dolphin watching cruise, or even parasailing! There is also a museum and aquarium close to the shore for those who have had their fill of sand for the day.

5. Coronado, California

Coronado Central beach stretches 1.5 miles behind the great houses along Ocean Boulevard. Swimmers, bodysurfers, boogie boarders and sand sculptors all thrive here, with whale watchers joining the mix December through February.

4. Cape May, New Jersey

As 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 bed and breakfasts. Bring your binoculars to the beach if you’re looking to catch a glimpse of some dolphins!

3. Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts

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Martha’s Vineyard is always a popular spot in the summer, but you can escape the crowds by heading to its eastern reaches “up-island” at Moshup Beach. Moshup Beach is an unspoiled paradise of white sand framed by red, brown, and tan striated cliffs.

2. East Hampton, New York

It’s easy to see why East Hampton is one of the top American beach destinations. with its broad stretches of white sand, roaring waves, and glamorous mansions. At the end of Main Street is Main Beach, where the Hampton’s famous beaches and incredible lobster rolls are available year round.

1. Cape Hatteras National Seashore, North Carolina

Stretching for 72 miles along the Atlantic Coast, the Cape Hatteras National Seashore is a skinny strip of barrier islands from Nags Head to Ocracoke Island. Visitors can climb 248 steps to the top of the nation’s tallest lighthouse, towering at an impressive 196 feet, for a spectacular view of the shore.

Know of any other great American beaches not on the list? Let us know in the comment section below!

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