Top 10 beaches in USA

  • Miami South Beach, Florida sborisov / 123RF

    Miami South Beach // Florida

    South Beach is perhaps the ultimate urban beach. It has it all; history, style, quirkiness, class and as much partying as you want, not to mention a vast swathe of white sand beach bordering clear blue ocean. This is where the beautiful and rich come to play in the sunshine before hitting the nightlife of Ocean Drive after dark. South beach is... read more »

  • Big Beach, Maui, Hawaii Vacclav

    Big Beach // Hawaii

    As the name suggests, Big Beach is in fact the largest beach on the south coast of Maui. There is nearly a mile of golden sand along this section of Makena Beach State Park which unlike neighboring beaches is largely undeveloped. Backed by lush tropical forest this Big beach feels a lot more remote than it actually is; in fact it is right next... read more »

  • Pier 60, Clearwater beach, Florida Elena Petrova

    Clearwater Beach // Florida

    Clearwater is yet another fantastic Florida beach situated on the barrier islands of the Gulf Coast. Located on the Pinellas Peninsula this white sand beach stretches for over 3 miles (5 km) along the calm, clear blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Clearwater beach is one of Florida's best rated family beaches and there is plenty to back this up.... read more »

  • McWay Falls, Big Sur, California <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/naturesdawn/">Dawn Ellner</a> / <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/">License</a>

    McWay Falls Cove // California

    Set in the Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park this beautiful little horseshoe shaped cove is surrounded by high, tree-lined cliffs. Perhaps the beach's most notable feature though is McWay Falls, a waterfall that vertically plunges 80 feet directly into the aqua-blue waters of the Pacific Ocean. The cove here is one of the undisputed highlights of... read more »

  • Sunset at Lanikai beach in Hawaii Tomasfoto

    Lanikai Beach // Hawaii

    Situated on the windward coast of Oahu in Hawaii is Lanikai beach, which translates as "heavenly sea". With its fine white sand and brilliant aqua blue water this name seems quite fitting. Lanikai is fringed with palm trees and with water temperatures rarely dipping below 75° F (24° C) there is no mistaking you are in the tropics. Unlike many of... read more »

  • Bandon Beach, Oregon Andrew Soundarajan / iStock

    Bandon Beach // Oregon

  • Venice Beach, LA, California

    Venice Beach // California

    When thinking of Los Angeles it is hard not to picture the city's iconic Venice Beach. Whilst many beaches are exactly that, and nothing else, Venice Beach is much more than that; a beach, cultural institution, vibrant community and international tourist destination to name a few. What goes on along the beach front is as important to Venice beach'... read more »

  • Sanibel Lighthouse beach at night Noel Benadom / <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en">CC BY</a>

    Sanibel Island // Florida

    Sanibel Island is a barrier island on Florida's Gulf Coast. Whilst there are several other such islands in the vicinity, only Sanibel has an "east to west" orientation which apparently makes for sandy beaches and helps explain why this beach is considered a shell-seeker's paradise. Until the 1960s Sanibel Island was only connected to the mainland... read more »

  • Siesta Key beach, Florida fotomak / 123RF

    Siesta Key Beach // Florida

    Frequently cited as the USA's best beach on account of its brilliant white sand, turquoise waters and laid back feel, Siesta Key is a worthy contender for the title. Located on the eight mile long Gulf Coast barrier island of Siesta Key the beach here is made from some of the finest sand on the planet; 99% quartz, the white sand is apparently... read more »

  • Haulover beach, Florida

    Haulover Beach // Florida

    White sand, clear turquoise sea - nothing unusual there for a Florida beach. Oh, and clothes are optional! That's right, the northern third of Haulover is an officially sanctioned nude beach.
    But there is more to Haulover beach than getting naked - this beach has a fantastic array of amenities and things to do making it one of the best family... read more »

  • Sand Harbor beach, Lake Tahoe Mariusz Blach

    Sand Harbor Beach // Lake Tahoe

    When you think of beaches in America you're probably thinking California, Florida or even Hawaii. Yet, he we are several hundred miles inland and in the mountains. I guess half of the lake is in California, but the beach we are interested in is over the border in Nevada.
    There are actually around over 70 miles of beaches around the shores of Lake... read more »

  • Waimanalo Beach, Oahu, Hawaii cvalle

    Waimanalo Beach // Hawaii

    Waimānalo Beach, on the windward side of the island of Oahu has several claims to fame; firstly it is were Magnum, P.I. resided in the 80's TV series. Second, and perhaps more importantly it is the longest stretch of sandy shore on Oahu at well over 5 miles (9km). This expanse of unbroken white sand is sandwiched between the turquoise waters of... read more »

  • Laguna Beach, Southern California Joe Belanger

    Laguna Beach // California

    Located midway between Los Angeles and San Diego, Laguna Beach is the archetypal Southern Californian beach town. This is one of the most fashionable seaside towns in Orange County and as such has attracted the wealthy and famous for many years. Laguna Beach has a long established reputation as a cultural hotspot and is home to any number of art... read more »

  • Santa Rosa Beach, Florida Barbara Reddoch

    Santa Rosa Beach // Florida

    Powdery white sand and the clear waters of the Gulf are all par for the course along Florida's Emerald Coast and Santa Rosa beach is no exception. Situated less than ten miles away from the ever popular beaches of Destin, what you get at Santa Rosa is a more laid back, and dare I say, upmarket experience. You can instantly tell there is money... read more »

  • East Beach, Santa Barbara

    Santa Barbara East Beach // California

    East Beach is the archetypal Californian beach; the Pacific Ocean, golden sand, tall palm trees line the boulevard behind the beach, beach volleyball courts, lifeguard towers and the backdrop of the Santa Ynez Mountains rising steeply behind the city. The beach here is home to many of Santa Barbara's most upmarket hotels, however, development has... read more »

  • Tunnels beach, Kauai, Hawaii Sekar Balasubramanian

    Tunnels Beach // Hawaii

    Tunnels beach is set on the north coast of Hawaii's most northerly main island, Kauai. Originally known as Makua beach, the name Tunnels could be from one of two possible sources; most likely is it comes from the maze passages that wind their way through the big coral reef which sits just offshore. Alternately, it could be from the shape of the... read more »

  • Poipu beach, Kauai, Hawaii Ellen Smile

    Poipu Beach // Hawaii

    Poipu is the most popular beach on Kauai's South Shore and by all accounts one of the most highly rated in all Hawaii (or at least according to Dr Beach). The island of Kauai itself is the least developed and with its abundantly lush interior is often referred to as the Garden Isle. So, despite the fact Poipu borders a number of resorts it still... read more »

  • Fort de Soto Park beach Pinellas County / <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/">CC BY</a>

    Fort De Soto Park // Florida

    Fort de Soto Park is more than just a beach. It is a collection of five interconnected keys (islands) just off the coast of St Petersburg in the Gulf of Mexico. The beaches of Fort de Soto constantly appear on lists of America's best beaches, even occupying the number one spot in one poll. This is little surprise given the beautiful natural... read more »

  • Hanauma Bay, Hawaii Banzai Hiroaki / <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/">CC BY</a>

    Hanauma Bay // Hawaii

    The sandy beach of Hanauma Bay is one of the most popular tourist destinations on the Hawaiian island of O'ahu. Given the wealth of beautiful beaches in Hawaii, what makes this one so special?
    Well, firstly it is a bit of a stunner. The crescent of golden sand looks out onto the near circular bay formed from two sunken volcanic craters. When the... read more »

  • Ka&#039;anapali Beach, Maui Rob Newton

    Ka’anapali Beach // Hawaii

    If you are a beach connoisseur, then Ka’anapali Beach on Maui's west coast is definitely one for your bucket list. Dubbed "Black Rock" Beach locally, this stunning three mile stretch of golden-white sand and alluring, azure water is within walking distance of several large resorts, tempting restaurants and many other local attractions.

    No... read more »