Beautiful sunny day at the beach

From Sea to Shining Sea: A Guide to America’s Best Beaches

Beautiful sunny day at the beach

From Sea to Shining Sea: A Guide to America’s Best Beaches

From Hawaii to Massachusetts, America is home to many top-rated beaches with soft sand, clear ocean water and great amenities. Here are the Top 5.

Every year, millions of visitors flock to the beach in search of relaxation, adventure, sun, and fun. Imagine relaxing on pristine sand with the sun gently warming your skin as the invigorating sea air gently blows your hair. You don’t need a passport to visit some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. From cosmopolitan cities to rugged islands off the coast, America is home to beach destinations that appeal to all types of travelers. If you love soft sand, clear water, and great amenities, consider these five destinations for your next beach vacation.

Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, Oahu, Hawaii

Situated at the base of a volcanic crater, this marine life nature preserve boasts a beautiful beach and some of the best snorkeling in Hawaii. More than 300 species of Hawaiian fish and marine life live in the shallow coral reefs. Dr. Beach (Steve Leatherman) rates Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve on Oahu, Hawaii, as the best beach in the country.
Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve in Oahu, Hawaii

Nantucket, Massachusetts

Enjoy sweeping views from Altar Rock, walk among diverse wildlife and tidal ponds at Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge, or bike to the iconic Sankaty Head Lighthouse. This former whaling community features gorgeous windblown dunes and multiple pristine beaches from Great Point to Surfside, making it one of the best beach communities in America, according to Travel+Leisure.
Lighthouse on Great Point beach in Massachusetts

Siesta Key Beaches, Sarasota, Florida

Go kayaking, shelling, or simply relax when you visit “America’s Favorite Beach.” This 8-mile-long island off the coast of Sarasota has repeatedly made Dr. Beach’s list of the best in beaches in the country. It features sugar-white quartz sand, turquoise gulf waters, and a lively array of attractions, watersports, and one-of-a-kind shops.
Siesta Key Beach in Sarasota, Florida

Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach, Ocracoke Island, Outer Banks, North Carolina

Wild terrain, secluded beaches, and the relaxation of being on “island time” make Ocracoke a favorite among beachgoers. Get a sense of the island’s rich history with a visit to Ocracoke Lighthouse or the Preservation Museum. Main attractions include walking along Cape Hatteras National Seashore, strolling through the village’s eclectic shops and restaurants, and visiting the wild ponies.
Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach, Ocracoke Island, Outer Banks

Coronado Central Beach, Coronado, California

Beachgoers flock to Coronado Central Beach for its stellar skim boarding, surfing, beachcombing, and people watching. The beach’s beautiful surroundings earned it a spot on Travel+Leisure’s list of best beaches in the U.S. Enjoy the beautiful tropical weather, sparkling mica-infused sand, and a backdrop with mansions and the glamorous Hotel del Coronado, a national historic landmark.
Surfer on California's Coronado Central Beach at sunset

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