Our Top 10 Beaches in the United States

Who doesn’t love traveling to the beach and getting some natural Vitamin D? 😎

Maybe the beach atmosphere isn’t for everyone but for those who do enjoy a beach, we’ve assembled our top 10 beaches in the United States.

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#1. Waikiki Beach, Oahu (Honolulu, Hawaii)

Oahu is part of the Hawaiian island chain and has the state’s capital in it: Honolulu.  Waikiki Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Oahu.  This comes to no surprise as this beach actually consists of eight different sections.  No matter where you go, there always appears to be some activity and excitement.  From boogie boarding and surfing to snorkeling and tanning, the activities are endless.  

Overall, Oahu is an amazing travel destination for vacation or even a wedding or honeymoon in the future.  Let us know what you think!

For more information regarding the eight different sections, please visit Waikiki’s Beach Page.

#2.  Miami Beach, Florida (South Beach included)

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With its enticing night life and extravagant beaches, Miami is truly a must-see city whether you want to travel with family, friends, or a significant other.  People from all over the world come to visit its beaches, architecture, food, and cultural attractions such as museums.  

High-end fine dining establishments surround the streets of Miami Beach.  From Peruvian and Cuban cuisine to American and Asian dishes, you will not be disappointed.  

SEAFOOD LOVERS…check out Joe’s Stone Crab if you enjoy quality and savory seafood.  Other restaurants visitors often rave about are Buon Pane Italiano and Coco Bambu Restaurant.

Otherwise, explore our blog about Miami beach HERE.

#3.  Siesta Key Beach, Florida 

Words are endless when it comes to describing the beauty of this beach.  As a result of its location near Sarasota, FL, it doesn’t seem to get much attention from tourists because it isn’t well-known.  HOWEVER, you will not be disappointed when you travel to this beach.

In 2011, it was voted as the #1 Beach in America by Dr. Leatherman, who is a director of a reputed laboratory for Coastal Research.  

It is also well known for it’s sugary white sand.  In contrast to most beaches that are made from coral, Siesta Key’s sand is made from 99% quartz that is broken down into a fine white powder.  As a result of its chemical properties, quartz is able to disperse heat from the sun, leaving the sand ultimately cool and comfortable.


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#4. Clearwater Beach, Florida

North to Siesta Key is the beautiful scenery of Clearwater.  Known for its marine life and aquariums, Clearwater is perfect for family trips and couples.  Clearwater hugs a three-mile long stretch of the Pinellas Peninsula packed with numerous restaurants and hotels.

If you are someone who loves to bike, Clearwater offers plenty of trails to try.  You can learn more about those trails HERE.

Clearwater and Tampa offer interactive experiences with its bottlenosed dolphins.  Capture some very memorable photos, videos, and more at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium.

#5. Santa Barbara, California

Known for its expansive beaches, Santa Barbara is a well-known destination in California that also offers plenty of things to do inland such as parks, ponds, and public gardens.  Among these sites are Alameda Park and Alice Keck Park Memorial Garden.  This garden is a popular wedding site because of its picturesque environment, where there will be turtles gliding through the waves of the pond.  From volleyball courts to gorgeous trees and stand-up paddle boarding, Santa Barbara is right for you!

Since Santa Barbara is so large in size, there are several beaches to visit.

Our top three beaches of Santa Barbara are Arroyo Burro Beach, Leadbetter Beach, and Butterfly Beach.

Check out more about Santa Barbara and its beaches.

#6. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

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With over 1,800 restaurants, endless attractions and parks, a vibrant nightlife, and approximately 60 miles worth of beaches, Myrtle Beach is a favorite for many tourists and locals.

An iconic figure of Myrtle Beach is the Skywheel, which towers in the sky at 200 feet.  This ferris wheel will give you and your family a bird’s eye view of the tremendous high-rise hotels and glistening blue waves of the Atlantic Ocean.

See for yourself here

#7. Cape May, New Jersey

Cape May continues to exceed the expectations set by tourists every year.  It has some of the most beautiful beaches on the east coast. 

The beaches of Cape May are very family friendly.  Whether you would like to shop or find a convenient place to eat, Cape May is right for you!  

Take a beach hike or walk along the beach even if the weather isn’t exactly the warmest.  Since there are not too many people visiting Cape May at once, you won’t have to worry about large crowd sizes. As a result, the beaches are clean and available.

#7. Coronado, California

Rated as one of the most romantic beaches, Coronado Beach is also a great destination for families around the globe.

Shown above is the iconic Hotel del Coronado with its classic red roof and Victorian architecture.  Its legacy continues as it has been around for at least 130 years.

The beach itself is very flat in nature, making it great for walking or skim boarding. Other activities include swimming, sunbathing, surfing, and much more. Explore and enjoy this historical beach.

FUN FACT: Sailors utilize the location for physical training as a part of the Naval base.

#8. Nantucket, Massachusetts

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If you’re looking for more than a beach vacation, Nantucket is PERFECT for you!

Not only does it have gorgeous beaches, but it also has plenty of history behind its astonishing lighthouses.  Formerly known as the world’s top whaling port, Nantucket is now a National Historic District. 

Leave your car behind and either walk or take a bike and explore all of the great things this town has to offer.  The town has an array of seaside cottages, smooth sandcastles, superb food, ancient captain mansions, and MORE!

#9. Ocean City, Maryland

From the Jolly Roger Amusement Park to Trimper’s Rides amusement park, Ocean City is a pretty resort town to travel to if you’d like to travel to the east coast. It is located between the Atlantic Ocean and the Isle of Wight Bay.   

Beach weddings, bars, pubs, golfing, swimming, biking, horseback riding, water tours…the list goes on!

Check it out for yourself!

#10. Hollywood, Florida

Named as having one of the best boardwalks in the nation, Hollywood is a classic town in Florida that has engendered visitors since the early 1920s.  Hollywood is between Fort Lauderdale and Miami. Joggers, bicyclists, and anyone that enjoys being active on vacation, the Hollywood Boardwalk is a must-see!

With over 50 restaurants, oceanfront resorts, and FREE weekly live music, Hollywood is great for families, friends, and couples.     

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