You don’t have to go too far to find a beach that’s perfect for your next vacation. Uncrowded sands or adventure-packed waters, we have them both right here in the US.
Follow us as we go through some of the best beaches in the US. These beaches are based on several notable rankings and compiled lists by travel experts, travelers, researchers, and tourism boards.
30. Poipu Beach Park
Our first beach lies along the southern coast of the Hawaiian island of Kauai, Poipu Beach Park. The beach has a lifeguard on duty seven days a week and is considered one of Hawaii’s safest beaches.
It’s common to spot humpback whales, green sea turtles, and endangered Hawaiian monk seals here.
29. Henderson Beach State Park
Next, we head over to Destin, Florida. Check out Henderson Beach State Park if white sands and emerald waters without big crowds is something you’re into.
This is a family-friendly beach that has pavilions for picnics and barbecues. It’s also noted for how clean they keep it.
28. Panama City Beach
This beach offers more than 27 miles of busy hotels and beautiful white sands. Located in Panama City Beach, Florida you can enjoy parasailing, fishing, boating, and jet skiing.
The beach also has a wide variety of restaurants that you can enjoy the catch of the day.
27. St. Augustine Beach
Check out St. Augustine Beach for 20 miles of stunning coastline, opportunities for blue-water fishing, and a variety of beachfront hotels and restaurants to enjoy.
There are several state parks along this coastline, including the popular Anastasia State Park. Many of them offer more than just access to the beach, like nature and hiking trails, volleyball courts, playgrounds, picnic areas, and camping.
26. Maua Kea Beach
Mauna Kea Beach is located on Hawaii’s Big Island. The beach is also known as Kauna’oa Bay.
Because of its calm waters, the crescent-shaped beach is the perfect spot for swimming, and its waters have a spectacular amount of marine life for snorkelers to enjoy.
This beach offers you the feeling to step back in time as you take in its simple white cottages and cobblestone streets. Nantucket, Massachusetts is home to a variety of popular beaches such as Surfside Beach.
Enjoy a nice picnic here, or fly a kite as you take in the views.
24. Kapalua Bay Beach
This beach is considered one of the finest on the Hawaiian island of Maui. Kapalua Bay Beach is a crescent of golden sand lined with palm trees.
The bay offers sublime snorkeling and its protected by an outcropping of lava rocks.
23. Ka’anapali Beach
This beach is also located in Maui. Ka’anapali Beach offers some of the islands most luxurious resorts, which is fitting because it actually used to be a retreat for Maui royalty.
Today, you can check out its three miles of white sands and crystal clear waters. You can also check out an exhilarating cliff-diving ceremony here.
22. St. Pete Beach
St. Pete Beach is located on a barrier island on the Gulf Coast of Florida. Head over and enjoy long stretches of undeveloped white-sand beaches.
At the southernmost end of town you can find some of the most laid-back vibes and historic resorts at Pass-A-Grille.
21. Myrtle Beach
Check out Myrtle Beach, in South Carolina, for an extensive stretch of soft white sand and activities that range from fishing, swimming, sailing, and surfing.
Myrtle Beach is also a huge golfing destination, as well as favorite retirement area. Golf by day, walk on the beach by night – who wouldn’t want to spend the rest of their life in that lifestyle?
20. Lanikai Beach
The name of this beach actually translates to ‘heavenly sea.’ It’s located on the coast of Oahu and has warm, turquoise waters that brush against its soft sand.
Check out this beach and enjoy some relaxation on the sand or take swim in the clear, blue waters.
19. Hulopoe Bay
Hulopoe Bay is one of the most popular beaches on the Hawaiian island of Lanai. This beach offers rich marine life that makes it ideal for snorkeling and swimming.
It’s a popular spot to spot dolphins and whales. It also offers plenty of tide pools, which house everything from hermit crabs to sea stars.
18. Ocean City
Head over to Ocean City, Maryland to find miles of family-friendly beach terrain. You can find surf and fish in the summer and go horseback riding in the winter.
When you get tired of the water and sands, check out the boardwalk for a bike ride or some shopping at the variety of stores that line its path.
17. Cape Hatteras
Cape Hatteras is protected as a US national. For miles of undeveloped shoreline along the Outer Banks of North Carolina head over to Cape Hatteras. This place has something for everyone to enjoy.
It offers plans and wildlife, salt marshes, ocean waves, and even a lighthouse. At the southern tip of the cape you can check out Ocracoke for miles of uninhabited shoreline.
16. Main Beach
Main Beach is actually considered one of the most popular beaches in East Hampton, New York. This beach offers pristine and uncrowded shorelines.
It’s the ideal destination for people looking for a luxury vacation without big groups of people.
15. Ogunquit Beach
For three and a half miles of sandy beaches and grassy dunes, head over to Ogunquit Beach in Maine.
This beach offers visitors rental chairs and umbrellas for lounging, and even boogie boards to enjoy the water.
14. Coast Guard Beach
In Eastham, Massachusetts you will find an expansive beach filled with dunes, marshlands, and stunning views.
Coast Guard beach is actually part o the Cape Cod National Seashore and is popular surf spot due to its large waves.
13. La Jolla Shores
Near San Diego, California about a mile in the community of La Jolla you will find La Jolla Shores. It’s considered one of the gentlest waves in Sand Diego in the summer.
Check out their scuba diving classes for beginners, and permanent lifeguard stations.
12. Pensacola Beach
Pensacola Beach was named one of the nations’ top 10 beaches by TripAdvisor. It offers sugar-white sands and emerald waters.
Check out their array of fresh seafood options and lots of fishing opportunities on the Pensacola Beach Pier.
11. Wai’anapanapa State Park
Wai’anapanapa State Park is famous because it offers black-sand beaches, which is a striking contrast on its lush surroundings of emerald palms and blue waters.
The park is also home to amazing volcanic terrain and ocean caves you can explore.
10. Coronado Municipal Beach
Coronado, California is home to one of the most consistently ranked beaches in America. Coronado Municipal beach offers warm, calm waters and glittering sands.
Because the beach is wide and flat, it’s the perfect place to enjoy a nice walk on the beach. It’s also dog friendly! On the northern section of the beach, visitors can bring their dogs.
9. Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve
This beach offers an underwater park.
Hanauma Bay was formed within a volcanic cone and is a protected marine life conversation area.
8. Clearwater Beach
Clearwater Beach offers warm and inviting waters from the gulf.
It’s located in the family-friendly town of Clearwater, Florida and in the town you can enjoy an aquarium, plenty of restaurants, and beachfront activities.
7. Siesta Beach
For a beach recognized for having some of the whitest and finest sand in the world, head over to Siesta Beach, on Florida’s Siesta Key. This beach offers shallow water near the shore with year-round lifeguard protection.
It also has a “Blue Wave” certification by the Clean Beaches Coalition.
6. Cape May
Cape May is located at the farthest point of the Jersey Shore. It’s the crown jewel of the region.
It offers gorgeous beaches with a quaint won center filled with gingerbread Victorians and colorful bed and breakfasts. You can spot dolphins jumping in the wake, so make sure you bring binoculars.
5. Moshup Beach
Moshup Beach is tucked beneath the infamous Gay Head Cliffs on the eastern reaches of Martha’s Vineyard.
This beach offers an unspoiled paradise of soft, white sand framed by red, brown and tan striated cliffs looming from above.
4. Newport Beach
For unspoiled nature, and luxury paradise head over to Newport Beach, California. This beach offers bird watching paradise, great hiking trails, and amazing surf breaks.
Families can also enjoy the Fun Zone on Balboa Peninsula.
3. Race Point Beach
If you’re looking for a nice quiet beach, look no further. Race point Beach, located in Provincetown, Massachusetts offers solitude in paradise.
It’s a great place to enjoy a beautiful sunset without any crowds.
2. Carlsbad State Beach
Carlsbad is a protected state park beach in California located in the San Diego County. It offers great surf, scuba diving, fishing and swimming.
It’s a popular place to set up camp on top of cliffs overlooking the ocean.
1. Hanalei Bay
For Kauai’s largest bay on the north shore, head over to Hanalei Bay. The bay consists of nearly two miles of beach, surrounded by mountains.
It’s the perfect place for mooring sailboats, stand up paddle boarding, swimming, surfing and even snorkeling. It has everything! There’s also plenty of great restaurants close by filled with island music to enjoy while you eat and lots of shopping opportunities.