5 Best Beaches in America

If you're hoping to enjoy a fun getaway to the beach, you have nearly endless options to choose from. In fact, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration estimates that America has nearly 95,500 miles of shoreline. To help make your decision infinitely easier, these stretches of sand are considered the best of the best, ideal for planning any vacation around.


Coronado Beach, San Diego, California

The pristine white sands of Coronado Beach sparkle under the California sun due to the high concentration of a silvery mineral called mica. Not only is it a great place to kick back, relax and soak up breathtaking scenery, but a wealth of activities can be enjoyed here too. Ride the waves or learn how through the Coronado Surfing Academy, enjoy boogie boarding or just cool off by splashing around. Be sure to stay until dusk when crowds gather to watch the spectacular sunsets.

Lummus Park Beach, Miami, Florida

Miami boasts so many fabulous beaches you might want to take a look at some of the Miami houses for sale to take advantage of them all year-round. Lummus Park Beach in the famous Art Deco District is the one you've seen in movies and on TV, like the 1980s show "Miami Vice." It's one of the most popular destinations in the city, considered a must-see for any visitors, with crystal-clear turquoise waters and soaring palm trees, while exciting nightlife and shopping are just steps away. While it's not exactly tranquil, it's ideal for people-watching, tanning, and swimming. 

Black Sands Beach, Lost Coast, California

The Lost Coast is a remote 80-mile-long stretch in Northern California's Humboldt County, and it's home to unique Black Sands Beach. These wild and secluded sands that are the result of centuries of erosion from the gray-shale cliffs that tower above, are a wonderful place for quiet contemplation, beachcombing, and nude sunbathing, with nudists generally gathering close to the south end of the 3.5-mile-long beach. Of course, it's not easy to reach, which helps keep the crowds away, requiring an hour-long drive on the winding back roads from Highway 101 as it makes its way to Shelter Cove.

Makena Beach, Maui, Hawaii

Makena Beach frequently represents beautiful Maui on postcards and brochures with its silky soft sands that are framed by clear aquamarine waters. It's made up of two areas, "Big Beach" and "Little Beach" with the former popular for body surfing and bodyboarding, while the latter offers a stunning but offbeat scene that frequently draws people to gather for drum circles and nude sunbathing. Occasionally you can even watch professional fire dancers here too. 

Cannon Beach, Oregon

While Cannon Beach usually isn't the place to go to work on your tan, it's a great place for those who like to watch powerful waves that come with winter storms. During the rest of the year you might be able to watch migrating whales, look for sand dollars at low tide and search through tide pools to view all sorts of sea life like hermit crabs and starfish, and to build sandcastles. One of the most popular events of the year is the sandcastle building contest that takes place annually in June. 

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  1. I want t go the beach. Cannon Beach, Oregon is pretty close to me but I would love to go to Hawaii

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  2. Sounds like a great place to kick back and relax

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  3. These all sound like wonderful beaches! I would love to see migrating whales at Cannon Beach!

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