With 30 states set along both the east and west coasts, finding a good beach isn’t a difficult quest in the USA
. Whether you’re looking for white sand and turquoise waters, or hidden coves and secluded cliffside spots we list 10 of the best.
Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, Oahu, Hawaii
Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, Oahu, Hawaii
Hanauma Bay, located on the southeast coast of O’ahu, is a cresent-shaped beach and marine life conservation area with a stretch of soft, sandy shoreline and pristine blue waters enclosed by a breached volcano. Surrounded by palm trees, Hanauma Bay provides visitors with some of the best snorkeling in Hawaii with its vibrant coral reef and active marine life.
Hanauma Bay, Honolulu, HI, USA
Hanauma Bay | © Prayitno/Flickr
Siesta Beach, Sarasota, FL
Siesta Beach is Florida’s west coast island with a relaxed vibe. Eight miles of white, sandy quartz beaches and bright, blue Gulf waters make this spot one of the best in the country. Visitors can scope out the sandcastle works of art, head to Point of Rocks for some of the best snorkeling on the Gulf Coast, or collect shells on Turtle Beach, all within walking distance.
Siesta Beach, 948 Beach Rd, Siesta Key, FL, USA, +1 941 861 5000
Siesta Beach Fun Run 2016 on Vimeo | © Pedro Ramos/Vimeo
Cooper’s Beach, Southampton, NY
Sandy dunes, lush seagrasses, and historic mansions line the white quartz shores of Cooper’s Beach in Southampton, New York. Cooper’s Beach is said to be one of the most beautiful along the northern east coast. Visitors can take solace in finding a peaceful and quiet beach unmarked by tourists. Be sure to rent a chair and an umbrella for the day.
Cooper’s Beach, 250 Meadow Ln, Southampton, NY, USA, +1 631 283 0247
Kiawah Island, S.C.
Located 21 miles from Charleston, Kiawah Island is the perfect escape from civilization. Ten miles of pristine shoreline, sandy dunes, and blowing seagrasses make for the perfect escape from the everyday hustle and bustle. The island also plays host to miles of untouched nature, including preserved maritime forests and marshes with turtles, deer, and seabirds.
Kiawah Beachwalker Park, 8 Beachwalker Dr, Kiawah Island, SC, USA, +1 843 762 9964
Kiawah Sunrise | © OzarksRazorback/Wikicommons
Aquinnah, Martha’s Vineyard, MA
At Aquinnah, a town located on the south side of the island of Martha’s Vineyard, visitors can experience a beautiful coastline tucked alongside the famous clay cliffs at Gay Head Light. The beaches here are peaceful, quiet and sparse with people. If you’re looking for serenity on the sand accompanied by beautiful waters, this is the place to be.
Aquinnah, Martha’s Vineyard, MA, USA
Caladesi Island State Park, Dunedin, FL
Caladesi Island State Park is located on one of the last uninhabited islands on Florida’s Gulf coast. Three miles of white sand, preserved wildlife, mangroves, and pristine waters make this an ideal destination. Caladesi offers a secluded and peaceful escape, which can only be reached by boat or ferry.
Caladesi Island State Park, 1 Causeway Blvd, Dunedin, FL, USA, +1 727 469 5918
Caladesi Island State Park, Florida 2013 | © rcgtrrz/Flickr
Lanikai Beach, Kailua, HI
Lanikai Beach, named ‘heavenly sea’, plays host to half of a mile of white, sandy shorelines with turquoise waters. A local favorite known to be the best beach on the island, Lanikai is perfect for floating in the tranquil waters while gazing at the Mokulua Islands, a mile off the shore.
Lanikai Beach, Kailua, HI, USA, +1 808 261 2727
Lanikai Strand | © MarlonBu/Flickr
Thousand Steps, Laguna Beach, CA
Tucked inside a secluded cove at the bottom of a 230-step staircase, you’ll find one of California’s most hidden beautiful beaches, Thousand Steps, otherwise known as ’10th Street Beach’. A local spot, Thousand Steps is a stunning beach surrounded by steep cliffs and thick trees, with waves perfect for surfing, body boarding, and skim boarding.
Thousand Steps, Laguna Beach, CA, USA
South Laguna Beach CA | © WPPilot/Wikicommons
Pensacola Beach, Pensacola, FL
Pensacola Beach is known for its gleaming sugar-white shores and glistening aqua blue waters. Situated on Santa Rosa Island in the Gulf of Mexico, this picturesque beach offers a secluded getaway. Pensacola is the go-to spot for the ultimate beach-seekers. Indulge in some of the state’s best seafood, take a walk on a nearly-deserted beach, or gaze at the sunset from Pensacola Beach Pier.
Pensacola Beach, Pensacola, FL, USA
Pensacola Beach – White Sands | © Tony Webster/Flickr
Kauna’oa Bay, Hawaii
Kaunaʻoa Bay, a crescent-shaped beach located on the western side of the Big Island, Hawaii, is one of the few white sand beaches on the Kohala Coast. This is the ultimate postcard beach; white sandy shores, palm trees, and calm turquoise waters make for the near-perfect beach experience.
Beautiful Kauna’oa Beach | © AlaskaDave/Flickr