Beach lovers rejoice! You don’t have to leave the continental USA to find some of the best beaches in the world. Sure, the Carribean may have some amazing cocktails on their deserted tropical sands, but Florida, California, Massachusetts, and many more states right here in the USA have beaches to be proud of. Go shopping, hit the bars, or just lounge in the sand for your ultimate beach-going experience.
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Located on the Grand Strand, Myrtle Beach is a huge tourist hotspot. It is a man-made island that stretches just over 23 square miles. It has a tropical climate with year-round sunshine and temps that vary between 70 and 90 degrees for most of the year. You can find concerts, amusement parks, restaurants, shops, and more along the beach, along with nearly 500 hotels for you to stay at and enjoy.
This tiny island on the coast of Massachusetts has plenty of beaches to choose from, perfect for all different sorts of beach-goers. Some are perfect for kids, with warm water and small waves, while others feature cooler waters and higher waves better for surfers. The lighthouse sits on the East shore, and makes a beautiful landmark for a daytime picnic.
Clearwater Beach, Florida
Looking for perfect white sand beaches? Clearwater beach is the place for you. Located in the Gulf of Mexico, this beach is regularly named one of the best beaches in the country- and for good reason! You can go shopping, parasailing, fishing, rent a jet ski, take a boat tour, or even jump on a pirate ship for an evening cruise. Take a walk along Pier 60 for midday snacks, souvenirs, and entertainers.
Coronado Beach, California
Sparkling beaches are the stuff of dreams, movies, and Coronado. The presence of the mineral mica in the sand literally makes the beach sparkle in the light. Take a drive across the Coronado bridge to see the charming town with beautiful homes that run right along the beach. Take a day to go shopping, grab a fresh-brewed beer, or go fishing before watching the sun set along the beach.
Ogunquit Beach, Maine
Spanning more than 3 miles, with Footbridge and Wells beaches on either side, Ogunquit Beach is one of the best beaches in the Northeast. There are public restrooms, beach chair rentals, and lifeguards, and some of the softest sand in the country. When you are finished with the sun and sea, you can take a peek around the town, with a museum, theatre, and summer stage located walking distance from the dunes.
The Outer Banks, North Carolina
Nestled between the sound and the sea, the Outer Banks (or OBX) is an amazing place for an all-in-one beach vacation. Watch the sunset on a huge sand dune, or visit the iconic lighthouse at Cape Hatteras, eat delicious seafood at one of many incredible restaurants, or catch your own fish at one of several piers. Many homes in the area that are right on the beach are available for short term rentals, leaving you with your own private beach to relax on every day.