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Summer starts today and here, according to Coastal Living magazine, are the top 25 beaches in the U.S. last year...How many have you been to...

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  2. The 25 Best Beaches in America, According to You!

The 25 Best Beaches in America, According to You!

 
Travelers’ Best Beaches U.S. Clearwater Beach
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TripAdvisor's Travelers' Choice Awards 2019 ranks the 25 best beaches in the United States, from Maine to Hawaii, based on user reviews. Find out if your favorite made the list, and which strand of sand was crowned number one this year.
 
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#25: Sandbridge Beach

Irresistibly playful and family-friendly, this destination on the state’s southernmost coast has miles of sand, an epic boardwalk, and a famous King Neptune statue. Stick to the boardwalk for biking, skating, and strolling, or dive into the water for a qu
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Virginia Beach, Virginia

Best time to go: May - September

Irresistibly playful and family-friendly, this destination on the state’s southernmost coast has miles of sand, an epic boardwalk, and a famous King Neptune statue. Stick to the boardwalk for biking, skating, and strolling, or dive into the water for a quick surfing lesson.

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#24: Race Point Beach

This Cape Cod beach is gloriously sunny, with excellent whale watching and a location on the tip of the Cape that gives it pristine bay and ocean views.
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Provincetown, Massachusetts

Best time to go: June - August

This Cape Cod beach is gloriously sunny, with excellent whale watching and a location on the tip of the Cape that gives it pristine bay and ocean views.

 

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#23: Napili Beach

Napili Beach
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Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii

Best time to go: Year-round

Napili Beach on western Maui is just the place for waters clear of surfers—the surrounding coral reefs protect the area from big swells and make Napili perfect for swimming, snorkeling, and spotting tropical fish in the gentle water.

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#22: Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay)

Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay) in Hawaii Island
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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

Best time to go: year-round

Located on the West side of Hawaii Island, Manini'owali Beach is a crescent-shaped, white sand beach ringed by black lava rocks. Its location makes it ideal for catching the sunset after a day in the sun.

 

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#21: Coligny Beach

Coligny Beach
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Hilton Head, South Carolina

Best time to go: May - October

Coligny Beach is one of the more popular beaches on Hilton Head—and for good reason. With plenty of facilities to make your trip easier (think a shopping center and onsite bathrooms) and hard-packed sand ideal for bike riding, Coligny should be on the shortlist for your next vacation destination.

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#20: Waikiki Beach

Waikiki Beach
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Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii

Best time to go: Year-round

This well-known stretch of sugar-like sand (two miles of it!) is one of the busiest places on Oahu—but don’t let that hold you back! Because of its popularity, Waikiki offers plenty of activities, from surfing to snorkeling to catching radiant sunsets, to keep everyone in an aloha state of mind.

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#19: Newport Beach

The pier at Newport Beach in Orange County, California shot from an altitude of about 1500 feet.
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Newport Beach, California

Best time to go: March – December

The five-mile-long stretch of tawny sand, reaching from Huntington State Beach to the north and Corona Del Mar to the south, is an Orange County, California, gem. See more of our favorite California beaches.

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#18: Ogunquit Beach

HDR image (photorealistic) of the Ogunquit Beach, Maine.
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Ogunquit, Maine

Best time to go: June – September

The Abenaki people named this glorious, dune-fringed 3.5 miles of coastline (Ogunquit translates as "beautiful place by the sea"). It has sandbars and safe, shallow waters, and it’s one of our favorite beaches in all of Maine.

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#17: Wailea Beach

Tucked in a curve of Maui’s coastline, this impossibly lovely spot is bordered by some of the most luxurious resorts on the island. Never fear: The beach is public, and sunbathing is absolutely free.
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Wailea, Maui, Hawaii

Best time to go: Year-round

Tucked in a curve of Maui’s coastline, this impossibly lovely spot is bordered by some of the most luxurious resorts on the island. Never fear: The beach is public, and sunbathing is absolutely free.

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#16: Coronado Beach

Coronado, USA - May 19, 2015: People at the beach on the Coronado Island near San Diego in California, USA, during a hot summer day. In the background the Hotel Del Coronado.
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Coronado, California

Best time to go: year-round

The crowning glory of the idyllic island community of Coronado is Coronado Beach. Across the bay from San Diego the 1.5-mile long, generously wide strand is fronted by the historic Hotel del Coronado and rows of beautiful beach houses.

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#15: Hollywood Beach

On Florida’s Atlantic coast, south of Fort Lauderdale and north of Miami, Hollywood boasts a two and a half mile–long “broadwalk” perfect for strolling and a charming vintage feel.
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Hollywood, Florida

Best time to go: Year-round

On Florida’s Atlantic coast, south of Fort Lauderdale and north of Miami, Hollywood boasts a two and a half mile–long “broadwalk” perfect for strolling and a charming vintage feel.

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#14: South Beach

This trendy Miami Beach neighborhood has a carefree, friendly spirit, with a large beachfront park and endless Atlantic views. Its wide beaches are stunning, but the surfing here is also excellent, especially from July to November.
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Miami Beach, Florida

Best time to go: Year-round

This trendy Miami Beach neighborhood has a carefree, friendly spirit, with a large beachfront park and endless Atlantic views. Its wide beaches are stunning, and the surfing here is also excellent, especially from July to November.

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#13: Poipu Beach Park

This series of crescents of golden sand on Hawaii’s lovely Kauai looks out over cerulean waters. Humpback whales and sea turtles frequent these waters, and seals often sunbathe on the sand.
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Poipu, Kauai, Hawaii

Best time to go: Year-round

This series of crescents of golden sand on Hawaii’s lovely Kauai looks out over cerulean waters. Humpback whales and sea turtles frequent these waters, and seals often sunbathe on the sand.

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#12: Navarre Beach

Navarre Beach, Florida
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Navarre, Florida

Best time to go: year-round

Calm, turquoise water and soft, white sand draws sun lovers to this beautiful beach near Pensacola, on Florida’s panhandle. Navarre Beach is across the Santa Rosa Sound from the community of Navarre and is bordered by Gulf Islands National Seashore.

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#11: Cherry Grove Beach

The Myrtle Beach area of South Carolina is a year-round vacationers' paradise along the sun-drenched shores of the Atlantic coastline. Wide, sandy beaches stretching 60 miles from Little River to Georgetown lure visitors back again and again.
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North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Best time to go: May – October

Just south of the North Carolina border and a hop from bustling Myrtle Beachlies laidback Cherry Grove Beach, home to a fishing pier, beach homes, and a handful of hotels. One TripAdvisor reviewer says, “This former quiet little town has blossomed as part of North Myrtle Beach while retaining the old beach community flavor”.

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#10: Driftwood Beach

This stretch of sand on one of Georgia’s aptly named Golden Isles has the worn remains of pine and water oak trees scattered across it, giving it an eerie beauty that pairs perfectly with the undisturbed natural splendor of the island.
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Jekyll Island, Georgia

Best time to go: March-September

This stretch of sand on one of Georgia’s aptly named Golden Isles has the worn remains of pine and water oak trees scattered across it, giving it an eerie beauty that pairs perfectly with the undisturbed natural splendor of the island.

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#9: Fort Lauderdale Beach

A snaking “wave wall” separates a paved walkway with shops, restaurants, and more from seven miles of beach at this Atlantic destination. Bike along this beachfront or hit the water to parasail, SUP, or snorkel.
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Best time to go: Year-round

A snaking “wave wall” separates a paved walkway with shops, restaurants, and more from seven miles of beach at this Atlantic destination. Bike along this beachfront or hit the water to parasail, SUP, or snorkel.

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#8 St. Augustine Beach

Colorful sunset along Saint Augustine Beach in Florida.
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Saint Augustine Beach, Florida

Best time to go: March – October

The oldest European settlement in America has history and beautiful beaches. One TripAdvisor reviewer says, “Endless white beaches. Fantastic scenery. We did miles of walking without seeing the end of the beaches”.

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#7: Hapuna Beach

Deep blue waters and golden sands make Hapuna Beach unbelievably picturesque. Lush surroundings only add to the tropical beauty, and a position on the western edge of Hawaii’s Big Island means sunsets are breathtaking.
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Waimea, Big Island, Hawaii

Best time to go: Year-round

Deep blue waters and golden sands make Hapuna Beach unbelievably picturesque. Lush surroundings only add to the tropical beauty, and a position on the western edge of Hawaii’s Big Island means sunsets are breathtaking.

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#6: Siesta Beach

99 percent–quartz sand means this Gulf retreat near Sarasota stays cool on even the sunniest days. This characteristic, paired with clear turquoise waters, makes this stretch of beach absolutely Insta-worthy.
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Siesta Key, Florida

Best time to go: Year-round

99 percent–quartz sand means this Gulf retreat near Sarasota stays cool on even the sunniest days. This characteristic, paired with clear turquoise waters,makes this stretch of beach absolutely Insta-worthy.

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#5 Pensacola Beach

Pensacola Beach, Florida
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Pensacola Beach, Florida

Best time to go: year-round

Another historic Florida gem, Pensacola is home to rigorously preserved architecture and glorious white sand beaches. Pensacola Beach is on Santa Rosa Island, a barrier island reached by crossing Pensacola Bay.

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#4: St. Pete Beach

With five miles of clear Gulf waters and pale sand, it’s no wonder visitors love this Florida escape. St. Pete Beach, just down the coast from Clearwater, offers endless activities, from Old Florida–style entertainment in Pass-a-Grille’s historic district
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St. Pete Beach, Florida

Best time to go: Year-round

With five miles of clear Gulf waters and pale sand, it’s no wonder this Florida escape is adored by visitors. St. Pete Beach, just down the coast from Clearwater, offers endless activities, from Old Florida–style entertainment inPass-a-Grille’s historic district to excellent offshore fishing.

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#3: Beach at Panama City

This perennially popular Gulf vacation destination has attractions for all ages along its 27 miles of sand. Visit during the late fall and winter off-season for excellent weather without the summer crowds, and don’t even think about leaving without sampli
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Panama City Beach, Florida

Best time to go: Year-round

This perennially popular Gulf vacation destination has attractions for all ages along its 27 miles of sand. Visit during the late fall and winter off-season for excellent weather without the summer crowds, and don’t even think about leaving without sampling the excellent seafood dives in the area.

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#2: Ka‘anapali Beach

This gorgeous Maui beach is on the northwest side of the island, with three miles of white sand and crystal clear water. It was once a retreat for Maui’s royalty and is bordered by world-class resorts today. Be sure to catch the daily cliff-diving ceremon
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Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii

Best time to go: Year-round

This gorgeous Maui beach is on the northwest side of the island, with three miles of white sand and crystal clear water. It was once a retreat for Maui’s royalty and is bordered by world-class resorts today. Be sure to catch the daily cliff-diving ceremony during your visit.

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#1: Clearwater Beach

Clearwater’s sugary sand beach is the perfect spot for relaxing under the sun, and the water is, as the name implies, absolutely clear. Keep an eye out for passing dolphins, and check out Pier 60 for a nightly sunset celebration.
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Clearwater, Florida

Best time to go: Year-round

Clearwater’s sugary sand beach is the perfect spot for relaxing under the sun, and the water is, as the name implies, absolutely clear. Keep an eye out for passing dolphins, and check out Pier 60 for a nightly sunset celebration.

 

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