Best 10 Beautiful Beaches In United States

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With a coastline of around 20,000 km (12427.4 mi) spread across the Gulf of Mexico, the Pacific, and the Atlantic Oceans, and with 30 states along the east and west coasts, finding a beautiful beach in the United States isn’t exactly a difficult task. This amazing statistic means that the country has literally every kind of beach imaginable, whether it is the secluded cliffside spot that one seeks or hidden coves for romantic getaways or turquoise waters with white sand for perfect Instagram pictures. So, irrespective of whether you seek adventure or whether you’re a beach bum, here are some of the best beautiful beaches in the United States.

1. Coronado Beach, San Diego, California

The gorgeous Coronado Beach on the Californian resort city of Coronado actually comprises four different beach areas and features miles and miles of clean sand with no admission fee, nice restrooms, and even a dog park section at the northern end of the beach. Ideal for everyone from beachcombers and by-the-beach loungers to strollers and surfers, the non-crowded beach features an equally fantastic backdrop - the 19th-century Hotel Del Coronado, one of San Diego’s most iconic landmarks. Popular with both celebrities and royalty, the family-friendly beach is also perfect for flying kites.

Coronado Beach

Address: Coronado, CA 92118

Website: Coronado Beach

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2. Coopers Beach, Southampton, New York

A glistening, wide stretch of grainy white quartz sand, Cooper’s Beach lies along Long Island’s southern shore. Historic mansions make for a stunning backdrop for this beautiful beach with grass-covered dunes. Rent a beach umbrella and chairs and lounge on the beach, or pack a picnic lunch and spread out on the sand. If you want to test the waters, grab a surfboard or simply go for a swim, as lifeguards are on duty all swimming season. Winter months see seagulls come to the shore, so a stroll on the beach is heavenly. Travel tip: This is an expensive, paid beach so for cheaper beach time, afternoons offer free parking.

Coopers Beach

Address: 268 Meadow Ln, Southampton, NY 11968

Website: Coopers Beach

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3. Coast Guard Beach, Cape Cod, Massachusetts

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Consistently making it to one of the premier “Top 10 Beaches in America” lists every year is the New England slice of coastal heaven that is Coast Guard Beach in Eastham, Massachusetts. One of the most gorgeous and refreshing stretches of sand on the Cape Cod National Seashore, Coast Guard Beach is also the site where the Pilgrims first arrived, 65 days after they set sail from England. While the steep beach is nippy round the year, the sweeping views of the gorgeous white and red Coast Guard Station and the dune grasses shivering in the New England wind make the Coast Guard Beach absolutely picture-worthy.

Coast Guard Beach

Address: Eastham, MA 02642

Website: Coast Guard Beach

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4. La Jolla Cove Beach, La Jolla, California

What’s not to like about La Jolla Cove Beach? It has one of the easiest accesses for diving and snorkelling, it has a great strip of sand for sunbathing and lounging around, and it is home to a cute little colony of sea lions for whom this stretch of the beach is home. A protected part of the San Diego-La Jolla Underwater Park Ecological Reserve, La Jolla Beach is also home to a stunning diversity of marine life (watch out for the bright orange state fish of Garibaldi fish) and is popular with scuba divers, swimmers, and snorkelers. Travel tip: Swimming devices such as kayaks, boogie boards, and surfboards aren’t allowed.

La Jolla Cove Beach

Address: 1100 Coast Blvd, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA

Website: La Jolla Cove Beach

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5. Ocean City Beach, Ocean City, Maryland

If you’re seeking an amazing beach for family-friendly fun, the Ocean City beach in Maryland is the perfect spot. One of the best beaches to spend time with children, Ocean City beach is known for its stunning 3-mile-long (4.8 km) boardwalk, delicious salt-water taffy, and endless opportunities for kid-friendly fun in the form of the action-packed Jolly Roger Amusement Park. This beach is also great for surfers and surf fishing, which is allowed 50 yards (45.7 metres) from the coast. Dig into the delicious street food and enjoy a day of summer fun.

Ocean City Beach

Address: Ocean City, MD 21842

Website: Ocean City Beach

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6. El Matador Beach, Malibu, California

What was Malibu’s best-kept secret is today one of its most popular spots, both with locals as well as travellers - the El Matador State Beach on the Pacific Coast Highway, complete with long, serene stretches of sand, massive rock formations, and a cluster of stunning sea caves. Parking here’s a little tricky due to only 20 or so parking spots, so get here early and take the steep path down to the beach, where beautiful shades of blue clash with all kinds of russet as the waves touch down on the shore. Watch birds rest on seaweed-covered stones and the sunset light up some of Southern California’s best geological rock formations.

El Matador Beach

Address: 32350 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265

Website: El Matador Beach

Opening hours: 8am - 8pm (daily)

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7. Kauna'oa (Mauna Kea) Beach, Waimea, Hawaii

Say Aloha! to the stunningly pristine Kauna'oa (a.k.a. Mauna Kea) white sand beach on the Big Island (Waimea) in Hawaii. Quintessentially Hawaiian, the picture-postcard beach is all about calm waters which are all kinds of blue, swaying palm trees, and white sand stretched out to as far as the eye can see. The crescent-shaped Mauna Kea beach is extremely popular with families, water sports enthusiasts, and laid-back vacationers looking to lounge under the sun. The beach is also home to turtles and manta ray, the latter of which are attracted to the plankton which in turn are attracted by the floodlights turned on by the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel.

Kauna'oa (Mauna Kea) Beach

Address: 62-100 Mauna Kea Beach Dr, Waimea, HI 96743

Website: Kauna'oa (Mauna Kea) Beach

Opening hours: 6am - 6 pm (daily)

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8. Malaquite Beach, North Padre Island, Texas

Lying at the northern end of Padre Island National Seashore on North Padre Island, the gulf beach of Malaquite Beach is known for its brilliantly white sandy shore, perfect for sleeping under the stars and for taking long walks along the shores of the Gulf of Mexico. Home to a wide variety of fauna, the beach sees sea turtle releases every summer, numerous winter birds, and also tons of sand dollars during the day. Have a picnic or camp on the shores of this gorgeous beach which also features picnic tables, more than 40 campsites, showers, restrooms, and even an observation deck. Don’t forget to visit the visitor centre which has displays on local wildlife and history.

Malaquite Beach

Address: Park Rd 22, Corpus Christi, TX 78418

Website: Malaquite Beach

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9. Ka'anapali Beach, Ka'anapali Beach, Hawaii

Once a retreat for Maui royalty and once also named as “America’s Best Beach”, the 3-mile-long (4.8 km) Ka'anapali Beach boasts of crystal clear waters and white sand and is bordered by the Whalers Village Shopping Mall and a host of luxurious and elegant resort hotels. Indulge in kayaking, parasailing, jet-skiing, windsurfing, snorkelling and more at this beach. You can also engage in the daily cliff diving ceremony off the Puu Kekaa (Black Rock), Ka'anapali Beach’s northernmost cliffs. This is also where the best snorkelling takes place.

Ka'anapali Beach

Address: Ka'anapali, HI 96761

Website: Ka'anapali Beach

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10. Hanakapiai Beach, Kauai, Hawaii

When you trek the challenging Kalalau Trail, the golden stretch of a sandy beach that is the Hanakapiai Beach is the reward after the first two miles of the trek. Summertime sees the sand gorgeously beautiful and thick, perfect for having a picnic or lounging around. The more intrepid travellers can even explore the sea caves at either end of Hanakapiai beach. However, winters sees the sand sucked in by the ocean current, with the waves crashing against the rocks - so winter access is forbidden here.

Hanakapiai Beach

Address: Hawaii 96746

Website: Hanakapiai Beach

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A beautiful beach holiday in the United States

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If you love beach vacations just for their sheer beauty head to the best beaches in the US. Choose from these beautiful beaches in the United States across the east and west coasts and have a fantastic American beach holiday.

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