There are nearly 95,471 miles of coastline in the United States, including its territories. This means the country is not limited at all when it comes to great beaches. What makes a particular beach great can differ from one person to the next. Some people want good swimming, or surfing while others want a beach that has natural beauty or great fishing. Beaches can also be wonderful places that are tranquil and relaxing. The following top 10 beaches in the USA offer all of these features.
10 – Beachwalker Park on Kiawah Island in South Carolina
This public beach is located south of historic Charleston, and it offers wonderful opportunities for cycling, walking, kayaking, and bird watching. It is the only public beach on Kiawah Island, and it has a very nice designated swimming area that’s great for families. Lifeguards at this beach only work seasonally. Dogs are welcomed but they have to be leashed at all times.
9 – Coast Guard Beach on Cape Cod in Massachusetts
Starting in mid-June to Labor Day, this perfect swimming beach is open all through the summer season. Ocean temperatures are typically 60 to 70 degrees and the sand is fairly coarse. There is a wheelchair accessible ramp that takes visitors down to the beach. Even though the parking lot for this beach is open all year long, parking is limited.
8 – Cape Hatteras in North Carolina
This national seashore preserve has the longest stretch of undeveloped Atlantic seashore. It has 72 miles of beautiful vistas, historic fishing villages, a landmark lighthouse, fishing, surfing, and kayaking on the sound. The outer beach of Cape Cod has more than 3,000 shipwrecks.
7 – Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park on Key Biscayne in Florida
Visitors can enjoy picnicking, swimming, beachcombing, and sunbathing on more than 1 mile of sandy beachfront. They can also tour the lighthouse which is the oldest structure in Dade County. Kayaking and biking are also popular activities. Anglers can fish off the seawall and this area has some of the very best shoreline fishing.
6 – Barefoot Beach Preserve County Park in Florida
North of Naples, this beach is ideal for families because it has shallow waves. Park rangers offer fauna and flora programs about various palm and sea turtle species. The preserve has over 342 acres of beautiful, natural land that can be found in the barrier islands.
5 – Waimanalo Bay State Park on Oahu in Hawaii
Tourists and locals alike, really enjoy this east coast Oahu beach. It has 4 miles of white beach, along with gorgeous clear waters. This is one of the safest beaches in Hawaii because it doesn’t have a lot of dangerous currents or large waves. The beach gently slopes into the ocean which makes it great for swimming and body surfing. It is about 15 miles from Honolulu.
4 – Hamoa Beach on Maui in Hawaii
This attractive crescent-shaped beach has a mixture of lava and coral sand. It is surrounded by pretty flowering plants and palm trees. The clear waters are perfect for swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving. It located in a fairly remote area and parking is only offered along the road.
3 – Saint George Island State Park in Florida
Miles of white, powdery beaches offer wonderful opportunities for swimming, sunbathing, hiking, camping, canoeing, fishing, boating, and nature study on this amazing barrier island. This beach is very quiet and there is a nice hiking path in the forested area of the park. The campground has 60 campsites with full-facilities.
2 – Kahanamoku Beach on Oahu in Hawaii
A shallow reef shields this beach from large waves, and this makes it an excellent swimming location for families. This is one of the most popular beaches in Hawaii. It has several surfing schools and recreational areas. It is situated on the west side of Waikiki Beach. Kahanamoku Beach’s pier is used for water taxi services for catamaran boat cruises and submarine cruises.
1 – Main Beach, East Hampton on Long Island in New York
Most people have heard about the East Hamptons on Long Island, but many people don’t know about its wonderful beach area. This beach is wide and the water is very fairly shallow, clean, but cold. The sand is also clean and rather soft when compared to other Atlantic beaches. This small beach is very family oriented. There is pavilion that sells cold drinks and food. Beach parking is expensive – $25. There is long term parking that is 5 minutes away, and it has a shuttle that runs every 10 minutes.