Top 25 Beaches in United States

1. Bahia Honda State Park, Florida

The first beach on our best beaches in the USA list is Bahia Honda state located near Big Pine Key in the Florida Keys. This park has several white sandy beaches for you to enjoy. Calusa, the smallest beach, is located on the northwest side of the island. There are several small pavilions in this area and a bathhouse with outdoor, fresh water showers. Loggerhead is the shallowest beach and is located on the south side of the island. It is known for the large shallow sand bar just a few feet offshore. It shares the same bathhouse with the Calusa beach. Sandspur is the largest beach; it is located on the southeast end of the island. There are three large pavilions in the Sandspur area and a bathhouse with outdoor, fresh water showers.  More...

2. Hapuna Beach, Hawaii
Next on our best beaches is Hapuna Beach in Hawaii. This is another wonderful sandy beach, 1/2 mile long and almost 200 feet wide during the summer months. Swimming conditions here are usually excellent. There is easy access to the water, full facilities, crystal clear water and beautiful scenery. Snorkeling is great at the south end of the beach where the fish are varied and there is a coral reef. More...

3. Fort De Soto Park, Florida
Fort Desoto is located in the southwest corner of Mullet Key, at the entrance to Tampa Bay. The entire island is now Fort De Soto Park, a Pinellas county park which offers fine beaches, fishing, nature trails, camping, boating, and much More...

4. Hulopo'e Beach, Lanai, Hawaii
This protected beach is the safest place on the island to swim. It's beautiful white sand beach and underwater coral formations makes it the central recrational area on Lanai. The Manele Bay Hotel sits on the bluff overlooking this perfect site. The beach is located in a protected Marine Life Conservation Area so there are numerous and colorful fish as well as unique coral formations found here. To the left of the beach is Pu'u Pehe Rock, also known as Sweetheart Rock.

5. St Joseph Peninsula State Park, FL (Cape San Blas)
Cape San Blas has miles of white sand beaches, striking dune formations, a heavily-forested interior and a favorable climate for year-round outdoor recreation characterize this peninsular state park. The 2,516-acre park is bounded on three sides by the waters of St. Joe Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. More...

6. Ocracoke Island, North Carolina
Ocracoke Island is accessible only by water or air, and is part of Hyde County NC. It is one of the barrier islands of the Outer Banks of North Carolina where the pirate Blackbeard is known to have once roamed. The Cape Hatteras National Seashore, with the Pamlico Sound on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other, its 16 miles of sun-swept wilderness beaches offer something for everyone.

7. Siesta Beach, Florida
Siesta Beach is renowned for its breath-taking sunsets, easy-going waves, and gorgeous, crystal-white sand. The sand is 99% pure quartz, soft and cool on the feet. "The many awards it has earned include the 1987 Great International White Sand Challenge (in which its sand was scientifically proven to be the world's finest, whitest finest beach sand), "The Best Sand Beach in America" (The Travel Channel, 2004) and being rated number two on Dr. Beach's "Best Beaches in America in 2009 and 2010."

8. Caladesi Island State Park, Florida
This Florida state park has 3 miles of nature trail and 108-slip marina. Caladesi Island has something for everyone. Picnic pavilions, bathhouses, and a park concession all make the visit more comfortable. Fishing, shelling, and nature studies are all ways to enjoy a visit.

9. Hamoa Beach, Hawaii
Located just outside of Hana, this beautiful public beach shares some facilities with the Hotel Hana Maui. Sea cliffs surround the bay and the vegetation is lush. This beach has been voted one of Hawaii's favorite beaches. Offshore is the little coconut-topped island of Alau.

10. Cumberland Island, Georgia
Our final top ten beach is Cumberland Island.  This island is 17.5 miles long and totals 36,415 acres of which 16,850 are marsh, mud flats, and tidal creeks. It is well known for its sea turtles, wild turkeys, wild horses, armadillos, abundant shore birds, dune fields, maritime forests, salt marshes, and historic structures. Visit Cumberland Island National Seashore for a natural experience: sun and sand, beautiful vistas and relaxing atmosphere.  More...

10. Kailua Beach, Hawaii
Often rated as the "Best Beach in the World," is a generally wonderful place to enjoy swimming and beach recreational activities. It has a very nice, fine sandy beach. There are generally no significantly hazardous ocean or beach conditions.Kailua Beach is a world-class wind surfing destination for pros and amateurs alike. There are several shops in Kailua town which offer rental gear and that can arrange for lessons.

Honorable Mention 11-25

11. Santa Catalina Island, California

12. Wailea Beach, Hawaii

13. Bill Baggs Cape Florida SRA State Park, Florida

14. Delnor-Wiggins Pass SRA State Park, Florida

15. Perdido Key SRA State Park, Florida

16. East Hampton Beach, New York

17. Bald Head Island, North Carolina

18. Coast Guard Beach, Massachusetts

19. Sand Key Park, Florida

20. Jasper Beach, Maine

21. St. George Island State Park, Florida

22. South Padre Island, Texas

23. Pacific Beach, Washington

24. Kiawah Island, South Carolina

25. Captiva Island, Florida

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This listing of the Best Beaches in the United States is constantly being revised as new beaches are being discovered and also changed by Hurricanes. So, if you feel we are missing one, please email us and let us know!