The 25 Best Beaches in America, According to You!



Slide 1 of 26: TripAdvisor's Travelers' Choice Awards ranks the 25 best beaches in the United States, from California to Florida (not to mention Hawaii).
Slide 2 of 26: 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.
Slide 3 of 26: 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.
Slide 4 of 26: 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.

Slide 5 of 26: 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.
Slide 6 of 26: 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.
Slide 7 of 26: 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.
Slide 8 of 26: 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.
Slide 9 of 26: 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.

Slide 10 of 26: 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.
Slide 11 of 26: 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.
Slide 12 of 26: 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.
Slide 13 of 26: 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.
Slide 14 of 26: 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.

Slide 15 of 26: 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.
Slide 16 of 26: North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina Best time to go: May – October Just south of the North Carolina border and a hop from bustling Myrtle Beach lies 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.”
Slide 17 of 26: 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.
Slide 18 of 26: 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.
Slide 19 of 26: 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.”
Slide 20 of 26: 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.
Slide 21 of 26: 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.
Slide 22 of 26: 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.
Slide 23 of 26: 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 in Pass-a-Grille’s historic district to excellent offshore fishing.
Slide 24 of 26: 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.
Slide 25 of 26: 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.
Slide 26 of 26: 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.

This small-but-mighty beach in San Diego’s cheerful La Jolla neighborhood is bordered by sandstone cliffs, which give it a protected, secluded feel. The waters of La Jolla Shores are famously gentle, making it perfect for watersports of all kinds.

TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice Awards ranks the 25 best beaches in the United States, from California to Florida (not to mention Hawaii).

#25: Sandbridge Beach

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.

#24: Race Point Beach

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.

#23: Napili Beach

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.

#22: Manini’owali Beach (Kua Bay)

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.

#21: Coligny Beach

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.

#20: Waikiki Beach

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.

#19: Newport Beach

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.

#18: Ogunquit Beach

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.

#17: Wailea Beach

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.

#16: Coronado Beach

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.

#15: Hollywood Beach

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.

#14: South Beach

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.

#13: Poipu Beach Park

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.

#12: Navarre Beach

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.

#11: Cherry Grove Beach

North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Best time to go: May – October

Just south of the North Carolina border and a hop from bustling Myrtle Beach lies 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.”

#10: Driftwood Beach

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.

#9: Fort Lauderdale Beach

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.

#8 St. Augustine Beach

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.”

#7: Hapuna Beach

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.

#6: Siesta Beach

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.

#5 Pensacola Beach

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.

#4: St. Pete Beach

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 in Pass-a-Grille’s historic district to excellent offshore fishing.

#3: Beach at Panama City

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.

#2: Ka‘anapali Beach

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.

#1: Clearwater Beach

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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