There's no shortage of breathtaking beaches in the USA Dropdown content. From the island paradise of Hawaii all the way to Cape May in New Jersey, here's our rundown of the best beaches in the US.
Dream beach destination? For most Americans, the answer is simple:
Hawaii is not a state of mind, but a state of grace – Paul Theroux, Travel writer
The Mauian - Very friendly, laidback little resort, in vintage architectural style, on ravishing Napili Beach a few miles north of Lahaina.
Go on a catamaran sailing tour to discover the fascinating underwater world. Molokini is a partially submerged volcano crater offering a stunning marine life.
Every time I come, I'm still amazed at the breadth California has. Big Sur, Yosemite, the desert... I love it - Theo James, Actor
In keeping with Big Sur’s backwoods qualities, most accommodation is in rustic lodges, with scattered affordability.
Eplore Big Sur in true California fashion - rent a motorcycle and take in the panoramic views of the coastline on two wheels.
Miami is one of these great places that is a really sensual, physically beautiful place - Michael Mann, Film director
Cadet Hotel - Tranquil boutique hotel, with a peaceful patio reminiscent of a Jane Austen novel, in the South Beach fashion; the fresh strawberries and chocolate in the rooms upon arrival are nice touches.
Take in the gorgeous views of Biscayne Bay in style. Take a cruise along the homes of the ultra-rich on Star Island and further on the Venetian Islands.
Small-town coastal charm, wild Atlantic beaches, lighthouses – and even some wild horses: the Outer Banks is
Families flock to this string of barrier islands, which is filled with kid-friendly fun.
Little and big kids will love playing in the sand and surf, as well as exploring aquariums and lighthouses.
First Colony Inn - Luxurious inn in a 1930s beach hotel, with wraparound verandas and a pool. The airy rooms are filled with antique furniture and have a crisp white colour palette. Continental breakfast is included, and there’s free access to the water park and exercise rooms of the nearby YMCA.
Charter your own boat and go on a full-day fishing adventure. Spot dolphins play next to the boat, whales from a distance and catch yellowfin tuna, mahi and many more.
Elegant Cape May, at the southernmost end of the Jersey Shore, where the Delaware Bay meets the Atlantic, is one of the oldest coastal resorts in the country.
Wind your way through stately Victorian homes, visit the 1859 Cape May Lighthouse, take in the fading light of day with your toes curled in the sand, and then hit the seafood shacks where you can dunk fresh lobster in bowls of melted butter.
The Queen Victoria - Thirty-five rooms, all named after British people and places, in four expertly restored buildings. Rates include bicycle loans, beach chairs, breakfast (in bed, if desired) and afternoon tea.
Enjoy a colourful sunset onboard a sunset cruise. Watch out for dolphins along the way and see historic sights such as the lighthouse and the Victorian homes at waterfront.
Among the top spots are Bahia Honda State Park, Key Largo, and Biscayne Bay. Toast your adventures with a beachside margarita (or three) – and stop by
The Gardens Hotel - One of the swishest hotels in town, this graceful inn has just seventeen suites decked out in airy Malaysian style with flatscreen TVs, fresh flowers and enormous beds. Groves of greenery and orchids envelop the building and hide it from prying eyes.
Spot bottlenose dolphins on a cruise from Key West. An expert guide will explain the marine life to you on this eco-friendly 3-hour tour.
Martin House Inn - Thirteen lovely rooms, some with working fireplaces, offer good value in this romantic 1803 seaman’s house, with inviting common areas and a spacious veranda – local art and antiques feature throughout
Sure, you’ll probably need to throw on a light sweater to stave off the infamous San Francisco chill, but the reward is hunkering down in the soft sand, while gazing up at the famously orange bridge arching against the bright blue sky.
One day if i go to heaven... I'll look around and say, it ain't bad, but it ain't San Francisco - Herb Caen, Journalist
Queen Anne Hotel - Gloriously restored Victorian building enjoying its second life as a boutique B&B. Each room is stuffed with gold-accented Rococo furniture and bunches of silk flowers, while some have fireplaces; the parlour (where afternoon tea and sherry is served) is packed with museum-quality period furniture.
Explore the spectacular coastline with a local: from the Golden Gate Bridge this walking tour will take you to Baker Beach and further along local trails right in time for sunset.
Haystack Rock, rising out of the Pacific, has become the symbol of Cannon Beach on the
The Society Hotel - Thirty-six room boutique hotel in a restored 1881 building in Old Town Chinatown offering dorms, private rooms (shared bath) and suites, plus a street-level café and a rooftop terrace with stunning city views.
If you're staying in Portland, consider taking a day tour to Cannon Beach, combining it with Haystack Rock and other spots on Oregon's coastline.
Not all the best beaches are on the sea. Lake Michigan is lined with splendid beaches, including the sandy strips in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. This lush park stretches for 35 miles on
Sunbathe on the beach, and then explore the rest of the park, which is filled with hiking trails, sand dunes, and bike paths.
There is a gentleness in Michigan that you just can't replicate – Jennifer Granholm, Politician