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Cities The Best Beaches in the US

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List Rules The greatest beach locales in the United States.

What are the best beaches in the U.S.? This list includes many of the greatest beaches and beach towns in the United States. If you're planning a beach vacation, these are just a few of the spots you might want to consider. Some of the most beautiful coastal areas in America are, of course, in Florida, Hawaii and California - but these states aren't the only ones with outstanding beach locales. Vote for your favorite beaches in the U.S. and please, add any that are missing. You can also rerank this beach list any way you want!

Finding a great beach can make a vacation extra special. Of course, everyone has their own idea of the most important things to consider in a vacation destination, but wonderful clean beaches, fresh, salty air and a relaxed atmosphere are certainly among them.

Many of the best beaches in America are, not surprisingly, located in some of the best U.S. cities for vacations. These beaches are without a doubt among the best beach cities in the world. They're the perfect place for fun in the sun and the sand, offering visitors and residents the best of a laid-back, beachy lifestyle.

What are the most important factors to consider when determining whether a beach is truly the best? Certainly, the actual quality of the beach is key -- it should be scenic, of course, and preferably not too crowded (yeah, right). A great beach also has an excellent surrounding town or island, giving visitors options for dining and entertainment. Some beaches are situated in small, quaint beach towns (Seaside, Florida, comes to mind), while others are smack in the middle of some of the most bustling cities in the world (Miami Beach and San Diego are good examples).

Enjoy voting for your favorite U.S. beaches and don't forget to add any that might be missing.

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Oahu is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Beaches in the US
Oahu

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Honolulu is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Beaches in the US
Honolulu Hawaii, USA

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San Diego is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Beaches in the US
San Diego California, USA

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Carmel-by-the-Sea is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Beaches in the US
Carmel-by-the-Sea California, USA

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Laguna Beach is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Beaches in the US
Laguna Beach California, USA

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Malibu is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Beaches in the US
Malibu California, USA

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Pebble Beach is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Beaches in the US
Pebble Beach California, USA

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Santa Barbara is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Beaches in the US
Santa Barbara California, USA

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Santa Monica is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Beaches in the US
Santa Monica California, USA

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San Clemente is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Beaches in the US
San Clemente California, USA

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Sarasota is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Beaches in the US
Sarasota Florida, USA

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Destin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Beaches in the US
Destin Florida, USA

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Hilton Head Island is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Beaches in the US
Hilton Head Island South Carolina, USA

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Fort Lauderdale is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Beaches in the US
Fort Lauderdale Florida, USA

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Pensacola Beach is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Beaches in the US
Pensacola Beach Florida, USA

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Newport Beach is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Beaches in the US
Newport Beach California, USA - California

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Longboat Key is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Beaches in the US
Longboat Key Florida, USA

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Santa Cruz is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Beaches in the US
Santa Cruz California, USA

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Huntington Beach is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Beaches in the US
Huntington Beach California, USA

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Outer Banks is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Beaches in the US

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Santa Rosa Beach is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Beaches in the US
Santa Rosa Beach Florida, USA

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Miami Beach is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Beaches in the US
Miami Beach Florida, USA

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Siesta Beach is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Beaches in the US
Siesta Beach

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Cape May is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Beaches in the US
Cape May New Jersey, USA

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Mackinac Island is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Beaches in the US
Mackinac Island Michigan, USA

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Seaside is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Beaches in the US
Seaside Florida, USA

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Martha's Vineyard is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Beaches in the US

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Tybee Island is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Beaches in the US
Tybee Island Georgia, USA

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Lihue is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Beaches in the US
Lihue

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Watercolor is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Beaches in the US
Watercolor Florida, USA

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Grayton Beach is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Beaches in the US
Grayton Beach Florida, USA

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Orange Beach is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Beaches in the US
Orange Beach Alabama, USA

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Saugatuck is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Beaches in the US
Saugatuck Michigan, USA

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Chatham is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Beaches in the US
Chatham Massachusetts, USA

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Clearwater Beach is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Beaches in the US
Clearwater Beach Florida, USA

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Cannon Beach is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Beaches in the US
Cannon Beach Oregon, USA

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Traverse City is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Beaches in the US
Traverse City Michigan, USA

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Kapaau is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Beaches in the US
Kapaau

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Navarre Beach is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Beaches in the US
Navarre Beach Florida, USA

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Charlotte Amalie is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Beaches in the US
Charlotte Amalie Saint Thomas, United States Virgin Islands

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Boca Grande is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Beaches in the US
Boca Grande Florida, USA

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San Juan is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Beaches in the US
San Juan San Juan Province, Argentina Argentina

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Gulf Shores is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Beaches in the US
Gulf Shores Alabama, USA

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Tunnels Beach, Hi is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Beaches in the US
Tunnels Beach, Hi

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Nantucket is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Beaches in the US
Nantucket Maryland, USA

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Kihei is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Beaches in the US
Kihei

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Manhattan Beach is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Beaches in the US
Manhattan Beach California, USA

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Chincoteague is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Beaches in the US
Chincoteague Virginia, USA

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Myrtle Beach is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Beaches in the US
Myrtle Beach South Carolina, USA

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Provincetown is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Beaches in the US
Provincetown Massachusetts, USA