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Cities The Best Beaches in the US  

Island Hopper Dan
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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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87 35
Honolulu is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Beaches in the US
Honolulu Hawaii, USA

3
76 32
San Diego is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Beaches in the US
San Diego California, USA

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50 23
Laguna Beach is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Beaches in the US
Laguna Beach California, USA

5
46 20
Carmel-by-the-Sea is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Beaches in the US
Carmel-by-the-Sea California, USA

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62 34
Destin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Beaches in the US
Destin Florida, USA

7
59 32
Santa Monica is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Beaches in the US
Santa Monica California, USA

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48 24
Malibu is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Beaches in the US
Malibu California, USA

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35 14
Pebble Beach is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Beaches in the US
Pebble Beach California, USA

10
51 27
Santa Barbara is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Beaches in the US
Santa Barbara California, USA

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48 25
Sarasota is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Beaches in the US
Sarasota Florida, USA

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57 34
Pensacola Beach is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Beaches in the US
Pensacola Beach Florida, USA

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41 21
Fort Lauderdale is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Beaches in the US
Fort Lauderdale Florida, USA

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39 20
San Clemente is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Beaches in the US
San Clemente California, USA

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35 17
Longboat Key is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Beaches in the US
Longboat Key Florida, USA

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42 23
Hilton Head Island is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Beaches in the US
Hilton Head Island South Carolina, USA

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24 9
Outer Banks is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Beaches in the US
MikeAnthony added Outer Banks

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26 12
Newport Beach is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Beaches in the US
Kings909 added Newport Beach California, USA - California

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25 12
Santa Rosa Beach is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Beaches in the US
Santa Rosa Beach Florida, USA

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25 12
Santa Cruz is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Beaches in the US
Santa Cruz California, USA

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44 32
Miami Beach is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Beaches in the US
Miami Beach Florida, USA

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28 18
Huntington Beach is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Beaches in the US
Huntington Beach California, USA

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18 9
Siesta Beach is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Beaches in the US
Siesta Beach

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29 20
Watercolor is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Beaches in the US
Watercolor Florida, USA

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32 23
Grayton Beach is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Beaches in the US
Grayton Beach Florida, USA

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34 25
Orange Beach is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Beaches in the US
Orange Beach Alabama, USA

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22 14
Seaside is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Beaches in the US
LaurieM added Seaside Florida, USA

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18 11
Cape May is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Beaches in the US
Cape May New Jersey, USA

29
19 12
Saugatuck is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Beaches in the US
Saugatuck Michigan, USA

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24 17
Martha's Vineyard is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Beaches in the US
Martha's Vineyard Massachusetts, USA

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25 18
Tybee Island is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Beaches in the US
Tybee Island Georgia, USA

32
28 21
Gulf Shores is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Beaches in the US
Gulf Shores Alabama, USA

33
15 9
Clearwater Beach is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Beaches in the US
Clearwater Beach Florida, USA

34
18 13
Mackinac Island is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Beaches in the US
Mackinac Island Michigan, USA

35
25 20
Lihue is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Beaches in the US
Lihue

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26 21
Chatham is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Beaches in the US
Chatham Massachusetts, USA

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16 11
San Juan is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Beaches in the US
San Juan San Juan Province, Argentina, Argentina

38
7 2
Tunnels Beach, Hi is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Beaches in the US
Dallas Williams added Tunnels Beach, Hi

39
20 15
Navarre Beach is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Beaches in the US
LaurieM added Navarre Beach Florida, USA

40
20 16
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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23 20
Cannon Beach is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Beaches in the US
Cannon Beach Oregon, USA

42
18 15
Traverse City is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Beaches in the US
Traverse City Michigan, USA

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16 13
Boca Grande is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Beaches in the US
Boca Grande Florida, USA

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18 16
Kapaau is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Beaches in the US
Kapaau

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10 8
Kihei is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Beaches in the US
Kihei

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23 22
Provincetown is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Beaches in the US
Provincetown Massachusetts, USA

47
22 21
Chincoteague is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Beaches in the US
Chincoteague Virginia, USA

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26 26
Myrtle Beach is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Beaches in the US
crsone1 added Myrtle Beach South Carolina, USA

49
10 9
Manhattan Beach is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Beaches in the US
Manhattan Beach California, USA

50
2 1
Long Beach is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Beaches in the US
Nicholas__Sloan added Long Beach California, USA