People will pay good money to take a beach vacation, no matter the time of year. In fact, according to a 2015 study, beach getaways are the most popular type of trip for both men and women. Most people think they need a passport in order to experience beautiful and exotic beaches but, believe it or not, you can probably find just what you’re looking for right here in America.
We’ve found some of the most magnificent beaches in the U.S to share with you. Some might be within driving distance, and others could be a plane ride away — but no matter how you get there, you won’t regret it once you arrive.
Kauna’oa Bay, Big Island, Hawaii
Located on the Big Island in Hawaii, the beach at Kauna’oa Bay is beyond picturesque. With its clean white sand, tall palm trees and crystal clear blue water, Kauna’oa Bay is often referred to as the quintessential Hawaiian beach. Whether you’re looking to relax in the sun (be sure to practice sun safety!), keep active kids busy or enjoy a swim, Kauna’oa Bay has got you covered.
Pfieffer Beach, Big Sur, California
If you’re a bit of an adventurer, Pfieffer Beach is perfect for you. Located in Big Sur, California, you have to drive through a forest of Redwood trees in order to find the entrance. With interesting rock formations surrounding the beach, and purple sand, Pfieffer beach is truly one-of-a-kind! Best of all, because a limited number of people are allowed on the beach, it feels very private and majestic.
Kiawah Island Beachwalker Park, Kiawah Island, South Carolina
Most people who visit the beaches of South Carolina choose to go to the popular destinations of Hilton Head or Myrtle Beach. If you’d like to try something with just as much charm and no crowds, check out the little-known public beach in Kiawah Island called Beachwalker Park. With 11 miles of beaches, a wide boardwalk, nature walks, bike paths and more, this beautiful beach is the perfect destination for the whole family.
Rockport Beach, Rockport, Texas
Located on the Gulf Coast and further south from the barrier island of Galveston, Texas, Rockport Beach is a great beach destination. As the only beach in the state of Texas that’s been certified by the Clean Beaches Coalition, Rockport Beach is clean, relatively quiet and family-friendly. Surrounded by a booming beach town, there’s plenty to do if you grow tired of the beach, including the Texas Maritime Museum, the Aquarium at Rockport Harbor, and the historic shops of downtown Rockport.
Clearwater Beach, Clearwater, Florida
On the West coast of Florida, not far from Tampa, you’ll find one of the country’s greatest beaches in Clearwater. With its white sand beach, beautiful blue water, and access to great restaurants and entertainment, Clearwater Beach is a perfect destination for families or romance. With plenty of activity options, it’s hard to get bored with this beach vacation.
Cape May, New Jersey
When you think of Jersey Shore, you probably think of the drunken mayhem in Seaside Heights with Snooki and Pauly D. But there are actually many unassuming, yet charming, beach towns that are not as well publicized. Cape May, New Jersey, is located at the southernmost tip of the state, just across the water from Rehoboth Beach. This quiet and historic beach town has a lot to offer besides the beach — from visiting the old lighthouse, to playing mini-golf, to whale watching, Cape May has something for the whole family to enjoy.
Looking for more beach ideas? Check out our picks from 2015!
What is your favorite beach in America? Let us know in the comments.
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