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America the Beautiful: 25 Best Beaches

Take in the beauty of the land and water at these incredible beach locations across the states. Whether you are looking for a family spot or a quiet getaway, these beaches will make the perfect escape. Run along the sandy beaches of South Carolina, or swim in the clear blue beaches off Hawaii.

Find out if your favorite beach has made the list of America the Beautiful: 25 Best Beaches…

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  • Naples, FL 2 of 26
    0148

    Beautiful stretch of sandy beach.
    Check it out at Naples, Florida.

  • Venice Beach, CA 3 of 26
    0241

    Enjoy the beach and the boardwalk.
    Find out more at Venice Beach.

  • Myrtle Beach, SC 4 of 26
    0346

    Myrtle Beach offers 60 miles of sandy beauty.
    Check it out at Visit Myrtle Beach.

  • Lawai Beach, HI 5 of 26
    0446

    The calm waters are great for snorkling with an offshore reef great for surfing breaks.
    Find out more at Poipu Beach.

  • Cannon Beach, OR 6 of 26
    0550

    This scenic beach is famous for Haystack Rock.
    Find out more at Wikipedia.

  • South Beach, FL 7 of 26
    0636

    Take your talents to South Beach.
    Spotted at Miamism.

  • Cape Cod, MA 8 of 26
    0747

    Relax among this natural beauty and history of Cape Cod.
    Find out more at Cape Cod.

  • Big Sur, CA 9 of 26
    0844

    Enjoy the rocky beaches along the California coast in Big Sur.
    Find out more at Big Sur California.

  • Oahu Beach, HI 10 of 26
    0940

    Crystal waters and lush mountains make the Waianae Coast a beautiful beach.
    Find out more at Go Hawaii.

  • Ocracoke Island, NC 11 of 26
    1051

    Enjoy windsurfing, parasailing, and kayaking on beautiful Ocracoke Island.
    Find out more at Ocracoke Island Realty.

  • Clearwater Beach, FL 12 of 26
    1141

    Visit the white sandy beaches of Clearwater.
    Find out more at Inside Florida.

  • Santa Cruz, CA 13 of 26
    125

    Surf your heart out in beautiful Santa Cruz.
    Find out more at City of Santa Cruz.

  • South Padre Island, TX 14 of 26
    1340

    South Padre was named one of the best beaches for families by the Travel Channel.
    Find out more at South Padre.

  • Ogunquit, ME 15 of 26
    141

    Enjoy fantastic seafood and boating in Maine.
    Find out more at Visit Maine.

  • Cape May, NJ 16 of 26
    1542

    Take in the historic surroundings of Cape May.
    Find out more at Cape May City.

  • Grassy Key, FL 17 of 26
    1636

    Experience the Florida keys on this gorgeous beach.
    Find out more at Trip Advisor.

  • Kalalau, HI 18 of 26
    1735

    Hike along the Hawaiian coast on the Kalalau trail.
    Find out more at Kalalau Trail.

  • Hilton Head, SC 19 of 26
    1841

    Walk the sandy beaches along the Atlantic coast.
    Find out more at Hilton Head Island.

  • Punalu’u, HI 20 of 26
    1936

    Play in the black sand on Punalu'u beach.
    Find out more at Wikipedia.

  • Empire Beach, MI 21 of 26
    2033

    On Lake Michigan's coastline, Empire Beach boasts 400 foot dunes and bike trails.
    Find out more at City Data.

  • Juno Beach, FL 22 of 26
    2130

    This quiet Florida beach is rich in history.
    Find out more at The Traveler's Way.

  • Ocean Beach, CA 23 of 26
    2227

    Enjoy the beach, pier, and a beautiful sunsets in San Diego.
    Find out more at Ocean Beach San Diego.

  • Cape Charles, VA 24 of 26
    2328

    Beautiful water and views from Bay Creek on Cape Charles.
    Find out more at Bay Creek Resort.

  • Santa Barbara, CA 25 of 26
    2428

    Enjoy serene beaches and beautiful sunsets in Santa Barbara.
    Find out more at NY Times.

  • Gulf Shores, AL 26 of 26
    2526

    White sand and clear waters of the gulf make the shores a beautiful beach destination.
    Find out more at Beach Guide.

Jacinda Boneau is a fabric designer and founding co-editor at Pretty Prudent, the premier design and lifestyle blog providing inspiration and instruction to help anyone create beautiful things, food, and experiences for their friends and family.

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