Venice Beach, California

Venice Beach, California

An atmosphere unlike any other

10 Best Beaches in the USA

1. El Matador, California

RVers in the know take their motorhome up the winding Pacific Coast Highway to the most spectacular shoreline along the coast - El Matador Beach, just north of Malibu. This picture-perfect strip of sand is one of many small beaches that comprise the Robert H. Meyer Memorial Beach, though its long stretches of white sands, towering cliffs, and craggy rock formations and sea stacks make it an obvious favorite.

2. Manele Bay, Hawaii

Hulopo'e Beach on the island of Lana'I has long been considered one of the world's most perfect stretches of sand. A designated marine preserve filled with colorful fish and the occasional spinner dolphin, the snorkeling and diving spots here are considered some of the best in Hawaii, making a swim in the warm sapphire waters all the more alluring.

3. Shi Shi Beach, Washington

Part of Olympic National Park and considered the Northwest's purest stretch of coastline, Shi Shi is also one of the most difficult beaches to reach. Its remote location has left the 2-mile, crescent-shaped beach an untouched wilderness. If you’re willing to traverse the coastal and headland trails that lead to Shi Shi you’ll be rewarded by soaring birdlife, crashing waves, towering bluffs and wild forest.

4. Duck, North Carolina

Duck is an upscale residential community along the northern reaches of North Carolina's Outer Banks, a strip of barrier islands whose hallmark high, sandy dunes have lively surf on one side and a gentle sound on the other. Oceanside beaches offer sand and waves, while the sound offers calmer waters for aquatic sports. The town has a quaint village-like charm, and the sound and sea are spectacular.

5. Clearwater, Florida

Clearwater Beach's has a well-deserved reputation as one of America's finest beaches. Spread along a narrow, 3-mile stretch of the Pinellas Peninsula on the Gulf Coast, it straddles the blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico to the west, and tranquil Tampa Bay to the east. The family-friendly beach offers countless activities such as sunbathing on white sands, diving into a game of beach volleyball, renting fishing boats, taking a dolphin-watching cruise, parasailing, or heading to a mainland museum or aquarium.

6. Siesta Key, Florida

Beach lovers flock to these sugary shores to take advantage of the wide expanse of sand and the tranquil lapping waters. Siesta Key Beach is perfect for strolling, shell collecting, or more active pursuits like renting a catamaran or kayak. This perfect family RV stop boasts beachside picnic areas and playgrounds, but also has a fabulous nightlife for the footloose.

7. Punalu’u, Hawaii

The stretch of black sand at the southern tip of the island fringed by a grove of coconut palms and cresting blue waves is truly breathtaking. Punalu'u has also gained fame as the home of two endangered turtle species, the green turtle and the hawksbill turtle, which both can be seen swimming in the water just off the main beach. The hawksbill turtle often crawls ashore at night to deposit eggs, an incredible sight for nature lovers to witness. The beach is perfect for picnics or sunbathing, but its choppy waters and a lack of lifeguards make it less than ideal for swimming.

8. Venice Beach, California

This is a beach unlike any other. Alongside the usual sun, surf and sunshine is a vibrant assortment of creativity and craziness congregated such as a 3-ring urban street circus, whacky flea markets, or people playing electric guitars while rollerblading. All of this frenetic activity happens on Ocean Front Walk, a three-quarter-mile concrete boardwalk and promises an experience you’ll remember for a long time!

9. Cannon Beach, Oregon

Named after a cannon that washed ashore from the shipwrecked USS Shark in 1846, Cannon Beach offers an abundance of activities, such as beachcombing, riding 3-wheelers along the sand, tide pooling, whale-watching and walking by the surf or through the heavily forested state parks. Its hallmark attraction is Haystack Rock, a massive 235-foot-tall chunk that sits on the beach and is the world's third-largest freestanding monolith.

10. Carmel, California

Carmel-by-the-Sea is located in a unique stretch of California's coastal highway and is a unique mix of quaint bohemian artsiness and affluent urban chic. With its laid-back style and family atmosphere, Carmel Beach breaks the stereotypes of the California beach scene. A wide stretch of silky sand is framed by regal cypress trees and shifting sand dunes. This beach is cozier than the wild, black sand beaches in the northern part of the state, and more relaxed and genuine than some of its flashy southern neighbours.

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