Beach season is underway, and the United States has plenty of gorgeous oceanside destinations. East Coast or West, there’s a stretch of sand for everyone. Here’s our list of some of the best beaches in the US.
Filled with quaint colonial homes, lobster rolls, and vacationing New Englanders, Ogunquit is the epitome of what summer in New England is all about. The town’s three-mile beach facing the Gulf of Maine draws families and LGBT travelers from throughout the region.
Guests of the Independent Collections Blue Moon and Winter Haven hotels know why South Beach is one of the most famous destinations in the world. The white sand and perfect weather play a part, but the art deco architecture, vibrant nightclubs, and booming restaurant scene make it a beach like no other.
Located near the Independent Collection’s Hotel Milo, Leadbetter Beach is SoCal living at its finest. Lined with palm trees and cliffs, it’s one of the city’s most beautiful hangouts. Steady winds and a light surf make it popular with kitesurfers. A West Coast anomaly, the beach faces southeast, so it’s a winning spot to see sunrise too. The beach is also within striking distance of Downtown Santa Barbara.
Coney Island Beach
Nobody is going to tell you that Coney Island is all that great for the swimming, though brave souls do take to the waters in the annual New Year’s Polar Plunge. Head to Brooklyn, home to the Nu Hotel, for the iconic amusement park and boardwalk instead. Try the historic Cyclone roller coaster and Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs for the full experience.
Lanikai Beach, Hawaii
Clear waters make it difficult to tell where the shore ends and the ocean begins at Lanikai Beach. On the quiet island of Oahu, Lanikai is chief among Hawaii’s many world class beaches. Known for its incomparably clear views of the nightly moonrise and warm water, it feels like heaven at all hours.