The 10 Best Beach Cities in America

 Gulf Shores, Alabama, USA

Gulf Shores, Alabama, USA (Flickr/Faruk)

If you are looking for a beach getaway, there is no need to make sure your passport is valid as America has many charming beach cities. While there are some well known destinations on our list, others are less well known. Here are our top 10 beach cities in the USA.

Ocean City, Maryland

Ocean City, Maryland

Ocean City, Maryland (Flickr/Austin Kirk)

Over 10 miles of beaches await visitors at Ocean City, Maryland. Two beaches are reserved each day for surfers and one section of inlet water. You only have to go out 50 feet to surf fish here. Ride the Ferris wheel to see amazing views of the water at Trimper’s Rides and Amusement Park. Stroll along the nearby boardwalk for amazing shopping opportunities.

Chatham, Massachusetts

Chatham, Massachusetts, United States

Chatham, Massachusetts, United States (Flickr/Robert Linsdell)

While there are many beautiful miles of beaches in Cape Cod, some of the prettiest are found near Chatham, Massachusetts. Catch the downtown shuttle to South Beach, build a sand castle on Harding Beach or go seashell collecting on Ridgevale Beach. Parasailing and kite surfing are both popular activities here.

East Hamptons, New York

East Hamptons, New York

Sunset in East Hampton, New York (Flickr/Taber Andrew Bain)

It is easy to forget that you are just off Long Island, New York, when you visit the East Hamptons. Miles of glorious white sand await as you stroll past million dollar mansions. A favourite hideaway of Tony Hawks and Robert DeNiro, this charming seaside village has lots of history including the 18th century working windmills on the city square.

Beaufort, North Carolina

Beaufort, North Carolina, United States

Beaufort, North Carolina, United States (Flickr/Ron Jones)

Named by Travel + Leisure as America’s Favourite Town, Beaufort, North Carolina, is a great beach city in America. The nearby Hatteras Barrier Islands are easily accessible by boat. There are many historical homes and businesses in this thriving small town. The relaxed atmosphere makes it a great place to simply unwind.

Miami Beach, Florida

Miami Beach, Florida

Miami Beach, Florida (Flickr/Ricardo Mangual)

While you may need to work on your beach body before you go to South Beach, there are many other Miami Beach shorelines waiting to be explored. The beaches on the north end have more of a family atmosphere with great concerts often held at the North Beach Bandshell. Stroll along the boardwalk from 21st Street to 78th Street to find some tranquility. Pointe Park is often used as a destination for movie shoots.

Traverse City, Michigan

Traverse City, Michigan

Traverse City, Michigan (Flickr/Jim Sorbie)

While you might not normally think Michigan when you think of great beach towns, Traverse City begs to differ with you. Set on Lake Michigan, this city offers more than 12 beaches with many of best being totally free. Nice playgrounds, grills and tall shade trees makes this a family getaway spot for many during the warm summer months.

Long Beach, Washington

Long Beach, Washington

Long Beach, Washington (Flickr/Patty Carlson)

Stretching more than 29 miles, the longest beach in America is found near Long Beach, Washington. This beach is located where the Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean. Kite flying is a popular pastime here celebrated with the week long Washington State International Kite Festival. Whales are often seen playing in the waters just off shore.

Gulf Shores, Alabama

Gulf Shores, Alabama, United States

Gulf Shores, Alabama, United States (Flickr/Paul Nicholson)

The longest beach near Gulf Shores, Alabama, stretches more than six miles. Made from the white quartz washed down off the Appalachian Mountains, this getaway is becoming extremely popular with families. Many beachfront homes and condominiums help to make this a favourite getaway. Do not leave the area without testing Lady Luck at the beachfront casinos.

Laguna Beach, California

Laguna Beach, Southern California

Laguna Beach, Southern California (Flickr/Don Graham)

Experience Californian luxury at its best with a trip to Laguna Beach. Nearly eight miles of beach means that everyone can find the perfect spot. Main Beach is great for people watching. This beach is one of the few in the world offering beach basketball. Bonfires are great fun at Aliso Creek Beach. Most of the time, you can bring your four-legged friend to these beaches.

Waikiki Beach, Hawaii

Waikiki Beach, Honolulu, Hawaii

Waikiki Beach, Honolulu, Hawaii (Flickr/Prayitno)

The most famous beach in America may be Waikiki Beach, Hawaii. This beach actually has eight sections. Each has its own flair. Royal Hawaiian Beach is favoured by boaters while everyone loves to take a dip in the saltwater pools on Prince Kuhio Beach.

Waikiki Beach, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

Waikiki Beach, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA (Flickr/Prayitno)

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