When you think of beaches in the USA, the chances are that you think of Florida’s palm-fringed sands, or surfers running into the ocean on one of Califonia’s iconic stretches. But there are so many other breathtaking beaches to discover in the USA. Whether you’re looking for a coastal wilderness or a surfing hotspot, you’ll find a beach you’ll want to add to your itinerary on your next USA trip.
Go surfing in San Diego
With 70 miles of coastline and a variety of beaches, San Diego
, right, is a paradise for water babies and sun seekers. In the south of the city, Imperial Beach is a magnet for surfers, whilst Pacific Beach further north is home to trendy bars and cafes along the boardwalk that are perfect for a sunset drink.
Get ready for the Rockaways
You probably associate New York City
with iconic skyscrapers, museums, shopping and trend-setting eateries, but take a quick trip on the subway and you’ll hit the beach. Head to Queens and The Rockaways
for the only two surf beaches in New York, as well as fishing spots and plenty of playgrounds for kids. Sunbathe in the summertime, then visit Rockaway Beach the rest of the year for independent boutique shopping, art and history appreciation at Fort Tilden and eating out in cool coastal eateries.
Go wild in Virginia Beach
Love a bit of coastal entertainment? You’ll find the world’s longest pleasure beach at Virginia Beach, in Capital Region
. Virginia Beach is home to miles of beautiful sandy shoreline across three beaches (Resort, Island and Bay). Rent a kayak to get close to dolphins just off-shore, or hire a paddleboard or bike to explore the area. Take highway 13 and head north for the serene beaches of Assateague Island. This peaceful peninsular is home to wild ponies, wildlife refuges and miles of unspoiled beaches.
Check out America’s best beaches
Clearwater Beach in Florida
, offers to pristine white sand, clear shallow waters, dolphin-spotting, a fabulous Beach Walk promenade and more – no wonder it’s been rated No.1 beach in the US
by Tripadvisor. This idyllic beach beat iconic beaches in Florida, Hawaii and California – and was named No.6 beach in the World
by the internet travel site. While you’re on an award-winning beach run, head to nearby St Pete Beach, which ranks No.4 beach in the US
, thanks to its soft sugar beaches, beautiful sunsets and laidback atmosphere.
Be captivated by Cape Cod
With 560 miles of coastline, Cape Cod in Massachusetts
is home to a huge number of beautiful sandy beaches. You’ll find some of the most stunning stretches of beach along the Cape Cod National Seashore
, a 40-mile stretch of unspoiled sand in Outer Cape Cod. Put Nauset and Breakwater Beach on your list, uncrowded beaches where you can enjoy silvery sand, waves for boogie boarding, seal spotting and spectacular sunrises.
Find dramatic dunes at Outer Banks, North Carolina
Want somewhere unspoiled and uncrowded? Holiday in North Carolina’s Outer Banks
, for windswept sand dunes, wild horses and miles of stunning beaches. Surfers should head to the beach in Kitty Hawk, where they can try out some of the largest waves on the east coast. You’ll find the Corolla Wild Horses on the northernmost beaches of the Outer Banks, in the four-wheel drive area that's just north of Corolla. Horses descended from Spanish mustangs have been living wild here for hundreds of years. To survive on these islands, the horses dig for freshwater and swim from island to island in search of fresh grazing areas.