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141 Beaches to explore in United States

United States

Third largest and third most populous country in the world. Size-wise, it is almost as large as the continent of Europe.

1000 Steps Beach
1000 Steps Beach1429 Shoreline Dr, Santa Barbara, CA 93109, USA

This is a narrow beach below homes high on East Mesa bluffs. The dilapidated concrete stairs, originally constructed in the 1920s, show their age. It is not particularly popular for sunbathing but can enjoy fun tide pool exploration and beachwalking.

Arroyo Burro Beach County Park
Arroyo Burro Beach County Park2981 Cliff Dr, Santa Barbara, CA 93109, USA

This is a long sandy beach that runs along picturesque bluffs, adjacent to the Douglas Family Preserve. It is good for swimming, surfing, stand-up paddleboarding, fishing, and more. It has a reputation as a dog beach and is a popular location for dog owners to walk their pets off leash.

Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge
Back Bay National Wildlife RefugeVirginia Beach, VA, USA

Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) contains over 9,200 acres. Habitats include beach, dunes, woodland, and freshwater marsh. The majority of refuge marshlands are on islands contained within the waters of the Back Bay. Thousands of geese, swans and a large variety of ducks visit Back Bay NWR during the winter migration,

Baker Beach
Baker BeachBaker Beach, San Francisco, CA, USA

This is a public beach on the peninsula of San Francisco. Large waves, undertow and rip currents make the beach unsafe for swimming, but it provides panoramic views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Marin Headlands and Lands End. You can fish or check out the shorelife along the beach and rocky shoreline. Restrooms and picnic tables are nearby.

Balboa Pier
Balboa Pier1 Balboa Pier, Newport Beach, CA 92661, USA

A popular fishing spot. The pilings are home to a large population of starfish that feed on the large colonies of mussels growing there, and are easily spotted at low tide.

Bean Hollow State Beach
Bean Hollow State BeachBean Hollow State Beach, California, USA

Bean Hollow State Beach is a beach in the state park system of California. It includes two sheltered coves, separated by a rocky point. The southern cove was once called Arroyo de Los Frijoles and marked the southern extent of Rancho Butano. The beach also has a self-guided nature trail. Swimming is dangerous because of cold water, rip currents, heavy surf and sharks.

Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park
Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park1200 Crandon Blvd, Key Biscayne, FL 33149, USA

Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Recreation Area occupies approximately the southern third of the island of Key Biscayne. This park includes the Cape Florida Lighthouse, the oldest standing structure in Greater Miami. it was ranked as having the 8th best beach in the country.

Black's Beach
Black's BeachBlack's Beach, San Diego, CA 92037, USA

A secluded section of beach beneath the bluffs of Torrey Pines. Stingrays can be found along the coastline when the water gets above 50 degrees.

Bolsa Chica State Beach
Bolsa Chica State BeachBolsa Chica State Beach, California, USA

Bolsa Chica State Beach is a popular state beach, drawing hundreds of thousands of visitors to its location south of the community of Sunset Beach in Orange County. The beach extends 3 miles from Warner Avenue in Sunset Beach south to Seapoint Avenue, where the Huntington City Beach begins. Activities include surfing, sunbathing, play volleyball, and water sports. Tent camping is not allowed at Bolsa Chica State Beach. Fire rings are available.

Butterfly Beach
Butterfly BeachButterfly Beach, Montecito, CA 93108, USA

Butterfly Beach is located along Channel Drive in the upscale community of Montecito. This is a popular beach with locals, many with dogs. Students are known to pack the beach at times. There are stairs to the widest and most popular part of the beach at Butterfly Lane, and another set of stairs in front of the Biltmore.

Caladesi Island State Park
Caladesi Island State ParkCaladesi Island State Park, Florida, USA

A three-mile nature trail, a marina, picnic pavilions, bathhouses, a park concession stand, and a beach is what you will encounter in Caladesi Island State Park. The Caladesi Island beach was listed as the best beach in United States by Dr. Beach in 2008.

Campus Point Beach
Campus Point BeachCampus Point Beach, Lagoon Rd, Isla Vista, CA 93117, USA

A beautiful surfing beach in Santa Barbara. It offers a fun scene with college students and families gathering and relaxing, while kids play in the sand and water. This latter beach is narrow at high tide and is shaded in the afternoons.

Cape Florida Lighthouse
Cape Florida LighthouseCape Florida Lighthouse, Key Biscayne, FL 33149, USA

Standing tall and majestically along the south end of the Key Biscayne shoreline, the Cape Florida lighthouse is a staggering sight. It’s a beautiful piece of history and it’s a treasure that has withstood more than its share of wear and tear over the decades. The lighthouse was put back into use in 1978 by the U.S. Coast Guard to mark the Florida Channel, the deepest natural channel into Biscayne Bay. They decommissioned it in 1990.

Cardiff State Beach
Cardiff State BeachCardiff State Beach, Encinitas, CA 92007, USA

Cardiff State Beach is the long sandy strip along the west side of San Elijo Lagoon a large wetlands and ecological reserve Popular activities include swimming, surfing, and beachcombing. It is one of the iconic location where you can soebd somwe nice time in the middle of the busy location.

Cattail Cove State Park
Cattail Cove State ParkCattail Cove State Park, Arizona 86406, USA

A beautiful state park located in the shore of Lake Havasu. It offers a beach , boat ramp, and 61 campsites and so more. There are also boat-in campsites along the lake shoreline within the park. The park offers a 4-lane launch ramp and a beautiful white sandy beach with a swim area.

Children's Pool La Jolla
Children's Pool La JollaChildren's Pool La Jolla, 834 Coast Blvd S, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA

This is a small beach partially protected by a seawall. The original intention was to create a fully protected swimming area, but in recent years sand has filled in much of the area inside the wall.The Children's Pool has become the subject of a controversial debate related to a growing colony of harbor seals which has inhabited the beach since the mid-1990s.

China Beach, San Francisco
China Beach, San FranciscoChina Beach, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, USA

China Beach is in a tiny cove tucked between Lands End and Baker Beach in the Sea Cliff neighborhood of San Francisco. It is protected by rock walls on both sides creating an area that once was a camp for Chinese fishermen, hence the name.It was once used as a campsite for Chinese fishermen. Swimming is not safe at China Beach because of many possible dangers and the lack of lifeguards in the area.

Coronado Beach
Coronado BeachCoronado Beach, Coronado, CA 92118, USA

A beautiful beach popular with families and couples alike thanks to its miles-long shoreline, clean sands, peaceful atmosphere and idyllic location in the "Crown City. This wide family-friendly beach gets crowded, but it is wide enough that you can find a place to spread out comfortably. Sometimes near the hotel there are elaborate large sand castles to view and photograph – the creators love donations. Get there early to park nearby and secure a good spot on the sand.

Coronado Island
Coronado IslandCoronado Island, Coronado, CA 92118, USA

A resort city in San Diego. Coronado is consistently voted best beach in the U.S. by Dr. Beach. With gentle surf, sparkling wide-sand beaches, charming main street and great hotels, including the famous Hotel del Coronado, this island paradise is perfect for a family vacation or romantic getaway.

County Line Beach, Malibu
County Line Beach, MalibuCounty Line Beach, Malibu, California 90265, USA

County Line Beach is beach park located in Solromar, an unincorporated community of Ventura County. This stretch of sandy beach is easily accessible from the adjacent Pacific Coast Highway. This popular surf spot is administered as part of Leo Carrillo State Park. The beach lies within the south coast portion of the Ventura County amidst a mostly rugged coastline that is some of the most striking and diverse coastal terrain in the County.

Map of Beaches to explore in United States