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The 4 Best Beaches in the United States

Best Beaches

Looking for a swimming getaway this summer? Then you should consider going to any (or all) of these top 4 beaches in the United States. 

Waikiki Beach, Hawaii

When it comes to beach getaways, the island of Honolulu tops almost everyone’s list. Unsurprisingly, one of its beaches – Waikiki – is a global favorite. 

Apart from having clear shallow waters – and a variety of water sports to boot – Waikiki also plays host to prominent restaurants and large shopping centers.

Given its commercial appeal, beachside hotels can clock $300 to $400 a night. Should you find this range too expensive, you can opt for nearby motels that cost about $85 a night. 

Clearwater Beach, Florida

Another famous summer destination, Florida is a top choice amongst those who don’t want to leave the mainland. And why not? It’s home to several beautiful beaches—one of which is Clearwater Beach.

True to its’ name, Clearwater Beach features azure waters and sparkling white sand. It’s a great place to swim, sail, and watch the setting sun. 

And, if you come at the right time, you can take part in the annual Clearwater Jazz Festival as well. 

As with most Florida beaches, you have the option to go cheap or go all out. Hotel prices range anywhere from $80 to $550 a night. 

Coronado Beach, California

Looking for a beautiful beach destination on the west coast? Then all you need to do is drive (or fly) to San Diego, the home of the famous Coronado Beach. Thanks to the mica, the beach’s sands glitter gold whenever the sun’s rays hit them. 

Apart from having glittering sands, the beach is also known for its gentle waves. This makes it perfect for swimming – as well as skimboarding and paddleboarding. 

Not in the mood to get wet? You can always visit the nearby areas of Centennial Park, Glorietta Bay Park, or Tidelands Park—read more on that here.

Coronado Beach hotels can go as low as $80 to $150, though luxury hotels can set you back a whopping $800 a night!

Hanakapiai Beach, Kauai, Hawaii

Located 120 miles away from the island of Honolulu is Kauai, home of the breathtaking Hanakapiai Beach.

As with most of Hawaii’s hidden beaches, the journey to Hanakapiai is a challenging one. You need to walk through a rocky 2-mile stretch to get to the secluded beach. 

The view is worth the treacherous journey though. Here, you can enjoy the beauty of nature.

Sadly, visitors should refrain from swimming because of the unpredictable riptides.

Even with this restriction, you can still get your feet wet. All you just need to do is hike a few ways more to the majestic Hanakapiai falls.

Given the beach’s distance from the trailhead, you can’t get a hotel right by Hanakapiai. You may, however, opt to stay at any of Kauai’s lovely hotels. Rates range from $100 to $600 a night.

The US has great beaches on both coasts – as well as the Pacific. Given the many hotel options available, you can enjoy a memorable vacation – whether you’re a penny-pincher or a luxury traveler. 

Image by Derek Thomson.

Post Author: Lillia Hall

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