There can be no mistaking that the United States is home to some of the best beaches in the entire world. Whether you’re on the West Coast, or the East Coast, or the Gulf Coast – or maybe even somewhere in it all – there are some truly incredible places where you can dive into the water or sun yourself on the sand.
But, as with any other place in the world, all of the beaches in the United States are not created equally. There are some, for example, that may be popular, but that you might wish to avoid if you’re looking to avoid large crowds or other annoyances. Just the same, there are definitely some beaches that you may not have ever heard of that could be better than a more popular beach nearby.
Below, we’re going to take a look at 20 notable American beaches. We’ve separated these notable beaches into 10 that you might wish to check out, and 10 that you might wish to avoid. To be sure, these are all great beaches in their own right. However, that doesn’t mean that you’ll necessarily want to visit each one for your perfect day in the sun…
1. AVOID: Pleasant Beach, New Jersey
If you want the “Jersey Shore” (the television show) experience, then by all means book at trip to Pleasant Beach.
2. CHECK OUT: Cape May, New Jersey
But, if you’re really looking to experience the ideal beach-going experience that New Jersey can offer, Cape May is far better.
3. AVOID: Waikiki, Hawaii
We’re not saying that Waikiki isn’t beautiful or fun; however, it is definitely always filled with tourists.
4. CHECK OUT: Haleiwa, Hawaii
To really have an ideal beach experience in Hawaii, make the trip over to Haleiwa in Oahu.
5. AVOID: Carson Beach, Massachusetts
Though conveniently located near the city of Boston, this beach is among the worst that New England has to offer.