The best US beaches to visit in your lifetime

Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park California

No matter where you are in the US, you don’t have to travel far to find both surf and sand.

From coast to coast, America is home to plenty of beautiful beaches that all offer something different.

From the stunning rock formations that dot Washington’s Shi Shi Beach, to the crystal clear quartz sand of Florida’s Siesta Beach, keep scrolling for the US beaches that should be on every beach lover’s bucket list.

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Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, Honolulu, Hawaii

Formed within a volcanic cone, Hanauma Bay is home to a large variety of fish and marine life, thanks to the fact that it’s both a marine life conservation area and underwater park. 

Huntington Beach, Los Angeles, California

Known as Surf City, USA, Huntington is famous not just for the quality of its waves, but the consistency of them. The beach — located in Orange County just outside of LA — is an ideal spot for all levels of surfers.

Pensacola Beach, Santa Rosa Island, Florida

Pensacola Beach sits on Santa Rosa Island, one of the many barrier islands that dot the 160 miles from the Gulf of Mexico to Mississippi and down to the Florida Panhandle. It’s known as one of the Gulf Island National Seashore’s most stunning beaches, and, if you’re lucky, you might spot a dolphin in its clear blue waters.

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