Summer is here, and you’re ready to hit the beach—any beach. If you’re looking to try out a new coastal destination, or you want to make sure you’re really getting the best out of your trip, you’re in luck.
We rounded up the best beaches in the U.S. with tips and tricks for each one including how to get there, where to stay, and what to do. Without further ado, let’s hit the beach!
7. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
If you’ve ever lived on the East Coast, you’ve probably been to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, or at least know 15 or 50 people who have. Located on the Grand Strand, an uninterrupted 60-mile stretch of beaches in South Carolina, Myrtle Beach is one of the best-known beaches in the country—and it’s no surprise why.
It’s easy to get to, with most major airlines flying into Myrtle Beach International Airport, only three miles outside of town. It’s great for families, and the wide beaches are welcoming to all kinds of beachgoers, with opportunities for swimming, sailing, fishing, and even surfing. On land, you’ll find something for everyone, with attractions from amusement parks to water parks and restaurants all around the shoreline. Myrtle Beach is a destination for travelers of every budget. You can find hotels close to the ocean for as low as $60, like the Red Roof Inn, or you can stay in a luxury beachfront resort like the Ocean 22.
6. Rosemary Beach, Florida
Rosemary Beach is located off 30A, a section of the Florida Panhandle that’s been growing in tourism and acclaim as more people discover the beautiful beaches and picturesque beach towns. Just west of Panama City Beach, Rosemary Beach has the same glittering gulf waters and white sands, without the crowds and congestion. The beach is in the town of Rosemary and within walking distance from restaurants, shops, and hotels. It’s a short drive from the other sights of 30A as well as bigger towns and attractions like Destin, Florida, and smaller beach towns like Seaside and Alys Beach.
Travelers can fly directly into the Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport in Panama City, Florida—just 30 minutes from Rosemary. For where to stay during your beach vacation, the Carillon Beach Resort Inn and the Beachside Resort are great accommodations in the area.
5. Clearwater Beach in Clearwater, Florida
Voted the best beach on TripAdvisor two years in a row, this beach is a crowd favorite. Touted for its fine white sand and warm blue water, Clearwater Beach is the only beach in the U.S. to make TripAdvisor’s list of the world’s top 10 beaches. The calm waters in Clearwater, Florida, are a destination for water sports like paddleboarding, jet-skiing, and parasailing. The nearby Cleveland Street District overlooking the Clearwater Harbor and Marina serves as a venue for various concerts, exhibits, and festivals throughout the year.
Beachgoers can fly into the St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport or the Tampa International Airport—both of which are a short drive away from your final destination. The Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort or the Fairfield Inn & Suites Clearwater Beach are just a couple of the many diverse hotel offerings in the area.
4. Coronado Beach in San Diego, California
A 1.5-stretch of beach in San Diego, California, Coronado Beach is often considered the best beach on the West Coast. The wide, flat shoreline hosts sunbathers and surfers near the shops and restaurants of the Coronado Ferry Landing. The beach is also home to the Hotel del Coronado, a leash-free dog beach, and views of the San Diego skyline. Travelers can fly into the San Diego International Airport, and choose to stay in Coronado at properties like the El Cordova Hotel, or take the ferry over from San Diego to enjoy the Four Points San Diego.
3. Siesta Beach in Sarasota, Florida
Siesta Beach was ranked No. 1 in 2017 and No. 2 in 2018 on TripAdvisor’s list of best beaches in the U.S. It features over eight miles of white quartz crystal sand, making it one of the largest beach expanses in the country. Close to Sarasota, Florida, visitors have access to plenty of options for shopping, restaurants, and bars while the clear water attracts snorkelers and swimmers.
2. Cape Cod, Massachusetts
You can’t go wrong with any of the beaches on Cape Cod, an extension of Massachusetts that becomes beautiful New England summer incarnate from May to September. Cape Cod is a great destination for travelers that want more than just the beach—there’s whale watching, historic sites, shopping, kayaking, nature attractions, and much more. But if you’re just in it for the beach, you won’t be disappointed. Craigville Beach, Monument Beach, and Grays Beach are a few of the best on the Cape.
Cape Cod is accessible by car and train by local travelers, and it’s 75 miles from Boston Logan International Airport, perfect for if you want a little bit of city life and a little beach life in your vacation. The Soundings Seaside Resort and the Wequasstt Resort are just a few of the great hotel options on the Cape.
1. Kauna’oa (Mauna Kea) Beach in Waimae, Hawaii
Hawaii is home to so many stunning beaches that we’re going to keep it to one. Otherwise, Hawaii would take over the whole list, and you’d all try to bill us for your trans-Pacific plane tickets. Located on the Big Island in the town of Waimae, Kauna’oa is a quintessential Hawaiian beach with white sand, clear water, and beautiful views. This beach is especially popular among families because of the calm water of Kaun’oa Bay.
The easiest way to get to Kauna’oa Beach is a flight from the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu to the Waimae-Kohala Airport in Kamuela, which is just 25 minutes by taxi from the bay. The beach is home to beautiful resorts, including the Westin Hapuna Beach Resort and the Mauna Key Beach Hotel. Both have private beaches, beautiful accommodations, cultural activities, and preeminent local cuisine.
No matter which of these beautiful beaches you choose to sunbathe on, we can help you find a hotel nearby. Head to roomkey.com to search all our hotel partners in the area and compare low loyalty member rates while you’re at it. Once you find the perfect hotel, we’ll transfer you to the hotel’s website, so you can complete your booking safely and securely.