10Besties Best Beaches Winners

  • Outer Banks, NC1

    Outer Banks, NC

    In North Carolina, the wild, fragile Outer Banks offer any type of vacation you might want or need. Romantic getaways are a natural, with sweeping views, the high drama of the ocean, and slow pace of beach life. But adventurers can also have a blast, and summer is unforgettable on the OB. One clam bake and you're hooked for life.  Read more »

     
  • Hilton Head Island, SC2

    Hilton Head Island, SC

    South Carolina's Hilton Head Island, 20 miles north of Savanna, Georgia, has 12 miles of wide, flat beaches, some of which are even wheelchair accessible. Rent a kayak or a jet ski, take a boat ride, or just soak up the rays with a good book -- Hilton Head is a great combination of fun and relaxation.  Read more »

     
  • Myrtle Beach, SC3

    Myrtle Beach, SC

    The playground for much of the Carolinas, Myrtle Beach is a family-friendly beach where high season (summer) is always hopping. You can tan oceanside, then explore the plethora of family-friendly activities in Myrtle Beach, from mini-golf to real golf to shopping.  Read more »

     
  • Sanibel Island, FL4

    Sanibel Island, FL

    Known as the seashells capital of North America, Sanibel Island Florida enjoys a unique east-west orientation, which allows it to act like a catcher's mitt for treasures of the sea. Starry skies, bike paths, great restaurants and an abundance of wildlife add to the allure of this upscale beach haven.  Read more »

     
  • Panama City Beach, FL5

    Panama City Beach, FL

    A heralded spring break destination, Panama City Beach is easily reached by residents of the entire southeastern USA. Go to party or just go for the sun: PCB delivers outrageous sunsets, funky tourist shops and affordable lodging. . . . not to mention all those bikini-clad girls at spring break time.  Read more »

     
  • Maui, HI6

    Maui, HI

    Often on the short list for "Best Island," Maui is a beach lover's paradise. There are more than 30 miles of beautiful white, black, and red sand beaches that offer opportunities to surf, snorkel, or just soak up the rays.  Read more »

     
  • Virginia Beach, VA7

    Virginia Beach, VA

    Virginia Beach mesmerizes with 35 miles of beautiful coastline. The Chesapeake Bay, Resort Area and Sandbridge each have their own vibe - from tranquil to action-packed, but none of them require payments or permits of any kind. Getting your Sun On is free and easy in Virginia Beach.  Read more »

     
  • Kauai, HI8

    Kauai, HI

    Kauai is both the oldest and the northern-most Hawaiian island and while there are a million and one things to do there, you'll be hard pressed to get yourself to leave the beaches. Beautiful, diverse, and plentiful, you'll find beaches perfect for long walks, swimming, surfing, picnicking and more.  Read more »

     
  • Siesta Key, FL9

    Siesta Key, FL

    This laid-back beach is perfect for folks who like to watch a beautiful sunset, make new friends, and don't mind driving to get to the beach. Not a lot of hotels right on the beach, but it's a far less manicured setting than nearby Longboat Key, Sarasota's "upscale" beach.  Read more »

     
  • Coronado Beach, CA10

    Coronado Beach, CA

    Coronado's Glorietta Bay and Silver Strand beaches are sublime. But for sheer "wow" factor, Ferry Landing Marketplace Baech, with its sweeping San Diego Bay vistas, and Coronado Central Beach, set against a backdrop of seaside mansions, are the creme de la creme. Central Beach also offers fishing directly in front of the grand Hotel del Coronado.  Read more »

     
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