This winter of nor'easters, bomb cyclones and snow in Texas has us dreaming of a sunny day at the beach. Spring is on its way, and we need your help naming the 10 best beaches in each of six U.S. states: California, Florida, Hawaii, North Carolina, South Carolina and Texas.
Vote once per day, per state until polls close on Monday, April 2 at noon ET. The winning beaches, as determined by your votes, will be announced on Friday, April 6.
Best California Beach
Sea, sand, surfing and sunsets characterize California's top beaches — Photo courtesy of Visit California/David Collier
With 1,264 miles of coastline stretching from Mexico to Oregon, the Golden State is no stranger to golden sand beaches. There are well over 1,000 of them scattered along the Pacific Coast, many known for their stellar surfing and even better sunsets.
Best Florida Beach
Florida is called the Sunshine State for good reason — Photo courtesy of iStock / Manakin
From the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic, the Sunshine State boasts 825 miles of beaches, many of which are ranked among the best on the planet. An average of 230 days of sunshine a year make Florida's shoreline hard to resist for vacationers seeking a beach getaway.
Best Hawaii Beach
Black sand, white sand, pink sand and even green sand – Hawaii's got it all — Photo courtesy of iStock / Alitsiya
Hawaii offers a diversity of beach experiences found in few other destinations on the planet, from the black sand beaches of the Big Island and Maui to the big wave beaches of Oahu. And the best news? They're all open to the public by state law!
Best North Carolina Beach
Barrier islands comprise many of North Carolina's Atlantic beaches — Photo courtesy of iStock / digidreamgrafix
North Carolina is home to two national seashores, seven coastal lighthouses and more than 300 miles of barrier island beaches, nearly all of it accessible. Sandy expanses in the Tar Heel State are often remote and rarely crowded, and a charming Southern coastal town is rarely far away.
Best South Carolina Beach
From Hilton Head to the Grand Strand, South Carolina's shores are lined with beaches — Photo courtesy of iStock / Melpomenem
Warm sand, blue water and fresh Atlantic sea air – these elements await visitors on the sandy shores and barrier islands of South Carolina. From Myrtle Beach in the north to Hilton Head Island near the southern border with Georgia, the Palmetto State is a perfect destination for beach lovers.
Best Texas Beach
Texas beaches offer camping, birdwatching and horseback riding in the Gulf surf — Photo courtesy of Lower Colorado River Authority
Texas is known for many things – cowboys, barbecue, Old West heritage, and wide open spaces – which may be why its 600-mile sparkling coastline along the Gulf of Mexico is so often overlooked. The saying "Everything's bigger in Texas" is true of the beaches too; the Lone Star State is home to the world's longest undeveloped barrier island, as well as some of the best coastal birdwatching in the country.