With thousands of miles of coastline to explore, visiting beaches in the United States is a great way to take in the natural beauty that this country has to offer. From the palm tree-lined beaches of California to the rocky shores of Maine, there are beaches out there for every interest and preference. You can enjoy some of the world's most beautiful shorelines on a family-friendly vacation, romantic getaway or adventure-filled trip.
With so many beaches to visit, it can be difficult to decide where to go. So, we narrowed the field by having a panel of experts nominate their 20 favorite beaches across three regions. Then, readers ranked the 10 best in each region by voting for their top picks. Here are the winners for 2023.
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Best Beach in the Northeast: Ocean City Beach in Ocean City, New Jersey
Enjoy miles of shoreline at this beloved locale in New Jersey — Photo courtesy of Nadezhda1906 // Getty Images
Ocean City in New Jersey features a wide sandy shoreline that stretches for about 8 miles along the Atlantic Ocean. With a family-friendly atmosphere, there are lifeguards on duty during the summer season and various amenities available to make it safe and convenient for families. When you need a break, adjacent to the beach is a lively and bustling boardwalk that is lined with dining, shopping and entertainment options.
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Best Beach in the South: Clearwater Beach in Clearwater, Florida
Soak up the Florida sunshine at Clearwater Beach — Photo courtesy of VisitStPeteClearwater.com
Known for its perfectly groomed white sand and upbeat social vibe, Florida's Clearwater Beach is where people go to have fun. Located on the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, visitors combine relaxing on the beach with water sports, beach games, live music and dining at the various restaurants and cafes along the shore. Not to be missed is the daily sunset celebration at Clearwater's Pier 60 with local artisans and street performers.
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Best Beach on the West Coast: Oxnard Beach Park in Oxnard, California
Gorgeous Oxnard Beach Park awaits for your next beach getaway — Photo courtesy of Sam and Ryan Looney
Oxnard Beach Park is a palm-studded coastal park with grassy rolling dunes and a gorgeous stretch of sandy beach located in Oxnard, California. The beach is ideal for swimming, surfing and sunbathing. Popular for its lack of commercialism, expert Kristen Lummis notes, "Possibly the most undeveloped beach in California. Yes, there are private homes, but no vendors, no pressure, nothing but soft sand and rolling waves as you look west."
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