5 Best beaches in the US

Apr 27, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. ET

A summer vacation is never really complete without a beach adventure. The water. The sand. The activities. It's really second-to-none. So, for your next beach getaway, consider stopping at one of these unbelievably beautiful best beaches in the US.

Miami Beach


Where: Miami Beach, FL
Why: There's nothing quite like a visit to this beach resort community. Frequented by the famous and home to some of the biggest mansions and richest families in the country, Miami Beach offers guests incredible nightlife (on par with what you'd find in New York City or Los Angeles), designer shopping (along Collins Avenue and Lincoln Road), radiant sunshine, incredible white sandy beaches and some world-famous art deco architecture.
For more info visit: web.miamibeachfl.gov/visitors


Where: Rehoboth Beach, DE
Salt water taffy, carnival games and incredible views are just some of the reasons you should check out this mile-long boardwalk with your family. The eclectic scenery, amusing shops and nearby neighborhoods (from the gay district to Ocean City) will definitely entertain. There's even an up-and-coming bar district for the younger crowd.
For more info visit: www.rehoboth.com


Where: Huntington Beach, CA
Why: Famous because of reality TV shows like Laguna Beach or The Hills, this "Surf City" is home to some of the best waves in the country. From surfing to kayaking and jogging along its 8-mile boardwalk, to hiking, biking and inline skating, this spacious, clean, preserved beach is almost always packed with locals soaking in the sun. And every year, large crowds visit to take part in dozens of international sporting events (from golf and surfing to beach volleyball).
For more info visit: www.ci.huntington-beach.ca.us


Where: Hanalei Beach, Kauai, HI
When you think of pristine, stunning beaches, your mind probably wanders to Hawaii. And you'd be right. This option in Kauai is second-to-none in terms of coral sand, sparkling water and water-related activities like surfing and snorkeling. The beach is great for just about everything and with nearby waterfalls and volcanic ridges, there's more to do than just lounge on the beach. It's perfect for any couple or family time away.
For more info visit: www.hawaiiweb.com


Where: East Hampton Main Beach, NY
Martha's Vineyard. The Kennedy's. Beach-house parties. There are so many things that come to mind when you hear the word "Hamptons." The thing is, all of your luscious connotations would probably be right. From luxurious beaches, to richy-rich condos and restaurants, this is THE place to see, and be seen. The splendid scenery doesn't hurt either.
For more info visit: www.easthamptonvillage.org

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