The United States has a booming tourism industry, bringing in approximately 1.5 trillion dollars in 2015 alone. One of the main tourist attractions, visited by both residents or foreigners, are the many American beaches located on every coast and island of the country. While there are a number of breathtaking beaches in America, here is a list of five must-see beaches – in no particular order.
St. Petersburg Beach, St. Petersburg, FL
Nicknamed “The Sunshine City” for its record-breaking average of 361 days of sunshine per year, St. Petersburg is a beautiful city located in Pinellas County, Florida. Due to the combined popularity from this city’s sunny weather and it’s beautiful beach-front, St. Petersburg was voted #1 on the U.S. News & World Report’s list of ‘Best Places to Visit in Florida’ and #2 on their “Best Beaches in Florida” list. St. Petersburg beach, locally referred to as St. Pete’s Beach, is seven miles of waterfront with various activities for visitors, including hiking, kayaking, and camping. Many popular beaches are a city’s main attraction, but thankfully, The Sunshine City hosts a number of events each year that combine the beauty of their beachfront with music, dancing, and fun for the whole family.
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Some of the most well-known and well-loved beach-fronts on the East Coast are those in Myrtle Beach, located in Horry County, South Carolina. With over 60 miles of beautiful brown sand, Myrtle Beach is made up of a number of small beaches spread throughout South Carolina’s eastern coast. As a result of its expansive size, there are a multitude of parks, restaurants, and activities all along the waterfront, adding a level of entertainment to the area’s already exciting atmosphere. Taking into account the number of activities available, Myrtle Beach is perfect for those that are desirous of traveling with children or as a family, and also for those visiting for South Carolina’s nightlife and nighttime attractions.
Maui Island, Hawaii
The only true island on the list, Maui – one of Hawaii’s many islands – is the perfect balance between tranquility and excitement. Although a known island, Maui has less tourist traffic year-round than many of the other islands, causing its beaches to be less populated and reducing its chances of beach overcrowding. Wailea Beach and Kaanapali Beach, located in south and west Maui respectively, are both home to a vast and diverse sea life and wildlife population – perfect for snorkeling and diving! The island of Maui is perfect for those seeking a more laid back beach environment, while also being able to enjoy a variety of delicious restaurants and local music and culture.
Miami Beach, Miami, Florida
Known for its party scene, Miami Beach caters to the nightlife lovers – both young and old alike. The city of Miami is fast-paced and full of life and its beaches reflect that energy; beautiful white sand, towering palm trees, and clear blue waters greet visitors to Miami Beach. Popular restaurants, night clubs, museums, and art galleries are all within a few minutes of the waterfront and cater to those who are looking for more than just a party scene. While Miami Beach comes alive at night, families, couples, or solo travelers can find countless leisurely day time activities to keep them occupied and entertained during the warm Miami days.
American beaches are perfect vacation destinations for those who love nature, swimming, and water sports. Beach destinations are popular summer vacation options as they provide vacationers with a chance to relax by the beachfront and enjoy the sights and sounds of the water and the surrounding environment.