Top 5 Continental US Beaches

The summer’s here and the sand is calling…do you hear it? We’ve picked 5 beaches from coast to coast that would be wonderful to visit. Even if you can’t make the trip, just sit back and imagine sand between your toes and the waves on the shore.

Hilton Head, SC: The perfect pick for an active family, Hilton Head features  tons of award winning golf courses, countless tennis courts and miles of biking trails. As the first planned resort community, Hilton Head Island also has a rich history, along with luxury shopping boutiques and dining options.

Sanibel Island, FL: Just offshore from Fort Myers, Sanibel is a barrier island that is arguably one of the best beaches to go shelling, with beaches of shells instead of sand. With clear water and an island that’s made up of nature reserves, cute shops, resorts and restaurants, it’s a great choice for families and couples alike.

Beach Haven, NJ: This small island off the coast of New Jersey retains much of its Victorian character from the late 1800’s. Because it is only a few blocks wide, the beach and the bay are accessible from anywhere on the island, but you’ll find much more on the island: an amusement park, water park, mini golf courses, excellent boutiques and restaurants are a few things that make Beach Haven comes alive during the summer with visitors.

Coronado Beach in San Diego, CA: Close to the San Diego Zoo and Sea World, Coronado Beach has topped many “best beach” lists. Featuring clean sand and gentle waves, it’s a popular spot that many claim to have the cleanest and warmest water in southern California. Although it’s only 1.5 mile long, this beach is a must-see.

Siesta Key, near Sarasota, FL: Winner of the Best US Beach of 2011 as chosen by Stephen Leatherman, also known as Dr. Beach, Siesta Key boasts some of the whitest, smoothest sand in the world composed 99% of quartz, unlike most coral sands, and has clear, warm waters ideal for swimming.

Do you have a favorite beach? Are you visiting one this summer? Comment to let us know!


  • June 15, 2012


    Great list! I’m a big fan of Coronado and Hilton Head.

    I’d love to feature this list on our San Diego-based site. Email me for more details!

    shondra (at) dwellable (dot) com


  • July 2, 2012

    Jennifer Thompson

    I live and work on Navarre Beach, which is absolutely beautiful. It sits on the Gulf Coast of Florida right in between Pensacola and Destin. It was touted as “Florida’s Best Kept Secret,” however the word is slowly getting out, with reservations the highest we have seen in over 10 years.

  • July 2, 2012

    Mary Sanford

    PLEASE, come back to Nantucket, MA!!
    Miss your store so much.

  • July 2, 2012


    I live in beautiful Michigan, with some of the nicest beaches in US. While I love to visit the ocean, don’t forget about all the inland beaches too! My favorites are Grand Haven and Traverse City…both world-class beaches.

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