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You've spent the last year working hard and finally the moment you have been waiting for has arrived vacation. You can already imagine yourself wiping the beads of sweat off of your ice cold drink as you lay sprawled out in the sun, your skin glowing a healthy bronze.
As you lay back and close your eyes, you can hear the waves break against the shore. Their rhythm quietly sends you into the most relaxing coma. Ahhhh, this is the life. A knock at the door interrupts your thoughts but you simply smile, knowing that soon, very soon, this daydream will be a reality. It is just a matter of choosing the perfect place and a few minor details.
Fortunately, there are no shortages of American beaches, but picking the perfect one for your well-earned vacation can leave you scratching your head in bewilderment. In order to save you hours of frustration and confusion, I have compiled a list of the top beaches in America. So let's get our toes wet as we dive head first into exploring Americas best shores.
Of course, Hawaii is at the top of the list. This far-fliung archipelago is a beach lover's dream. One of the top beaches in Hawaii is Kaunaoa. A natural peace settles over you as you listen to the wind blowing through the palm trees that line this retreat.
You gaze out at the growing waves filled with glistening white foam. The beautiful neon blue and green water is spectacular and almost leave you breathless. Hawaii has some of the best beaches in America and none is more picturesque than Kauna'oa Bay.
Cannon Beach's famous landmark, the Haystone Rock, rises an astounding 235 feet out of the ocean. Just seeing this protected marine sanctuary is worth the visit to Cannon Beach alone, but there is much more here than many people realize.
Not only are there four national parks to explore, but this small part of Oregon has also been rated as one of the top art cities in America, making it a wonderful place to be surrounded by beauty, whether you are indoors or out.
This North Carolina hot spot is a vacation haven on the eastern seaboard of America. Unique in its beauty, the Outer Banks will capture your heart like none other. Its majestic wild horses and beautiful white sand dunes often give the feeling that you have stepped inside a story. The beaches here are calm and appeal to swimmers of all ages and skill.
If you are looking for something more exciting, then race the wind as you try your luck at kiteboarding off the same dunes that first propelled the Wright Brothers to glory. The Outer Banks also offers travelers a chance take in some lighthouses, hiking, cycling, and bird watching.
If you want to really chill out, then Pensacola Beach is the beach for you. Imagine, miles and miles of soft, sparkling white sand as far as the eye can see. Florida's west coast has some of the most-stunning beaches in all the world and many beach lovers return annually. Pensacola is a romantic place to spend with your significant other and if you are lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of dolphins swimming in the background.
Are you looking for an active and entertaining beach vacation? Then start planning your trip to Myrtle Beach. Myrtle Beach is host to good weather, friendly locals, and a variety of lively entertainment from which to choose. You can spend the mornings swimming at the beach, the afternoons rediscovering your inner child at the water parks and the evenings cheering for your favorite knight at a medieval restaurant. Myrtle Beach has something for everyone.
Located in the southernmost part of continental America, Fort Zachary Taylor Beach is huge and yet inviting. The azure blue crystal clear water is still and you can admire your surroundings sitting under the shade of a palm tree grove. It is also a fantastic place for anyone who wants becomes part of the lively underwater world. Snorkeling among the colorful reefs that host a wide variety of beautiful sea creatures is a popular diversion for many visitors. Don't worry though, if you still want some human contact the beach is just three short blocks famous Duval Street in Key West.
Nantucket is a tiny island off the coast of Massachusetts. Boasting tiny beach villages, quaint locally owned shops, and some of the finest seafood cuisine in America, the island has become quite popular with tourists. It is dotted with lovely inns and bed and breakfasts that can accommodate every type of budget. It also boasts to be one of the safest places in the U.S.A. Overall, Nantucket has a relaxing and restful vibe for those wishing to have a quiet getaway.
Carmel-by-the-Sea is one of Americas most tranquil beaches. However, there is more here to explore than just sand and water. Spend the evening watching the sun set from the weathering cliffs that surround European-style villages before venturing through the seaside art galleries, dining on fresh seafood and taking in some of the finest window shopping in the land.
During the day, a visit to the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary is a wonderful way to see and learn about sea lions, otters, dolphins and even humpback whales.
From wine tasting to surfing the waves, Carmel has something for everyone. It holds a significant percentage of the best art foundations in Monterey County and is also home to some of the most prominent music associations and celebrations.
America is home to some truly remarkable beaches and although this list is short, it is full of spectacular views, relaxing sunsets and exciting adventures waiting to happen. So what are you waiting for? Grab the sunblock, put on your shades and get ready to enjoy a few well-deserved weeks in paradise.
Where is your favorite American beach getaway?
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Stephen Schreck is a world traveler, nomad, and adventure backpacker. Knowing a life of aimlessly wandering the globe in search of adventures was the only life for him he set out to make his dream his reality. Currently he is trying to conquer his fears and tackle his bucket list. Follow Stephen's adventures at A Backpacker's Tale or on social media on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram.
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