As the cold weather starts to settle in, folks begin daydreaming about long weekends or a Vacay full of warm sunshine and soft-sand beaches in some remote paradise. Then the fact of actually getting there kicks in with the financial outlay, the time commitment, the effort and waste of precious hours waiting in an immigration line.
Thankfully, there are lots of gorgeous U.S. beaches that are excellent for a last-minute escape from the cold. So perfect, in fact, you may forget you’re still in the country. And if you are looking for a fantastic beach vacation, Florida has no shortage of spectacular sandy oases. However one Tampa Bay beach can boast of a new accolade: Best Beach within the united states, according to TripAdvisor’s 2018 Travelers’ Choice Awards.
Which gorgeous stretch of sunshine state sand won top honors? Clearwater Beach, an idyllic paradise on the Gulf of Mexico that averages 361 days of sun a year won top honors. Running close behind in second place was Florida’s Siesta Beach, followed by Ka’anapali Beach in Maui in third place. VacayDaze provides links to Bundle Deals and Things to do at TripAdvisor’s Top 10 U.S. Beaches for 2018. To determine the rankings, TripAdvisor looked at the quantity of reviews and ratings for beaches round the world, together with the quality of traveler reviews.
Here’s the list of TripAdvisor’s Top 10 beaches within the U.S.:
1. Clearwater Beach – Clearwater, Florida
Laid-back Clearwater Beach is known for its namesake stretch of soft, white sand, which draws visitors year-round for jet-skiing, parasailing, and stand-up paddle-boarding in its calm waters.
Cyclists and roller-bladers glide along a winding beachfront promenade lined with casual seafood restaurants and cafes. Come sunset, Pier 60 hosts a nightly festival with street performers and craft vendors.
2. Siesta Beach – Siesta Key, Florida
Siesta Beach is a beach located on Siesta Key in the U.S. state of Florida. The sand is 99% pure Quartz, soft and cool on the feet.
The many awards it has earned include: “the whitest and finest sand in the world”, “The Best Sand Beach in America”, “The Best Beach in America”.
3. Ka’anapali Beach – Lahaina, Hawaii
With three miles of white sand and crystal clear water, it’s no wonder why Ka’anapali Beach was once named America’s Best Beach. Fronting Ka’anapali’s hotels and resorts, this former retreat for the royalty of Maui is now a popular getaway for the world.
Ka’anapali Beach is a mile-long, spectacularly perfect beach that is home to seven resorts, high-end shopping, various restaurants and activities.
4. South Beach – Miami Beach, Florida
South Beach is known for its beaches and the glamorous scene around its happening nightspots and celebrity-chef eateries. Chain stores and indie fashion shops line pedestrian shopping strip Lincoln Road Mall.
On Ocean Drive, known for its well-preserved art deco architecture, outdoor cafes offer a ringside view of the scene. Museums include the Wolfsonian-FIU, which has a collection of modern art and objects.
5. Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve – Honolulu, Hawaii
Hanauma is a marine embayment formed within a tuff ring and located along the southeast coast of the Island of Oʻahu in the Hawaii Kai neighborhood of East Honolulu, in the Hawaiian Islands.
Hanauma is one of the most popular tourist destinations on the Island and has suffered somewhat from overuse.
6. Fort Lauderdale Beach – Fort Lauderdale, Florida
The moment you take your socks off, you’re free. Warm your toes in Greater Fort Lauderdale’s 23 miles of sun-kissed beaches – an easy walk from many hotels, restaurants and activities. Experience a sunny state of mind.
Fort Lauderdale Beach bustles with activity. Lined with waterfront hotels and an array of restaurants with oceanfront patios, this beach is where you’ll go to see and be seen.
7. Saint Pete Beach – St. Pete Beach, Florida
St. Pete Beach is a Florida resort city set on a barrier island, west of St. Petersburg. It’s known for its beaches. A 1928 landmark, the pink Moorish-style Don CeSar Hotel looms over the shore.
The Pass-A-Grille area offers galleries, shops and the Gulf Beaches Historical Museum, which displays postcards and other artifacts in a 1917 church. Nearby, boats depart to Shell Key, a nesting site for seabirds and turtles.
8. Hollywood Beach – Hollywood, Florida
Nestled between Miami and Ft. Lauderdale, Hollywood, Florida is known for its beautiful stretch of beach, perfect for a beach vacation. With oceanfront hotels and resorts, you will find the perfect accommodation for a weekend getaway or stay-cation.
You can find unique shopping, beachfront restaurants and bars along Hollywood’s Broad-walk, in addition to yearlong activities and live music. Convenient trolley service is available to take you to and from Hollywood Beach to Downtown Hollywood to make it easy for you to get out experience everything the city has to offer.
9. Santa Monica Beach – Santa Monica, California
Located just west of Downtown Los Angeles, Santa Monica beach is an iconic example of the famed Southern California beaches. With few Los Angeles beach options offering both large expanses of beach, bike trails and nearby activities, Santa Monica Beach has exactly what you’re looking for.
Because the beach is long (3.5 miles in length) it is helpful to divide the beach into two sections: north of the pier and south of the pier.
10. Lanikai Beach – Kailua, Hawaii
Lanikai Beach is located in Lanikai, a community in the town of Kailua and on the windward coast of Oahu, Hawaii. The name Lanikai means “heavenly sea.”
This small ½ mile strip of beach is consistently ranked among the best beaches in the world.