MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA - JULY 20: LizMarie Lopez watches the sunrise as she sits on the beach on July 20, 2022 in Miami Beach, Florida.

With beaches up and down both coasts, the United States is full of wonderful beaches. The extensive coastlines give us beaches with a wide variety of landscapes, scenery, culture, and climate each unique in its own way. And while it can be easy to think of that dream beach vacation as somewhere in a far-off land, it may be a lot closer than you think. While there are stunning beaches in the Caribbean, Europe, and (my dream vacation) the South Pacific there are some incredible places to explore in the US. So before you finish your beach bucket list you may want to rethink it.

The United States’ 95,471 miles of coastline is brimming with sun, sand, and sea. This coastline offers breathtaking beaches for relaxation, adventure, or both. From quaint seaside towns to beaches bustling with shopping, dining, and entertaining attractions, and oceanfront parks that will leave you immersed in nature. The following list of the top US beaches features both coasts, north and south, and one island state. Yeah, you know the one. But the coolest part? It includes a North Carolina spot as well. Pretty awesome to see our state shouted out on a national stage for its beaches! Is that one on your beach bucket list? Glad our country has somewhere special for every kind of beach bum.

This list comes from  and is titled “11 Top Beaches In The U.S. To Add To Your Bucket List”. And now I will be planning a trip for next weekend!

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