What is the best beach in America? Top 10 in US revealed from Florida, California and Hawaii

WITH over 1,000 beaches across the United States, it’s not an easy task to pick the best of the bunch.

From Florida to California and Hawaii, we have managed to pull together a shortlist of the top ten beaches in America.

What is the best beach in America?

Research sourced by The Family Vacation Guide has taken into account reviews, Instagram posts and much more to compile this list.

10. Waikiki Beach, Hawaii – 7.72/10

Waikiki beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in America (Credit: J. Philipp Krone/Flickr)

This Hawaii hotspot has a whopping 4,380 reviews that mention the word ‘beautiful’ – and that many people can’t be wrong, right?

Waikiki beach, which is renowned for surfing, has been plastered across Instagram 936,000 times.

It’s not hard to see why this beach has made the list as it has palm trees, incredible architecture and even a mountainous backdrop.

If you fancy spending the night in Waikiki, check out the incredible Hilton Hawaiian Village – Waikiki Beach Resort.

9. Okaloosa Island, Florida – 7.72/10

Okaloosa Island is a great place to test out your snorkelling skills (Credit: Sandy Weaver/Flickr)

Okaloosa Island has been rated on par with the incredible Waikiki Beach in Hawaii – both landing a score of 7.2 out of 10.

It has been reviewed as ‘beautiful’ 668 times and over 93,000 snaps have been shared of it to Instagram.

Also known as Santa Rose Island, Okaloosa offers you the chance to enjoy snorkel trips, pontoon rentals and fishing from the pier.

This narrow three-mile island, which has golden sand and crystal clear water, is situated between Fort Walton Beach and Destin, Florida.

8. Ka’anapali Beach, Hawaii – 7.92/10

Ka’anapali Beach is known as one of the best beaches in America (Credit: Jenni Konrad/Flickr)

What more could you ask for than three miles of white sand and crystal clear water?

Once known as America’s best beach, this has five hotels and six condominium villages facing the seafront.

If you want to spend the night in the area, you will not regret resting your head in the incredible Ka’anapali Beach Hotel.

Over 3400 reviews have described the beach as ‘beautiful’ and 71,300 Instagram users have shared a snap of it.

7. Driftwood Beach, Georgia – 7.96

It’s clear to see where Driftwood Beach gets its name from (Credit: Upsilon Andromedae/Flickr)

The only beach in Georgia to make the shortlist is Driftwood – which is located on the north end of the Jekyll Island.

It lives up to its name as the driftwood and trees create stunning views that are not replicated anywhere else in the world.

It’s no wonder that this is a hotspot for weddings.

Should you want to spend the night in the area, check out the Beachview Club Hotel which is just 0.2 miles from the seafront.

Over 1million reviews describe it as beautiful and 71,500 snaps have been posted to social media site Instagram over the years.

6. La Jolla Cove, California – 8.03/10

La Jolla Cove is a small cove beach (Credit: Photos by Clark/Flickr)

Out of all the beaches in California, La Jolla Cove is the best of the bunch as it is loved by locals and visitors alike.

It has stunning sunset views, incredible restaurants and you might even spot a sea lion enjoying the crystal clear water.

La Jolla Cove Suites is the most luxurious place to stay in the area.

Out of all of the beaches, this one has the most reviews describing it as ‘beautiful’.

5. Navarre Beach, Florida – 8.37/10

Navarre Beach has incredible emerald green water (Credit: Britt Reints/Flickr)

Navarre Beach, which is tucked away in the north west of Florida, is one of the less busy beaches on the top 10 list.

This shoreline stretches for 12 miles so there’s plenty of space for you to find a quiet spot with your family or friends.

It even has a scenic bike path if you fancy taking in the views on two wheels.

Take a look at the Beachfront Navarre Beach Hotel if you fancy spending a night in style.

4. St. Pete Beach, Florida – 8.68/10

There’s never a bad day to catch a tan at St. Pete Beach (Credit: Trans World Productions/Flickr)

St. Pete Beach – situated close to attractions in Orlando – has emerald green waters and white sand.

You will not be disappointed if you are a sun worshipper as this beach has an average of 361 days of sunshine per year.

There are plenty of beach bars and affordable hotels – including the Bellweather Beach Resort.

Pictures of this award-winning spot have been shared to Instagram over 542,000 times.

3. Clearwater Beach, Florida – 8.74/10

St. Pete Beach has palm trees, golden sand and crystal clear water (Credit: MartialArtsNomad.com/Flickr)

The name sums this beach up as it has crystal clear water and white sand that stretches for as far as you can see.

The seafront is full of life and energy as cyclists and rollerblades glide along it all day everyday.

In 2018, it was rated as the best beach in America by TripAdvisor.

If you fancy venturing away from the beach, there’s Clearwater Marine Aquarium which rescues and rehabilitates sick or injured animals.

More than any other beach on the list, Clearwater has been described as beautiful over 4.5million times from visitors.

Edge Hotel – which offers unforgettable views of the beach – is known as the best hotel in the area if you want to spend the night.

2. Pensacola Beach, Florida – 9.12/10

Pensacola Beach is the perfect place to watch the sunset (Credit: Matt Deavenport/Flickr)

This incredible beach, situated at the western tip of Florida, stretches along the Gulf of Mexico.

Pensacola also has an array of shops, restaurants and beach bars as well as breathtaking views along the coast.

If you want to spend the night, check out the Surf & Sand hotel – with prices as low as £92 per night.

Over 1.4million visitors have described this beach as ‘beautiful’ and 641,000 snaps have been shared to instagram.

1. Panama City Beach, Florida – 9.52/10

Panama City is the best beach in America

Topping the list is Panama City Beach – which has an incredible 27 miles of white sand beach beaches.

The crystal clear water at Panama is renowned for being the perfect spot for scuba diving, paddleboarding and fishing.

As the beach is angled slightly towards the west, visitors can enjoy the sunset over the Gulf of Mexico every day of the year.

Casa Loma is a fantastic to spend the night and watch the sunset if you find yourself in the area.

Over 3million visitors have described it as beautiful and 915,000 have shared pictures of the beach to Instagram.

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