There is something wonderfully delightful about going to the beach.
Get up early and go for a surf.
Or just get out on the beach and love the experience.
These are some of the top beaches from each of the states that borders the Pacific ocean, the Atlantic ocean, or the Gulf of Mexico.
How Well Do You Know Your Beaches?
If you want to take a luxury beach vacation, then check out the beaches listed here. Some of the most luxurious vacation spots are in places you would expect like Oahu Hawaii, or San Diego California or Miami Beach, Florida. Even a vacation rental in Orlando will be like a little slice of heaven on earth.
If you are interested in a little bit more romantic or secluded vacation, then look for a bed and breakfast or a beach cottage or even a oceanfront beach house. Ocean beaches in Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Oregon or Washington might just have the perfect beach for you.
Here is a list of states with ocean beaches.
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Welcome to the Final Frontier. While Alaska isn’t known for its white sandy beaches, you will find some wide-open, beautiful beaches and plenty of fishing opportunities in this state.
Kodiak Island is a large island off the south coast. There is about 14,000 people that live here.
While Kodiak name is related to the Kodiak bear which is native to this island, the beaches you will find here are big and usually empty.
One of the few beaches highlighted that is not directly on an ocean coast. Haines is located near Glacier Bay National Park and Preserver, part of the northern section of the Alaska Panhandle.
Like a lot of the beaches in Alaska, the beach at Haines is rocky!
Believe it or not, Ketchikan, Alaska is in the top 10 of Alaska cities by population. The 2010 census counter over 8,000 residents making Ketchikan the sixth largest city in the state.
To get there, leave your car behind. Technically, the only way to get to Ketchikan is by water. A number of cruise ships do arrive from Holland America Line and Royal Caribbean International, along with the inter island ferry authority.
The Homer Alaska Spit is a 4.5 mile (7.2 kilometer) long stretch of land that sticks out into the Kachhemak Bay. At the very end of the spit is a hotel and plenty of restaurants. You can pay to camp on the beach.
There are lots of option for fishing here including the Nick Dudiak fishing lagoon that gets stocked.
Seward Alaska is another place in Alaska that is short on beach access, but has great fishing spots where rivers meet the bay. Just so you know, the average high temperatures during August is only 61F / 16C … not warm at all.
One must-see attraction is the Exit Glacier just a few miles from Seward. For the adventuresome, Mt Marathon is a must do hike. If you are there on the 4th of July, consider participating in the Mount Marathon Race an approximately 3.1 mile race that gains 3,022 feet and has an average steepness of 34 degrees (that’s steep!). Race leaders in the past have finished in less than 30 minutes.
The beautiful Oregon coast just might be the country’s most accessible coastline. Almost all of the 363 miles (584 kilometers) Oregon Pacific coastline is readily accessible from Highway 101.
Cannon Beach might as well be Portland’s sister city on the beach. A short 80 mile drive from Portland to Cannon Beach beckons and delivers these type of views.
Staying at a Cannon Beach rental is easy enough as there are plenty of beach front and near beach front cottages, homes and hotels.
Rockaway Beach is a small city in Tillamook County with a 7 mile beautiful beach.
Originally established as a seaside resort in in 1909 and connected to Portland by train.
Another beach in Tillamook county. Manzanita is also originally a beach resort with a quaint downtown and plenty of sandy beaches.
Plenty to do here including fishing the Nehalem River, camping at Nehalem Bay State Park, or just coming over for a summertime beach vacation.
Lincoln City has plenty of beaches – both long and wide at low tide. There is even a small patch of beach at Lincoln City where you can drive your car on.
Lincoln City has plenty of hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts, cottages and homes for rent. It is easy enough to find accommodations in off season. The summer months are particularly popular, so always good to book a reservation for a place to stay before you arrive.
Yaquina Head Lighthouse and nearby Newport are across from Corvallis.
The lighthouse was originally known as Cap Foulweather Lighthouse. You can guess why it was named “Foulweather”. It is about 93 feet (28 meters) tall and is the tallest Oregon lighthouse.
The Heceta Head Lighthouse is about 20 miles south of Yachats Oregon and 30 miles south of Waldport Oregon.
Located along the Cape Perpetua coastline you will find Thor’s Well. Best time to see this amazing display of nature it about one hour before or after high tide.
Further south on the Oregon coast is Port Orford.
Port Orford has the distinction of being the most westerly of the 48 contiguous United States and the oldest town on the Oregon coast.
There are a few beaches here. The natural harbor at the north end of the bay has one of only two dolly docks in the United States where boats are lifted in and out of the water by large cranes.
Twelve miles long, the Samuel H. Boardman state park in southern Oregon has a rugged coastline near Brookings.
This is Gulf of Mexico beaches for Texas and other states.
The Seawall Boulevard runs along the Gulf of Mexico coast waterfront.
South Padre Island is famous for its spring break parties. There are 34 miles of beaches here to go swimming, build sand castles, do some sunbathing.
Lodging is abundant, for instance the La Copa Inn is a beautiful bean front hotel or the Pearl South Padre Resort.
There are family beach vacations available, condominiums directly on the beach, golf course condo communities and beach houses available to stay at in Orange Beach.
Dauphin Island is a barrier island in Mobile county, Alabama. Dauphin Island prides itself for not even needing a traffic light. That should give you an idea how laid back and relaxed this place is.
Georgia beaches on the Atlantic coast can be some of the most relaxing, down to earth places to unwind.
The place to go to relax. Tybee Island has a lighthouse, arts association and the annual Tybee Island pirate fest on Columbus Day weekend.
There are plenty of vacation rentals, bed and breakfasts, hotels, inns and camping here.
Saint Simons Island seems to have it all. Incredible beaches, charter fishing, restaurants, entertainment, golfing, and spas.
The beaches are typically staffed with lifeguards in the summer months between Memorial Day and Labor Day. The beaches are dog friendly with restrictions should you want to bring along your four legged friend.
Plenty of activities at this interesting point in geography. Cape Hatteras is at the point that protrudes the farthest to the southeast along Atlantic coast of North America.
Corolla is part of the Outer Banks. One of the fun facts is that there are wild horses roaming the beaches of Corolla and Carova. Keep in mind these are indeed wild animals and as such you really don’t want to get close to them. Trust me on this one, please.
The Thomas Point Lighthouse is one of the most recognized lighthouses in Maryland and was built in 1875 and stands 43 feet high.
The Chesapeake Bay Bridge is over 4 miles in length. If you consider the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and Tunnel now we are tlaking about a 23 mile combination of bridges, tunnels, artificial islands, causeway, and approach roads.
Barnegat Lighthouse State Park is located on the very northern tip of Long Beach Island in Ocean County, New Jersey at 208 Broadway, Barnegat Light, New Jersey 08006. Originally lit in 1859, this lighthouse served as one of the most important “change of course” points for coastal vessels. You can pretty much visit any time from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Ironically, the lighthouse can be closed due to bad weather.
Atlantic City – famous for beaches, boardwalks and gambling. Super easy to find hotels in Atlantic City, of course you are welcome there!
There are a number of beaches in the area including Gunnison Beach which has the distinction of being New Jersey’s only nude beach. Of course, there is the famous Ocean City beach with its two and half mile boardwalk.
Plenty to do in Atlantic City.
As of 1990, the New Haven Lighthouse is on the National Register of Historic Places. This lighthouse is also known as Five Mile Light because it is located 5 miles from the New Haven Green.
For those curious to know, the New Haven Green is a 16-acre privately owned park and recreation area right smack in the middle of downtown New Haven. What else is in New Haven? Yale University is.
The park where the New Haven Lighthouse is located has a public beach with access to Long Island Sound. In the spring and fall, you will find this is one of the most popular spots for watching migratory birds.
The Knollwood Beach Association simply invites you to “As you walk along the beach, sit on a bench and enjoy the view.” that’s it.
While there isn’t really much too do there besides look at the water, the Association calls it like it is.
Sandy Neck Beach at Barnstable Massachusetts is 4700 acres of dunes, forests and marshes. You will want to check the tide chart to know when the beach will get pinched off.
Duxbury is a close 35 miles from Boston with about 15,000 people living there. The beach is 6 miles long that stretches from Gurnet Point and Saquich to Marshfield. About 4 miles of that beach is owned by the charitable Dusbury Beach Reservation, Inc. which preserves the beach. The beach is accessible since the town leases that stretch of beach.
Hyannis Harbor on Cape Cod has plenty of hotels after spending a day on the beaches nearby like Veteran’s Park Beach that has John F Kennedy and Korean War veteran memorials.
Located at 99 Marconi Site Road, Wellfleet, Massachusetts 02667, is the Cape Cod National Seashore established by President John F. Kennedy.
Rockport is home to about 7,000 people at the tip of the Cape Ann peninsula. Easy enough to find lodging at a number of places including The Quarterdeck Inn By The Sea (literally by the sea!), Seven South Street Inn, Tuck Inn Bed and Breakfast and others.
I’m not talking about a beach here, but I would be remiss if I didn’t mention this famous spot. This is Motif Number 1 located on the Bradley Wharf in Rockport. Famous as being one of the “most often painted buildings in America”. It was built in the 1840s.
A bit remote, Bar Harbor is a small town of 5,000+ people on Mount Desert Island, Maine that you can get to by car, boat, air or even a cruise ship. Around town you can explore Bar Harbor’s history, visit a gallery, or shop.
If you want to get out and about, go for a whale watching tour, go hiking along the Shore Path Trail, or go kayaking to see the rugged coastline. Lots to do in Bar Harbor
Plenty of places to stay at near Old Orchard Beach Maine including quaint bed and breakfasts, private cottages, motels, beach condominiums, and hotels.
If you are so inclined, you might book a deep sea fishing trips or go on a lobster boat tour – this is Maine by the way, or go kayaking. Lots to do here.
Kennebunkport is the summer home to 41st President George H. W. Bush at Walker’s Point. While you can drive by, you are not allowed on the premises. There are plenty of beaches and activities to do in Kennebunkport – you can visit Cape Porpoise which has the Goat Island Lighthouse or go to Goose Rocks Beach.
Marshall Point Light was established in 1832 and stands at the entrance of Port Clyde. This light house showed up in the Forrest Gump movie during Forrest’s cross country run.
Cape Neddick is situated near York, Maine. The Cape Neddick Light is on the national register of historic places along with the St. Peter’s-By-The-Sea Protestant Episcopal Church which is a beautiful stone church.