Top 10 best swimming beaches in the U.S.A.

Siesta Beach in Sarasota, Fla., rates as the top beach in the United States,  Siesta Beach, with its fine, white sand and clear, warm waters, often makes the cut on Dr. Beach’s annual top beaches list, but this is its first year in the No. 1 spot. For 2011 here is the list of top ten best beaches of America according to coastal expert Stephen P. Leatherman. “Dr. Beach,” as Leatherman is known, is the director of Florida International University’s Laboratory for Coastal Research. 09 more top 10 best swimming beaches in the United States, after the break…

02. Coronado Beach

San Diego’s Coronado Beach makes the top 10 list for its lush subtropical vegetation, Mediterranean climate and fine, sparkling sand.

03. Kahanamoku Beach

A shallow reef off Kahanamoku Beach in Oahu, Hawaii, protects this beach from big waves, making it ideal for families with children.

04. Main Beach

Main Beach in East Hampton, N.Y., attracts wealthy summertime residents because a centuries-old conservation easement protects the wide beach and tall dunes.

05. Cape Hatteras

Cape Hatteras in the Outer Banks of North Carolina offers some of the best board surfing on the East Coast. Other draws include a lighthouse, fishing villages, beachcombing and excellent fishing.

06. St. George Island State Park

Winter tourists from up north tend to like St. George Island on Florida’s panhandle because sunny days in the 50s and 60s can seem like spring — but without the crowds. The area is known as the Forgotten Coast because Florida’s winter tourists tend to flock to the warmer beaches of south Florida.

07. Beachwalker Park

It’s a nature lover’s oasis on Beachwalker Park, on the south end of Kiawah Island, S.C., just south of Charleston. The sand is compact enough to ride bikes along the 10-mile long barrier island. The water isn’t clear, but it is clean and provides for great seafood for low-country cooking.

08. Coast Guard Beach

Coast Guard Beach in Cape Cod, Mass., slopes steeply into the water. Swimmers tend to take quick, cooling dips in the ocean since summertime water temperatures reach only 60 to 70 degrees.

09. Waimanalo Bay Beach Park

The long, white beach at Waimanalo Beach Park on Hawaii’s Oahu island slopes gently into the water, offering lots of opportunity for water recreation.

10. Cape Florida State Park

Cape Florida State Park in Key Biscayne, Fla., offers clear water, gentle surf and fine, white coral sand

Clube Praia da Oura, Algarve, Portugal

Clube Praia da Oura

 

This oceanfront resort commands a wonderful site on the Algarve’s famous Golden Beach. There are leisure facilities to suit all ages. Almost every sport is available either on-site or nearby, with some of Europe’s finest golf courses and tennis centers just a few miles away. On-site are a restaurant, two swimming pools, a discotheque, a bowling green, and regular entertainment in each of the resort’s several bars.

 

Amenities


On-Site

Babysitting Referral, Bar/Cocktail Lounge, Beach, Car Rentals, Cooking Facilities (In Units), DVD or VCR (In Units), Entertainment, Live, Exercise Room, Equipped, Grocery/Convenience Store, Laundry Facilities, Playground, Restaurant, Sauna or Steam Room, Swimming Pool, Outdoors, Television (In Units), Tennis, Whirlpool Spa or Hot Tub

Nearby

Boat Marina/Launching, Casino Gambling, Day Spa, Fishing, Golf, Horseback Riding, Racquetball, Scuba Diving, Swimming Pool, Indoors, Waterskiing

airport

Faro/FAO 19 Miles / 31 KM

available units

studio sleeps up to two persons
one bedroom sleeps up to four persons
two bedroom sleeps up to six persons

Caribbean.

From Bahamas to Barbados, the sparkling turquoise waters of the Caribbean have been beckoning to travelers for hundreds of years. We’ll bring you all the best these islands have to offer and show you how you too can enjoy this slice of ocean paradise.
Repin if you want to see a sunset in Aruba for yourself!

Would you like to see a sunset in Aruba for yourself!

 

 

Majestic Colonial Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Majestic Colonial Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

 

 

Couples Tower Isle All Inclusive, Ocho Rios, Jamaica

Couples Tower Isle All Inclusive, Ocho Rios, Jamaica

 

Hotel Frances, Santo Domingo Dominican Republic

Hotel Frances, Santo Domingo Dominican Republic

 

 

NH Royal Beach resort in Punta Cana,  swim up room.

NH Royal Beach resort in Punta Cana, swim up room.

 

 

St. Lucia

St. Lucia

 

 

Caribe Hilton in San Juan

Caribe Hilton in San Juan

 

Jade Mountain Resort- looks like a fabulous place for a wedding!

Jade Mountain Resort- looks like a fabulous place for a wedding!

 

 

Anse Chastanet, St. Lucia

Anse Chastanet, St. Lucia

 

 

Blue Waters Resort, Antigua

Blue Waters Resort, Antigua

 

 

Some of the best beaches and best stretches of water in the world are to be found in the Caribbean ... what are you waiting for?

Some of the best beaches and best stretches of water in the world are to be found in the Caribbean … what are you waiting for?

 

 

Snorkel in the Caribbean? Yes. You. Can.

Snorkel in the Caribbean? Yes. You. Can.

 

 

The Landings in St. Lucia afford some of the best views in the Caribbean. Book your stay today on Expedia.com

The Landings in St. Lucia afford some of the best views in the Caribbean. Book your stay today on www.toptraveleurope.net

 

 

Sit on a stretch of beach and "veg out"? Absolutely you can at Windsong Resort in Turks & Caicos.

Sit on a stretch of beach and “veg out”? Absolutely you can at Windsong Resort in Turks & Caicos.

 

The House, by Elegant Hotels group in Barbados has some of the best beachfront on the island and is next to Daphne's which is a can't miss restaurant.

The House, by Elegant Hotels group in Barbados has some of the best beachfront on the island and is next to Daphne’s which is a can’t miss restaurant.

 

 

Cain, at The Cove in Atlantis is the place to see and be seen in Nassau, Bahamas.

Cain, at The Cove in Atlantis is the place to see and be seen in Nassau, Bahamas.

 

 

Rooms at The Cove in Atlantis, Nassau Bahamas have spectacular views and luxurious amenities.

Rooms at The Cove in Atlantis, Nassau Bahamas have spectacular views and luxurious amenities.

 

 

Radisson Aruba Resort & Casino ... luxurious and romantic

Radisson Aruba Resort & Casino … luxurious and romantic

 

 

The luxurious pool at Ottley's Plantation Inn in St. Kitts

The luxurious pool at Ottley’s Plantation Inn in St. Kitts

 

 

The luxurious pool at the Montpelier Plantation and Beach is calling ...

The luxurious pool at the Montpelier Plantation and Beach is calling …

 

 

Luxurious pool at Hotel Kura Hulanda Spa & Casino

Luxurious pool at Hotel Kura Hulanda Spa & Casino

 

 

Book your stay at the luxurious Cap Maison Resort & Spa on Expedia.com

Book your stay at the luxurious Cap Maison Resort & Spa on www.toptraveleurope.net

 

 

Montego Bay, Jamaica

Montego Bay, Jamaica

 

 

St. Thomas

St. Thomas

 

 

Grace Bay Beach, Turks and Caicos

Grace Bay Beach, Turks and Caicos

 

 

Barbados

Barbados

 

Paradisus Palma Real, Punta Cana

Paradisus Palma Real, Punta Cana

 

We want to go to the Pink Cottage by the sea in Bermuda!

We want to go to the Pink Cottage by the sea in Bermuda!

 

 

St. Lucia

St. Lucia

 

 

St. Lucia

St. Lucia

 

Bermuda - the official color of the country is pink. Why not a whole hotel?

Bermuda – the official color of the country is pink. Why not a whole hotel?

 

A beautiful sunset in St. John. So romantic!

A beautiful sunset in St. John. So romantic!

 

 

Breezes Resort, in the Bahamas

Breezes Resort, in the Bahamas

 

 

The Ritz-Carlton ~ Rose Hall, Jamaica. Book this and other great hotels on Expedia.com

The Ritz-Carlton ~ Rose Hall, Jamaica. Book this and other great hotels on www.toptraveleurope.net

 

 

Caribbean paradise at Caneel Bay, a Rosewood Resort on St. John in the US Virgin Islands.  Caneel Bay is a stunning resort with 7 beaches in Virgin Islands National Park on its own private peninsula where it is isolated on 171-acres.  Rated 4 1/2 stars on Expedia.

Caribbean paradise at Caneel Bay, a Rosewood Resort on St. John in the US Virgin Islands. Caneel Bay is a stunning resort with 7 beaches in Virgin Islands National Park on its own private peninsula where it is isolated on 171-acres.

 

 

Caribbean paradise at Caneel Bay, a Rosewood Resort on St. John in the US Virgin Islands.  Caneel Bay is a stunning resort with 7 beaches in Virgin Islands National Park on its own private peninsula where it is isolated on 171-acres.

Caribbean paradise at Caneel Bay, a Rosewood Resort on St. John in the US Virgin Islands. Caneel Bay is a stunning resort with 7 beaches in Virgin Islands National Park on its own private peninsula where it is isolated on 171-acres.

 

Caribbean paradise at Caneel Bay, a Rosewood Resort on St. John in the US Virgin Islands.  Caneel Bay is a stunning resort with 7 beaches in Virgin Islands National Park on its own private peninsula where it is isolated on 171-acres.

Caribbean paradise at Caneel Bay, a Rosewood Resort on St. John in the US Virgin Islands. Caneel Bay is a stunning resort with 7 beaches in Virgin Islands National Park on its own private peninsula where it is isolated on 171-acres.

 

Can't you just picture yourself right here, at the Waves All-Inclusive in Barbados?   It's a paradise for travelers looking to experience all the Caribbean has to offer!  This beachfront all-inclusive hotel is located in Prospect's St. James neighborhood, close to 3Ws Monument, Paradise Beach, and Brighton Beach. Local attractions also include Kensington Oval and Paynes Bay Beach.  Visit this page to book your Caribbean getaway now: http://www.expedia.com/daily/vacations/caribbean/default.asp

Can’t you just picture yourself right here, at the Waves All-Inclusive in Barbados? It’s a paradise for travelers looking to experience all the Caribbean has to offer! This beachfront all-inclusive hotel is located in Prospect’s St. James neighborhood, close to 3Ws Monument, Paradise Beach, and Brighton Beach. Local attractions also include Kensington Oval and Paynes Bay Beach. Visit this page to book your Caribbean getaway now: www.toptraveleurope.net

 

Bahamas.

Scattered like dabs of possibility on an adventurer’s palette, the Bahamas are ready-made for exploration. Just ask Christopher Columbus, he bumped against these limestone landscapes in 1492 and changed the course of history. But adventure didn’t end with the Niña, the Pinta and the Santa Maria. From pirates to blockade dodgers to rum smugglers, wily go-getters have converged and caroused on the country’s 700 islands and 2400 cays for centuries..

bahamas - Words will fail you...

bahamas – Words will fail you…

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bahamas - simply stunning.

bahamas – simply stunning.

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bahamas - Can you just imagine this... : )

bahamas – Can you just imagine this… : )

 

bahamas - just relax...

bahamas – just relax…

 

bahamas - Beach side resorts are everywhere.

bahamas – Beach side resorts are everywhere.

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bahamas - Chill time with a capital 'C'

bahamas – Chill time with a capital ‘C’

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bahamas - Amazing resort.

bahamas – Amazing resort.

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bahamas - some of the most stunning views you will ever see.

bahamas – some of the most stunning views you will ever see.

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Welcome to the Bahamas.

Welcome to the Bahamas.

 

Kololi Beach Club, Gambia

Situated within 24 acres (10 hectares) of landscaped gardens, the villas are set beside the endless beaches of the Gambian coast, alongside the Bijilo Nature Reserve. On-site amenities include a par-54 golf course (club rentals available), a swimming pool, and shop. The bar and restaurant offer a wide choice of international and traditional cuisine, and visitors can enjoy a variety of African and European entertainment. Through reception, guests can arrange excursions deep into the bush, river and creek cruises, and visits to numerous other tourist attractions.

 

Amenities

  


On-Site
Babysitting Referral, Bar/Cocktail Lounge, Beach, Car Rentals, Clubhouse, Cooking Facilities (In Units), Entertainment, Live, Golf, Grocery/Convenience Store, Laundry Facilities, Restaurant, Swimming Pool, Outdoors, Wheelchair Accessible

Nearby

Bicycle Trails, Boat Marina/Launching, Casino Gambling, Exercise Room, Equipped, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Tennis

airport

Banjul/BJL 10 Miles / 16 KM 

available units

studio sleeps up to two persons
one bedroom sleeps up to four persons
two bedroom sleeps up to six personsone bedroom sleeps up to four people
Available check-in: Fridays
Available durations: 7 nights

Oasis Lanz Club, Lanzarote

The Oasis Lanz Club and Grand Holidays Club at Oasis Lanz Club development is situated in the center of Costa Teguise, on Lanzarote’s eastern coast, several miles north of the capital, Arrecife. With fine beaches, a wide range of water sports, and a golf course in close proximity, Costa Teguise is an excellent vacation venue, with good shopping and numerous restaurants serving a variety of cuisines in the town. At Oasis Lanz Club and Grand Holidays Club at Oasis Lanz Club, guests will enjoy the use of outdoor swimming pools and tennis courts, among other facilities.

 

Amenities


On-SiteBar/Cocktail Lounge, Car Rentals, Cooking Facilities (In Units), Entertainment, Live, Exercise Room, Equipped, Laundry Facilities, Sauna or Steam Room, Swimming Pool, Outdoors, Television (In Units), Tennis

Nearby

Beach, Boat Marina/Launching, Fishing, Golf, Grocery/Convenience Store, Playground, Restaurant, Scuba Diving

airport

Arrecife/ACE 8 Miles / 13 KM

available units

one bedroom sleeps up to four persons
two bedroom sleeps up to six persons

Club Tahiti, Lanzarote

In a peaceful setting on the beautiful Costa Teguise, this resort is just two kilometers from one of the island’s many golden beaches and only 14 kilometers from the island’s capital, Arrecife. With over 320 days of sunshine each year and a fabulous range of water sports, the island draws visitors back year after year. Other activities include an 18-hole golf course and nature walks. Set in landscaped grounds, the resort’s 53 units include studios, one-, and two-bedroom apartments, some of which have terraces or balconies overlooking the huge pool complex. Other facilities include a sauna, restaurant, poolside bar, clubhouse, and games room.

 

Amenities


On-Site

Bar/Cocktail Lounge, Car Rentals, Clubhouse, Cooking Facilities (In Units), DVD or VCR (In Units), Entertainment, Live, Laundry Facilities, Restaurant, Sauna or Steam Room, Swimming Pool, Outdoors, Television (In Units), Wheelchair Accessible, Whirlpool Spa or Hot Tub

Nearby

Beach, Day Spa, Exercise Room, Equipped, Fishing, Golf, Grocery/Convenience Store, Playground, Scuba Diving, Tennis

airport

Arrecife/ACE 9 Miles / 14 KM

available units

studio sleeps up to two persons
one bedroom sleeps up to four persons
two bedroom sleeps up to six personsone bedroom sleeps up to four people
Available check-in: thursdays
Available durations: 7 nights minimum

Check prices and availability

Julimar, Menorca

Julimar holiday apartments are located at Cala ‘n Porter on the island of Menorca. Menorca is very pretty and remains unspoilt by tourism, much of the island was designated as green belt by the authorities in order to protect the natural beauty of the countryside from development. It is the second largest of the Balearic Islands measuring some thirty five miles long by nine miles wide. There are approximately 180kms of coastline and seventy or more secluded coves, some of which can only be reached by boat and are virtually unexplored. Menorca’s rolling green countryside and picturesque resorts remain unspoilt by its popularity. Surrounded by warm clear seas and fringed with golden sand, Menorca is ideal for a family beach holiday. Cala ‘n Porter stands on a hillside offering stunning views. The Resort is only fifteen minutes from the capital city of Mahon. There is a regular bus service to the city.

The holiday apartments at Julimar at Cala ‘n Porter in Menorca are located in a quiet family resort with a sandy cove. The Julimar bungalows are situated in a prime position in a quiet road on the edge of the village, just a few minutes walking distance to the shops, supermarkets, restaurants and bars. Open plan small gardens surround the nine terraced bungalows which have been built in Menorcan style so that each one has a private south westerly terrace leading from the living room, taking advantage of the sun for the most part of the day. They have two bedrooms, each with twin beds. Although compact, they are comfortably equipped for self catering use for a maximum of four guests. There is a kitchenette behind a breakfast bar in the living area.

Pueblo Julimar is not used by tour operators and will suit the more independent minded person looking for a quieter spot. Although there is no swimming pool attached to the bungalows, there are numerous pools nearby attached to the bars and restaurants, where you will be welcomed. The sandy beach is less than ten minutes walk. Out of season it is easy to get a cheap flight to Barcelona, Madrid or Palma with Iberia, Air Europe, Spanair or Air Berlin to connect to Mahon Menorca. Changeover day is Friday. There is a security deposit of 40 euro to be paid on collection of the keys. Unfortunately this Resort does not accept young single parties or offer a mid week clean or linen change.

**Please be advised that the Island of Menorca is seasonal. During the Winter months (November – March) there will be limited amenities**

 

Amenities


On-Site
Kitchenette with Cooker, Microwave, Toaster, Fridge/Freezer, Hairdryer, Iron & Ironing Board, Patio Furniture, Safe, Bed linen, towels and tea towels supplied. Please bring your own beach towels. Please note there is no tv.Patio, Patio Furniture, Parking.

Nearby

Boating, Grocery Store, Horse Riding, Outdoor Swimming Pool, Water Skiing, Wind Surfing, Sandy beach, Golf course, Bars, Restaurants, Shops, Excursion booking, Medical facilities, Cycle hire, Sailing, Watersports, Bus service, Taxi.

airport

Menorca – Mahon 22km.

available units

two bedroom sleeps up to four people

two bedroom sleeps up to four people
Available check-in: fridays
Available durations: 7 nights minimum

Club Aphrodite, Cyprus

The lovely holiday apartments at Club Aphrodite in Erimi village are just 10 kms from Limassol. The nearest grocery store is a ten minute walk from the Resort and the nearest beach and shopping centre is five miles. A shuttle bus service is available daily, except Saturday and Sunday, to Limassol and the mile long sandy beach of Kourion. Secret Valley 18 hole golf course is 25kms away.

Within a ten minute drive you can visit Kolossi Castle, Apoccon Temple, Kourion Amphitheatre and Curium beach. Cyprus is a place where you can truly ski in the morning and swim in the afternoon. It appeals to historians and sun-worshippers alike.

The superior holiday apartments at Club Aphrodite in Cyprus are air conditioned and well equipped. From the private balcony the views over meadow land to the sea invoke an aura of tranquility. There are a selection of studios and 1 and 2 bedroom apartments, sleeping 2 to 6 people. The apartments at Club Aphrodite are spacious and furnished to a high standard.

Reception is open from 0900 to 1700 hours and there is a large outdoor swimming pool, children’s pool, playground area, restaurant, sauna, exercise equipment, snack bar and floodlit green bowling club. The self-contained luxury resort of Club Aphrodite offers a full range of amenities for a superior . A car is essential if you wish to explore the island. A taxi to the beach is about 5 EURO.

 Amenities

On-Site
Partially Equipped Kitchen, Fridge, Microwave, Telephone, Air Conditioning, Heating, Radio/CD Player, Satellite Television, Safety Box, Hairdryer, Balcony, Patio Furniture, Linens included, Towels included please provide beach towels.Outdoor Swimming Pool, Children’s Pool, Gym, Massage, Restaurant, Sauna, Snack Bar, Tennis, Watersports, Car Rental, Playground, Bowling Green, Library, Games Room.

Nearby

Beach, Boating, Fishing, Grocery Store, Laundry, Live Entertainment, Medical Facilities, Water Skiing, Wind Surfing, Shops.

airport

Paphos 40km or Larnaca 80km.