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 TheTravel.com  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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Cannon Beach is easily recognizable by the Haystack Rock. This section of the Oregon Coast will simply take your breath away. And it’s just 90 minutes from Portland!
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The sandy shores of Provincetown are magical and a must on your bucket list. Provincetown is at the edge of the continent, 60 miles out to sea. This unique town brings together people from all around the world. 
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There are no cities on the Outer Banks which makes the 100+ miles of wide-open shoreline feel remote. These barrier islands have it all from charming seaside villages, to quaint towns each with its own personality and rich in our nation’s history.
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This beach is unique as it’s almost at the most northern point of Washington state and part of Mt. Olympic State Parks. This beach is all about adventure. Visitors enjoy a mix of rainforest hiking and beach walking.
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Blame it on Gossip Girl but I’ve always dreamt of “summering in The Hamptons”. These beaches and all of their glamour aren’t far from downtown Manhattan. You’ll find The Hamptons about 100 miles east of New York City on the eastern end of Long Island. They are made up of 20 seaside villages that are the epitome of luxury.
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Alabama’s Gulf Shores is the perfect southern beach town. Visit Gulf State Park with its golf course and a zip line, the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge, Fort Morgan and the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo.
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A short drive from Savannah Georiga is Tybee Island. This adorable island town features the Historic Tybee Lighthouse, Fort Pulaski National Monument, and dolphin tours.
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Gorgeous blue water can be found at the southernmost point of the US- Key West. This island paradise is famous for watersports, lively nightlife, beaches, historic sites, and its pastel, conch-style architecture.
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Just north of San Diego you’ll find La Jolla. This picturesque village of a beach town exemplifies a casual, relaxed luxury.
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Kaanapali was Hawaii’s first planned resort area. This breathtaking beach features three miles of white sand and crystal clear water.What once was a retreat exclusive enough for royalty is now one of the best and most popular beaches in the world.
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Magnificent views can be found in every direction at Hanalei Bay from the turquoise blue waters to the mountains behind. Hanalei Bay is the largest on Kauai- nearly two miles long and up to 125 feet wide. 
There are still a few weeks of summer left so it’s not too late for that beach trip. Or as fall approaches maybe you want to get away without getting in the water. If either one of those is the case then we’ve got the list for you! Country Living recently compiled a list of what they consider the cutest seaside towns in the south. And we are proud to say that of the 30 seaside towns featured in the list 5 are in South Carolina! That’s pretty impressive. And gives you several options for a relaxing vacation on the coast.
Whether you like the historic charm, soaking in nature, or proximity to a larger town there is a destination on this list you’ll adore. There’s a good chance you’ve been to one or two as well. If not there is still time! I have to say though, even as a North Carolina resident, I’ve been to more of the South Carolina towns on this list. However, 5 North Carolina ones are also featured. But there is nothing wrong with adding to the bucket list though it’s getting pretty long these days.
What do you think are the cutest seaside towns in South Carolina? Would you agree with this list?
You’ll find Rockport and Rockport Beach along the gulf coast of Texas.  Highlights of this coastal town include fishing piers, rich birdlife, history, and the Texas Maritime Museum.
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This Atlantic Florida beach town is north of West Palm. Besides it’s beaches visitors can enjoy South Beach Park, McKee Botanical Garden, and Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge.
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>Beaufort is located on one of South Carolina’s Sea Islands- Port Royal Island. The town is best known for its historic district featuring magnificent antebellum mansions.
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St. Michaels is a historic town on Maryland’s shoreline. Highlights for tourists include The Hooper Strait Lighthouse and the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.
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St. Simons is an island off the Georgia coast known for its salt marshes and beaches.
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Delaware is where you’ll find the quaint coastal town of Bethany Beach. Visitors love the wide beaches and boardwalks. 
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Ocean Springs Mississippi is just outside of Jackson. This historic coastal town boasts a rich history, artistic flair, lush landscape, and small-town appeal.
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Alabama’s Gulf Shores is the perfect southern beach town. Visit Gulf State Park with its golf course and a zip line, the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge, Fort Morgan and the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo.
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On the gulf and just an hour from Houston is where you’ll find Galveston. Visitors enjoy shopping in the Strand Historic District and of course the rides and attractions at the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier! 
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Both Carolina Beauforts had to make this list. North Carolina’s is located on the “Inner Banks” and is rich in history.
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Just south of Myrtle Beach you’ll find Pawleys Island, but it feels like worlds away. The area is known for its seafood and charming Hammock Shops.
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Amelia Island is located just off the coast of northeast Florida, not far from Jacksonville. It features 13 miles of beautiful beaches, abundant native wildlife, and pristine waters.
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This quaint seaside Florida gulf town has more locals than tourists and that’s what makes it special. Looking to visit? Try during either the Forgotten Coast Sea Turtle Festival or Blast on the Bay Songwriter’s Festival.
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Sullivan’s Island is in Charleston County at the entrance to Charleston Harbor making it close enough to hop into town but calmer than the hustle and bustle.
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Nags Head is located on the northern Outer Banks. It’s right on the edge of Jockey’s Ridge State Park but that’s not all this coastal town has to offer. This town has everything a vacationer needs.
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Accessible by ferry Bald Head Island, is located on the east side of the Cape Fear River in Brunswick County, NC. You’ll love to spend the day at the beach, golf Bald Head Island Club’s championship course, discover Old Baldy Lighthouse, explore the island’s protected creeks and maritime forest.
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Grayton Beach is a small, historic beach town. You can find it on the Florida Panhandle situated between Destin and Panama City. The town borders Grayton Beach State Park.
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This secluded beach town is located on Delaware Bay and filled with history, museums, and ships.
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Folly Beach is found on a Sea Island just south of Charleston. There you’ll find the Folly Beach Pier which extends over 1,000 feet into the ocean. 
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Port Aransas is located on Mustang Island part of the Texas coast. It’s known for its breathtaking Gulf of Mexico beaches and is a fishing lovers’ paradise.
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Ocracoke is part of North Carolina’s coastal Outer Banks region. It features the historic 1823 Ocracoke Lighthouse which overlooks the Pamlico Sound.
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Chincoteague is an island on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. It’s the beginning of the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge which is home to the famed wild Chincoteague ponies.
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A short drive from Savannah Georiga is Tybee Island. This adorable island town features the Historic Tybee Lighthouse, Fort Pulaski National Monument, and dolphin tours.
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While it’s located in Florida Sanibel Island feels more like the Caribbean. The white sand beaches, crystal clear water, and towering palm trees set the stage for a picturesque getaway.
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This quaint seaside town of Bay St. Louis offers white sand beaches, downtown art galleries and antique stores, history, golf, and charter fishing.
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Cape Charles is on Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay. It’s filled with fun places to stay throughout the historic district, unique shops, and activities.
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Located on Alabama’s Mobile Bay Faihops boasts a charming downtown lined with galleries, boutiques, and restaurants. Plus like any southern town glamourous old mansions surrounded by live oaks and Spanish moss.
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Swansboro, North Carolina, is known as the “Friendly City by the Sea.” This quaint, historic town is boarding both the Intracoastal Waterway and the White Oak River.
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Situated between the saltwater wilderness of Everglades National Park and the deep blue waters of the Florida Strait is Islamorada, made up of six islands: Plantation Key, Windley Key, Upper Matecumbe Key, Lower Matecumbe Key, and the offshore islands of Indian Key, and Lignumvitae Key.
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Nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway Isle of Palms is just 12 miles from historic Charleston. It features a gorgeous South Carolina beach, championship golf & tennis, a marina, and more.
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