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The Best US Beaches In 2023
Destin, Florida, has everything from relaxing coastal activities to bustling boardwalk fun and boasts some of the whitest sand beaches in the country. With a mix of luxury resorts, chain hotels, and private vacation rentals, visitors can book a fishing boat, enjoy dolphin cruises, and go to the underwater sandbar, Crab Island.
Of all the islands in the Florida Keys chain, Key West is the most notable. Steeped in American history, there is a myriad of accommodation options, and a variety of activities such as touring Key West's Old Town, free visits to Fort Zachary Taylor, and the Hemingway Home & Museum, a converted residence of the celebrated author.
Toward the southern tip of Florida is Naples, a golfer’s and nature enthusiast’s paradise — and a quieter alternative to packed beaches and a party-driven social scene elsewhere in the state. Naples boasts a number of excellent golf courses, a gorgeous pier, several state parks, and warm gulfstream waters and white sand along 10 miles of beach.
Kauai, a lush, tropical paradise known as the Garden Island, provides a much more tranquil and serene Hawaiian experience than some of the state’s other islands. From the Na'pali Coast to the friendly and relaxing waters of Kalapaki Beach, visitors can book snorkeling tours off the coast or get locally grown coffee that is as fresh as it gets.
The most well-known island in the Aloha State, Maui's reputation as a top tropical destination is well-deserved, though paradise does come at a significant price. Aside from the glorious beaches, there is plenty to do on sea, land, and air, including visiting Wai'anapanapa State Park, and taking a helicopter tour to see the full canvas of this tropical beauty.