If you are planning on spending some time at the coast this summer then check out our list of the cleanest beaches America has to offer!
Gulf Shores Public Beach in Baldwin County
Baldwin County meets the Gulf of Mexico along its south border. Gulf Shores and Orange Beach are the two biggest beach towns in this area. Visitors can find many miles of beautiful white sand on the public beaches that run along the emerald green Gulf waters and the public beaches here are free.
Gulf State Park Pavilion in Baldwin County
Gulf State Park is a 6,150-acre state park in Alabama which covers the land behind the Gulf Shores beach community, situated between Highway 59 and SH 161. To the west the beach heads southward to a wide clean white sands beach along the Gulf of Mexico and also features the longest fishing pier in the Gulf of Mexico as well as a pavilion.
Dauphin Island Public Beach
Dauphin Island town is in Mobile County, Alabama and is a barrier island in the Gulf of Mexico. The island (originally named “Massacre Island”) was later renamed as Dauphin by Louis XIV’s great-grandson. To The east of the Island there is a large beautiful pine forest which shades the beach on hot days. The island is also a home to Fort Gaines, Dauphin Island Sea Lab, The Estuarium public aquarium and a large public pier.
Newport Beach – 38th Street
Newport Beach has eight miles of beautiful beach and offers great fishing, swimming, surfing, and many aquatic sports activities, it also has the largest recreational harbor on Americas west coast. Water quality at Newport Beach 38th Street beach is constantly monitored and comes up as the top coastline for California in both standards of water and environmental cleanliness in the area.
Dewey Beach-Swedes in Sussex County
Located between Rehoboth Bay and the Atlantic Ocean Dewey Beach is a sandbar community and a perfect destination for people who love the beach and water sport. Awarded a 5-Star rating in water quality NRDC Dewey Beach is a picturesque coastal town in eastern Sussex County.
Bowman’s Beach in Lee County
Bowman’s Beach is located on the south west part of this amazing natural barrier island with warm clean waters coming from the Gulf of Mexico. The island can be reached by a causeway from Fort Meyers on the mainland. This pristine beach is on one of the world’s rare barrier islands that runs from east to west rather than north to south. The beach faces southwest and so provides a perfect location for watching glorious sunsets.
Coquina Beach South in Manatee County
Coquina Beach is the longest beach on Anna Maria Key and has plenty of free parking, lifeguards, concessions, picnic tables, a playground, restrooms and showers. There are Remains of old piers going out into the water. It is a popular choice for surfers as well as beach lover who like pristine shores. Dolphins are often seen close to coast.
Fort Desoto North Beach in Pinellas County
Fort De Soto is a park operated by Pinellas County on five offshore keys situated to the city’s south-southwest. Part of a group of keys that are connected by bridges or causeways. The keys accessed by a toll road from the mainland. There are two piers, beaches, picnic area, hiking trails, bicycling trails, kayak trail, and a ferry that takes you to Egmont Key State Park.
Tybee Island North in Chatham County
Tybee is a beautiful barrier Island and located at the most eastern point in the state of Georgia. Officially renamed “Savannah Beach” at the end of the 1950s, the city of Tybee Island has since reverted back to its original name. This small island has long been a known as a quiet getaway for the residents but has now become a popular vacation spot for tourists from all over the country.
Hapuna Beach St. Recreation Area in Big Island
Hāpuna Beach State Recreation Area is a large park and sandy beach situated on the Big Island of Hawaii. One of a few white sand beaches on the west coast. Part of the Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail runs right through this park from north Spencer Beach to Puako in the south. The beach has lifeguards but at times can be hazardous during high surf as the beach has no protection from the open ocean. Admission to the park is free, it has paved parking, pavilions, picnic areas, restrooms, and showers and camping permits are available.
Po’ipu Beach Park in Kauai
Poʻipū which in Hawaiian means “crashing waves” is in Kauaʻi County on the southern side of the island of Kauai in the U.S. state of Hawaii. The Travel Channel” named Poipu Beach America’s Best Beach. The beach is located near some of Kauai’s best shopping, dining and golf and is one of the most popular and safest beaches on the island. Popular with visitors and locals for it’s spectacular marine life. From December through May you can spot humpback whales off shore. There are large Hawaiian green sea turtles swimming in these warm clear waters but Po ipu is most famous for endangered Hawaiian monk seals that like to sunbathe on the pristine shoreline.
Singing Beach in Essex County
Manchester-by-the-Sea or sometimes simply called Manchester is a town in Cape Ann, Essex County, Massachusetts. A mile from the town is the location of Singing Beach, named because the sand particles on this beach squeaks when you walk on it. This beach is popular during summer months and is easily accessible from Boston being just a half mile walk from MBTA train station.
Point Lookout State Park in St Mary’s County
Point Lookout is a Maryland state park situated at the southern tip of St. Mary’s County peninsula formed by the joining of Chesapeake Bay and the Potomac River. It received its name after its role as a lookout post watching for British ship which constantly raided Chesapeake Bay community residents during the War of 1812. Point Lookout State Park still has the original Point Lookout lighthouse which was built in 1830. It has a fishing pier, boat launch facilities, public beaches and overnight camping is allowed although there are many reports of ghosts so only stay if you are not of a nervous disposition.
Assateague State Park in Worcester County
Assateague State Park is Maryland’s only oceanfront park. It is located on Assateague barrier Island bordered by the Atlantic Ocean in the east and the Sinepuxent Bay in the west. Featuring two miles of beaches popular for swimming, beachcombing, sunbathing, surfing and fishing. The bayside offers the chance to explore secluded coves by canoe or kayak whilst the marsh areas have a variety of wildlife, including deer, waterfowl and feral horses who can often be seen on the beach and bathing in the ocean.
Ocean Pier at Main St. and Sunset Blvd. in Brunswick County
At the tail end of the Brunswick Island chain lies Sunset Beach has the most Southern surf in North Carolina. An ideal beach vacation area where you can walk to Bird Island, stroll along untouched shorelines, discover sun, moon and stars at the Ingram Planetarium, or simply take in the sunrise or sunset.
Beach at Cape Hatteras Lighthouse in Dare County
Cape Hatteras lighthouse is located on Hatteras Island in North Carolina and is part of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Just offshore the warm Gulf Stream ocean current joins with the colder Labrador Current, creating ideal conditions for powerful ocean storms and sea swells which caused major shipping problems which is why the lighthouse was built. The beach here is in pristine condition and the waters are very clean. There are plenty of activities to do here from a simple walk on the beach, kayaking, or climbing the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse.
Hampton Beach State Park in Rockingham County
Hampton Beach village district is a beach resort within the town of Hampton, New Hampshire. A popular tourist destination and the busiest beach community in the state. Ocean Boulevard, the main street along the beach, includes a boardwalk, many shops. Beach State Park was named one of four “Superstar” beaches in the US in 2011, for having had perfect water quality testing results in each of the last three years.
Wallis Sands Beach at Wallis Rd. in Rockingham County
Wallis Sands State Park is a small state park located on the Atlantic Ocean in the town of Rye, New Hampshire. The beach has beautiful shores for swimming, views of the Isles of Shoals and a clean sandy beach for families. The park area has a grassed area with picnic tables for the public to use and a large parking lot which charges $15 a day but includes facilities such as warm baths and showers.
Washington (Margate) in Atlantic County
Margate is located on Absecon Island, which stretches for over 8 miles and is the home of Atlantic City and Ventnor City to the northeast, and Longport on the southwest. Margate stretches along the Atlantic Ocean on the Jersey Shoreline and is very popular with tourists for its diverse beaches that provide relaxation, fun entertainment, beautiful boardwalks and good fishing for people of all ages.
40th St. (Avalon) in Cape May County
Avalon is a borough in Cape May County, New Jersey, on Seven Mile Island. Famous for being one of the best South Jersey seashore resorts and carries the motto “Cooler by a Mile”, since it pushes out into the Atlantic Ocean a mile farther than other barrier island resorts. Ranked the seventh best beach in New Jersey in the 2008 Top 10 Beaches Contest by the New Jersey Marine Sciences Consortium.
Wildwood Crest at Orchid in Cape May County
Wildwood Crest is a borough in Cape May County, New Jersey, part of the Ocean City Metropolitan Statistical Area. The borough was ranked the second-best beach in New Jersey in the 2008. There is a beautiful beach and the water is clean making it ideal for families and water sport lovers.
Long Beach City in Nassau County
Long Beach is in Nassau County, New York, just south of Long Island located on Long Beach Barrier Island the westernmost of the outer barrier islands off Long Island’s South Shore nicknamed “The City By the Sea” as seen in Latin on its official seal. The City of Long Beach is surrounded by Reynolds Channel to the north, east and west, and the Atlantic Ocean to the south.
Virginia Beach at 28th St. in Virginia Beach County
Virginia Beach is located on the Atlantic Ocean at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, Virginia Beach is included in the Hampton Roads metropolitan area known as “America’s First Region”. This resort city has many miles of beaches and hundreds of hotels, motels, and restaurants along its seafront. Each year the city hosts the “East Coast Surfing Championships” and the “North American Sand Soccer Championship” beach soccer tournament. It has several state parks and several long-protected beach areas which are all in pristine condition.
Sandbridge Little Island Beach North in Virginia Beach County
Sandbridge Beach is the southern part of the city of Virginia Beach. The length beach is about 4.5 miles North to South located by the Back Bay of the Currituck Sound to the west and the Atlantic Ocean to the east, often referred to as “The Outer Banks of Virginia”. One of the biggest attractions to Sandbridge is its relative remoteness and laid back atmosphere when compared to the Virginia Beach oceanfront. Located at the south end of the beach is Little Island city park, which is also the location of Sandbridge Pier.
Westhaven State Park, South Jetty in Grays Harbor
The park sits on the South Jetty so one side is big surf while the other is the much calmer cove of Half Moon Bay. Many come here for the surfing and kite-boarding or to walk the beach. Westhaven has many shops, a marina and you can enjoy activities such as fishing, clamming, crabbing, beach combing and bird watching. However unfortunately swimming is not advised due to variable currents and strong rip tides.
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