50 of the Best Beaches in America
In the United States, there's a good chance of being less than a day's drive from an excellent beach outing. From the sandy shores of popular Florida beaches to smaller lake beaches, there are many shores to enjoy this summer and year-round. Here's a peek at 50 of the best beaches waiting to be explored -- most with no entry fee.
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Coopers Beach in Southampton has sparkling blue water, sand dunes, and waves perfect for body boarding -- all straight out of a postcard. The downside is beach parking that's some of the most expensive in the country, at $40 a day. Consider taking a taxi to the beach to skip the fee (or visit the Southampton beach that doesn’t require a parking permit, Road D Beach).
Crane Beach in Ipswich has pristine sand and clear water, but the biggest draw may be the wildlife. This beach is a nesting site for the threatened piping plover. Avoid fenced nesting areas and the wrack, a debris-lined area where the birds hide. Parking is $25 to $30 for non-members in summer, so find out if a pal has a parking sticker.
The perfectly transparent waters of Miami Beach are just one reason this destination is so immensely popular. The pastel-colored Art Deco buildings along the water, as well as the possibility of spotting a celebrity catching some sun, are even more compelling. Forget searching for parking -- look for one of the 100 Citibike self-service bike rental stations instead.
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