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Can’t decide where to fly to this summer. In need of some beach sunshine but not sure where to go? We are here to help! Many of our beach choices below will be just a road-trip away, you don’t even need to get on a plane! If you do decide to fly away for your summer vacation, have a read of our tips to get a free flight upgrade, to make your trip that bit more luxurious.

In my London-centric world, we had a brief interlude of summer last week, before it went back to the classic British grey. I am, once again, reminded why I travel so much. But never fear, the warmth is coming to Europe and America. Summer really is just around the corner! Here is our pick of the top 10 sandy beaches in America.

The 10 Best Beaches In The United States

Best Beaches In North America: Pfeiffer Beach In Big Sur, California

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Pfeiffer Beach in Big Sur is definitely off the beaten path. Located just south of Big Sur Station on Highway 1, take the narrow Sycamore Canyon Road (with no signposts!) which winds down to the shore. There is a parking… Read More.

Best Beaches In North America: Cowell Ranch Beach, California

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Cowell Ranch Beach On Half Moon Bay is one of the best beaches in California. It sits south of Half Moon Bay State Beach on California 1. This can only be reached from a small car park by a yellow… Read More.

Best Beaches In North America: Bowling Ball Beach, California

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Bowling Ball Beach in Mendocino County, California is a secluded, quiet beach on the West Coast. Bowling Ball Beach is a part of Schooner Gulch State Beach, in Mendocino County. Named after the spherical sandstone formations, which look kind of… Read More.

Best Beaches In North America: Alamere Falls Beach, California

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Alamere Falls Beach at Point Reyes National Seashore is a hidden, crowd-free beach in California. Go here simply for the Alamere waterfall which cascades into the sands and ocean below bUT this beach requires a hike, 4 miles each way.… Read More.

Best Beaches In North America: Cannon Beach, Oregon

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Possibly the most breathtaking beach on the Oregon coast is Cannon Beach, bordered by a pretty town. Wander around the town with touristy-but-nice art galleries and gift shops and then head out to walk across the sands and go for… Read More.

Best Beaches In North America: Tonquin Beach, Vancouver Island

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Tonquin Beach sits on a peninsula within Clayoquot Sound on Vancouver Island, in British Columbia, Canada. The scenery here is beautiful; wild and natural, made up from lakes, inlets and ancient rainforest. The sandy beaches on Vancouver Island are some… Read More.

Best Beaches In North America: Cooper’s Beach In The Heavenly Hamptons

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If you live in NYC, it is necessary to escape the city at times. Two hours (without traffic…which can be rare) from Manhattan are the heavenly Hamptons. Stretching expanses of pristine beaches, sea grass dunes and a constant sea breeze… Read More.

Best Beaches In North America: Siesta Beach, Florida

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This beach goes on and on. Siesta beach is on Siesta Key, a barrier island off the southwest coast of the U.S. state of Florida. Backed by dunes and made up from superfine white sand and turquoise waters, this beach… Read More.

Best Beaches In North America: Manele Bay, Lanai, Hawaii

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Hawaii may sound like a tramline destination and certainly Waikiki Beach on Oahu draws crowds, but for something a bit different try Lanai, a private island off the coast of Maui which is so exclusive that you wont be bothered… Read More.

Best Beaches In North America: Polihua Beach, Lanai, Hawaii

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Lanai is a private island off the coast of Maui which is so exclusive that you wont be bothered by crowds simply because not enough people go there to fill up the beaches. For an off-the-beaten-path beach, Lanai offers the… Read More.

Best Beaches In North America: Waikiki Beach, Hawaii

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The beach at Waikiki is certainly not a beach to get away from it all. Bordering the city of Waikiki, the tourism hub of the Hawaiian Islands, this beach is busy and fun. It is protected from the ocean by… Read More.

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