Life's a Beach: Six of the best sandy spots in the States

  • South Beach, Miami

Sun’s out, fun’s out – summer’s nearly here, which can only mean one thing. Beach day! There’s nothing that screams ‘I’m on holiday!’ like crashing waves, golden shores, a cooler full of picnic snacks, and the classic ‘hot dogs or legs’ snap on your ‘gram.

So what are you waiting for? It’s time to slap on the factor 50, dig out your best swimwear, and dive in to six of our favourite beaches in the United States!


South Beach, Miami

South Beach, Miami

One word: Iconic. Immortalised in the words of the Fresh Prince himself, Miami’s a city for beach bums and party people. Roll out your towel next to the colourful beach huts and enjoy some serious rays – bonus points if you spot a celeb doing the same! If you’re feeling a little bit extra, you could even hire yourself a jet ski and skim across the Atlantic waters…

Visit on the Atlantic Dream tour

 Bikes on Venice Beach, California

Venice Beach, Los Angeles

The laid-back vibes of Venice ooze L.A. cool, and strolling the boardwalk is a true City of Angels experience. Stretching about a mile and a half, check out street performers, skateboarders, musicians and artists – and grab yourself a cheesy souvenir. And once you’ve hit the sands, the fun doesn’t stop: get into a game of volleyball, watch muscle-stacked locals work out at Muscle Beach (Arnie’s old haunt) or simply enjoy a killer Cali sunset.

 Surfer on Mission Beach, San Diego

Mission Beach, San Diego

San Diego’s a hotspot for watersports enthusiasts - if you fancy a spot of stand up paddleboarding, windsurfing or flyboarding, you’re in the right place! Not enough thrills for you? Pop into Belmont Park for some classic seaside amusement park fun.

Visit on the Westerner 2 BLT


Destin Beach, Florida

Sink your feet into the pristine white sand of Destin, feeling the fine, soft grains between your toes. Pure bliss. At the heart of this beautiful coastline, you’ll find Henderson Beach State Park, where you can relax amongst the dunes and take a dip into the sparkling emerald green waters of the Gulf of Mexico.


Spencer Park Beach, Hawaii

Aloha, paradise! One of our fave beaches on the ‘Big Island’ of Hawa’ii. Top up your tan on the smooth white sand or relax with your favourite gripping in the shade of the trees. Calm waters make Spencer Park an ideal setting for some swimming or snorkelling. If sunbathing’s not your thing, get a taste of Hawaiian history at the nearby ancient temple sites of Pu’ukohola Heiau and Mailekini Heiau.

Visit on the Hawaii Big Island Tour

 Beach in Malibu

Malibu, California

The setting for the original Baywatch TV series is a California classic – and in the Malibu area, you’ve got over 30 spots to choose from! Surfrider Beach is the perfect place to watch the pros catch a wave, or if you want somewhere a little quieter, check out Broad Beach or Lechuza.

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