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The 10 best beaches in the US to visit in 2024

Simon Calder’s Travel

Laguna, La Jolla, Clearwater, Miami – there’s no doubt that the US does a sterling job in stellar beaches. But sometimes such over-subscribed destinations can make carving out your own slice of paradise without the crowds something of a challenge.

Thankfully, the US is home to over 95,000 miles of shoreline, with 30 states boasting a coast, meaning there are plenty of secret surf and sand spots, whether you’re looking for family beaches, supreme sunset viewing points, dramatic cliffs, or simply a place to connect with nature.

There are plenty of options to choose from, but we’ve narrowed it down to 10 of the best secluded, underrated beach locations in the United States.

From isolated sandy stretches in North Carolina to hidden spots on California’s rugged coastline and the breathtaking sunsets across Hawaii’s Polihale Beach sand dunes, each of these would make an unforgettable holiday that’s far from the madding crowd.

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Cannon Beach, Oregon

You can visit Cannon Beach whatever the weather

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While some beaches trade off their sunshine quota, Cannon Beach in the Pacific Northwest is unique by virtue of being a marvel to visit whatever the weather. This long sandy stretch of coastline is home to the dramatic Haystock Rock, a giant towering rock formation that’s accessible on-foot at low tide. Adjacent stone “needles”, tidalpools and flocks of seabirds combine to make this an atmospheric spot. While a summer stroll is always pleasant, visiting in winter, with crashing waves and brooding skies is an unforgettable experience. Don’t leave without checking out the many art galleries and specialist shops that populate the town.

Outer Banks, North Carolina

Wild horses on the beach at Outer Banks, North Carolina

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North Carolina’s Outer Banks are a 100-mile plus stretch of barrier islands separating the mainland through a series of sounds and inlets. Home to wild horses, lighthouses and blissfully isolated expanses of sand, it’s the ideal place to seek out a spot away from the crowds. Hit the surf at Cape Hatteras, go fishing at Rodanthe Pier, or scramble up Jockey’s Ridge, the tallest living sandy dune system on the east coast.

Avalon Beach, New Jersey

New Jersey has more to offer than ‘Jersey Shore’

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