Spending a vacation on the beach reading and playing in the waves, is an ideal vacation dream. Many think that it will take hundreds of dollars and countless hours to get to an beach worth a trip.

If you are American, however, and you prefer to travel to beaches, you don’t have to go far to experience pristine beaches. The United States is home to some great beaches that you don’t have to travel far to get to. Here are some of the best beaches in America.

Naples Beach, Florida

Located just south of Fort Myers and easily accessed through Fort Myers’ airport and a short drive, this beach is home to white sand beaches that stretch for miles. Food stands, kayak, umbrellas and snorkel gear rentals can be found at the beach to occupy you for the whole day.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore, North Carolina

In the Outer Banks lies Cape Hatteras National Seashore. The beach stretches for 72 miles along a set of barrier islands off the coast. The nation’s highest lighthouse lies on this stretch of beach and offers gorgeous panoramic views of the area.

East Hampton, New York

Only usable during the summer months of New York, East Hampton beach is well known as an A-lister hangout spot. The roaring waves and the long stretches of white sand are what have made this beach a popular destination for years.

Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts

From the rolling waves of South Beach to the serene, protected beach of Lucy Vincent, Martha’s Vineyard is an island in Cape Cod in southern Massachusetts. Known for Presidential vacations and freshly caught lobsters, visitors can find a beach that works for them during the day and sip on a frozen treat overlooking the water late into the evening.

Coronado, California

Coronao beach is a mile and a half of beauty. The beach offers hobbyists of all disciplines the opportunity to whale watch, body board and even bring their puppies for some off leash fun.

Manele Bay, Hawaii

This designated marine preserve is full of colorful fish and wild dolphins. The sand here has been argued as the world’s most beautiful stretch countless times. If snorkeling or diving is on your radar, give it a whirl in these 70-degree waters for a change.

Clearwater Beach, Florida

This beach is a perfect family getaway. With museums and aquariums on dry land and parasailing, dolphin watching cruises and sunbathing to be had on the beach and in the water, Clearwater has something for everyone.

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