Top Beaches on the East Coast of the USA

Stretching from picturesque Maine in the north to tropical Florida in the south the U.S. Eastern Seaboard is home to a staggering array of beautiful beaches.

Forget Hawaii and the West Coast, and swap the Pacific for the Atlantic Ocean. The East Coast has over 2,000 miles of rugged coves and sandy stretches with a charm and character you won't find elsewhere. There are beaches for everyone, whether you are looking for somewhere family-friendly, a world class surf spot, or somewhere to bare all and get an all over tan.

  • Coast Guard Beach // Massachusetts

    Coast Guard Beach
    ©Margo Tabb

    When you arrive at Coast Guard Beach, you will be met with an stunning view over marshlands, sand dunes to the wide sandy beach and ocean beyond. The boardwalk runs right up to the beach, and provides disabled access.

    People love the soft sand, and they come from far and… read more »

  • Cape Hatteras // North Carolina

    Cape Hatteras
    ©National Park Service

    Cape Hatteras is part of the Outer Banks, a group of barrier islands off the coast of North Carolina that separate and protect the mainland from the Atlantic Ocean. These islands are well known for their beautiful white sand beaches which seemingly stretch forever along the Atlantic coast. The Cape… read more »

  • Cooper's Beach (Southampton) // New York

    Cooper's Beach (Southampton)
    ©Shinya Suzuki

    This beautiful and serene beach in Southampton, Long Island, has a stretch of white sand running along the Atlantic Ocean. You can walk on the beach, sit in the sun, or you can surf and bodyboard. A local eatery, Serenity, has a Lobster Bake every Friday and Saturday, and there… read more »

  • Ocracoke Beach // North Carolina

    Ocracoke Beach
    ©Ole Bendik Kvisberg

    Ocracoke beach is amongst the best in North Carolina, and some say the whole of America. It is indeed a beautiful stretch of pristine coastline and forms part of the protected Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

    Set on the 16-mile long Ocracoke island which froms part of the Outer Banks, the… read more »

  • Kiawah Beachwalker Park // South Carolina

    Kiawah Beachwalker Park
    ©OzarksRazorback

    Beachwalker Park is located on the west end of Kiawah Island not far from Charleston in South Carolina. The park is the only public access to the beautiful beaches of Kiawah Island, but with 11 miles of silky smooth sand, this should be enough to keep most beachgoers happy.

    Facing… read more »

  • Singing Beach // Massachusetts

    Singing Beach
    ©Vitor Pamplona

    A picturesque crescent of soft golden sand between rocky headland is what makes Singing Beach one of the most popular on the North Shore. At around half a mile in length the beach here is backed by grassy slopes and woodland giving it a somewhat sechluded and peaceful feel.

    Singing Beach… read more »

  • Lucy Vincent Beach // Massachusetts

    Lucy Vincent Beach
    ©N. Friedler

    Located near Chilmark on the island of Martha's Vineyard, Lucy Vincent beach is a beautiful stretch of golden sand that runs along the Atlantic coast. Sadly, unless you are a resident or renting a house in town, you cannot access this beach from June 1 through September 15. Beach passes… read more »

  • Wingaersheek Beach // Massachusetts

    Wingaersheek Beach
    ©Gabrielm199

    Wingaersheek Beach is located in the western part of Gloucester county at the mouth of the Annisquam River on Ipswich Bay. It is possibly the best beach in the area with its white sands and clear waters. Wingaersheek is recognizable by the huge rocks that jutt out from the center… read more »

  • Crane Beach // Massachusetts

    Crane Beach
    ©Vitor Pamplona

    Crane Beach is one of the finest beaches on the U.S. East Coast. It has clean water and miles of golden sand backed by beautiful countryside. Part of the Crane Estate, the beach is managed by the Trustees of Reservations and is known for conservation as well. It has more… read more »

  • Madaket Beach // Massachusetts

    Madaket Beach
    ©Eric Gross

    On the far west coast of Nantucket, the beautiful beach of Madaket has soft sand that stretches seemingly endlessly along the Atlantic coast. Despite its obvious appeals the beach never get crowded with sunbathers and those looking to just relax tending to stay near the village.

    Madaket beach has the… read more »

  • Race Point Beach // Massachusetts

    Race Point Beach
    ©Art01852

    Race Point Beach is in Provincetown, right at the very top of Cape Cod. The scenery here is both unique and beautiful, with sandy beaches, whales in the ocean, and historical lighthouses among the extensive dunes. You will love walking on the beach or relaxing in the sand.

    Spring is… read more »

  • East Hampton Beach // New York

    East Hampton Beach
    ©Nicole Mayone

    Main Beach is on the eastern edge of Long Island in East Hampton, New York. This prisitine shoreline has sand which is soft and stretches endlessly between the dunes and the waters of the Atlantic Ocean.

    There's plenty to do at this upmarket location. You can rent surfboards, kayaks, or… read more »

  • Fort Lauderdale Beach // Florida

    Fort Lauderdale Beach
    ©DaSpader

    Fort Lauderdale beach is a beautiful stretch of white sand that runs alongside the crystal clear blue waters of the ocean. It is quieter than Miami, with more of a family-friendly feel than a wild college party destination. The promenade that runs behind the beach is lined with palm trees… read more »

  • Hollywood Beach // Florida

    Hollywood Beach
    ©Tamanoeconomico

    With its gorgeous white sand reaching out to turquoise waters, Hollywood Beach is a South Florida gem. Located between Miami and Ft. Lauderdale, the beach here stretches for 2.5 miles along the Atlantic Ocean. A boardwalk runs the length of the beach and is lined with all kinds… read more »

  • Sandy Neck Beach // Massachusetts

    Sandy Neck Beach
    ©William DeSousa-Mauk

    Set in the relative shelter of Cape Cod Bay, Sandy Neck Beach is a large, long beach with pebbly sand. In fact it is six miles long, and you can get an off-road permit for the 4x4 vehicle trails. Thse trails lead to the tip of the sandy spit and… read more »