Best Tropical Beaches in Hawaii & Florida

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  • Calusa Beach // Florida

    Calusa Beach
    ©Giuseppe Milo

    Lying close to the southernmost point of Bahia Honda Key, one of the Florida Keys, Calusa Beach comes complete with palm trees and white sand gently-sloping into warm azure blue waters.

    One of just a handful of great beaches in the keys, and one of very few that are entirely natural, Calusa Beach is part of Bahia Honda State Park. Encroached by grasses, it has a relatively narrow extent, and… read more »

  • Kehena Black Sand Beach // Hawaii

    Kehena Black Sand Beach
    ©Tal Atlas

    A thin sliver of black sand on the eastern coast of Big Island in Puna, Kehena Black Sand Beach is best accessed by following the path leading from the left of the car park. Because of its isolation, it is often used by nude sunbathers, although this is illegal on Hawaii and those who strip off may face a fine from local law enforcement officials.

    Sometimes also called Dolphin Beach because… read more »

  • Sandy Beach // Hawaii

    Sandy Beach

    Situated on the southeastern tip of Oahu island, Sandy Beach is a beautiful and remote spot that is far from the well-trodden tourist path.

    Thirty minutes by car from Waikiki, it is just beyond the Halona Blowhole and makes a dramatic first impression for those driving along the single track road on the lava cliffs from Koko Head Crater. There is plenty of free parking at this sheltered inlet… read more »

  • Makapuu Beach Park // Hawaii

    Makapuu Beach Park
    ©Daniel Ramirez

    Situated on the southeastern tip of Oahu, Makapu'u Beach is in the shadow of Makapu'u Point and the dramatic Lookout Point. The word Makapu'u means "bulging eye" and is thought to refer to a natural feature in the nearby Keanaokeakuapōloli Cave.

    Located about a mile east of Waimanalo Beach, the gently undulating beach has masses of golden sands in a cove-like setting bordered with palm trees and greenery. The steep… read more »

  • Ko Olina // Hawaii

    Ko Olina
    ©Michelle Maria

    Ko Olina is a gorgeous 2 miles stretch of coastline with a series of sandy coves and several natural and manmade lagoons. The name "Ko Olina" means "fulfillment of joy" and was originally a fishing camp for native Hawaiian rulers.

    Just a short distance from Honolulu and the North Shore, Ko Olina is a popular and beautiful beach to visit on the drier western side of Oahu. Non-resident guests are… read more »

  • Kailua Beach // Hawaii

    Kailua Beach
    ©Shaan Hurley

    The turquoise blue waters of this beach are quite a sight to behold. And the soft white sand just melts under your feet as you walk to the water. The beach is surrounded by green mountains and lined with trees. Stretching along Oahu's west coast for two and a half miles you will never feel crowded in and it is the ideal place for walking and taking in the view.… read more »

  • Diamond Head Beach // Hawaii

    Diamond Head Beach
    ©Daniel Ramirez

    Just 2 miles southeast of famous Waikiki Beach, Diamond Head Beach is popular with beach lovers, surfers and windsurfers due to the ever-present white-crested swell that rolls in relentlessly. The surf breaks are about a quarter mile out to sea and there are multiple good spots to choose from.

    Quieter than many beaches on Oahu, Diamond Head Beach is accessed from car parks on the clifftop via a couple… read more »

  • Kapalua Beach // Hawaii

    Kapalua Beach

    Kapalua Bay definitely lives up to its reputation as one of America's Best Beaches. The crystalline green-blue waters lap the golden sands which line this horseshoe shaped bay. With fairly calm sea and gently breaking waves Kapalua Bay is ideal for swimming, although there is no lifeguard on duty. You can also snorkel and scuba dive; you will see corals, tropical fish, and turtles under the water.

    This is… read more »

  • DT Fleming Beach Park // Hawaii

    DT Fleming Beach Park

    Set on the far northwest of Maui, D.T. Fleming Beach Park has a long sandy beach which is surrounded by trees, and is quieter than many of the island's other beaches. The white sand runs for 1,500 feet with a width of 150 feet between two lava healands. The surrounding trees are Ironwoods, and there are dunes leading up to them. There is a shallow sandbar in front of most… read more »

  • Anne's Beach // Florida

    Anne's Beach
    ©Ved Ivanov

    Located at Lower Matecumbe Key, Anne's Beach can be found in the village of Islamorada. Named for a local environmentalist called Anne Eaton after her death in 1992, its stretch of white sand provides a secluded spot to sunbath or enjoy some time in the waters of the Atlantic Ocean.

    Surrounded by native planting, the immediate entrance into the water is both shallow and calm year-round, like similar beaches… read more »

  • Anini Beach // Hawaii

    Anini Beach

    Anini Beach is an idyllic spot between Kilauea and Princeville on the island's beautiful north coast. The scenic drive is reason enough to visit this breathtakingly beautiful beach as the road follows the contours of the coastline delivering spectacular views at every twist and turn.

    Anini Beach is the quintessential desert island hideaway with pristine sands and calm clear waters in summer. Park your car and head over to the… read more »

  • Hāmoa Beach // Hawaii

    Hāmoa Beach

    Hamoa Beach is a beautiful crescent of silky smooth sand not far from the eastern tip of Maui. It is backed by tropical greenery, low cliffs and Hala trees which provide some welcome shade. The beach is about 1,000 feet long and 100 feet wide when the tide is low. This is plenty big enough as the beach never really gets busy.

    Located about 2.5 miles outside of Hana, there are… read more »

  • Cape Florida State Park // Florida

    Cape Florida State Park

    Cape Florida beach is set within the greenery of Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park and has perfect white sand which stretches along the Atlantic coast. The waters here are warm, and this beach has often been listed as one of the top 10 beaches in America. You will have just over a mile of beach that is open for swimming, but there is no lifeguard.

    Situated on the southern… read more »

  • Honokalani Beach // Hawaii

    Honokalani Beach

    A black sand beach on Keawaiki Bay, Honokalani Beach is located within Waianapanapa State Park and has views towards a sea arch. Considered sacred to the people of Hawaii, Waianapanapa means 'glistening water' and its waters certainly create a powerful contrast of colours between the black rocks and foliage which surround Honokalani Beach on all sides.

    Rip currents and a steep drop off close to shore make it dangerous to swim… read more »

  • Waimea Bay // Hawaii

    Waimea Bay
    ©Daniel Ramirez

    Beautiful Waimea Beach marks the start of the North Shore and the rolling swells that attract big wave riders and pro surfers from around the world. Divided by the outflow of the Waimea River which is ideal for tubing, the golden sands are punctuated by rocks at the south end of this pretty cove, including the huge Waimea Rock which is popular for scrambling up and jumping off.

    A part… read more »