21 Best Beaches

Get ready to dig your toes in the sand: From white strands to secret coves, we've found the ultimate spots by the shore, plus fabulous lodging so you can stay as long as you like.

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The Cove Beach, Cape May, New Jersey
Photo: Ocean/Corbis

The Cove Beach

Cape May, New Jersey

The Cove is a beach for all seasons that draws swimmers, kayakers, and surfers in sultry weather; beachcombers, birders, and surf anglers arrive during the cooler months. The gray-sand beach has been a popular seaside retreat since Victorian days.

Hotel Recommendation: Stay at the ocean-front Sandpiper Beach Club. Read our review.

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