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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Fred Benson Town Beach, Block Island, Rhode Island
Photo: Kindra Clineff

Fred Benson Town Beach

Block Island, Rhode Island

Barefoot or bicycles is the vibe of this tiny (11-square-mile) island off the southern New England coast. Long, lean, and pewter-colored, Fred Benson Town Beach rides a sandy isthmus between Great Salt Pond and the open Atlantic. Summer booms with kayak, boogie board, and umbrella rentals.

Hotel Recommendation: Stay at the 1661 Inn & Hotel Manisses. Read our review.

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