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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Islanders Beach, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
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Islanders Beach

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Hilton Head's eastern shore is 12 miles of white sand. As its name suggests, this beach is loved by locals because it's less crowded than most and swimmer-friendly, thanks to its gentle underwater slope. There's also a playground and a shady picnic area behind the dunes.

Hotel Recommendation: Stay at the nearby Westin Hilton Head Resort & Spa. Read our review.

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