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.

Hanakapiai Beach, Kauai
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Hanakapiai Beach

Kauai, Hawaii

With rust-colored palisades that plunge 1,000 feet into the sea, Kauai's remote and lush Na Pali Coast has starred in numerous movies, from Jurassic Park to The Perfect Getaway. Hanakapiai is the most accessible of its half-dozen beaches, reached by hiking the Kalalau Trail two miles from the end of Highway 56. Pack a picnic lunch and coconut juice, and pretend you're a castaway for a day.

Hotel Recommendation: St. Regis Princeville Resort offers sweeping views up the coast. Read our review.

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