These Are the Trendiest Beach Destinations, According to Pinterest
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From tried-and-true New Jersey beach boardwalks to California-cool surfer spots, the thrill of discovering a new beach keeps us coming back to the shore time and time again. Lucky for us, Pinterest shared its top trending beach destinations with USA TODAY, and from the unspoiled beauty of Hawaii's hidden coves to the rocky Pacific Northwest coastline, we are ready to take a beach vacation to all of them.
Kiawah Island, SC
Ten miles of unspoiled beaches and plentiful Lowcountry flora (live oaks, palmettos, and yucca plants) await on this barrier island beach. Visitors can access the pristine stands via Beachwalker County Park located on the west end of the island—ready the cameras for a stunning ocean frontage and views of the Kiawah River.
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Sunset Beach, O’ahu, HI
Escape the hustle and bustle of Honolulu and head north to Sunset Beach, near the Waimea Valley and Pupukea-Paumalu Forest Reserve. Experienced surfers can catch serious waves, but the plethora of surfing competitions (Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, Pipe Masters, WSL Championship Tour) are an activity all beach-goers can enjoy.
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Driftwood Beach, GA
This eerily fascinating spot on Jekyll Island consistently tops lists of America’s Most Romantic Beaches. The worn remains of pine and water oak trees lay scattered across the sand and make for an out-of-the-ordinary beach pilgrimage.
Orange Beach, AL
Fresh-as-they-come seafood dives, plentiful water sports, sugar-white sand—this Gulf coast hotspot is a veritable coastal paradise. For a fancy night out after a day of beach lounging, head to Fisher’s at Orange Beach Marina, home of the renowned Southern Grace Dinners.
Hidden Beach, Lake Tahoe, CA
This tucked away sliver of beach—part of the Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park—boasts a stretch of sandy shore amongst the lake’s rocky shoreline, lush evergreens, and bright teal shallows ideal for splashing around in.
Papakolea Beach, Big Island, HI
After a three-mile hike along the Big Island's sea cliffs, prepare for the enchanting sight of Papakolea Beach's deep green sand. The atypical color comes from olivine, a mineral deposited on the shores by a nearby volcanic cone.
Visitors should be mindful of recent eruptions from the nearby Kīlauea volcano and earthquakes at the summit. Check with official sources such as the U.S. Geological Survey before visiting.
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Crystal Beach, TX
This Bolivar Peninsula beach less than two hours outside of Houston earned its name from the sparkly sand.
Pfeiffer Beach, Big Sur, CA
Ruby Beach, WA
Rugged cliffs define the breathtaking Washington coastline, and Ruby Beach is no exception. The unspoiled Pacific Northwest stretch, part of the Olympic National Park, offers scenic views of mountains and shorebirds (including the adorable tufted puffins).
Siesta Beach, FL
The powdery-white sand and crystalline waters of this Gulf barrier island make Siesta Beach an enduring favorite for a classic Florida vacation—let the sunset strolls on the always-cool sand begin.
Imperial Beach Pier, San Diego, CA
A mere five miles north of the Mexico border, this four mile stretch of SoCal beach is an active one—think surfing, sport fishing, beach volleyball, and even horseback riding along the shore. But the ultimate beach activity goes to the Sandcastle Building Competition, part of the city of Imperial Beach’s Sun & Sea Festival.
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Nokomis Beach, FL
Spend the day lounging on this Casey Key beach (imagine the beauty of Siesta Key to the north with a more low-key vibe), or liven things up by joining the weekly Nokomis Beach Drum Circle.
Nauset Beach, Cape Cod, MA
Great surf, beautiful sunrises, and renowned bass and bluefishing put Nauset Beach high on the Cape Cod bucket list.
Secret Beach, Kauai, HI
The hidden treasure of this northern Kauai outpost must be earned—visitors must find an unmarked trail when turning onto Kalihiwai Road from Kuhio Highway, then make a steep descent to the shore. Upon arrival, visitors find themselves surrounded by lava rocks, red cliffs, and verdant vegetation at this unspoiled slice of paradise.
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Hanauma Bay, Honolulu, HI
Snorkelers, meet your Pacific Ocean paradise—this O’ahu cove is one of the most popular snorkeling spots on the island, and is part of the Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve. Expect to spot turtles, Hawaii’s state fish (the reef triggerfish, known in Hawaiian as the humuhumunukunukuapua'a), and more than 400 other species of Hawaiian fish.
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Coronado Beach, San Diego, CA
Even if you can’t snag a room at the historic Hotel del Coronado, everyone can enjoy playing in the powdery white sand, flying kites on the southern end of the beach, and making s’mores around the fire pits at Coronado Beach.
Meyers Beach, WI
On the shores of mighty Lake Superior, this Great Lakes beach is popular for swimming, picnicking, and beach combing. Kayakers also take off from the Mawikwe Bay spot to explore the nearby Bayfield Peninsula Sea Caves, a series of arches, chambers, and passages formed from centuries of waves crashing against the shoreline.
Cannon Beach, OR
At the iconic Haystack Rock—which rises a domineering 235 feet out of the Pacific Ocean—a series of tide pools, smaller rock formations, and bird populations orbit around the beach’s visual centerpiece. Keep an eye out for the hundreds of tufted puffins that return to Haystack Rock every year from April through mid-August.
Santa Rosa Beach, FL
Nestled in the idyllic town of the same name, this Emerald Coast beach boasts sugar-white sand, turquoise water, and a family-friendly atmosphere.
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Ka'anapali Beach, Maui, HI
Once a retreat for the royalty of Maui, Ka’anapali Beach is open to all wishing to relax among the three miles of white sand and clear blue water. For a more adrenaline-fueled beach day, trek to the north end of the beach to witness a daily cliff diving ceremony off Pu'u Keka'a, or Black Rock.
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