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1. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator 1989 posts) 4y

Thought I'd give a few of my choices for best beaches by state, and then see who agrees--or disagrees with these choices:

Tough choice here--choosing among Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, Carmel, Santa Barbara, Venice Beach, Laguna Beach and the beaches in San Diego (Ocean Beach and/or Mission Bay)--however, as a surprise to all of you--my choice is Zuma Beach--just a short ways north of Malibu

Texas--South Padre Island

Oregon--Coos Bay

Washington--Alki Beach (West Seattle)

Florida--South Beach is great--and Daytona or Key West are the favorite for many--and many like Clearwater Beach or Fort Myers Beach--but my choice is Captiva Beach on the west side of Florida

New Jersey--Wildwood is probably best, although Seaside Heights is also great

Delaware--Rehoboth Beach

New York--Montauk

Massachusetts--Crane Beach near Ipswich

South Carolina--Hilton Head Island beaches

North Carolina--haven't been to the beaches there, so I can't judge

Maryland--used to live there, but unfortunately there are no really great beaches--the best is probably Sandy Point or Terrapin Beach

Hawaii--on Maui, either Wailea Beach or Kaanapali Beach--on Oahu, Waikiki Beach--on Kauai, Poipu Beach--haven't been to the big island

Maine--haven't been to the beaches

Connecticut or Rhode Island--haven't found one worth mentioning

Arizona--Parker on the Colorado River

Utah--Bullfrog Junction on Lake Powell

Nevada--the artificial beach with a wavepool at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas--although for those who are single and looking to meet other people, it is tough to beat either the Hard Rock or The Palms.

What do you think?

[ Edit: Edited on 20-Jul-2012, at 20:46 by Calcruzer ]

2. Posted by JerseyBoy88 (Budding Member 56 posts) 4y

Florida - Cocoa Beach

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4. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1993 posts) 4y

Waikiki??? - Waikiki has to be the absolute worst beach in the State of Hawaii, you must be kidding!

5. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator 1989 posts) 4y


Well, I'm talking about a great place for swimming--which Waikiki is. As far as beauty, then yes, Kaanapali or some of those on the road to Hana are better Hawaii choices.