Coastal zones have historically attracted humans and human activities due to the abundant amenity, aesthetic value and diverse ecosystem services that they provide. As a result, the coastal zone all over the world has become heavily populated and developed. As sandy coasts are highly developed and densely populated due to the amenity and aesthetics that they provide, erosion of these coasts over the last few decades is already resulting in coastal squeeze. Head to experience some of these gorgeous US beaches, taking advantage of new hotels, new flight routes and even some exciting festivals too.

  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in Michigan: known to be the most Beautiful Place in America, its towering sand dunes in perfect contrast with the sharp blue waters of Lake Michigan (and the smaller Lake Glen) and the surrounding green forest.
  • Newport Beach, California: For picturesque views of California’s sunrise and sunsets, Newport Beach is among the state’s best beaches. The beach also has a thriving surf scene, thanks to more than 8 miles of sand and the bodysurfers’ bucket-list spot known as the Wedge.
  • Caladesi Island State Park, Dunedin, FL: it is located on one of the last uninhabited islands on Florida’s Gulf coast. Three miles of white sand, preserved wildlife, mangroves, and pristine waters make this an ideal destination. 
  • Cannon Beach in Oregon: The rugged, grassy shoreline lining the sand and the picture-perfect view of famous Haystack Rock in the ocean are simply stunning. The town of Cannon Beach has quaint shops, gourmet dining options and beachy bars, all ideal for a relaxing trip to the seaside. 
  • Ocean City in Maryland, Baltimore: it is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the Chesapeake Bay on the other. The iconic boardwalk is home to thrilling amusement rides, peaceful sunsets over the Bay, fresh steamed crabs, fireworks, surfing and fishing.
  • Aquinnah, Martha’s Vineyard, MA: located on the south side of the island of Martha’s Vineyard, visitors can experience a beautiful coastline tucked alongside the famous clay cliffs at Gay Head Light. The beaches here are peaceful, quiet and sparse with people. 
  • Crystal Sands Beach, Destin, Florida: Nestled against the Gulf of Mexico in northwest Florida, this beach is rightfully famed for its sugar-white sands and emerald-hued waters. Crystal Sands Beach is also known for its for its adorable beach cottages in a rainbow of pastels.
  • Crescent Bay Beach in California: Crescent Bay Beach is a small cove in Southern California. A favorite for body surfers when the waves are high, the beach also attracts visitors to snorkel along the rockier edges of the bay when the ocean is calm. 
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