Best for Big Breaks
Lanikai Beach, Hawaii
Big-wavers may favor Pipeline, but for the rest of us, the windward Lanikai ("heavenly sea") is best for all water sports. A reef-sheltered crystalline bay makes this the best swim in the state, and two small islands lure kayakers, surfers, and windsurfers by the waveful. The undeveloped mile of sand is postcard-perfect, but there are no facilities, so bring your own gear.