With a shoreline roughly four times as long as the equator, America has more than its fair share of beautiful beaches. There are so many excellent seaside strands that standing out from the sandy crowd requires a degree of specialization. That's why our list of the best beaches in the U.S. is not all about towel lounging. These beauty queens offer adventure, wildlife, and great food – because it's not enough to be beautiful if you don't nail the talent portion.
Best for Family
Hunting Island, South Carolina
Home to the state's only accessible lighthouse, this quiet semi-tropical island is perfect for kids, with loggerhead turtles, dolphins, and deer. In the summer, families can fish off the nearby pier, which juts 1,120 feet into Fripp Inlet, then cook their catch while camping near the lighthouse.
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