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 Oysters
Cahoon Hollow, Massachusetts
Wellfleet's five ocean beaches boast constant breezes ideal for high-flying kitesurfing. But when the sun sets, an eclectic crowd of locals ("Fleetians") and tourists ("lizards") descends the steep dunes to the Beachcomber, a landmark bar at Cahoon Hollow Beach, for world-class oysters and a nightly party that goes into the early morning hours, with live music and signature rum-and-more-rum Goombay Smash cocktails.
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