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 Pre-Gaming
Bahia Honda State Park, Florida
Downtown Key West, where locals, tourists, and expats gather each day as the sun dips into the Gulf of Mexico for the island's Sunset Celebration, is only a short drive from Marathon Key, but no one drinking a beer while watching the sun go down on the island's largest bay cares. Smart locals hang out here, bathing in the warm water and solitude, before heading over the the party on Duval Street.
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