The coastline of America is immense, spanning the soaring Atlantic, the tropical Gulf, the picture-perfect Pacific and the bracing Arctic oceans. Each coastline boasts its own unique and very different qualities, and all are beautiful in their own way, so you're spoilt for choice if you're planning a beach holiday in America.
Starting with the beaches on the Atlantic coastline – the ocean that joins the east coast of the USA to Ireland and our very own west coast, the beaches of Long Island are a spectacular thing of beauty when you first catch sight of land on a flight to New York, as they stretch out like creamy fronds of dune grass in the dark black sea. One of the loveliest places is Main Beach, located in East Hampton on eastern Long Island, New York. This idyllic beach is frequented by the rich and famous and is very safe for bathing and swimming.
In direct contrast and many hundreds of miles away from the beaches of Long Island, Hamoa Beach in Maui, Hawaii is a tropical dream. This Pacific beach is rimmed by cliffs covered with palm trees and beautiful flowering vegetation. The sand is a mixture of coral and lava shaped into a crescent, and is technically situated within a breached volcanic crater. To get there, you have to take the 'Road to Hana'; a treacherous road with drop-offs of over 1,000 feet, which can be an adventure in itself! Taking it slow on this road, with over 50 one-way bridges, is probably the safest bet.
Lastly, another picture-perfect beach on another stretch of coastline is the Cape Florida State Park, located at the southern tip of Key Biscayne on the Gulf coast. This beach is great for couples wanting an idyllic beach holiday, providing fine, white coral sand and clear, emerald-coloured waters with gentle surf. While there are waves, it’s also totally safe for swimming which is great if you like the feeling of being carried by waves with no worries of rip-tides. Head to Cape Florida Lighthouse for a breathtaking view of this beautiful beach!
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