The United States of America is home to some incredible environmental variety. There are plenty of fantastic beaches in the land of the free.
Here is a quick rundown of some of the very finest.
Hapuna State Beach
Hawaii’s Big Island is home to the stunning Hapuna State Beach. Only a short distance from the Kona resorts, this is an absolute gem of a Polynesian paradise.
It is the largest of the Big Island’s white-sand beaches. During the early part of the year, it is possible to spot migrating whales as they travel past the island on their way to breed in warm waters.
The beach typically has good conditions for swimming – making it an excellent snorkeling spot for the whole family.
Spinner dolphins are also sometimes spotted near this beach, earning their namesake as they corkscrew through the air with majestic grace.
Panama City Beach
Fishermen and women, take note. Located on Florida’s Forgotten Coast, this beach is a haven for people that want to reel in impressive catches without ever leaving the shoreline.
Species typically caught at Panama City Beach include tarpon, sea trout, redfish, and flounder.
All you need is a decent long-range surf fishing rod and a bucket of bait, and you should have a fantastic day ahead of you.
If you feel like catching something a bit more challenging, it is possible to charter a fishing vessel without much advance notice.
Out on the waves, you can expect to find deep water giants like the blue marlin, king mackerel, and tuna.
Nothing beats a tuna barbecued on the beach after a day of fishing out on the crystal Floridian waters.
While you are out on the boat, you might catch sight of one of the pods of dolphins that regularly patrol the area in search of their own fish supper.
Venice Beach, Florida
Saltwater fishing fanatics also need to get themselves down to the sunshine state – specifically the Venice Beach area. Plenty of big saltwater catches can be had from the surf line here.
Fishing is not the only reason why you might want to go to Venice Beach, however. The area is a hotspot for fossil hunters.
Fossilized shark teeth are regularly washed into the beach area from the nearby river.
Because they are deposited near the surface, the fossils are legal to collect. As all responsible fossil hunters know, significant finds should still be reported.
For surfing, Santa Cruz cannot be beaten. The beaches around this small California city are perfect for surfing all year round, thanks to the Northerly offshore winds that strike the bay.
The area is legendary for massive waves and unmistakably Californian surf culture.
Surfing in the mainland USA began in Santa Cruz. Hawaiian princes were riding the waves there all the way back in 1885.
When surfing around Santa Cruz, you are not just riding waves – you are riding on the tailcoats of some of the most trailblazing surfers ever to catch a crest.