The internet is overflowing with "best beaches" lists, but when travel giant TripAdvisor announces their annual "Best Beaches in the United States," you know their picks are bound to be spot-on.
And if any of TripAdvisor's beaches pique your interest, we've added a few money-saving deals of our own to help you get there.
With no further ado, here are 10 awesome deals to TripAdvisor's 10 best beaches in the United States:
1. Siesta Beach Near Sarasota, Florida
With emerald water and snow-white sand, Siesta Beach has been getting quite a lot of attention in the last few years. It was rated No. 2 on Dr. Beach's Top 10 Beaches list for last year, and took the top slot in 2011. What's the key to this Gulf beach's signature whiter-than-white sand? Unlike the coral-based sand found in most other beaches, this sand is made up of 99% quartz from the Appalachian Mountains.
Itching to see it for yourself? Check out this hotel deal for a stay at the 4.5-star guest rated Tropical Beach Resorts (starting rate, $163/night), located a three-minute walk from the beachfront. Rooms have kitchenettes and flat-screen TVs, and the palm-lined outdoor pool and lounge area looks ever-so-inviting.
2. Kaanapali Beach, Maui, Hawaii
Kaanapali Beach's roots as a resort town were formed in the 1960s, and the boom that followed has shaped the area into a long stretch of sand backed up by luxury high-rises and chain hotels. But this doesn't mean the beach has lost its flavor. In fact, a nightly ritual takes place at Black Rock in which cliff divers jump into the water right at sunset, honoring a tradition started by King Kahekiki in the 1700s.
The best way to experience Kaanapali Beach for yourself is with the private beach at the family-owned, 4-star guest rated Maui Eldorado Kaanapali. This all-condo resort has three swimming pools and is a mere 12-minute walk from the Whalers Village Museum and restaurants.
3. St. Pete Beach, Florida
Located on a peninsula on the Gulf side of Florida, St. Pete Beach charms visitors not only with its beauty and laid-back vibe, but also with its ability to offer a mix of action and relaxation. And aside from what you can find in town, you can also choose from nearby attractions in hotspots like Orlando, Clearwater and Tampa.
Stay at the 4-star guest rated Beachcomber Beach Resort & Hotel (starting rate, $147/night), which has two heated pools and nightly live entertainment at the beach bar. Plus, direct beach access means you're just a stone's throw from the ocean.
4. Clearwater Beach, Florida
Occupying a barrier island with a long stretch of white-sand beach, Clearwater Beach continues to make a name for itself among the nation's best beaches. Backed with high-rise resorts and dwellings and lined with bright beach chairs, this vacation spot is close to two serene under-the-radar state parks — Caladesi Island and Honeymoon Island, both with calm, clear water and plenty of space to spread out a beach towel.
At the Shepard's Live Entertainment Resort (starting rate, $141/night), located right on the beach, nights will be full of revelry — two on-site bars and a nightclub will see to that.
5. Beach at Panama City, Panama City Beach, Florida
Tucked into the Florida Panhandle, Panama City Beach has a lot going for it: white sand, an expansive stretch of beachfront, and tons of nearby shopping, restaurants and attractions. It's well-known as a family-friendly destination, but it's also gaining favor among couples, solo travelers and the many spring breakers who flock here every year.
Proximity to Cobra Adventure Park, free WiFi and free parking make this motel deal at the Summer Breeze Motel (starting rate, $170/night) an incredible find.
6. Hollywood Beach, Florida
You'll know you've reached Hollywood Beach when you start to feel like a kid again. The oceanfront Broadwalk, lined with pizza parlors, ice cream shops and souvenir stores, brings to mind carefree summer days. And tropically painted low-rise motels, many of them family owned, help the town hold on to its old-Florida authenticity.
The upscale beachfront Crowne Plaza Hotel (starting rate, $118 a night) boasts ocean or Intracoastal Waterway views, plus an outdoor pool with a poolside bar, and it's central location is convenient for whatever your plans may.
7. Pensacola Beach, Florida
Located on Santa Rosa Island on the Florida Panhandle's westernmost edge, Pensacola Beach is where vacationers go to immerse themselves in the state's most unspoiled coastal stretches. It's an ideal escape for nature and wildlife lovers, but there's also plenty of activity on the Pensacola Beach Boardwalk, home to dozens of shops, cafes, bars and restaurants.
The Pensacola Beach Gulf Pier is one of the most popular attractions in the area. Stay nearby at the 4-star Margaritaville Beach Resort (starting rate, $229/night), which boasts an on-site restaurant and an outdoor pool with a tiki bar.
8. St. Augustine Beach, Florida
You can't talk about St. Augustine Beach without mentioning the nearby city of St. Augustine, an area rich in history, complete with its own 17th century Spanish fortress, a historic Cathedral and plaza, and centuries-old colonial buildings.
To be close to all this and close to the beach, snag this hotel deal for a stay at the Hilton St. Augustine Historic Bayfront (starting rate, $275/night), located right in the Spanish Quarter, with great views of Matanzas Bay.
9. Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve near Honolulu, Hawaii
Beach-lovers are buzzing about Hanauma Bay, and not just because of its stunning beauty. Its prime location just 30 minutes east of vacation hotspot Honolulu means that an excursion here can easily be added to your Hawaii itinerary. Special care is taken to preserve the beachfront and marine life — learn more about these efforts at the park's Marine Education Center.
Check out the boutique Luana Waikiki Hotel & Suites (starting rate $141 per night) - this property overlooks serene Fort DeRussy Park and is just a short walk from Waikiki Beach. Free amenities include WiFi, outdoor yoga classes and use of bicycles.
10. Ocean City Beach, Maryland
Around 8 million people come to Ocean City Beach annually, not just for the sand and sea, but also for all the action taking place on the Boardwalk, which dates back to 1902. Here you'll find shops, amusement, dining and sweets — all the trappings of a great family beach vacation.
Take advantage of low spring rates at the Coconut Malorie Resort (starting rate, $95/night), a condo resort near the beachfront and four miles from the Boardwalk.
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