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The Best Beaches in America, Ranked

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You've got your sun, sand and surf--a universal marker of serenity, right? Well, not so fast, bathing beauty--some beaches are intrinsically better than others. Here we rank the top 14 for you.

1. Waikiki Beach, Oahu, Hawaii. View Panoramic & Read more.

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2. South Beach, Miami, Florida. View Panoramic & Read more.

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3. North-End Beach, Captiva, Florida. View Panoramic & Read more.

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4. Corolla, North Carolina. View Panoramic & Read more.

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5. Moshup Beach, Aquinnah, Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts. View Panoramic & Read more.

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6. Ke'e Beach, Kauai, Hawaii. View Panoramic & Read more.

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7. Siesta Beach, Florida. View Panoramic & Read more.

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8. Victoria Beach, Laguna Beach, California. View Panoramic & Read more.

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9. North Avenue Beach, Chicago. View Panoramic & Read more.

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10. Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park, Naples, Florida. View Panoramic & Read more.

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11. Ballston Beach, Truro, Massachusetts. View Panoramic & Read more.

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12. Gulf Shores, Alabama. View Panoramic & Read more.

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13. Ditch Plains, Montauk, New York. View Panoramic & Read more.

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14. Santa Monica, California. View Panoramic & Read more.

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