Dr. Beach has just picked Hanauma Bay as #1 in the best beaches in the USA category. Hawaii beaches are well represented in other surveys too.
TripAdvisor also recently released their report on the 25 top beaches in the US based on traveler ratings and reviews. Of those, it will come as no surprise to Hawaii fans that there were 7 considered as the best beaches in Hawaii. Do you concur?
Hanauma Bay Nature Reserve. Oahu. Dr. Beach Ranked #1. TripAdvisor Ranked #12.
A natural aquarium teeming with fish, this is a major tourist destination for snorkelers. Arrive early in the day before the crowds descend. Closed on Tuesdays and entry fee is $7.50 per person (kids 12 and under are free).
Lanikai Beach. Kailua, Hawaii. TripAdvisor Ranked #2.
This iconic gem is one of our favorite Oahu beaches. We’ve even had those great moments when we had it virtually all to ourselves. On the other hand, a few weeks ago, we gave up trying to find parking and headed on to other beaches.
Wai`anapanapa State Park. Hana, Maui. TripAdvisor Ranked #5.
Another Beat of Hawaii top pick. The rather small beach itself is incredibly beautiful black sand. The setting and the overall park is what makes this a winner we never tire of visiting. It’s a reward for driving the Hana highway.
Ka`anapali Beach. Lahaina, Maui. TripAdvisor Ranked #6.
Four miles long and fronted by resorts and a paved beach path for walking. Best places for seclusion are between the hotels. Snorkeling is excellent and swimming in summer.
Poipu Beach Park. Koloa, Kauai. TripAdvisor Ranked #13.
Everyone’s favorite on the South Shore and close to Beat of Hawaii offices. Depending on ocean conditions, you can walk out to the tombolo where monk seals often rest. Kids love the cove for swimming. Experienced body surfers head to Brennecke for surf action.
Manini`owali Beach (Kua Bay). Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. TripAdvisor Ranked #14.
Parking is easy to find if you arrive by 10am. Located near town, this is popular for snorkeling when flat and boogie boarding during winter. Use caution when the surf is up. No matter the season, the white sand beach is beautiful and easy to reach.
Hanalei Bay. Kauai. TripAdvisor Ranked #24
During summer when the surf is flat, we love swimming between the famous pier and the second lifeguard station at Pine Trees. Surfers come here in winter when the big waves hit. You can walk for several miles on the white sand beach and enjoy the spectacular view.