TripAdvisor Says These Are America's Top 10 Beaches

Love beach getaways? TripAdvisor crunched the numbers on user ratings and determined that these are the best beaches in the United States.

Six of these spectacular beaches are in the Sunshine State, with three in Hawaii and the remaining top pick in California.

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    Clearwater Beach, FL

    Clearwater Beach, Florida
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    Known for its long and gorgeous stretch of sugary white beaches, Clearwater Beach tops TripAdvisor's list in 2016. Families will love Pier 60's carnival atmosphere, Clearwater Marine Aquarium, dolphin cruises, movies under the stars, and visits to Shell Island.

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    Lanikai Beach, HI

    Lanikai Beach, Oahu, Hawaii
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    The name means "Heavenly Ocean" and indeed the most beautiful beach on Oahu is a slice of paradise. There are few posted signs for this public beach in Kailua. Look for pedestrian access through beach alleys between residential homes.

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    Siesta Beach, FL


    Just a stone's throw from Sarasota, this gem of an island offers plenty for beach-loving families to love, from surfing and dolphin-watching to exploring on two wheels.

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    St. Pete Beach, FL

    St. Pete Beach, Florida
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    Like neighboring Clearwater on Florida's gulf coast, St. Pete Beach is known for its fine-powder sand and family atmosphere. Highlights include taking dolphin-watching and pirate cruises, visiting the Salvador Dali Museum, and riding bikes on beachside paths.

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    Wai'anapanapa State Park, HI

    Waianapanapa State Park, Maui, Hawaii
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    You'll find this lovely black-sand beach in Maui's 122-acre Waiʻanapanapa State Park, via the breathtaking Road to Hana, a must-do drive on the island. This beach is also known for its freshwater caves, sea stacks, and blowholes. 

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    Ka'anapali Beach, HI

    Ka'anapali Beach, Maui, Hawaii
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    Formerly a retreat for the royalty of Maui, these three miles of white sand and crystalline waters are a standout on an island known for beautiful beaches. Don't miss the daily cliff-diving ceremony that takes place at sunset off of the beach’s northernmost cliffs.. 

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    Pensacaola Beach, FL

    Pensacola Beach, Florida
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    A gem on Florida's panhandle, Pensacola Beach has more of the sugary-white sand of other Gulf Coast beaches. Highlights include dolphin cruises, watching Blue Angel practices, and fishing off the pier.

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    La Jolla Shores Beach, CA

    La Jolla Beach, California
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    Blessed with spectacular year-round weather and miles of glorious white sand, La Jolla Shores Beach is the best beach in the San Diego area. Families should definitely make time to visit the Birch Aquarium, see seals at the Children's Pool, and go sea kayaking. 

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    St. Augustine Beach, FL

    St. Augustine Beach, Florida
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    Set on a barrier island just southeast of St. Augustine, this little beach town has a year-round population of only 6,500 and is off the radar of many travelers. TripAdvisors say this beach is rarely crowded and is a great place from which to spot dolphins.

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    Panama City Beach. FL

    Panama City Beach, Florida
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    Another popular panhandle hot spot, Panama City Beach is famous as a college spring break magnet but families will prefer it other times of year.

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