Best Summer Beach Contest

July 13 2011 by BW Innsider
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Where's the BEST Summer Beach?

You've traveled, you've swam, surfed, boogie boarded, paddle boarded, skim boarded and plenty else. So the ultimate question that has to be asked for summer travel is...Where is the BEST summer beach of all time and WHY?!

Tell us in the comments below, what ocean, lake or manmade beach you've been to that is the absolute BEST and why. One randomly selected entry will receive a $250 Best Western Travel Card®! Use that to help make it back to your favorite beach before the summer ends. Enter today!

Limit one entry per person. Must be 18 years of age or older and a resident of the US or Canada to be eligible to win. Winner will be randomly selected from all entries posted in the comments below. Winner will be announced via comment post on youmustbetrippin.com and via Facebook/Twitter posts after winner is verified.

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    By Kathy P on July 13, 2011 10:34 AM

    The best summer beach is Vancouver's English Bay. It is a beautiful setting and there are many interesting people to watch! There is constant activity with people walking and rollerblading on the sidewalk. There are freighters and pleasure craft in Bay. There are some great beachside restaurants with excellent patios where you can have some refreshments and watch the view!

    By David Roy on July 13, 2011 5:23 PM

    The best beach I have ever been to was Famagusta in Cyprus. That was almost 40 years ago. The white sandy beaches stretched for miles and the water was clear as glass. The water had a lot of variety of fish.

    I went to Verradero this year and it was one of the nicest beaches I have ever been at.

    By Ron Miller on July 14, 2011 1:36 PM

    iSLAND BEACH STATE PARK, NJ

    grew up there, and I ache to go back

    By Kathleen Gereg on July 14, 2011 7:11 PM

    Siesta Key Beach, Siesta Key, FL

    By Shad Wanless on July 14, 2011 10:28 PM

    Key Biscayn Beach. My family has gone there for years. It means more than water or sand it is where I spent most of my summers. When I get there I get this overwhelming sense of comfort. There is nothing like it. I wish I could be there right now.

    By Carrie Conley on July 15, 2011 2:17 AM

    Nags Head....It's just great....

    By sydney anderson on July 18, 2011 1:04 PM

    miami florida all I can say is hot, hot, and hot!!!!!

    By Beverly on July 18, 2011 1:04 PM

    White sandy beaches of Panama City Beach, Florida !

    By Nadine B on July 18, 2011 1:05 PM

    Crystal Beach...Ontario...

    Close by and fun...

    By hminnesota on July 18, 2011 1:06 PM

    I am not much of a beach person but the best I have visited is Half moon bay in CA. It is very tranquil and gives utter peace of mind.

    By Gretchen on July 18, 2011 1:08 PM

    Manuel Antonio beach in Costa Rica.
    Beautiful sand, sun, swimming, and scenery.

    By Donna Elledge on July 18, 2011 1:08 PM

    Have been to many lovely beaches in USA, Dominion Republic, Granada, St. Thomas... but if I could get away today to Panama City, FL, I would be gone in a heart beat.. Just a fun place to hang out !

    By Amanda on July 18, 2011 1:09 PM

    I love any beach in California! But for us it is the lake beach at Candle Lake Saskatchewan, my grandparents have a cabin there and I grew up at that beach every summer and now I take my children there every summer!

    By Susan Carroll on July 18, 2011 1:10 PM

    Ocean Isle Beach, NC! It has everything you need ~ an awesome beach, fantastic restaurants, a fishing pier, and its only an hour to Myrtle Beach!!

    By carol naes on July 18, 2011 1:10 PM

    I love the beaches of Destin Florida and the beautiful blue waters.

    By Ardith Arrington on July 18, 2011 1:11 PM

    I love the West beach area on Maui and beaches in San Diego, CA. They are white, clean and warm.

    By Kevin Bell on July 18, 2011 1:11 PM

    Definitely any beach in Maui! So relaxing, the people living there are truly glad to have you around (I've been to places where they act like you're invading their personal space), and it allows you to forget all your worries since you're so far away from everything back home!

    By Cathy Bradford on July 18, 2011 1:12 PM

    Definitely Ocean City, MD! If not for the wonderful beaches than for Thrasher's French Fries or Dumser's Ice Cream!

    By Carla C on July 18, 2011 1:12 PM

    Destin or Fort Walton Beach in Florida :)

    By Natalie Vandenberghe on July 18, 2011 1:13 PM

    Anywhere and everywhere on the beautiful Oregon coast!

    By Linda Carter on July 18, 2011 1:13 PM

    Myrtle Beach, South Carolina!!! Haven't been there since I was very little. Was my favorite beach then.

    By Florence Mims on July 18, 2011 1:14 PM

    I like Hunting Island State Park outside of Beaufort, SC. It is gorgeous and has camp grounds. It is not crowded, and you can bring pets. There are very tall, old palm trees. It really is picturesque.

    By Susie on July 18, 2011 1:14 PM

    I feel very fortunate to have been able to visit many gorgeous beach locations around the world through my decade of employment with a major cruise line. I've decided that my favourite summer beach of all is the one where you have the company of a person or the people you love with you. You could be on the pristine, soft white sands of a Tahitian beach or the far rockier , more rugged beachlines of Southern Saskatchewan Canada. If you have people you truly care about with you, some delicous food, beverages & good music to enjoy, and hopefully the cooperation of some pleasant weather then anywhere you go transforms into the best summer beach ever!

    By Sue S on July 18, 2011 1:14 PM

    The beaches of Sanibel Island, FL are great for shelling, sunning, and relaxing.

    By Theresa Goldman on July 18, 2011 1:15 PM

    Barking Sands Kauai...Private and Gorgeous.

    By Sandra on July 18, 2011 1:16 PM

    Stanhope Beach, Stanhope Prince Edward Island Canada is most definately the best beach! Fluffy white sand dunes for miles, sand bars, sand castles and warm waters have kept many of us returning year after year! Have a look for yourselves http://ow.ly/5HqN6

    By elisha ransom on July 18, 2011 1:17 PM

    The best summer beach is bay beach in wisconsin, Also lots of entertainment for the kids 2. The beach is beautifull and very relaxing

    By elisha ransom on July 18, 2011 1:17 PM

    The best summer beach is bay beach in wisconsin, Also lots of entertainment for the kids 2. The beach is beautifull and very relaxing

    By April Harper on July 18, 2011 1:17 PM

    We live Oak Island, NC! It is very peaceful, clean, and perfect place for families. My kids love fishing on the pier and watching the baby Loggerhead turtles hatch!

    By Sherrie Cassidy on July 18, 2011 1:18 PM

    Myrtle Beach South Carolina is my favorite beach for fun in the sand & sun. Great places with great food, lots of good shopping and some of the best showson the East Coast!

    By Karen CHunn on July 18, 2011 1:19 PM

    Panama CIty FLorida

    By Paula Herrlich on July 18, 2011 1:22 PM

    The best beach EVER is the crick in the woods behind my house. With 2 year old twins we dont travel much so the creek has become a nice little getaway. I take a baby monitor down at nap time and read next to the babbling creek. AGHHHHHH :)

    By ELLEN FRANCIS on July 18, 2011 1:25 PM

    Any beach in Maui !! The natives are so sincerely friendly, courteous and never make you feel like you are just another tourist that they have to tolerate. The best beaches in the world are in Maui !! I truly believe that this is where the Garden of Eden was!!

    By Monica Lagno on July 18, 2011 1:27 PM

    Waikiki Beach on Oahu is my favorite beach. Super clean, beautiful beach, view of Diamondhead, fun shops and restaurants nearby...it's wonderful.

    By Penny R on July 18, 2011 1:28 PM

    The best summer beach is Island View Beach in Victoria, BC. It's a wonderful beach to sit and relax and enjoy a picnic or a leisurely stroll.

    By Jeanne on July 18, 2011 1:29 PM

    I have to say the best...chill out...beach is Whitefish Lake, Montana. You can hang out on the beach, water ski, boat, swim or lay on the sand and soak up some sun. When you have had enough, there is great shopping and restaurants and then back to your Best Western Rocky Mountain Lodge in Whitefish or Best Western White Oak Grand near Kallispel. Beautiful location with breath taking scenery! Not an expensive holiday but a GREAT RELAXING HOLIDAY for sure!!

    By Jeyn Miller on July 18, 2011 1:30 PM

    It has to be Huntington Beach, CA. There is always something fun going on. There are people from all overt the world. A great dog beach in one area. And it is surf city after all :)

    By Nina-Jo Moore on July 18, 2011 1:30 PM

    Kolobrzeg, Poland on the Baltic Sea. It's a wonderful mixture of old world charm and new world excitement. If I could spend a couple of weeks there every summer, i'd be very happy!

    By Karen Williams on July 18, 2011 1:30 PM

    Old Orchard Beach, Maine is the most wonderful beach our family has ever been to. The beach is so clean and the waves are so much fun. You can surf, body board , float or just swim. There is a great pier off the beach with lots of entertainment. Go and see for yourselves how great it is!!

    By Megan G on July 18, 2011 1:31 PM

    Any beach near the Monterey Bay is terrific for watching people and wildlife, and the sun shines without getting too hot. (Pack a sweater for the morning and evening fog!) Carmel has fine, white sand beaches. Monterey and Pacific Grove have tide pools. And Big Sur cliffs are spectacular.

    By Hilary on July 18, 2011 1:33 PM

    far away destination Australia.
    nearby - Cape Cod.

    By Paula on July 18, 2011 1:34 PM

    DESTIN BABY!!! HANDS DOWN.

    By Cusic Daniels on July 18, 2011 1:36 PM

    Dr. Beach just named Siesta Key as the #1 beach in the United States for 2011. Stephen P. Leatherman, director of Florida International University’s Laboratory for Coastal Research, also known as Dr. Beach, compiles this annual list using 50 criteria including facilities, water quality, sand and safety. The Sarasota area was also named by TripAdvisor as one of the Top 10 Beach and Sun Destinations in the United States for 2011.

    On the east side of this eight-mile long barrier island is Sarasota Bay and Florida's intracoastal waterway. It's a scenic trail for boaters interested in exploring the mangrove forests that dot the area, dropping a line for snook or pompano, or cruising to Sarasota's dockside restaurants and pubs. On the island's west side are Siesta Key's glorious white sand beaches -- ranked number one in the world in 2011 by Dr. Beach -- and the calm waters of the Gulf. Take an early morning walk while dipping your toes in the surf; build sand castles, search for shells and soak up the warm sunshine in the afternoon; then find a comfortable spot in to view the postcard-perfect moment when the sun dips below the horizon and paints the sky in strokes of red and orange.

    By A. Donovan on July 18, 2011 1:38 PM

    Port Aransas, Texas. :-)

    By Sue Palmer on July 18, 2011 1:40 PM

    The best beach my family loves is Mustang Island. Texas. where we go to family camp every year' it is laid back ,not crowed and nearby there is the Texas State Aquarium, great seafood places and USS Lexington; I also love the other end of the island South Padre Island Texas where the sun shines even in October. it is clean and not crowded with great birds at Padre Island Seashore and horse riding on the beach.

    By bicylist mama carie on July 18, 2011 1:42 PM

    I love getting together with my large family at the beach. We have so many good memories of/at Destin, Florida!

    By Debbie Branfield on July 18, 2011 1:44 PM

    We enjoy Rehoboth Beach, Delaware - the water is some of the cleanest and safest around and the Boardwalk and shops are wonderful!

    By Melissa on July 18, 2011 1:46 PM

    Bear Lake on the Utah/Idaho border. It blew me away when I first visited there last year! I felt like I had been transported to the Caribbean! It's so beautiful with it's turquoise water and white sandy beaches.

    By Nancy Kusmaul on July 18, 2011 1:47 PM

    Any of the beaches in and around the Hamptons, Long Island. White sand, clear water, not too many crowds, & great surf at the beaches. Great towns for dining, window shopping, and people watching when off the beach!.

    By Lillian Lane on July 18, 2011 1:48 PM

    The best beach I have been to is Pismo Beach on California's central coast. It is warm enough to enjoy without baking you. Also, there are plenty of amenities--restrooms, restaurants, motels, and shops nearby. There are often a few beach volleyball games going on which are fun to watch, and sometimes you even get a chance to join a game. Also, on weekends, there is a fellow who does a wonderful sand sculpture. We spent a few days there a year ago June for our son's graduation from the California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo.

    By Su on July 18, 2011 1:51 PM

    Block Island, fantastic family vacation site.

    By Bianca on July 18, 2011 1:53 PM

    The best beach is Matador Beach in Malibu, CA. It is a magnificent scenic place with scuptural rocks made by nature. It is a perfect place to walk, mediate or lie down and enjoy the peaceful place. I simply love it !

    By Valerie Hoover on July 18, 2011 2:02 PM

    Myrtle Beach! Because it's warm, beautiful and fun!

    By Lillian Lane on July 18, 2011 2:03 PM

    I think the best beach is Pismo Beach, CA. It is warm enough there to enjoy sitting on the beach, but not so hot as to be uncomfortable. It is easy to get to, with parking that is not too far away. It also has plenty of nearby amenities like restrooms, restaurants, motels, and shops. There is often a beach volleyball game in progress which is fun to watch (and even more fun to join and play). Every weekend there is a fellow who does a gorgeous sand castle sculpture.


    By alpen on July 18, 2011 2:05 PM

    my favourite beach has to be half moon cay in the bahamas. Perfect!!!

    By Valerie on July 18, 2011 2:05 PM

    Myrtle Beach! because it's warm, beautiful and just lot's of fun!

    By Valerie on July 18, 2011 2:07 PM

    Myrtle Beach because it's warm, fun and lot's to do!

    By Kelly Rabenold on July 18, 2011 2:07 PM

    My favorite beach was Tiger Beach in Florida. It's where the Great White Sharks and others go to lose their teeth--may not be too exact, but what I remember--I found a giant Great White tooth and macrame it as a necklace still have it to this day. When we were on our floats, nurse sharks swam under us! The water was warm there were sandbars to play on and the sand was as white as could be.

    By Sally Smith on July 18, 2011 2:08 PM

    Santa Barbara wins hands down. Beautiful beaches, beautiful people, lots of good food and perfect weather.

    By kelly on July 18, 2011 2:09 PM

    The best beach is Hampton beach, nice long beach, lots of waves, people of all ages. Ocean boulvard is really close by, food, cold drinks, live music, friendly people. Clean facilities. On the top 10 list of the cleanest beaches in the US. A place to visit more than once :) Can't wait to go back!!!!

    By April C. on July 18, 2011 2:10 PM

    The best beach ever is Cocoa Beach, FL! Beach is clean and just goes on forever!! Just beautiful!

    By Christine on July 18, 2011 2:16 PM

    Cape Cod National sea shore Cape Cod, Massachusetts Lovely views

    By Jay Hawk on July 18, 2011 2:16 PM

    Daytona Beach, Florida!

    By Brenda Casey on July 18, 2011 2:17 PM

    Fort Walton Beach, Florida because of the emerald color water, soft white sand beach, breathtaking sunrises over the ocean, beautiful sunsets, smell of the ocean, and happy people everywhere.


    By Ellen B on July 18, 2011 2:18 PM

    I love the Jersey Shore - Island Beach State Park is really nice. Haven't been there in forever. I really want to see NH Hampton beach and I am hoping to go this year.

    By Carol S on July 18, 2011 2:18 PM

    Saint John, US Virgin Islands is the BEST!

    By Tony Crisafulli on July 18, 2011 2:24 PM

    I've always liked Wildwood...so much to do!

    By Lori L. on July 18, 2011 2:28 PM

    My family loves El Tunco beach in La Libertad, El Salvador. All of the beaches in La Libertad are gorgeous and top-rated for surfing. Great local restaurants with frozen drinks. too! :)

    By Cheryl on July 18, 2011 2:28 PM

    Pensacola Beach, Florida because of the green water, white sand, seashells and shark teeth, bird noises, play at night or during the day, colorful orange bright sunrise that rises behind the ocean, and the food

    By Patricia C on July 18, 2011 2:28 PM

    Second Beach, Middletown, RI - gorgeous beach right next to Newport, RI best clam shacks and not as crowded as Newport

    By Lisa Hawkes on July 18, 2011 2:29 PM

    Hands down seaside beach in Oregon. They have an awesome Best Western right there on the beach, and my room was an ocean view last time. And just a little walk to the swings for my 3 year old son. Loved it! Thanks!

    By Kathy Smith on July 18, 2011 2:29 PM

    The best beach we went to was Coronado Island/San Diego. The best part was staying on the navy base because of my hubby. The beach is the same as the Hotel Del Coronado but NOT populated because of the fence separating them from the base. Not busy and we found so many whole sand dollars that we stopped picking them up.

    By Nalane Singh on July 18, 2011 2:34 PM

    Seven Seas Beach in Fajardo Puerto Rico. Amazing water and the view is to die for. It is surreal being there. Absolutely gorgeous.

    By James on July 18, 2011 2:34 PM

    Pensacola Beach, Florida because I been all over the United States on vacation and it seem that people are more happier and more friendlier here then anywhere else. And when other people are happy it makes you happy.

    By Lisa Wade on July 18, 2011 2:34 PM

    Coronado, CA in the San Diego area. All kinds of things to do at the beach.....swim, surf, boogie board, skim board, build sand castles, ride bikes, walk, beautiful sunsets. A stay at the Hotel del Coronado isn't bad either. Walk everywhere, great food and night life!! Weather nice all the time!!

    By Jonathan Ammons on July 18, 2011 2:35 PM

    San Diego is my ultimate beach because the surfing there is awesome. Got alot of surfer buddies there and beautiful ladies. San Diego has good weather year round, so I can surf there just about any time.

    By Wendy McDowell on July 18, 2011 2:43 PM

    Myrtle Beach is my all time favorite!!!(:

    By Bruce Farris on July 18, 2011 2:58 PM

    One of the best beach I went to was Orient beach in Saint-Martin in the northeast Caribbean. It is also a clothing optional beach.

    By Linda Ammons on July 18, 2011 3:06 PM

    Been a long time, but never forget Sannibel Island, Fl Time to go back I guess

    By chelsea green on July 18, 2011 3:07 PM

    Dominican Republic! I love the beautiful palm-lined beaches. There are coral reefs to snorkle and scoba dive near. There are areas where the sand seems to go on for miles and others with lots of cool rocks with fun tide pools to explore.

    By Sharyl Weinshilboum on July 18, 2011 3:14 PM

    Pacifica, CA just a few miles south of San Francisco has great beaches. My favorite is Sharp Park Beach with the Pacifica Pier and the Chit-Chat Cafe. Long stretch of beach, great path for biking or dog walking and nice view of Mori Point. It's a little piece of paradise just outside the city.

    By Linda Bader on July 18, 2011 3:24 PM

    Any California beach as long as I have a cold drink and a trashy novel, what better way to spend a sunny Californian day!!

    By Sandy Imbrogna on July 18, 2011 3:27 PM

    This is a tough call
    Love St Thomas beaches -- Megans Bay is so peaceful
    Locally no time or funds to travel far - Salisbury Beach in MA or Ogunquit in ME
    and there are Best Westerns near all of the above
    Have fun at the beach

    By Susan Stahley on July 18, 2011 3:29 PM

    My favorite beach so far is the Craigsville Beach on Cape Cod. It is fairly quite there and a great place to bring children.

    By Nancy Cahill on July 18, 2011 3:30 PM

    In my opinion, the best travel destination is Virginia Beach. I love it there so much because it has Everything; it has great amusements, great places to dine, and of course the beach - which is totally gorgeous. I am hoping to go there again one of these days.

    By Kathy K on July 18, 2011 3:32 PM

    Beaver Island State Park in Grand Island, NY .. it's nice and warm here, yet not sweltering the park is beautiful with beach access! You can picnic and cookout right in one of the park shelters and still walk by the water all in the same...

    By Elizabeth P. on July 18, 2011 3:32 PM

    Daytona Beach in FL :) can't beat the white sand!

    By Charline Williams on July 18, 2011 3:33 PM

    The most memorable beach is Dunns River Falls in Jamaica. I love the waterfalls that is there.

    By Chris Bradley on July 18, 2011 3:35 PM

    I think the BEST Beach is just North of Morro Bay CA, South of Cayucas. The reason being is it is unknown (until now). It's a very private local beach that you have to hike into. Once there you can spend the whole day without seeing anyone else.

    By Glenda More on July 18, 2011 3:35 PM

    The best is BROOKINGS,OREGON. on the beach, clean quite, can have fires on beach. decks looking out at the ocean. the best. my favorite place to go relax.

    By linda brooks on July 18, 2011 3:38 PM

    The best beach I've went to is Fort Walton Beach, Florida. The wayer isso clear and blue. Its very pretty there.

    By Cheryl Rattigan-Pettijohn on July 18, 2011 3:39 PM

    The BEST Summer beach is in Pismo Beach, California! Within Pismo Beach there are three white sand beaches, each with their own experience. Pismo Beach has the long pier where you can fish, watch the sunset, or hang out on the beach. You can drive on the hard pack sand at Oceano Dunes, park your vehicle and run into the water. You can hit the Shell Beach caves and explore or kayak your day away. Visited all three a few weeks ago during our honeymoon and loved them! Pismo Beach is a hidden jewel and amazing beach destination!

    By Kelly on July 18, 2011 3:39 PM

    Our favorite beach to visit is South Lake Tahoe! I am a bit biased because I grew up there :) Crystal blue water, boating, fishing, swimming, what's not to love? Plus the scenic views of the mountains which right now actually still have snow on them!

    By Casey J. on July 18, 2011 3:41 PM

    Anna Maria Island, Florida is the best beach. The water looks like a pool and the sand is so white and soft. You can search for sand dollars and often times see dolphins. It is so beautiful.

    By Rita Williams on July 18, 2011 3:42 PM

    I haven't been but my daughter says the best beaches are in Australia, especially at the Great Barrier Reef.

    By Becky Johnson on July 18, 2011 3:47 PM

    My all time favorite is Hunnington Beach in Southern Cali. I have so many memories growing up there, taking family trips there. I love the firepits there, making hot dogs and roasting marshmallows. The beach and water is beautiful!!

    By Jen A. on July 18, 2011 3:48 PM

    Coronado Beach hands down! The water is warm, the sand is soft like white powder and the view is amazing, I think I can see Mexico!

    By sherry newman on July 18, 2011 3:54 PM

    I think Myrtle Beach is the best. It has a variety of motel and hotels for everybody budgets. And each has pools for the kids and grownups alike and plenty of shopping all up and down the coast area as well as in land. The beach itself is great and the surf is not so rough so everyone can enjoy the water So all in all Myrtle Beach is a one stop vacation stop .I enjoy visiting any time of year.

    By diane b on July 18, 2011 3:55 PM

    Daytona Beach Fl

    By Lewis F on July 18, 2011 3:57 PM

    Miami Beach is the best summer beach getaway because it's off season and reasonable.

    By Steve on July 18, 2011 4:08 PM

    Burleigh Heads Queensland Australia! It's an awesome beach, great waves, picturesque, fun for the whole family! And there's a Best Western nearby - BEST WESTERN Portobello Resort, 2607 Gold Coast Highway,
    Broadbeach, Australia

    By laurie steiner on July 18, 2011 4:15 PM

    Wildwood NJ. Great for people watching, miles of boardwalk, kid's rides and games, and the best boardwalk food!

    By Sara on July 18, 2011 4:17 PM

    The jersey shore lol just kidding. The beaches of puerto Rico are the absolute best!

    By Crystal S. on July 18, 2011 4:42 PM

    We recently discovered Indiatlantic Beach. It is quiet, close to entertainment, clean, no cars on the beach and a straight shot to Kissimme which makes it very easy to get to the theme parks after your time at the beach.

    By Paula on July 18, 2011 4:44 PM

    My favorite beach to go to is Bahia Honda State Park in the Florida Keys. It has beautiful whate sand, and the water is a beautiful aqua marine. We have never encountered huge crowds there, and with no beach homes or businesses, the scenery is perfect.

    By April Miller on July 18, 2011 4:44 PM

    The best beach my husband and I have ever been to was Ke'e Beach on the north shore of Kauai in Hawaii. It is literally the end of the road, so it feels very secluded. It's a small lagoon with pretty good snorkeling, and minimal waves. And, to the left the majestic Na Pali coast cliffs tower over you while you swim. You'll feel like you're on the set of a movie! It's a sight you have to see and experience in person!

    By Linda F on July 18, 2011 4:52 PM

    The best beach I have ever been to is Sapphire Beach on St Thomas. The sand is soft and the water is so blue and clear.

    By Jean W on July 18, 2011 5:02 PM

    We love vacationing at Myrtle Beach!

    By kamonwan on July 18, 2011 5:05 PM

    gold coast , queenland , aus

    lovely sunshine, nice beach

    By Linda King on July 18, 2011 5:15 PM

    The best beach right now I think is on the South Carolina coast in Myrtle Beach! I'd visit murrell's Inlet too.Family friendly and fun for my teens,so many other places to visit while i'm there(Charleston,Beaufort,etc).Where are the Best Westerns?

    By kk on July 18, 2011 5:34 PM

    The best beach is Waikiki Beach because it's located in sunny Honolulu and has (relatively) clean sand and water.

    By LEONA BULGIN on July 18, 2011 5:37 PM

    Myrtle Beach - we travel 1000 miles every summer to get there for our favorite beach in the whole world!

    By Devora on July 18, 2011 5:44 PM

    My best beach vacation was at Ocean City, MD.

    By Charlotte LeBlanc on July 18, 2011 5:44 PM

    Half Moon Cay is one of the most beautiful beaches I have ever seen. The Caribbean waters are crystal clear. The white sandy beach lined with palm trees is the ultimate summer beach spot. It was so awesome. I will never for that beach.

    By Amy on July 18, 2011 6:00 PM

    Wasaga Beach Ontario Canada. Boasts the longest freshwater beach in the world. Just beautiful and worth the drive!

    By Jack Davis on July 18, 2011 6:19 PM

    I love the beach on Paradise Island in the Bahamas. Lots of nice clean white sand, great for lounging, strolling & playing, the water is perfect for all water sports, and all amenities are close by. What more could a vactioner ask for?

    By Colleen Cole on July 18, 2011 7:12 PM

    The best kept secret in Canada is Parksville on Vancouver Island. The beach is long and the water is warm and shallow. You can walk out for ages. We used to vacation there every summer when I was a kid. It was such a dream walking along the beach, relaxing and having fun with family. If you ever get to Vancouver Island, you must check it out!

    By Sheryl Edwards on July 18, 2011 7:35 PM

    Grayton Beach, Florida. Grayton State Park is there. Beautiful, white sandy beaches & sand dunes. Crystal clear water. Wonderful!

    By Todd Smith on July 18, 2011 7:49 PM

    Coronado Beach is the best hands down. Pretty easy walking distance from the Best Western on Coronado Island, not too crowded, and perfect (smaller) waves for the kids to learn how to boogie board. Can't wait to take my family back there again someday!

    By Mary on July 18, 2011 8:29 PM

    Starlight Beach in Alpena, Michigan. Sand, grass, places for kids to play and swim, picnic areas.... The best thing is.. is that its 3 blocks from my house so I can go everyday!

    By Christina on July 18, 2011 8:34 PM

    I like the beach at Ocean City, Maryland because I always went there as a child.

    By Sharyl Weinshilboum on July 18, 2011 8:39 PM

    In Pacifica, CA, which is just south of San Francisco, there are three great beaches. My favorite is Sharp Park Beach. The beach is long and beautiful. The Pacifica Pier is popular for fishing and crabbing, and has the Chit-Chat Cafe to grab a warm drink or snack on a cold and foggy day. Mori Point sits at the south end of the beach and is great for hiking and views of pelicans and other birds, or even whales at times. It is a relaxed and peaceful escape from The City.

    By Heather Flores on July 18, 2011 9:08 PM

    Coronado Island (San Diego)
    To just stand there and feel the water trickle on your toesies and watch the waves crashes, nothing to see but miles and miles of ocean. I had the best time at night hunting seashells with my husband who got excited and said "it this a big enough one" and it was a clam as big as a hamburger.
    I even eyed up the local Best Western not too many blocks away from the beach. I would love to go back and spend a few days, not just a few hours.

    By Matthew Jones on July 18, 2011 9:26 PM

    Kamaole Beach III is my favorite destination. I will save money up and go there over and over again.

    By Brian L on July 18, 2011 9:45 PM

    The best beach I have ever been to was called Red Frog beach in Panama. My friends and I have had to get there by boat, they served Mountain Dew in glass bottles. The sand wasn't full of garbage and there weren't screaming kids everywhere. There also weren't a bunch of elderly nudists. It was perfect!

    By Judy Anderson on July 19, 2011 5:56 AM

    Panama City Beach! I have been to many beaches including Hawaii, Caribbean, and the Mediterranean. They all have lovely beaches but none have the sugar white sand that Panama City Beach or for that matter the whole Gulf Coast have! Then there is the beautiful aqua blue water! No contest!

    By Judy Anderson on July 19, 2011 6:00 AM

    Panama City Beach! I have been to beaches in Hawaii, The Caribbean and the Mediterranean but none have the sugary white sand beaches that Panama City Beach have. The aqua blue colored water makes it even better!

    By T. Otterbine on July 19, 2011 6:27 AM

    Hilton Head was amazing. Peaceful and witnessed great sea life. Good family time!

    By Angela Akinniyi on July 19, 2011 11:03 AM

    Gulf Shores beach! We just love the peacefulness of it and we've made it a tradition to go every year.

    By Theresa Kim on July 19, 2011 2:29 PM

    The most memorable beach I've been to was Port Dover, Ontario. It is about an hour from Hamilton, Ontario via Hwy 6 South (one road to follow - very easy to get to from Hamilton and surrounding areas.) Lake Erie was warm enough to feel comfortable when swimming and yet still cool and refreshing. The depth of the lake was also relatively shallow, so I felt safe when I swam and played in the water.

    Another cool thing about Port Dover is little shops and museums in the area. When you get bored from sitting on the beach or swimming, you still have a lot of places to visit and explore! It is a great place for families with children to visit for the weekend.

    By Gail Rasmussen on July 19, 2011 2:29 PM

    The most beautiful beach I have been to is Angra dos Reis at the Blue Tree
    Park Resort in Brazil. It was very secluded, surrounded by the Rain Forest on three
    sides and beautiful white sandy beach looking out at the Ocean.

    By Danny Clavette on July 19, 2011 2:37 PM

    The best summer beach is Parlee Beach in New Brunswick. It's 20 minutes from here and they have the best sand ever.

    By doug draper on July 19, 2011 2:39 PM

    the best beach I've been to was on the Riviera Maya,Mexico.Lots of palm trees,plenty of clean white sand and of course a quick and friendly waiter that kept us hydrated all day.

    By Richard Chretien on July 19, 2011 2:42 PM

    Definetly, Positively, Absolutly gotta be Sauble beach, on the shores
    of Lake Huron in Ontario Canada. Sometimes I just hate living in
    BEATIFULL British Columbia!!!
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    By Richard Chretien on July 19, 2011 2:45 PM

    Definetly, Positively, Absolutly gotta be Sauble beach, on the shores
    of Lake Huron in Ontario Canada. Sometimes I just hate living in
    BEATIFULL British Columbia!!!
    Sorry, No one else need enter.

    By B Moritz on July 19, 2011 2:51 PM

    Ahhh Ma'alaea Bay in Maui is just a magical place with its beautiful quiet beach stretching on for miles. The sand is beautiful, the water warm & even with a tropical rain you appreciate when the trade winds kick up to cool you down.

    By Moe on July 19, 2011 2:51 PM

    Candle Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada. Great beach and our favourite destintion when the kids were young.

    By Tamika W on July 19, 2011 2:57 PM

    Ocean City, Maryland on the East Coast!! Beautiful, clean Beach!

    By Michal Fedeles on July 19, 2011 2:59 PM

    A few years ago, my best friend and I were hitchhiking across Europe to a dream summer job of every student: waitering in Italy. The job agency messed up so no job awaited us, but slowing down and enjoying a part of our summer at the spectacular beach in Giulianova, Italy was priceless. No jobs but lifetime memories!

    By Ken Bettin & wife France Kugler on July 19, 2011 3:06 PM

    My wife and I enjoy warm weather and warm water and so we beleive that the few days we enjoyed at Varadaro, Cuba when we were able to walk what seemed like half a kilometer out from shore into the gentle waves, warm water and warm air was to be the best of all beach experiences.

    By Joyce on July 19, 2011 3:06 PM

    Okanagan Lake in Penticton, British Columbia

    By Greg S. on July 19, 2011 3:09 PM

    The Absolute BEST BEACH IN THE WORLD is the beach on Half Moon Key in the Bahamas.
    It is a Private Island owned by Holland America Cruise Lines.
    It is always very warm, sunny, perfectly sandy and simply perfect.
    It's great for kids and adults alike, has miles of walking beach, safe areas for kids and they incorporate Horseback Rides and free BBQ's into the Guest perks.
    There are also little shops on the Island.
    "I want to live here forever" is it's motto, and I heartily agree with it.
    I've been there many, many times.
    And I don't even work for Holland America!

    By Kerry on July 19, 2011 3:19 PM

    My favorite beach is Mavalette Beach in Cape St Mary Nova Scotia! My boyfriend and I go there every year the 3 mile long beach sand is white, the atlantic ocean has amazing waves and clear blue water. and when the tide is out youcan walk almost a mile out. it is so beautiful and so peaceful. it is our true romantic getaway! and if you are going to experience something this beautiful the fact that it is in my own amazing country makes it that much better! thanks Canada!

    By Scott Eldridge on July 19, 2011 3:21 PM

    My best summer beach in the whole wide world is Panama City Beach, Florida. I love this beach, because the sand is so perfect and the surf is just so great! I can run along the beach that goes as far as the eye can see, and with the waves brushing against my legs. I feel like I am in heaven on earth. The waters are crystal clear and perfect for swimming. And you have not seen sunset until yous see a sunset over Panama City Beach!

    By Greg Pierce on July 19, 2011 3:23 PM

    My family thinks that Sauble Beach in Ontario is the best beach. The water is crystal clear and always warm. The sand is clean and the beach stretches on for miles. Every year they have a sand-sculpture contest which always has some amazing talent!

    By Carol on July 19, 2011 3:38 PM

    My favorite beach is Keawakapu on the island of Maui. The beautiful white sandy beach goes on for miles and the snorkeling is 2nd to none.

    By Janet Bayly on July 19, 2011 3:43 PM

    I really like the beach in the tiny town of Erieau on Lake Erie, in Ontario

    By Brucine Saigeon on July 19, 2011 3:44 PM

    My favorite beach is on Banderas Bay, in Bucerias Mexico. Lovely, beach, people and great beach bars.

    By Rosslyn Vail on July 19, 2011 3:50 PM

    The Best Beach is Chesterman Beach near Tofino on Vancouver Island,BC, Canada,& there is the Best Western "Tinwis Hotel" within walking distance!

    By Gene Milone on July 19, 2011 3:51 PM

    Waikiki by far.
    Floating in the Sun with Diamond Head in view is divine.
    Relaxation is the rule in Hawaii and you can float care-free
    because your hotel room is not far away, and you are relatively
    safe and secure on this beach.

    By Bonnie M on July 19, 2011 4:10 PM

    Port Burwell Provincial Park Beach Site #5
    Port Burwell, Ontario

    By Mike Aichholz on July 19, 2011 4:30 PM

    Costa Brava, Spain. Need I say more!!!

    By Margaret Steele on July 19, 2011 4:48 PM

    I hesitate to name my favorite beach as it is not well known, and as that is part of its appeal, I would like it to remain that way! Three Tables Beach on Oahu is a small, wonderful beach any time of the year. My son had a turtle swim right by him!

    By Linda D on July 19, 2011 5:03 PM

    My favourite summer beach is Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. We just returned from a summer vacation there for the 6th time. The sand is beautiful, soft, clean, and easy to walk on. You can walk for miles! The ocean is warm in the summer. There are also many things to do there besides the beach: themed mini golf courses, lots of shopping, great shows, numerous restaurants. It has something for everyone of any age.

    By Shari S on July 19, 2011 5:17 PM

    Best beach for me is on the South Shore of Nova Scotia west of Liverpool at the Thomas Raddall Provincial Park. Miles of white sandy beach with aqua colored water and almost totally deserted. Nature at it's best, unspoiled and pristine.

    By Donna Saidler on July 19, 2011 5:49 PM

    My favorite beach is Magens Bay Beach, in St Thomas.

    By Terrie Lee on July 19, 2011 6:00 PM

    Terrie Lee

    Lawrencetown Beach in Lawrencetown Nova Scotia.
    Miles of beach, lots of waves very cold salt water from the Atlantic Ocean and maybe that is why Nova Scotian's are sometimes referred to as Blue Nosers.
    People enter that water all year round and they also hold a Polar Dip there on New Years Day. The beach surf is spectactular druing a storm and people got there just to see the surf and well as walk on the Boardwalk.

    By Carlene on July 19, 2011 6:09 PM

    Big Beach, Maui. So spacious and great for walking up and down it. The waves are perfect for swimming or for body surfing. The beach is perfect for sun tanning and there is always a breeze so you stay cool. It just has everything you look for in a beach!

    By Don Wright on July 19, 2011 6:23 PM

    The most beautiful beach we've ever visited is in Barbados, seconded by Australia - too many to mention there.

    By Joyce on July 19, 2011 6:35 PM

    Newport Beach California - beautiful sand, bike paths - easy to get to - lots of space - really nice

    By Jason Tapley on July 19, 2011 6:35 PM

    In 2008 my wife and I spent the afternoon on Ostia Beach outside Rome, Italy. The sunsetting on us with the nice sand and warm heat. No worry. No care. A perfect day at the beach. One of our best beaches.P

    By Douglas Mann on July 19, 2011 7:39 PM

    Melmerby Beach just outside of New Glasgow, NS is fabulous. This beach lies on the north shore of Nova Scotia on the Northumberland Strait, which separates Nova Scotia from PEI. The Northumberland Strait has the warmest waters north of the Carolinas. Melmerby Beach has a very gentle slope. You can walk out 100 feet and only be in three feet of water. When the tide is out, wonderful sandspits are created, allowing all to be creative with the wet sand.

    By Doug Mann on July 19, 2011 7:41 PM

    Melmerby Beach just outside of New Glasgow, NS on the Northumberland Strait.

    By Pat Yule on July 19, 2011 7:48 PM

    The beack at Western Brook, Newfoundland. There are beautiful white sand dunes and a sand bar where the brook enters the ocean. My dad took me there as a child and I took my fiance there just before we married. We found hundreds of sand dollars at the ocean's edge.

    By rAjOo on July 19, 2011 7:54 PM

    The best and most memorable beach is Juhu Beach, Mumbai, India.
    Good snacks/food, lots of space, plenty of parking/public transportation

    By Sheila on July 19, 2011 8:19 PM

    Horseshoe Bay Beach in Bermuda is the most beautiful crescent-shaped beach of soft pink sand and turquoise ocean. It's the #1 go-to beach in Bermuda, to see and be seen. A perfect hot-spot for great picnics, sunbathing, swimming, walking the beach. And every Good Friday it's where Bermudians congregate to fly kites, a Good Friday tradition.

    By dawnm on July 19, 2011 8:35 PM

    I have only been to one beach and that was at Coney Island in New York. I was about 6 and remember shaking the salt out of my hair after we left. I would love to experience that again.

    By Gayle on July 19, 2011 8:41 PM

    We were in Cancun this year and it was the best beach we have been
    to. The sand was beautiful and of course the colours in the water so
    added to it. It was a glorious time.

    By Lawson Tremellen on July 19, 2011 9:02 PM

    Maine is a very beautiful and unspoiled state where people are extremely hospitable especially on the coastal areas including Old Orchard Beach. This beach is always fun for everyone being about 7 miles long and always kept clean. So may good memories with our children and now getting more with our grandchildren.

    By Serge Hamel on July 19, 2011 9:19 PM

    We went to the Beach of Cape Cod 3 years ago and we had so much pleasure

    By mickey on July 19, 2011 10:06 PM

    Long Beach on Vancocouver Island B.C Canada . Looking out at the surf roll in off the Pacific ocean .

    By Kevin on July 19, 2011 10:34 PM

    Lawrencetown Beach, Nova Scotia. If you can get past the cold North Atlantic, the waves are great fun, especially enjoyed by surfers.

    By Tricia Olaski on July 19, 2011 10:52 PM

    The best beach I've been to is the Waikiki beach in Oahu, Hawaii. It is so clean and beautiful, a great vacation destination.

    By Justin on July 19, 2011 10:56 PM

    When we went to LA our boys liked Santa Monica Beach the BEST. They loved chasing the waves and letting the waves chase them. They also liked watching the little sharks from the Pier.

    By Don on July 20, 2011 2:17 AM

    Cresent Beach, Nova Scotia has a serene " Fairy like " quality that continues to draw me back, with it's ever changing long sandy shoreline. As each tide ebbs, new treasures of nature are revealed on this sandy canvas.

    By Natalie Beauchamp on July 20, 2011 4:35 AM

    My most favourite summer beach is Manly, NSW Australia if we are talking about anywhere in the world. If I have to keep my answer within North America then I love the beach at Pinery Provincial Park on Lake Huron near Grand Bend, Ontario. The sand dunes, white sand, beautiful sunsets and water temperature remind me of the ocean in my birth place, Australia.

    By Raymond Stockwell on July 20, 2011 5:02 AM

    The best beach I have ever been to was Waikiki beach, where it is Summer All The Time! It does not matter what time of year it is, the beach is the same. Great sand, warm water and lots and lots of room. I can't wait to go back!

    By John Romu on July 20, 2011 5:33 AM

    The best and most interesting beach we have been at was a little beach on Hutchinson Island Florida called affectionately by the locals as Bath Tub Beach. We recently purchased a home in Jensen Beach and had occasion to visit "Bath Tub Beach" On the shores small depressions are created by the calm waters that fill with water creating many natural bathtub sized pools making it safe for babies and toddlers to enjoy the warm Atlantic waters and reassure adults that their children will be safe during a wonderfull day of beach fun.

    By Rosie's Boy on July 20, 2011 6:14 AM

    Marie Curtis Park, East Beach, in Etobicoke, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
    Lovely sand, refreshing Lake Ontario, and great view of the distant city centre.

    By Rosie's Boy on July 20, 2011 6:16 AM

    Marie Curtis Park East Beach, Etobicoke, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
    Lovely sand, refreshing Lake Ontario, and great view of the distant city centre.

    By Carol McKenzie on July 20, 2011 6:27 AM

    I live on the East Coast and absolutely love Myrtle Beach. It is everything going to the beach is supposed to be. Great Beaches, Great Food, Great Shows, Shopping and lots of great people watching.

    My favorite beaches though are in California. Avila, Pismo and the very best is Monterey Bay.

    By Emily Seloterio on July 20, 2011 6:53 AM

    My favorite is the Boracay beaches in the Philippines, with its fine white sands and crystal clear blue waters, truly one of the best in the world!

    By Joan Altmeyer on July 20, 2011 7:00 AM

    Tybee Beach outside of Savannah, Georgia is the best ever! The island has the feel of a good "old timey" beach town - you can walk the boardwalk, tan in the sunshine, or just put your beach chain in about 2 inches of water at the edge of the ocean, and enjoy the water lapping over your feet. The game of half-rubber was invented on Tybee, and you can join in a game on the beach, or you can walk the mile of beach and enjoy the gulls in the air or the dolphins in the water.
    The best thing about Tybee Island Beach - it is only about a 15 minute ride from the Best Western Plus in Savannah's Historic District. After a day of fun in the sun, you can enjoy an evening in one of the South's most beautiful cities!

    By Dave Wojtas on July 20, 2011 7:09 AM

    Clear Water Beach Florida!! Is there anyother place.

    By erica phillips on July 20, 2011 7:31 AM

    My favourite beach is Sayulita Mexico - it has a cool beach scene, long white sand, great waves for surfing and to top it all the sea shimmers with gold flecks...truley amazing!

    By erica phillips on July 20, 2011 7:36 AM

    My favourite beach is Sayulita Mexico. its has a hip beach scene, long white beaches, awesome surf and the sea glitters with gold flecks truely amazing!

    By Luanne Van Beers on July 20, 2011 8:36 AM

    My favourit beach is, Seven Mile Beach on Grand Cayman. It is not only the most beautiful beach I have ever been to, it is completely public, and you can walk the entire stretch(which in spite of its name is actually only 5.5 miles.) We have been to Grand Cayman many times, and the only place we have to go, is Seven Mile Beach, it wouldn't be the same if we didn't get to the Beach!

    By Steve bourassa on July 20, 2011 9:22 AM

    definetly Virginia beach but a lot of people un oral season

    By J Ordorica on July 20, 2011 9:44 AM

    Has to be Khao Lak, in Thailand.

    White sandy beach, unspoiled by overdevelopment, no vendors, quiet water, amazing food, cheap everything.

    Paradise.

    By Esther Howard on July 20, 2011 9:50 AM

    Best beach - was Wineglass Bay in Tasmania Australia - one has to walk to get to it, there is a sign up that states "the walk to the wineglass lookout may be the hardest walk you do in Tasmania" its worth walking to the lookout and then continue on to the beach - when you get to the beach there are very few people on it - almost like having your own private beach and the day we were there a seal was swimming along the shore line - the view is breath taking!

    By Michael on July 20, 2011 10:06 AM

    Jaco Beach, Costa Rica! A great family resort with a terrific pool area, nearby attractions and at the North end of a growing resort town.

    By Mark Magliola on July 20, 2011 10:06 AM

    My family really enjoyed our week long stay at the Cocoa Beach BEST WESTERN! It is here that you'll find a great ocean front property with rooms in a quadrangle form that create an intimate subtropical oasis styled court yard with a lovely pool and sun deck. But, for the ultimate experience, I suggest that you book one of their ocean front suites located in the seperate eight floor tower. They have all the amenities you will need to feel like you are at home in paradise. It also is the closest ocean front Best Western to the Orlando area, the Kennedy Space Center, the second busiest deep sea port-Port Canaveral, and it is within walking distance to Ron Jon's Surf Shop, the Cocoa Beach Pier, public golf course and great dinning. It is simply the center of the Cocoa Beach universe' experience!

    By Du Le Mack on July 20, 2011 10:12 AM

    The best beach with beautiful sand and water must be Cancun, Mexico. The color is just so perfect and people just fly that far for those beautiful oceans.

    By June Anderson on July 20, 2011 10:19 AM

    Schoolhouse Beach on Washington Island (off the tip of the Door County in WI) is the best! The water (in the mid-late summer) is crystal clear and refreshing. The beach is made entirely of small smooth stones so there is no worry of getting "sand in your shorts".

    By Sumit Singhal on July 20, 2011 10:21 AM

    I came to love the clearwater beach in florida for its serene environment and the white sands. The sands are so soft and relaxing, it just makes you walk and walk. Everyone should check it out atleast once.

    By Colleen on July 20, 2011 10:22 AM

    In the summer, the Oregon beaches cannot be beat. Personally, I like Seaside and Cannon Beach. They are close together. Cannon has an upscale but funky feel to it, while Seaside is all about fun. However, any beach is great if you are sharing it with Family and Friends.

    By Rachel F on July 20, 2011 10:23 AM

    Gulf Shores, AL. I just went for the first time and had a vacation I will NEVER forget. Also made some great new friends whom I hope to never forget! Best vacation of my life.

    By Dennis Waller on July 20, 2011 10:25 AM

    The Big Island of Hawaii has the best beaches for fun and sun. One of the most interesting to walk on is the black sands beach.

    By Frances on July 20, 2011 10:26 AM

    The best beach is the Oregon coast beach at Seaside. Our BW hotel was on the beach and even though it wasn't real sunny we still had a great time. My daughter loved the ocean. It is a great place to take a family and travel the coast and see beautiful sights.

    By jay on July 20, 2011 10:26 AM

    Miami beach is an amazing beach! the food, the atmosphere and the blue waters

    By Kathy B on July 20, 2011 10:29 AM

    Ft Myers Beach, Florida is one of the best beaches on Florida's west coast. The Best Western there is the finest I have ever visited.

    By Unother on July 20, 2011 10:30 AM

    Without a doubt Zuma Beach in Malibu, at night.

    The most magical and mystical scenery with only the tranquility of a lightly travelled PCH to disturb.

    By Hazel C on July 20, 2011 10:30 AM

    The Old Kona Airport Beach in Kona, Hawaii is the best beach. You have the amazingly clear ocean, with these giant tidepools formed by the lava rocks that you can swim in! There is ocean life all around to explore and look at. The water is warm, clear and the days are clear and beautiful. Not to Hawaiian atmosphere! It is wonderful.

    By Alex M on July 20, 2011 10:30 AM

    My favorite beach has to be the beach at Poipu, Kauai at sunset.... I was horseback riding on the beach then and it was the most gorgeous sight ever,,,

    By Krista Chesworth on July 20, 2011 10:31 AM

    I love La Jolla Cove in Southern California. Since it is a protected area, there is a lot of sea life to discover. The kids love exploring the tide pools and we always see a Sea Lion or two when we visit. I have fond memories of being taught to snorkel there by my Grandfather.

    By Debbie M. on July 20, 2011 10:31 AM

    The best beach in Ontario is located in Cobourg - Victoria Beach, on Lake Ontario. Tons of beautiful sandy beach, can walk quite a ways. As well, you can walk along the pier and to the Harbour and see all the beautiful boats docked there. Also, there is camping right beside the beach, a beautiful park, outdoor entertainment, restaurants and cafes. Children's play area, shower/change rooms and bathroom facilities. Very beautiful and relaxing. Great picnic area.

    Out of province, I would have to say Eagle Beach, in Aruba. You can walk for miles on clean, white sandy beaches. You can participate in water sports along your walk, hop in and out of the ocean, stop at different resorts for a refreshment/ shopping and even casinos. Love, Love, Love Aruba Beaches.

    By KP on July 20, 2011 10:33 AM

    Beaches in Zihua, Mexico! Pretty sand, beautiful sunsets, snorkeling with the colorful fish, and.....at night you can see photoluminescent plankton when you swirl the water. wonderful!

    By Tim Sherfey on July 20, 2011 10:34 AM

    Paradise Island, Nassau, Bahamas

    By Judy Thompson on July 20, 2011 10:36 AM


    The Oregon beaches are the best...from Florence to Seaside. Rugged, great for agate collectors, whale watching, and much more. Weather is sure to surprise you each time you go. Lighthouses dote the entire coastline, while huckleberries are in abundance. The flowers are beautiful and sanddunes call your name. But most of the time I just love to watch the storms and wonder how large the next wave will be that comes crashing onto the sandy shores.

    By Peter on July 20, 2011 10:39 AM

    The citizens are friendly,
    The sands are white hot.
    Vacations are easy,
    It offers a lot.

    At Englewood Beach
    I savor the fun,
    But evenings are best
    Watching the sun.

    By KAREN on July 20, 2011 10:40 AM

    I love Hollywood Beach Florida. Beautiful crystal clear blue waters. What more could anyone want.

    By Karen on July 20, 2011 10:42 AM

    I love Hollywood Beach Florida. Beautiful crystal clear blue waters. What more could anyone want!

    By Monica Hernandez on July 20, 2011 10:43 AM

    Stinson Beach in Northern California is so amazing! It is quiet most of the time and sits on the ocean side of Tampalpais mountain (really twisty but gorgeous ten mile ride over the mountain from Marin County). Small little community - ice cream and snack shack - a couple of route 66 type motels - one market and a couple of restaurants. You can hear the birds and rustle of trees at night. Peaceful, stunning sunsets, the fog sometimes comes over the mountain and hangs like a sheet. Yours might be the only foot prints along the sand in the early morning. OK so it's known for its shark sightings, but the water is too cold to go too deep or for too long. It's all about the serenity (and minimal cell service) of this little town and its beach only 30 minutes from the hustel and bustle of San Francisco.

    By Shane on July 20, 2011 10:44 AM

    Kaanapali Beach in Maui. Great sand, lots of room and wonderful snorkeling close by!

    By Lisa on July 20, 2011 10:47 AM

    My favorite beach was in Curacao. The beaches are man made so you do not have the waves. You can swim without waves . They even have palm trees you can lounge under without getting too much sun. The beaches in the Carribean are the most beautiful.

    By stephanie a on July 20, 2011 10:48 AM

    My favorite beach is from a childhood memory of my home village called Akutan. A remote village on the Aleutian Islands. Throwing rocks into the water, running along the boardwalk, as there are no streets. It might just be the most beautiful place I've ever seen! They are finally building a runway across the bay, so I will be back next year!

    By William Sachs on July 20, 2011 10:48 AM

    My favorite beach is on Kauai in front of The Grand Hyatt at Poipu. It is beautiful - especially at sunset

    By Christine Kuhn on July 20, 2011 10:49 AM

    I like Tybee Island, GA, just outside of Savannah. I like it because it is just a town with a beach; it's not a big tourist destination, just a sort of sleepy geriatric town. Sure there are a few tourists, but it's not "overly-touristed". It has it's cheesy and run-down spots, which is actually nice for a tourist destination. A lot of destinations are totally "disney-fied" these days. Tybee is near Savannah, which is a lovely town. Between Savannah and Tybee, there is a large nature sanctuary. Tybee makes for a low-key, relaxing vacation.

    By Lia Swanson on July 20, 2011 10:49 AM

    My family's all-time favorite beach is Brenneke Beach in Poipu, Kauai! It is small and right next to Poipu Beach. It's an undiscovered treasure! Great for body surfing, swimming, watching the whales, dolphins and turtles! PARADISE!!!

    By Pat Smith on July 20, 2011 10:55 AM

    The beach at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge in Virginia. The best part is the area that can only be reached off of the Wildlife loop by biking or walking. It is beautiful and not crowded, even at the height of summer. The last time we were there we saw piping plovers running in and out of the surf! It is also a great place to pick up shells.

    By Denise D. on July 20, 2011 10:57 AM

    North Myrtle Beach is the best beach ever! Clean, white sand - ocean breezes - beautiful scenery. We love to sit on the beach & watch the parasailers, jet skiiers, beachcombers, swimmers, etc. - always something going on!

    By MaryBeth McClendon on July 20, 2011 10:58 AM

    Fort Walton Beach, Fla, with beautiful white sand and blue, blue, blue water!

    By Terrie Ruffalo on July 20, 2011 10:59 AM

    My husband and I just LOVE Cocoa Beach, Florida. It may not be anything new to most but to us it is paradise. We stay on the beach at least twice a year for about 10 days and this beach is clean, not crowded and just as pretty as can be. Where we stay we can walk to the Pier for a nice lunch and walk back. The water is great, great for swimming, para-surfing, surfing, fishing etc. We have been to many beaches and got married on Mustang Island in Texas but by far Cocoa Beach is the best.

    By LarryW on July 20, 2011 11:01 AM

    The beaches on the Big Island of Hawaii are terrific. The colors of the sand are impressive.

    By Jeff Marcelo on July 20, 2011 11:02 AM

    My family and I love going to Laguna Beach, CA

    By dianne on July 20, 2011 11:03 AM

    Jersey Shore hands down

    By rachael dixon on July 20, 2011 11:09 AM

    Lincoln city , Oregon!

    By Becki Szymczak on July 20, 2011 11:10 AM

    We love staying at the lighthouse inn at Ocean shores WA. Great views, nice people and really nice beach to look for shells beachy things, etc. We love the deer that come right up to the door. Our dog loves to play ball on the beach. It is one of our favorite places.

    Becki and Chet Szymczak

    By joan paduchowski on July 20, 2011 11:10 AM

    Without a doubt, for me it is Aruba because the water is warmer and the waves are small. The beaches are sandy, and where we stay there is no seaweed. You can spend all day in that water and love every minute of it, and you can enjoy it year round.

    By Carla on July 20, 2011 11:11 AM

    Kailua Beach on Oahu is my new favorite beach. It wasn't really crowded, nice sand, just a beautiful place!!

    By Randy M on July 20, 2011 11:12 AM

    For me it has to be the entire Oregon Coast. So many memories from childhood on up to recently. It's been awhile since I've been over there, might have to change that.

    I love the Pacific Northwest & the OR beaches just exemplify what the NW means to me.

    By Karla on July 20, 2011 11:12 AM

    So far Hilton Head Island, going to Marco Isand soon so that may be better.

    By "Pete" Madison, WI on July 20, 2011 11:16 AM

    Best ever beach! NEGRIL Jamaica. 7 miles of beautiful white sand, crystal clear water thats always the perfect temperature for every kind of water sport. You can "walk" the beach and stop at a variety of restaurants and bars. Some hotel oriented and some local owners. The resorts on the beach allow anyone to use their pools etc. The food is great, the drinks are great, the water is great! Hands down, this is my pick! And should be yours!

    By charles salmon on July 20, 2011 11:16 AM

    The beaches of Sanibel Island, FL are great for shelling, sunning, and relaxing.
    Just all around family fun place.

    By Karen B on July 20, 2011 11:20 AM

    Cannon Beach, Oregon is the best beach. It is breathtakingly beautiful. Haystack Rock sits in the ocean and is simply picturesque. The town is a quaint ocean village with wonderful art galleries, shops and restaurants. It is a must see place in Oregon.

    By Robert on July 20, 2011 11:33 AM

    Nothing like the "dead sea" in Israel real cool you float.

    By Scott Humble on July 20, 2011 11:35 AM

    A most beautiful beach is Schoolhouse Beach on California's north coast. It is easily accessible from the legendary Highway 1, and has trails from the beach into the redwoods.

    By amy m on July 20, 2011 11:38 AM

    The unspoiled beaches of Assateague Island west of Virginia. definitely the best summer beach. White sand, rolling waves, spansive marsh on the backside and wild ponies!

    By Judy Gaukel on July 20, 2011 11:41 AM

    Torrey Pines beach in San Diego is the best beach. It has everything - incredible sandstone cliffs as a backdrop, nice soft sand to walk on, fairly dependable waves for boogie boarding and surfing nearby (Black's), a bit light on the snorkeling action but just a ways out is a very deep canyon with excellent scuba scenery. The lagoon immediate across the street is a beautiful preserve with lots of neat birds - egrets, herons, sandpipers, terns - always something to see there.
    The beach has a gentle slope so that it's great for little ones. The tide has a big enough swing that you can build substantial sand castles, and the beach has enough bling to decorate the castles (shells, rocks, sticks). Nearby are a couple of restaurants that allow beachgoers to refresh without emptying their wallets, and a huge parking lot makes the logistics of going to the beach headache-free. It's here in the US, the weather and water temperature are overall dependable (the water is refreshing - no bath temperatures!) and this beach has everything that you would ever want in a public beach!

    By Renee Brannigan on July 20, 2011 11:42 AM

    Near home our favorite beach is South Beach in Little Compton, RI. Get there early enough (or late enough) and you can back your car right up to the beach. The sandy beach is perfect for little ones to build sand castles by day, and cuddly around a toasty fire after watching another beautiful ocean sunset.

    Of course, any beach in Aruba, Florida or Hawaii...or whatever beach I'm on...is always best!

    By Shelly Mitchell on July 20, 2011 11:44 AM

    I love Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
    So much to do there.

    By Alfred on July 20, 2011 11:53 AM

    Ocean Isle Beach,N C, nice clean quite for relaxtion and also fishing from the surf,pier and inter-costal waterway. You are a short distance of several beaches in NC and SC. There are outlet malls close by for shopping and historical sites to see.

    By Sharon on July 20, 2011 11:54 AM

    GULF SHORES, AL --- I love the sand, the water, Everything! It is set up nice for people staying on the beach or if your staying a few miles away. Of course,the only other beach I've been too is Ft. Walton which was nice, But I think Gulf Shores is most Beautiful!!! My husband and I ended up there several years ago on an Anniversary Weekend getaway by accident and have been going back ever since!!

    By Ross Zimmer on July 20, 2011 11:55 AM

    My all time favorite beach is Jaco Beach in Costa Rica. I went there as a teenager for a school trip and cannot wait to go back. The beach is calm and absolutely beautiful. Also, monkeys love to pick on novice tourists and gobble up their food!

    By Carolyn on July 20, 2011 11:56 AM

    We loved Tunnels Beach on the island of Kauai. It is fairly secluded and simply great for snorkeling right from the shore.Everything about it is sublime and there even are trees there for shade!

    By M. Paul on July 20, 2011 12:01 PM

    Main Beach in Laguna Beach, California. It has great surf and sand, expert volley ball watching, great people watching, great strolling and places to eat and shop on the beach and close by.

    By Chris Fox on July 20, 2011 12:02 PM

    Of all of the beaches that I have visited I'd have to say that Indian Beach near Cannon Beach, OR. is by far the best. For surfing, it's about the best the Northwest has to offer and I dip a fin regularly. For family fun it's great. It's too cold to swim without a wetsuit but that is made up for by the stunning scenery from the overlook. Massive "haystack rocks" are visible with waves crashing against them. Whales are often spotted here too. It's proximity to hiking trails is also a huge plus. The only downside is it's popularity on a sunny Summer day.

    Chris Fox

    By jeri on July 20, 2011 12:07 PM

    National Seashore - Atlantic Ocean on Cape Cod - a fall tradition with our family, the crowds have disappeared and it's refreshing and relaxing!!

    By Keith on July 20, 2011 12:16 PM

    For relaxing a nice warm beach with a cool beverage in hand. Any secluded beach south of Key Largo and North of Key West.

    By Shelley O on July 20, 2011 12:20 PM

    Puerta Aventuras on the Mayan Riviera. The sand is cool on your feet, the coral reef is right before your eyes, and the water is as clear as you could ask for!

    By sylvia shaw on July 20, 2011 12:30 PM

    The best beach to me is in Prince Edward Island where the sand is fabulous tones of red

    By Jerry Covert on July 20, 2011 12:31 PM

    My favorite beach is Beach 6 on Presque Isle, on the State Park in Erie, Pennsylvania. Fresh, clean water, cool sand and a surf like the ocean.

    By Lisa on July 20, 2011 12:34 PM

    the Outer Banks of North Carolina (OBX) is the best Beach...it is beautiful there. Loads of stuff to do and great resturants too. The best time to visit is when it's the off season. Very relaxing!! Can't wait to be there in a month

    By Linda Krathwohl on July 20, 2011 12:35 PM

    No doubt about it, our favorite hotel and beach is Best Western Castillo Del Sol Ormand Beach, Fl. The hotel is in a perfect location!!! All the employees are friendly and helpful.The beach is beautiful and the views from the rooms are breath taking. We go back again and again. I always come home happy and relaxed! It's near great places to eat and in a quiter section of the beach so it's more relaxing for my husband and I. If you want to party down this probably won't be your scene but if a quite and laid back vacation is what you are looking for then don't hesitate. GO!

    By Heather Baker on July 20, 2011 12:38 PM

    Port Aransas, TX

    By Karen on July 20, 2011 12:40 PM

    Hanauma Bay, Oahu
    It's so pretty and peaceful.

    By Lyn on July 20, 2011 12:45 PM

    The best beach is Miami's South Beach! The weather's always great and the people watching is extraordinary! Excellent restaurants and festivals. You are never far away from the action!! Whether you go to clubs or not, there is always something to do.

    By Walker on July 20, 2011 12:46 PM

    Okay if I had tp pick one beach it would be Daytona Beach, Fla. really fun place to go. But, there are truly many fabulous beaches it's all about the sun, sand, surf and friends. Make a memory go to the beach with family and friends.

    By MaryAnn Freeman on July 20, 2011 12:46 PM

    The Skaha Lake Beach in Penticton, BC, in the Okanagan, is the best beach! When we lived in Penticton when our daughters were just starting school, I would take them to this beach to play in the sun, sand and water. This beach is great for the whole family, from toddlers to teenagers. The sand is great for bulilding Sand Castles, let alone all the water sports that are available here.

    By Philip Obal on July 20, 2011 12:48 PM

    Crescent Beach is the best! which has great sand and rolling waves from the Atlantic Ocean. Crescent Beach is next to the city of St. Augustine. This makes vacationing at Crescent Beach very enjoyable - as beach during the day - or shopping at small nice shops - or shopping at the outlet mall.... Night life is great, as St Augustine has the San Sebastian winery with bands playing on almost all nights. One can sit leisurely outside, sipping wine & snacks, and listen/dance to the band.

    Even the kids love this area, as it has much to offer families. St Augustine has Ripley's Believe It or Not, a huge Fort which is now managed by park rangers, alligator farm, lighthouse, plus tons of places to eat, drink, and be merry! Many miles of beaches are here!

    By Coleen Merchant on July 20, 2011 12:56 PM

    Surf City, NJ which is on Long Beach Island - it is a nice private beach and very clean... Family oriented and in the evening a great place to fly kites! The houses that line the beach are beautiful and the sand is groomed every day.

    By steve on July 20, 2011 1:04 PM

    Waikiki Beach, Oahu, Hawaii, clear water, white sand

    By Tom & Diane on July 20, 2011 1:22 PM

    Pensacola Beach, Florida is our favorite beach. We recently spent a week there celebrating our 40th wedding anniversary. The delights of the island include beautiful white sand beaches with glorious views of the Gulf of Mexico. The local restaurants offer excellent fresh seafood, cold beverages, and live music to brighten any celebration. The local residents are friendly and warm offering a pleasant environment to relax and enjoy. This is an excellent environment for a couple or a family to escape. We look forward to a return visit.

    By Alan Friberg on July 20, 2011 1:24 PM

    --------Ocean Shores WA. ---------
    It is a bit cooler than other popular beaches. Nestled on the edge of the Great Pacific Northwest Rainforest Ocean Shores is less crowded most of the year.
    There is plenty to do there, Kite flying, Clam digging, (in season) lots of shops and a Casino nearby. And of course mid summer is the Harley Weekend when literally thousands of bikes and bikers ride in for fun and games.

    By Bob Nix on July 20, 2011 1:24 PM

    The Emerald Coast of Florida are the best. The sand is a white as snow and super soft. The water is blue green and beautiful. Just sit and enjoy.

    By Patti Springer on July 20, 2011 1:35 PM

    I recently stayed at the Best Western in Oceanside, California. I loved the beach there because you could walk forever...it is lined with palm trees, pretty houses, parks, and the longest wooden pier along coast. You could fish, swim, surf, sun, shop, play frisbee and find good restaurants. All right there for the taking...it was the BEST!

    By Amer Husain on July 20, 2011 1:38 PM

    Sauble Beach, Ontario. Beautiful white sand and crystal clean water. Shallow, as far as the eye can see.

    By Betty Bell on July 20, 2011 1:43 PM

    My BEST beach is Daytona Beach. I loved to go walking on the beach early in the morning with my coffe from the Auk Tiki Beast Western. It is just a very relaxing and beautiful area. I love driving the car on it also. Hope to be there in the SPRING!!!!

    By Ann Iwen on July 20, 2011 1:57 PM

    Favorite beach: Sapphire Beach on St. Thomas

    By Katrina Adams on July 20, 2011 1:58 PM

    My best beach experience was in Carmel, California. The water was turquoise, the sand white, the beach uncrowded. The weather was warm & sunny but not unbearably hot. The landscape was dotted with rocks, moss and trees but there was plenty of smooth sand to walk, lay or play catch on. I saw seals swimming and laying on the beach. We stayed all day until sunset and it was magical!

    By dal on July 20, 2011 2:12 PM

    The best beach is Grand Beach Manitoba. Is has the best sand anywhere.

    By phil r on July 20, 2011 2:12 PM

    Although I enjoy secluded beaches, my favorite beach remains Myrtle Beach, SC. You can't stay in the ocean 24 hours and there are so many places to eat, to see, and things to do.

    By Dorothy MacDonald on July 20, 2011 2:20 PM

    The best beach just has to be the beach surrounding the Island of Aitutaki in the Pacific Cook Islands. Aitutaki is 145 miles north of the capital Rarotonga and is an island atoll.
    The island is 45 km around the outer reef, the lagoon is huge... 6 km north to south and 8 km east to west. The average depth of the lagoon is 12 feet and is filled with brilliant coral and marine life. The beach and surrounding lagoon are absolute MAGIC any time of year!!!!

    By dave w on July 20, 2011 2:23 PM

    Many years ago we went to Antigua and stayed in a resort on Dickenson Bay Beach.

    Perfect sand, perfect water, peaceful, romantic and not over crowded.

    We have tried to get back there many times since, but have never quite managed it.

    By Denice McRae on July 20, 2011 2:25 PM

    My famiy and I just visited the best beach in the world. passion Island, Cozumel, Mexico

    By Elizabeth Styrn on July 20, 2011 2:25 PM

    Clearwater Beach, Florida. Very tranquil, dolphins swimming about. Water clear enough to see your feet. Beautiful, beautiful place.

    By Kim T on July 20, 2011 2:28 PM

    The best beach is Big beach in Maui. It is exciting to watch the surfers and the large waves roll in.

    By Audrey on July 20, 2011 2:30 PM

    As I am a Canadian...the only lake and beach that works for me is Clearwater Lake in Saskatchewan. Our family calls it our "Happy Place". Can't beat that!

    By Katrina Adams on July 20, 2011 2:38 PM

    Best beach is Carmel, California. This is second attempt I've made to enter so I didn't write a lot like I did the first time.

    By Lynne on July 20, 2011 2:40 PM

    I LOVE Monterey Bay, and the Best Western is the only waterfront hotel there! It is my favorite summer getaway because it is cool (I live in Las Vegas!) and not overly crowded, since there are not other hotels and residences right there. It is my opportunity to "commune with nature" and the ocean in particular. Love it!

    By Kelly on July 20, 2011 2:43 PM

    Not really a beach person -- but will never forget the heavenly beach on Phi Phi Island, Thailand.

    By nina obrecht on July 20, 2011 2:43 PM

    My favourite beach is at Sosua in Dominical Republic... if you're sneaky you can walk down a fairly steep stair case and hardly anyone ever goes there because the are lazy and its a fair hike to the bar... and you are left with this amazing, quiet beach, with pristine water and hot hot white sand :)

    By nina obrecht on July 20, 2011 2:45 PM

    My favourite beach is at Sosua in Dominical Republic... if you're sneaky you can walk down a fairly steep stair case and hardly anyone ever goes there because the are lazy and its a fair hike to the bar... and you are left with this amazing, quiet beach, with pristine water and hot hot white sand :)

    By Priscilla Nesbitt on July 20, 2011 2:46 PM

    The white sand beaches of the Bahamas!

    By Sharon L. Mistretta on July 20, 2011 2:49 PM

    Fort Lauderdale Beach....the North End in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea on the Atlantic Ocean !!! Besides being near my Grandsons, this beach has the sugar-white sand without the crowds. There are restaurants and gift shops and a pier to walk on with the bluest water you've ever seen. Palm trees sway and peacefulness abounds. Plus they close off the streets on weekends and have street parties with food an music all within walking distance from your hotel/motel. I just love it !

    By Ginny Grimshaw on July 20, 2011 2:53 PM

    I have been all over the place, but I still just love Kelowna BC!!!!

    By Monica Peckford on July 20, 2011 3:00 PM

    My favourite beach is the beach at Maude Bay near Powell River, BC. The water is clear, the bay is calm and the fish, prawns and crabs are plentiful. On a hot summer day it is fun to go tubing for hours out in the middle of the bay. A short walk around the bay will bring you to another bay where you can see the most beautiful BC scenery and coastal mountain range. I could spend every weekend at our little place at the bay just relaxing. Wintertime is also beautiful and a great time to enjoy the oysters and clams.

    By Phyllis H on July 20, 2011 3:00 PM

    One of the nicest beaches I have ever been to is Mavillette Beach in Nova Scotia.
    Beautiful sandy shore with sea grass and if you want solitude - here it is!!

    By Melissa on July 20, 2011 3:04 PM

    My favorite beach is Virginia Beach, Virginia. I have had some of my fondest and best memories formed there!

    By Donna Clarke on July 20, 2011 3:05 PM

    I have been to a few beaches like in Hawaii and Mexico but I think the best beach that I have ever been to is in Austrailia on Morton Island. My sister and I had the privilege of going to her daughters wedding there. The sand on the beach is white as white, hot and so beautiful. My neice and her husband were married on the beach and it was the nicest ceremony I have ever been to. Would love to return!!!!

    By Melissa on July 20, 2011 3:06 PM

    My favorite beach is Virginia Beach, VA. Some of my fondest memories were formed there.

    By Mitch Flanagan on July 20, 2011 3:08 PM

    Long Beach in Tofino

    By Katharina Braun on July 20, 2011 3:11 PM

    My favorite beach is on Anna Maria Island Florida,awesome for walking early in the morning so peaceful and bueatiful. You can see the Sunshine Skyway Bridge all lite up at night. Also the water is so clear. This is on the Gulf of Mexico.

    By Jan Hall on July 20, 2011 3:21 PM

    willmington beach in N,C, Nice beaches and friendly people.
    The water in warm as compared to the Pacific coast

    By Janet on July 20, 2011 3:22 PM

    Currumbin Beach on Australia's Gold Coast - beautiful, with amazing views. Also less noisy/busy than other beaches in the area.

    By James Whawell on July 20, 2011 3:29 PM

    Cannon Beach Oregon. Lovely beach for walking on and a quaint little town. Great for Winter storms.

    By Jennifer on July 20, 2011 3:30 PM

    Mission Beach, CA. Bar none! This beach has it all: surfing, dolphin watching, beach-going, sun, cool weather, coffee, night life, shopping, and more!

    By Kennedy on July 20, 2011 3:31 PM

    One of the most lovely beach that I have visited is at Brudenell, PEI. It has beautiful white sand and the further you walk along the beach from the parking area the fewer people you see. It has been many years since I have been there but I will always remember the sparkling water, long strech of empty beach an enjoying the solitude and the ocean. A very peaceful place to relax.

    By Mary Kleim on July 20, 2011 3:33 PM

    It's gotta be Long Beach on the west coast of Vancouver Island. Miles of smooth sand, lots of surfers to watch and when you get tired of that there's the Wild Pacific Trail in Ucluelet with some of the best vistas in the world.

    By Donna Wilson on July 20, 2011 3:36 PM

    My favorite beach is on Maui, we went to many beaches there and swam and snorkeled. They were all excellent.We really miss going there as we weren't able to go for holidays for 12 years, as I had to quit work. We really miss it, and would love to go again.

    By Christa Oxford on July 20, 2011 3:38 PM

    Long Beach near Tofino on Vancouver Island in British Columbia is inspirational in it's beauty and natural splendor. It makes the heart race in summer and all other seasons as well.

    By ASHASH on July 20, 2011 3:39 PM

    My favorite beach is about 90 feet past my front door. Across the street and down a bank, there is a lovely sandy beach where my family, dogs, friends and I share laughs and soak in the lake. There's no place like home.

    By Joe M on July 20, 2011 3:40 PM

    Best beach ever is Karaka Beach on Great Barrier Island in New Zealand. It is secluded on the island, very minimally used, and absolutely gorgeous

    By Matt H on July 20, 2011 3:41 PM

    Eagle Beach in Aruba...the weather is always nice, and a very "chill out" atmosphere.

    By Ralph Hatton on July 20, 2011 3:41 PM

    I believe the best summer beach is Wasaga Beach in Ontario canada. It is the longest fresh water beach in the world. and it's all fantastic sand. About 1 hour north west of Torornto Ontario, Canada. Believe me I have traveled all over north America and this has gotta be the best

    By Lynda Richard on July 20, 2011 3:46 PM

    I have been to many beaches, but the one that sticks out in my mind is relatively close to home. It's the beach at Cape Disappointment State Park in Washington State. It's located right where the Columbia River meets the Pacific. There are two lighthouses, crashing waves and miles of beach to explore. The campground has spots that are within 30 feet of the beach, where people play volleyball or even catch migrating salmon in the fall. If you walk to the mouth of the river, you can see across to Oregon. There is so much to do and explore or you can just relax in the sunshine.

    By Laurie Hackett on July 20, 2011 3:50 PM

    Nothing beats the white sandy beaches of Varadero Cuba!!!

    By Marty J on July 20, 2011 3:50 PM

    The BEST beach is Mytrle Beach, SC. Great fun for singles, party in lots of night clubs. Family fun the best. Lots of water slides for kids, shopping for mom, golfing for dad and just having fun together. Beach front water excellent to play in.

    By Joe on July 20, 2011 3:51 PM

    White sandy beaches of Panama City Beach, Florida ! First time my little boy saw the place....he could only stare in wonder.

    By Valerie Orton on July 20, 2011 3:52 PM

    My favourite beach is on the island of St. John in the US Virgin Islands. Most of the island is a national park, and Trunk Bay beach is wonderful. Half the fun is getting there from St. Thomas with a boat ride and then an open air mini-bus over the mountains to the park. This beach is a wonderful educational place for novice snorkellers. The water is crystal clear and there are plaques on the bottom with pictures and descriptions of the many tropical fish, plants and marine life. The sand on the beach is brilliant white and as fine as powdered sugar. It is a requirement of the parks department to rinse off any sand from your feet before getting back on the bus. There are enough trees and shrubs there to give a bit of shade if you wish to lie on the beach. Light refreshments are available at a beach snack bar. This beach is a great place to go for anyone who likes something a bit different.

    By Connie Sanders on July 20, 2011 3:54 PM

    My favorite beach ever was the beach at Playa Del Carmen that I was at on a Caribbean Cruise with my sister in 2005. The water was aquamarine blue and the sand pure white. I will never forget it and dream of going back there!

    By John Pineo on July 20, 2011 3:59 PM

    The Best beach in the world is Lockeport Beach which was famously featured on the old Canadian $50.00 bill.

    By Karen Taylor on July 20, 2011 4:10 PM

    My favorite beach is Treasure Island, Florida. Easy walking distance to shopping and restaurants. Within an easy drive to Tampa and St Petersburg. Next time I go will be to look for a new house!

    By Emily on July 20, 2011 4:19 PM

    Otter Rock in Oregon. Great beginning surfer spot!

    By Kelly bowen on July 20, 2011 4:21 PM

    Ft. Lauderdale for sure. Beautiful water, gorgeous people. Great nightlife all around.

    By P.T. on July 20, 2011 4:23 PM

    Noordwijk AAn Zee, Holland has a terrific wide beach, complete with pony rides along the water, wooden cabanas you can rent,and all the surf your heart desires. Terrific for families! Only a short distance from Amsterdam.

    By Don Craig on July 20, 2011 4:25 PM

    I love the beach's on the west coast of Vancouver Island. Long Beach is one that is so awesome and breathtaking.

    By Gabriel Doré on July 20, 2011 4:27 PM

    Mallorca Beach, Spain. Because the island is pretty intimate, the beach is beautiful and there are awesome deep water soloing spot near by.

    By Lesley Palacioz on July 20, 2011 4:27 PM

    Parksville on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. The memories of the only time I ever saw my mother get in the water, it is so clear and warm and you can walk out to the islands a mile away during low tide. Truely a family paradise.

    By Lanny on July 20, 2011 4:28 PM

    The best beach I have ever been on is Seven MIle Beach on Grand Cayman. I can't put into words how beautiful it is and it's expanse is like nothing I have seen before. You have to have been there to understand it's beauty being submerged in the warm water.

    By Fran on July 20, 2011 4:34 PM

    Bradenton Beach, Florida. White sand, beautiful warm water, and the sunsets are magnificant! Lots of public access to wonderful spots to watch those sunsets! When we were there in February, everyone just stopped and stared at the fading sun!

    By Cheryl V on July 20, 2011 4:35 PM

    I love Moonstone Beach in Cambria, CA. Whenever life gets to be too much to handle, I make a reservation and head on over. It's a long drive but the anticipation builds along the way and by the time I get there, I'm like a kid going to Disneyland. I love to be at Moonstone Beach from the time I wake up until late into the night. Not only have I had the amazing sun and surf all day but then I get to lay on the warm sand and watch the stars come out. It is absolutely rejuvenating.

    By Kim Allardyce on July 20, 2011 4:39 PM

    Any of the beaches of Greece. However, the black sand beach was the most outstanding. Mainly because it was so unique! Great memories of the country and the islands many years ago. The georgous Mediteranean Sea, sea life and so much more along the beaches of Greece. Truly an incredible beach, country and vacation destination. One that I would love for my husband to see someday...it's our dream! :) Awwww........

    By Wes van der Lee on July 20, 2011 4:46 PM

    The best summer beach in my humble opinion is City Beach in Sand Point Idaho. Fantastic view of the nearby mountains and a short walk to great restaurants. Life does not get better than that!

    By Deb Baldwin on July 20, 2011 4:58 PM

    Ingonish Beach, Cape Breton... hot sand, cool water and tons of waves!

    By Rick Saucedo on July 20, 2011 5:04 PM

    The best summer beach is at Coronado Island by San Diego. The Hotel Del Coronado has spectacular views of the beach, the San Diego/Coronado Bay Bridge,the Point Loma Submarine Base, the Naval Air Station North Island, and the seal island. You can walk the beach and view all of these sights. Watch out as you walk though because you may run into navy pilots as they run the beach in their navy t-shirts and shorts. Great viewing for women.

    By Peggy Hullah on July 20, 2011 5:05 PM

    Cavendish Beach, PEI! Brings back so many great childhood memories!!

    By Randi on July 20, 2011 5:08 PM

    Seal Beach, California

    By Anita Schlarb on July 20, 2011 5:11 PM

    Southern France has many gorgeous beaches, the best is located at Sanary-sur-Mer. This is a sandy beach, but you can also go surfing because the waves are fabulous.

    By Debra on July 20, 2011 5:21 PM

    Mexico Beach, FL: Absolutely beautiful!

    By Bobbie on July 20, 2011 5:36 PM

    I like English Bay in Vancouver

    By Lindsay Thompson on July 20, 2011 5:38 PM

    Have visited many great beaches over the years. Favorites would be Seaside, Oregon and La Romana Dominican Republic.

    By mike young on July 20, 2011 5:42 PM

    The best beach is VERADERO in Cuba.The sea water is warm,extremely clear and calm, suitable for young and old alike. The beach is free of rocks and shells and there is no seaweed growing in the water. Just fantastic

    By sheril dube on July 20, 2011 5:47 PM

    I luv the beaches of Oregon and my husband and I enjoy going anywhere along the coast and just walking along the beach and sitting and reading and listening to the ocean break along the shoreline. We also enjoy the beaches of Hawaii and would like to take our whole family there within the next 2 years.

    By Frank Popovich on July 20, 2011 5:54 PM

    Lands End Resort, Myrtle Beach, S.C. My wife and I have stayed here several years; never disappointed, weather always great, beach private, clean and protected. Centrally located to entertainment and restaurants. We have our beach chairs, umbrella, sunscreen, novels and cooler; what else does one need?

    By JD Murphy on July 20, 2011 6:02 PM

    Orange Beach, AL beautiful white sand and crystal clear waters!

    By J Fetzko on July 20, 2011 6:08 PM

    beautiful beach outside of Florence Oregon!! Oregon coast beaches are amazing!!!

    By Terry P. on July 20, 2011 6:09 PM

    The best beach we have ever experienced is the entire Oregon coast, but if we had to single out one beach it would have to be” Cannon Beach” Oregon USA, captivating and mysterious.

    By Stephanie Sherlock on July 20, 2011 6:17 PM

    The beaches at Destin, FL are beautiful and there is always so much to do there.

    By Bonita Woodrum on July 20, 2011 6:20 PM

    Siesta Key, Florida is my favorite beach. The sand is so white, and beauiful and while walking in this sand it never feels burning hot since the sand is derived from quartz.l. To stay across the street from it is a joy in itself. From your balcony in the early A.M. you can watch as the beach is groomed and made ready for the day and as morning progreses you can watch as the parking lot to the public beach fills with all the cars of the people coming to enjoy the day.Sitting in the pavilion of the beach it is fun to watch the youngsters playing volleyball and flying kites, or building sandcastles. I just have so many found memories of this beach- on Suday at sunset you may watch a drum circle celebrating the end of the day.Or you might make friends with a man who sets up a telescope to look at the stars. And as you lay in bed with the balcony doors open you are lulled to sleep by the sounds of the waves coming in on the beach. It is heven on earth.

    By Linda Morris on July 20, 2011 6:26 PM

    I love Barre de Potosi just outside of Zihuatanejo, Mexico. It is warm, calm and beautiful. The beach has many little restaurants with hammocks hung so you can relax after a swim, a wonderful lunch and a perfect day at the beach.

    By Kathryn Makl on July 20, 2011 6:28 PM

    Coney Island Beach in Kenora, Ontario
    It is only accessible by boat, huge sand beach, boardwalk, picnic tables, bandshell and concession specialty - waffles!

    By Margo Pollner on July 20, 2011 6:30 PM

    I vote for Cannon Beach OR.
    Beautiful place, not too hot, not over crawded, picturesque places all around Pacific NW, Tilamook, Portland, Mt Hood an so much more around to enjoy.
    Close to mountains.

    By Mae on July 20, 2011 6:42 PM

    the most B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L Beach
    Daytona Beach FL of Course

    By Donna Slatcher on July 20, 2011 6:46 PM

    North Beach on Haida Gwaii. The sunsets, sunrises are stunning. The beach goes as far as the eye can see north and south while the ocean stretches to the west. Often in all that expanse no human creature is to be seen.

    By Robert Woyna on July 20, 2011 6:47 PM

    My favourite beach is Grand Beach in Grand Marais Manitoba on lakeWinnipeg
    It has the white sand and miles of shorline. When the north winds blow,the waves are gigantic and could be surfed on . In summer the temps. reach into the 90's F and baking, tanning are a must.
    I started going to Grand Beach when I was 5 years old and that was 65 years ago. Sure miss it.

    By Meg Ervin on July 20, 2011 6:48 PM

    In Santa Barbara, CA, you can go to the big, busy beaches but I've always enjoyed going to the Goleta beach. When I was a child, my cousins lived in Goleta and I enjoyed many summers on the Goleta beach playing on the sand and in the surf. I still remember picking up Grunyon fish and squid along the shores when there was a Grunyon fish run.

    By Tanya Lyness-Valenta on July 20, 2011 6:49 PM

    Most memorable beach ever was Dunn river falls in Ochios Rios, Jamaica...What a great honeymoon and gorgeous beach...I so wanna go back...Take me away:)

    By Robin Dycus on July 20, 2011 6:55 PM

    Myrtle Beach in South Carolina is great for families across generations. They have great shows, amusement areas, tons of miniature golf, great food, and an awesome beach front. Plenty to do for anyone, any age.

    By Jennifer on July 20, 2011 6:58 PM

    I haven't been to many beaches in my life, but I went to Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic while pregnant with my first baby, and I thought I was in absolute heaven!

    By Robert Woyna on July 20, 2011 7:01 PM

    My beach is Grand Beach in Manitoba , Lake \winnipeg.
    Great white clean sand and long shoreline. When the north winds blow you can surf, wind surf and body surf on the huge waves. Tanning is the thing. It is known all over the world as the best beach ever.

    By Jan Shortall on July 20, 2011 7:04 PM

    Pismo Beach California!!!
    My daughter and I stayed there in April 2011 at the Shelter Cove Best Western.
    Absolutley breath taking, heaven on earth!!
    Vacation of a lifetime and memories forever.

    By Bill on July 20, 2011 7:09 PM

    My favourite beach is Harrison Hot Springs, BC on the shore of Harrison Lake. I love it because it is unbelievably clean with a fabulous view of snow-capped mountains and islands. The sandy beach is popular with people of all ages, and the hot springs pool is available nearby.

    By Heather McCann on July 20, 2011 7:13 PM

    Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica. Sun, sand, monkeys, coconuts

    By dave on July 20, 2011 7:17 PM

    best beach hands down along 30A hwy Florida's emerald coast! white sandy clean beaches - beach access and friendly people!

    By Kandice on July 20, 2011 7:21 PM

    My favorite beach is Clearwater beach, FL. It is the cleanest with the softest, white sandy beaches I've seen anywhere in this sunny state!

    By Brenda on July 20, 2011 7:35 PM

    The beautiful white sugar sands of Siesta Key beach in Sarasota,Florida is the most beautiful beach in the world. It is perfect for walking and the sunsets are amazing. I moved here to Sarasota 25 years ago to be able to walk on Siesta Key beach and it's never disappointed. The sand is a special quartz that doesn't get hot to walk on.

    By Hardy Matthews on July 20, 2011 7:47 PM

    The beautiful white beach at Bavaro Beach in Punta Cana, DR. I was there this may. Beautiful and clean.

    By Janelle Will on July 20, 2011 8:22 PM

    My favorite beach is Myrtle Beach! It's an almost 18 hour drive from Michigan, but it is always worth the trip! The Best Western Grand Strand Inn is one of my favorite hotels - right on the ocean! Big, comfy beds and the rocking chairs on the balcony are the perfect place to end the day! Myrtle Beach has it all - great food, some real fun shopping venues, lots of putt-putt golf, entertaining show, shaggin' at Fat Harold's, cold beer down on Peaches Corner, and 60 miles of the best oceanfront beach I've ever seen!

    By Judi Toth on July 20, 2011 8:31 PM

    Surfers Paradise in Queensland, Australia...great beach,good surf for beginners and a fun place to visit.

    By Dorothy McMullin on July 20, 2011 8:40 PM

    So many beautiful beaches, have to say Varadero Beach, Cuba.

    By christine nunes on July 20, 2011 8:46 PM

    any beach in kelowna, i love kelowna, so beautiful there!

    By Jenny Schultz on July 20, 2011 8:50 PM

    I have to say......my fav. would be Miquelon Lake Beach, AB ~ beautiful sand, clean water, park right there for the kids to enjoy and TONS of beautiful trees

    By Michael Walls on July 20, 2011 8:50 PM

    The best beach is Myrtle Beach South Carolina.....awesome sand and lots to do but yeta you can relax!!!

    By Diane Zemanovic on July 20, 2011 8:54 PM

    In our 46 years together, my husband and I have always loved going to the beach more than anything else. We grew up in NJ and loved visiting the Jersey shore. We have traveled to Florida and all of the islands in Hawaii and each one is special. We have traveled to the Dominican Republic and the Panama Canal. The beaches at Half Moon Cay were wonderful. All of the beaches provide us with beautiful memories. Living on the central coast of CA, we walk the beach year round. BUT...the best beaches are in the Cook Islands. Rarotonga and Aitutaki have clean, quiet beaches with crystal clear waters - perfect for snorkeling. These atolls make it like swimming in a fish tank. But our favorite beach was a private island off of Rarotonga. We spent the day as the only 2 people on the entire island. Our footprints were the only ones on the island. What more could a person ask for?

    By Bernard Mitchell on July 20, 2011 8:59 PM

    the Best beach for me is right here in Ontario Canada, on Lake Huron. The sunsets are the most spectacular compared to sunsets in Hawaii. The water is beautiful and one can walk out 50ft still touching the bottom with your feet. The vastness of the beach on Lake Huron stems from Grand Bend, Ontario all the way to Goderich, Ontario.

    By William A. Jaques Jr. on July 20, 2011 9:09 PM

    The beach that is on the property of the Monterey Best Western Beach Resort Inn is one of the best beaches we've got to experience. It sits on the Monterey Bay and you merely walk from your room and within 50 -60 feet you are on a beautiful clean sandy beach with a beautiful view of Monterey. There are showers to rinse yourself prior to coming back into the hotel property. It is just an awesome place!

    By Richard Cox on July 20, 2011 9:12 PM

    Our favorite beach is Poipu Beach on the south coast of Kaua'i, Hawaiian Islands. The beach is sheltered, not overrun by other vacationers, close to small towns.

    By Shirley Rick on July 20, 2011 9:13 PM

    West Bay Beach, Roatan Island, Honduras....turquoise water, amazing snorkelling right from the beach, sugar white sand and some of the nicest people anywhere....paradise!!!

    By Gladys on July 20, 2011 9:16 PM

    My favorite beach visited is Nuevo Vallarta Mexico. You can dine, do ceramic art, water exercises, swimming, parasailing. Just a great place to see and relax as well.

    By Vern Bushey on July 20, 2011 9:30 PM

    The best beach for me was the beach at Rum Point, Grand Cayman Island.
    Paradise!

    By Ray on July 20, 2011 9:38 PM

    Waikiki beach is my favourite. Classic sun, sand, surf and scenery. Weather is great anytime of the year. It is safe and you can drink the tap water, Also surrounded by lots of great things to do.

    By Lori P. on July 20, 2011 10:20 PM

    The best Beach is definately in Jamaica. That is where we were married and it is so romantic on the beach in Montego Bay. It is a lovely beach..the perfect spot for any couple to tie the knot.

    By Craig on July 20, 2011 10:34 PM

    Makena Beach (Big Beach) on the West coast
    of Maui! I love it there because it has nice fine
    sand and never seems too crowded because
    It is so big. For those who like to show a little
    more skin, Little Beach is right next door.

    By Linda Williams on July 20, 2011 10:34 PM

    My favorite beaches are Pismo Beach, CA and Avila Beach, CA. We live in the central valley of California where it gets HOT in the summer. These beaches are our lifesavers because it is always so much cooler there, and they are within 2-3 hours from us,an easy drive.

    By Jos. Woytta on July 20, 2011 11:13 PM

    Either Sleeping Bear Dunes on the shores of Lake Michigan or Whitefish Point on Lake Superior.

    By monica schultze on July 20, 2011 11:25 PM

    My favorite all time beach is Newport Beach in California. My family took a road trip to California many many years ago and it was at Newport Beach where I first put my toes into the pacific ocean and this is something that I will always remember

    By Megan on July 20, 2011 11:40 PM

    Well, there's Shelikof on Kruzof Island in SE Alaska for beach combing, camping and being on the alert for bears, the glass beach in Port Townsend, Washington, for beachcombing for glass, Makena on Maui for sunning and walking and swimming, the beaches around Sequim and Port Angeles, Washington for hunting for agates and the beach at White Sulphur Hot Springs in SE Alaska for soaking and watching the ocean.

    By CJ on July 21, 2011 1:12 AM

    My favorite beach was 'my own private beach' on the little creekside on my father's property. I grew up winding my way through pine thickets, the soft blooms of dogwood and wild azeala to get to the little creek that trickled and burbled on the western boundary of the land my father called his own. The deed might have been held in adult hands, but that little spot was my birthright, in my chiild's mind it was my kingdom. It was created just for me to create great harbors for leaf boats, wait in hiding with warpaint to ambush wayward wagoners, to try out a little civil engineering (I never could hold a candle to the Beavers who in consequent summers turned a great swath of the forest bottom into a shadowy swamp), to laze in the haze and daze of summer. I have no idea how the sand got there - whether it was a geologic afterthought, or whether the pater familias had it trucked to make the 'swimmin' hole' a little more upscale some decades before it became my own personal Sherwood Forest. I don't know, but I loved baring my feet and monkeying my toes in the sand. Lying back, reading of adventures, faraway places under sunight filtered through the sweet gum and the oak. It was but a skimpy spit of sand, but it was enough to launch flotillas and rest after a good splashing around; it was my little Riveria, my Boxen, my idyll and my delight.
    Where I played and robins lived and deer slaked their thirst, that tract of land is now a housing development, a product of greed and the swindling heart of a fifth wife. (When you have five, the ones toward the end tend to be hardened survivalists). I guess its true what they say, you can't look homeward, angel.

    By Donna C on July 21, 2011 2:50 AM

    My favorite beach this year was Cocoa Beach, Florida. A group of family and friends was there for a pre-cruise stay. We all stayed at the Best Western Cocoa Beach Hotel and Suites. We all had a wonderful time and some of us plan to go back to just Cocoa Beach for next spring break and we don't plan to take a cruise. Of course we will book the Best Western Cocoa Beach Hotel and Suites again because of it's great location and hospitality!

    By kimberly on July 21, 2011 3:22 AM

    i love old orchard beach,maine...as some call it oob. this is such a timeless place for all. i went there as a kid, now i take my kids and grandkids. there is so much to do and small enough that the kids can wander without parents and the parents can go play darts or something..and the amusement park is great. it has changed but still has a timeless beauty to it.

    By Stephen Hambly on July 21, 2011 4:08 AM

    My favorite beach is in Pancake Bay Ontario. It is nestled along the shores of Lake Superior and showcases miles of white sand, and is probably one of the best places to sit and watch the sunset set across the waters of Superior. You can walk hand and hand with your spouse for miles along the shore line taking in the fresh smell of the whispering pine trees and the waters of Lake Superior, and enjoying the peace and quite of the surroundings. The sun can also make the sand hot but with the refreshing waters just a toe step away from you lounging chair, it is a refreshing way of cooling off in the cool waters of Superior. Aaahhhh Bliss!!!!

    By wayne on July 21, 2011 4:19 AM

    best beach was at Runaway Bay in Jamaica- water is so warn and clear. White sand- gorgeous

    By Larry Hatt on July 21, 2011 4:43 AM

    Cable Head Beach in PEI, Canada. KM's of soft, brown sugar sand that squeaks when you walk on it. Few people. Awesome!

    By renee on July 21, 2011 4:44 AM

    The best beach I have ever been on is Punta Mita, Mexico, white sand for miles and great surfing, small little hippie town, very quaint! check it out

    By Larry Hatt on July 21, 2011 4:45 AM

    Hey - got the wrong beach on that last post (went to too many this summer). That should be Basin Head Beach in PEI.

    By Robin Cox on July 21, 2011 4:51 AM

    My favorite beach is Cozumel, Mexico for its beautiful white beaches and clear blue water. There are also many activities in and out of the water to ensure that everyone has a blast!

    By Ron Hanners on July 21, 2011 5:03 AM

    Sannibel Island, Floirda is great.

    By Charity on July 21, 2011 5:52 AM

    I like Myrtle Beach South Carolina

    By Dawn Wall on July 21, 2011 5:54 AM

    Orange Beach....I went there as a teenager with the family of a friend. I remember it being absolutely beautiful especially at night.

    By AD Lister on July 21, 2011 6:02 AM

    Just outside of Runaway Bay Jamaica. Cool ocean breezes, warm sun, only a few people, glassy water, clear blue skies... who could ask for anything more!

    By Diane Plourde on July 21, 2011 6:06 AM

    Sand Banks in Prince Edward County. Miles of sand and fresh water bays. Beautiful

    By Sharon Albert on July 21, 2011 6:20 AM

    We would love to go to Cable Head Beach in PEI Canada. We have only taken our first vacation this year in 34 years and stayed at Best Westerns. And simply loved it. We would love to stay in Canada. And see the best we have to offer. Thank you so much

    By C. Hurtubise on July 21, 2011 6:34 AM

    Without a doubt it would bs Four Mile Beach in Port Douglas, Australia. Beatuiful long sandy beach with peaceful breezes and the warmest ocean water I have ever experienced. Absolutely gorgeous.

    By K Robinson on July 21, 2011 6:43 AM

    Port Hood N.S. because you can have the beach to yourself.

    By G.COTE on July 21, 2011 6:46 AM

    Hi,
    I did not go to a lot of places with beach, but for me, the best I saw at this time, is the beach at Varadero Cuba because you can walk and walk and walk on a beautiful sand with '' no banking '' side to the ocean.

    By Nancy Brown on July 21, 2011 6:47 AM

    Gulf Shores AL beach is the best beach in the US. Punta Cana in the Domician Republic is the best beach in the Caribbean.

    By Julie D on July 21, 2011 6:48 AM

    Tarague Beach on island of Guam. Beautiful sandy beach surrounded with crystal clear warm waters surrounded with a reef.

    By kristin on July 21, 2011 6:53 AM

    The best beach is Santa Barbara California....waves are small so little kids can play in water safely and there is so much to do all around! Wharf, shops bikes, zoo, carousel, playground.

    By M.Johnston on July 21, 2011 6:54 AM

    By Far, Waikiki Beach in Honolulu!!! The most exciting people to watch!! The ocean is the most tranquil, calming atmosphere. the sand between your toes helps!! Swim or boogey board, watch the catamaran, or even see a whale in the distance. Great day at the beach for anyone!!

    By janie hood on July 21, 2011 6:58 AM

    Long Beach BC
    From honeymoon to children to grandchildren, Long Beach has been a favorite for water, sand, shores and so many wonderful memories. I would return in a heartbeat.

    By Bob W on July 21, 2011 6:59 AM

    Manly Beach situated in Sydney's Northern Beaches, Australia

    By BBinCT on July 21, 2011 6:59 AM

    The best has to be Siesta Key in Sarasota FL - pure white sand that has the consistency of flour, drop-dead sunsets, beautiful surroundings and plenty to do. Just a great place!

    By Judy on July 21, 2011 7:00 AM

    St. Thomas, USVI has the best beaches. The sun is great and snorkeling is wonderful.

    By Joe Vaccaro on July 21, 2011 7:02 AM

    Best Beach is Wells, Maine. Water, seals, view, refreshing and plenty of Lobster.

    By Michele Shearer on July 21, 2011 7:13 AM

    I love Sanibel Island, FL. Beautiful beaches, water, cottages. It's wonderful!

    By Stephanie Kessler on July 21, 2011 7:13 AM

    Craigville Beach, Hyannisport, MA! Beautiful, you just park and the sand is steps away, and the dogs love it too!

    By Bruce C. Hoffmann on July 21, 2011 7:14 AM

    The best beach I ever swam at was at the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Hawaii. The water was warm and clear, and you didn't have to wade out 2 miles before it got deep. The second best is Jones Beach on Long Island,NY.

    By Terry Keck on July 21, 2011 7:15 AM

    A great beach to relax by is Jalama Beach, along the Centeral California coast.
    Miles of beach and sun and darn few people.

    By val on July 21, 2011 7:15 AM

    We here in Cobourg Ontario have the best beach, just an hour east of Toronto. Play area for the kids with a water park ( free ) snack bar and plenty of sand.

    By Carrie Schafer on July 21, 2011 7:17 AM

    I love Agate beach Newport Oregon

    By Mike Alexander on July 21, 2011 7:22 AM

    China Beach, Danang, South Vietnam

    By Marquita Monarrez on July 21, 2011 7:22 AM

    I Love San Clemente Beach California. It is the most fun, peaceful and beautiful beach. The atmosphere is wonderful with the sound of the crashing waves, the Train tooting as it passes you right on the beach and of course all the wonderful cliffs to look out over all that great scenery

    By Rebecca on July 21, 2011 7:23 AM

    The most beautiful beach I have ever seen is, without a doubt, in Mexico at the Tulum ruins. The ruins sit on the edge of a cliff, overlooking the vibrant blue-green waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The view alone is enough to make you cry (I know I did). I walked down a small, steep, sandy trail to the beach and found myself in the most perfect spot I've ever seen. Surrounded on three sides by the cliff, you truly feel like you've just stepped into paradise and left the world behind. I didn't want to ever leave. And with the ruins above and behind you, there is an eerie, haunting feeling you get from thinking of all the history this spot holds.

    By Frank Glew on July 21, 2011 7:24 AM

    Hollywood Beach Fort Lauderdale Floridaiswonderful for senior citizens.

    By Paul Rousselle on July 21, 2011 7:25 AM

    The best beach i ever went : Punta Cana, I went there on my honey moon, the sand was so white, and the water so clear and blue. With the kid now, it more difficulte to take time for ourself. I will go back on one of those days...... and relaxe with a good drink..

    By Marquita Monarrez on July 21, 2011 7:25 AM

    San Clemente California. The surf, the train passing right on the beach and the wonderful cliffs to look out at it all

    By Diane on July 21, 2011 7:26 AM

    The best beach is by East Boothbay harbor in Maine. The solitude, the sound of the waves crashing over the rocks and off in the distance, the sound of a lighthouse sounding its fog horn. It is so relaxing. We can sit there, with a glass of wine, a few snacks and think that life is great.

    By Sharon Glew on July 21, 2011 7:26 AM

    Bondi beach in Sytney Australia.

    By Lisa E on July 21, 2011 7:28 AM

    Without a doubt....SIESTA KEY BEACH, Florida!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    By Traci S on July 21, 2011 7:31 AM

    I love Tunnels Beach in Kauai. One of our best days on our first ever trip to Kauai on our 25th wedding anniversary! Great day and beautiful water!

    By Nick on July 21, 2011 7:32 AM

    I would have to say the the beach at Siesta Key near Sarasota Florida is one of the best and always has great weather! the little town there is great too!

    By Andrea on July 21, 2011 7:33 AM


    Whitsunday Islands, Great Barrier Reef, Australia
    The sand is soooo white and fine, it is just amazing!!!

    By Desiree on July 21, 2011 7:33 AM

    The best for me was Coney island last summer me and boyfriend and his brother took the train there with a cooler of goodies we played catch took pictures and spent the whole day together even had my first romantic kiss sitting on the rocks looking over the water it was my best memory ever

    By Tom Verhey on July 21, 2011 7:34 AM

    My family's favorite beach is Villano beach in St. Augustine, FL. The sand is mixed with tiny sea shells, and the water is clear and beautiful. Traffic is modest, as it is mostly a "local" attended beach, and there is no cost to park just off the beach in public parking. Long stretches of sand, beatuiful views.
    We love Villano beach and recommend it to anyone visiting the St. Augustine area.

    By Melanie Zaciek on July 21, 2011 7:34 AM

    St. Pete's Beach in St. Petersburg Florida has the best beach. My family owns a time share and we have been going since 1980. Warm weather, warm waters, great snokeling and great fishing its all about making memories.

    By Kathy on July 21, 2011 7:36 AM

    The best beach we love to go to is Kaanapali beach in Maui. It is a long white sandy beach and at the end of the beach is a great snorkel spot called, Black Rock. We love to walk on the beach, go snorkeling and watch the amazing sunsets. Kaanapali is our favorite beach!

    By Linda P on July 21, 2011 7:37 AM

    Wildcat Beach at Point Reyes National Seashore... a 7 mile hike or ride to get there but beautiful beach with cliffs, sand and a waterfall.

    By Sharon on July 21, 2011 7:41 AM

    Shediac Beach, New Brunswick, Canada

    By Sylvia Terrazas on July 21, 2011 7:42 AM

    Pismo Beach in Ca. A nice family beach in central California. I believe it is the only beach in California that still allows cars to drive on the sand. My 5 year old Grandson visiting from Arkansas loved the dune buggies.

    By Sharon on July 21, 2011 7:42 AM

    The beautiful hunk of White Sand between the FloraBama line over to Panama City . We are OPEN FOR Busines so come see for your- self.

    By Karen Lersner on July 21, 2011 7:46 AM

    By far New Smyrna Beach, FL. A hometown beach that you can drive on. Park your car on the beach and there is the water. Not too crowded always a breeze, comfortable water temps. My all time favorite!

    By Esther McAlpin on July 21, 2011 7:51 AM

    Dear Staff,
    My favorite beach is Agate Beach, Oregon (Close to Newport). The Beach is about 2 blocks away and it is quiet and yet friendly. Thank you.

    By Angie on July 21, 2011 7:54 AM

    Has to be Orange Beach in Alabama. Sugar white sand, perfect temps, seafood available everywhere, no huge waves, every possible entertainment available, etc..... There's nothing like the gulf coast!!

    By Deanna on July 21, 2011 7:57 AM

    the beach in San Simeon, CA is the most amazing watching the dolphins swim by almost daily, the elephant seals on a neighboring beach, whales at times quiet and close to Hearst Castle best place in the world to spend some amazing time. My most favorite place to have some quiet peaceful time

    By dee dee on July 21, 2011 7:57 AM

    Destin, FL

    It is the most beautiful, serene place around

    By Henry Bidochka on July 21, 2011 7:59 AM

    Montego Bay, Jamaica is one our favorites. We are looking to revisit again soon.

    By Jen on July 21, 2011 8:00 AM

    As a born-and-raised Californian, I have traveled to Morro Bay my whole life and it will always my favorite place to swim, dine on excellent food, listen to live music, boogie board, and to watch the wildlife of all kinds.

    By Terrence Snyder on July 21, 2011 8:00 AM

    Nags Head, NC or anywhere near there...

    By Tami on July 21, 2011 8:01 AM

    Grand Turk! Soft white powder sand than never gets too hot to walk on and you can sink your toes into. Beautiful blue water as far as you can see, making a wonderful backdrop for photos and horseback riding on the beach.

    They also have a Margaritaville with a fresh water pool, with wave rider right on the beach so you get the best of all worlds.

    Been there on three different Carnival Cruise ships, can't wait to go back!

    By jennifer Williams on July 21, 2011 8:02 AM

    Miami beach by far! Absolutely fabulous!!!

    By diane on July 21, 2011 8:02 AM

    The best experience I have had is at Ross Lake in Haliburton, Ontario. The lake is clean and quiet. It is a peaceful experience.

    By Talya Ball on July 21, 2011 8:02 AM

    I feel orange beach Alabama has great beaches due to all the devastation that has happened in alabama to still have a place of serenity is a God send . the people are frendly always smiling they walk down the streets to store families holding hand together what a place i love it and how many people can say that a beach so close to there home is the best i've been to other beaches but the atmosphere that surround it makes it all the more special.

    By Josette Schnaufer on July 21, 2011 8:04 AM

    One of my families favorite beaches is St. Simons Island, Georgia! It's beautiful, easy to get around, has plenty of shops and restaurants all around the water. Also very friendly people who live and run the shops and restaurants on the island.

    By Brian Hall on July 21, 2011 8:04 AM

    The best beach is on Isla de Mujeres. An island of off Cancun, Mexico. The beach and water are absolutely perfect. It looks just like it came off one of the famous Corona commercials that you see on television. An absolutely beautiful spot!

    By Sharon on July 21, 2011 8:04 AM

    Cocoa Beach, Florida. Beautiful sand...fun waves...but mostly because the time we spent together with our children was magical!

    By SLily on July 21, 2011 8:05 AM

    The best place to look out over the ocean or walk by the sea is at Rockport, Mass. It is so quiet, peaceful and majestic. You can see to Main and see to Cape Cod. It is truly beautiful and I would go there to sit on the outlook by the quary any day!

    By Mike DeViney on July 21, 2011 8:06 AM

    Favorite beach is in Navarre, Fla. Great family fun, close to restaurants and cool, summer drinks.

    By Donna Johnson on July 21, 2011 8:08 AM

    Coronado Beach in Coronado, Calif. is the best beach that I can think of, it has so much white fine sand and the water is warmer and more calm then north on the Calif. coast. It is just BEAUTIFUL!!!!!

    By Rick Flow on July 21, 2011 8:10 AM

    Sullivans Island and the Charleston SC area. Great beaches, great restaurants and bars, great area. I go there on business as well and it just seems like a little vacation instead of work.

    By Gail Louque on July 21, 2011 8:10 AM

    Costa Maya - beautiful beaches, beautiful water, beautiful weather, good time with friends and free drinks. Can't get better than that.

    By Anthony on July 21, 2011 8:12 AM

    Kiawah Island, SC is AMAZING! 10 miles of pristine beach with minimal beachfront buildings and long stretches of beautiful nature to enjoy.

    By Derek R on July 21, 2011 8:12 AM

    Palm Beach along the "low-rise" hotel area of Aruba. The tropical beach has white sand and palm trees. You can walk at lease 1/4 mile off-shore and still have your head above the water line. This is a perfect family spot or romantic get away. Our family (including daughters ages 7 & 10 then), spent a beautiful November evening on this beach about 7 years ago while our cruise ship had a late call in Aruba. We enjoyed the tropical paradise until after sunset with the warm climate Aruba is known for. A nearby pier (small) rents boats/boards and sells food and cocktails to finish a perfect day in Aruba!

    By Ned on July 21, 2011 8:14 AM

    A very beautiful semi private beach in the Maine wilderness. First Debsconeag Lake, outside of Millinocket is tops. Crystal clear fresh water invites you to the numerous beaches at the tail end of the lake. A short trip down the Penobscot River, with its bark colored water from the logging days, past feeding moose along you your journey, brings you to the entrance of the lake. The small shallow entrance opens into a beautiful lake that is up to 150 feet deep. The numerous beaches are very private and offer no cell phone service or electrical connections. Bring some cold drinks, good food, and that special companion and enjoy the solitude of a beautiful Maine destination. Don't forget the fly spray and your camera.

    You did not hear of this place from me. I'll deny it.

    By ColleenK. on July 21, 2011 8:17 AM

    Best beach ever was all the beaches on Moorea, South Polynesia across from Tahiti. My favorite being Tipaniers for the snorkeling.

    By TERESA PAIVA on July 21, 2011 8:17 AM

    My favorite beach which I have visited is Costa da Caparica in Portugal. It is not very touristy but the beach stretches for miles and you can see Cascais across the river and look out onto the Atlantic ocean. Small restaurants built right on the beach accomodate those with an appetite for local delicious fare. The fish is fresh, you can watch the boats come up to the beach and the fishermen take their nets with hundreds of fish and lay them on the beach and people line up with bins to take the fish home or to their restaurants. It's a wonderful place for those who want a quiet relaxed place to just lay out and soak up the sun. The waves are also excellent for surfing and other water activities.

    By Mary on July 21, 2011 8:22 AM

    One of the best beaches: on the whitewater rivers in Idaho on the Salmon River system. White sandy beaches, few people, beautiful scenery. Gorgeous!

    By Barbara on July 21, 2011 8:22 AM

    Poipu on Kauai is the best beach for us. Warm water, great sand, easy access. In one day you can see Monk Seal, Sea Turtles, Whale and Dolphins. Not sure what else you would want in a beach.

    By Barbara on July 21, 2011 8:23 AM

    Poipu on Kauai is the best beach for us. Warm water, great sand, easy access. In one day you can see Monk Seal, Sea Turtles, Whale and Dolphins. Not sure what else you would want in a beach.

    By nina on July 21, 2011 8:23 AM

    The best beach I've ever been to is Poipu Beach on Kauai!

    By Tamara McMahon on July 21, 2011 8:25 AM

    Hands down the best beach ever will always be Walloon Lake in Petoskey, MI. OK so it's really more of a boat landing off Lake Grove Road. But it comes complete with a picnic area and a cement landing we call "the slip and slide". It even has a dock now. It starts out with some rocks but has a beautiful sandy bottom. Plus as it gets too deep too deep there is a large rock pile hand built by us local kids that still remains after 25 years. Oh how I miss those glorious days!

    By Jayme Lotspeich on July 21, 2011 8:25 AM

    Our families favorite beach is Cardiff By The Sea. Every year when our kids were little we would head down to Cardiff for a week. This is where my kids learned to surf on my husbands Dewey Weber surf board (aka "The Green Pickle"). We would travel down to Pizza Port for my son's birthday, go for donuts or breakfast burritos in the am. We loved visiting all of the adorable shops in the area. But, the best part was just sitting on the beach watching the sun set.

    By Luis on July 21, 2011 8:26 AM

    The best beach is Manuel Antonio nationa park. Clean, not commercial and very beautiful.

    By Selina on July 21, 2011 8:31 AM

    The Camargue in the south of France

    By Christy Slye on July 21, 2011 8:38 AM

    I always enjoy the beach area in Wailea, Maui, HI. The weather has always been perfect and it is serene, not over run. The water is warm enough for me to swim in!

    By Dawn Teal on July 21, 2011 8:38 AM

    The best beach is Sandbanks Provincial Park in Ontario.

    Beautiful, white sand! Just like an Ocean Beach, on an inland Lake.

    By Barb on July 21, 2011 8:39 AM

    The best beach I have seen from all over the world is the south side of Kauai. There is a state beach that offers all activities as well as being breathtakingly beautiful. The enormous sea turtles, amazing to watch, are nearby but not on the beach itself. One of the best restaurants in all of Hawaii is right at the beach and the beach is easy to reach from anywhere on the island.

    By Merry E on July 21, 2011 8:42 AM

    My favorite beach is Siesta Key Here in Sarasota, FL! I always tell people I have the opportunity to experience the #1 Beach in the Nation 365 days out of a year. Everyone shoudl come and visit our beach it's sand is so soft and the sun is so bright. The Best beach in the World!

    By Mike Kanarek on July 21, 2011 8:44 AM

    When I was in high school in Brazil, summer was in January. School was closed for the month, and my friends and I went to a small island in the bay directly across from Santos, the city where the soccer star Pele played. The island was called Guaruja. At that time it was only accessible by ferry, though there is now a bridge and much, much more traffic. On the far end of the island, away from the tourist construction and tall condos with ocean views, was a beach with a lot of mica, silicates, and other sparklies in the sand, and tropical fish that seemed faintly luminescent in moonlight. After sunset on a bright moonlit night, the beach was magical. The sand underfoot and swirling in the tidal wavelets twinkled, and the tiny fish glowed in the water. We called it Twinkletoe Beach, a unique place in this world or any other, seeming near unreal in memory.

    By Helen Craig on July 21, 2011 8:46 AM

    The best summer beach for me is the Waikki Beach on Oahu. It is so peaceful and almost like Heaven - I love looking at all the beautiful flowers and the ocean. There are so many fun things to do and lots of places to eat. I wish I could be there all time.

    By Diane Bouchard on July 21, 2011 8:47 AM

    The best beach I have seen from all over the world is the Black Sand Beach in Big Island, Hawaii.

    By Peggy L on July 21, 2011 8:49 AM

    My favorite beach is now Siesta Key off Sarasota, FL. The powdery white sand is so soft to walk on and does not even get hot. We found a condo right on the beach and could not have asked for a more relaxing vacation. The beach is great for an early morning walk and then watching spectacular sunsets in the evening. I will definitely go back!

    By Charles Lopez on July 21, 2011 8:51 AM

    I have had the great joy of visiting beaches across the globe over these past thirty years or so. Of all the beaches I have enjoyed, I would land my first choice with Savannah Beach in Savannah, Georgia. Not only is the area steep in American history, but the beach itself leads you into some of the best memories you could want to build around a beach setting. The sands are magnificent, the water is awesome, the views are nothing short of breathtaking. And the people? The people of Savannah takes you back to the days of true Southern hospitality, the likes of what you only read about, and visualize, as you watch movies such as "Gone with the Wind." Take a trip there sometime, you will not be sorry that you did.

    By Joan Wade-Keszey on July 21, 2011 8:55 AM

    Nothing beats the beauty and serenity of a beach on one of the lakes or ponds in the Adirondack Park.

    By Bobbi Renton on July 21, 2011 8:58 AM

    My favourite is Ko Olina on Oahu. Great place to sit, read, relax and snorkel. Such a peaceful place. And what can get more beautiful than the white sands of Hawaii.

    By Robyn Hornik on July 21, 2011 8:59 AM

    Being born in Florida and lived here all my life, I have had the pleasure of visiting many of the wonderful beaches the state has to offer. This year while my husband and I were on a cruise, we went to St. Maarten and hung out all day at one of their beautiful beaches and I was just amazed how blue and clear the water was and how white and clean the sand was. The entire beach was litter free, picnic tables and bar-b-q pits were plentyful, it felt like you had the entire beach to yourselves (very large beach & no over crowding at all), a lot of island trees for shade and ambience, nice clean bathroom facilities & changing rooms, and great snokeling locations!

    By Bob on July 21, 2011 9:00 AM

    The beach at Napili Bay on the island of Maui. Great snorkeling, swimming, and basking in the sun/moon light.

    By Jim Broyles on July 21, 2011 9:01 AM

    Gulf Shores, Alabama, for its wonderful white sand and beautiful water, plus I always have Jimmy Buffett performing in my head when I think of Gulf Shores.

    By Sherry Carlisle on July 21, 2011 9:02 AM

    I have visited some beaches local and out of the state/country. I think I would have to say one of our beaches here in California. Cayucos would be my choice. It is a very quiet nice beach in a small community. Just to walk on the beach or in the small town is great. It is close by other beaches on the central coast.

    By Geno on July 21, 2011 9:05 AM

    I love pismo beach! It reminds me of my youth!

    By Stephen on July 21, 2011 9:05 AM

    Taba, Egypt is my favorite beach. It's incredibly peaceful and beautiful.
    It has a stunning view of the Red Sea at the point where four countries meet: Egypt, Israel, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia.

    By rebekka on July 21, 2011 9:10 AM

    I live on Lake Michigan, and haven't been to many good beaches. I would have to say in the limited places I have vacationed, the best beach would have to be in Key West Flordia!! What more can I say, great weather and great water on the southern most tip of the contental United States!! Definatly a great place to vacation!!

    By Gail on July 21, 2011 9:12 AM

    Years ago before we had our first child my husband and I decided to go all out on a vacation. We chose the Virgin Islands. The prettiest, most pristine beach I experienced on that trip was the beach on Buck Island across from St. Croix. It is so small it isn't even inhabited but around Buck Island is an underground national park which is beautiful for snorkeling. We've traveled a bit since then and had wonderful beach vacations with our daughters in Destin, Florida which is my favorite family beach spot. But for a romantic and almost surreal experience, I would recommend the beautiful sand and clear water of Buck Island.

    By Kate on July 21, 2011 9:15 AM

    Our very favorite beach is Jekyll Island, Georgia. Our first trip there was an experience of watching baby sea turtles hatch. That, along with beautiful pale sand and blue water, made for a perfect vacation. Our next trip was quite different, but every bit as lovely. It was the same time of year, but the weather was stormy and wet. Our beautiful beach was still there and we were able to watch the digging up of a turtle nest to count unhatched eggs. It is just a magical, quiet island of hospitality and peacefulness.

    By Sue on July 21, 2011 9:21 AM

    My all time favorite beach is Short Sands in York Beach Maine. The water is very cold but the atmosphere and quaintness makes it so enjoyable. The water is so clear and its is a family fun beach. Old fashion Fun O Rama and bowling on the beach as well as world famous Goldenrod restaurants and salt water taffy.
    Everyone should visit York beach Maine at least once. While ther make sure you visit Nubble Light at Sohier Park. Have lunch at Fox's Lobster or enjoy an icecream at Browns Ice Cream Shop.
    Nubble Light is one of the most photographed lighthouses in the US.
    Make sure you visit, you won;t be disappointed.

    By Patty on July 21, 2011 9:21 AM

    The best beach ever is Zuma Beach!!

    By Colin McCann on July 21, 2011 9:22 AM

    Maho Beach in St. Maarten has got to be my favourite beach. Nice, warm water along with airplanes swooping low over our heads all day long. Perfect!

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    By Jeff on July 21, 2011 9:31 AM

    Anna Maria Island. No HIGHrises. The water is beautiful, the sand is excellent and it's a very relaxing and laid back area. It was so nice, in fact, my wife and I got married there and are going to begin looking for someplace to retire in the area even though retirement is a ways off. I almost hate mentioning the area because I'm not sure I want others to discover it, even though everyone should enjoy the peacefulness at least once, so this is my "do a nice thing for someone" thing. If you are reading this.....GO to the Island. You can thank me later

    By Cynthia Faulkner on July 21, 2011 9:34 AM

    I think Winnipeg Beach is great for families. There is a ton of green space along the sandy beach with shade for those who prefer it. It is a quaint little town that offers super hospitality to all travellers.

    By George Balzer on July 21, 2011 9:35 AM

    The Bahamas! Especially Freeport, Grand Bahama because it is fairly easy to get to. The beaches just east of Lucaya, Freeport enjoy crystal clear waters with horizontal visability of 200 ft. and the temperatures are perfect. There is a great variety of colorful fish and with a local dive club you can experience even more such as feeding Grouper, Red Snapper, etc. The clean white sandy beaches stretch for miles and you can hardly tell where the waters end and the white sandy beaches begin. Spring and Fall are great times to experience all this.

    By Diane on July 21, 2011 9:35 AM

    Miracle Beach Vancouver Island. Lots of great beach parties there when I was a teen. Sand, rocks, drift wood, all kinds of sea life, camping, bar-b-que and swimming all available at this beach....tres fun!!

    By Stefanie Gibson on July 21, 2011 9:36 AM

    I prefer Astoria, Oregon... The area is so eclectic, and seems to always stay the same! Love it!

    By Annette on July 21, 2011 9:37 AM

    The best beach by far is Grand Anse in Grenada. I lived there for a year for school. The water is warm, calm and crystal blue. The sand on the beach is amazing. The beach is long and clean, ideal for long walks. There are a couple of watering holes along the beach, perfect for a cool refreshment or a snack and the vibe is chillin'!

    By Jill on July 21, 2011 9:41 AM

    The Ka'anapali Beach in Maui...so beautiful and romatic!

    By Bobbee Hig on July 21, 2011 9:41 AM

    Shi Shi Beach on the Olympic Peninsula is the most pristine and beautiful beach I have ever seen. It is a 2 to 3 mile hike after going through the Macaw Indian Reservation, and it is 3 miles of seldom visited, beautiful, sandy beach at the north end of the Point of the Arches. It is worth the effort to get there.

    By Liz on July 21, 2011 9:43 AM

    Jervis Bay, New South Wales Australia. Beautiful white sand, deserted and with a wonderful view of Point Perpendicular!!

    By Esther Willms on July 21, 2011 9:44 AM

    My favourite beach is at Waterton Lakes in southern Alberta. So many wonderful family memories originate there. As soon as we get close to the park, my soul and my heart find peace and comfort. I lose myself in the majesty of the forests and the mountains and in the seeming endlessness of the crystal clear COLD water. It is my little piece of heaven on earth.

    By Vickie on July 21, 2011 9:46 AM

    We love Virginia Beach, VA. There is so much FREE entertainment on the streets during the summer and their boardwalk is just fabulous. We stay at the BW there and in the same suite EVERY summer for a week. LOVE it, just love it!

    By Tracy on July 21, 2011 9:48 AM

    The white sandy beaches in Puerta Vallarta, Mexicol. They are very clean and not crowded. The weather there is pleasant and the water temperature is comfortable most of the time.

    By Alisha on July 21, 2011 9:52 AM

    Heceta Beach, Florence Oregon
    Love this beach. It is close to home and we can visit often rain or shine!

    By Kelly W on July 21, 2011 9:56 AM

    Laguna Beach, Laguna Ca white sand beaches and beautiful ocean

    By Christopher on July 21, 2011 9:57 AM

    San Destin, FL. Beautiful sandy beaches and clear water.

    By Sara on July 21, 2011 10:01 AM

    Wasaga Beach, Ontario, Canada.
    Best place for kids who are not great swimmers. Great place for parents' peace of mind. The shallow water, and the beach that go on forever are great incentives for a perfect summer day

    By sherry on July 21, 2011 10:04 AM

    The sandy white beaches and clear blue-green waters at Destin, FL are absolutely gorgeous... not to mention all the fabulous restaurants, quant shops, fishing and dolphin cruise excursions, jet ski rentals and tons of other activities available to do so that the whole family can kick back and have a great time.

    By Bruce on July 21, 2011 10:06 AM

    Trunk Bay, St, Johns in the US Virgin Islands. Absolutely beautiful, pristine and with an underwater snorkel trail that is absolutely gorgeous and suitable for anyone. Ferry or excursion from St. Thomas to St. John runs regularly and you can enjoy the beach all year round.

    By Djurdjica on July 21, 2011 10:19 AM

    Tough call - San Diego or Huntington Beach for surfing, Maui or Caribbean for snorkeling.
    But, my vote goes to 7-mile beach on Grant Cayman

    By Jan on July 21, 2011 10:23 AM

    My pick for the best beach is Rockaway Beach in Pacifica, CA. The ocean waves are huge there, the hillside scenery gorgeous, there's a great walking path nearby, plenty of restaurants and shops and a great hotel, the Best Western Lighthouse Hotel, the only hotel on the beach near San Francisco! You can't beat the combination at Rockaway Beach for back to nature enjoyment and comfort away from home.

    By Brenda on July 21, 2011 10:29 AM

    My favorite beach is Victoria Beach in Cobourg, Ontario. The water is cold, the kids loved the waves!

    By John Lesselyong on July 21, 2011 10:29 AM

    Destin beach in the sandy shores of Florida. Beautiful clean beaches & lots shopping & entertainment & close to Panama City, Fl.

    By Diane500 on July 21, 2011 10:39 AM

    My favorite beach is Mirarmir Beach in Destin, Florida. The colors of the water and beautiful white sand will make you smile all day.

    By George Meek on July 21, 2011 10:41 AM

    I have two favorite beaches. The first I discovered many years ago.The beaches of New Zealand are incredible spreading for miles and miles...My most visited beach (39 times and counting) is Varadero Beach in Cuba..awesome! Likewise the beaches in Cuba are beautiful..

    By sonja beierle on July 21, 2011 10:43 AM


    Kamaole Beach # 3 on the Hawaiian Island of Maui. It is a beautiful beach with an attached grassy park. It has beautiful sandy bottom and the water is warm.It is a safe beach with a lifeguard and yet it has nice waves to body surf which love to do. It is also lovely to look at.

    By Carol on July 21, 2011 10:48 AM

    We had the most fantastic time in St. Pete's Beach, FL. The sand was so soft and white, the water so warm and shallow that you could wade out forever and keep your head easily above water. You can walk down the beach and find anything you could need or want. . . I really need to get back there. . .

    By richard beshear on July 21, 2011 10:50 AM

    hunting beach,california is the BEST in the west ....

    By Toomas Ruberg on July 21, 2011 10:54 AM

    Long Beach in the Pacific Rim National Park is my Favorite.
    It is uncrowded and the surf is terrific.

    By katherine m on July 21, 2011 11:05 AM

    Panama City Beach, FL is the best!!!

    By Dorothy Pachefsky on July 21, 2011 11:08 AM

    The best beach in Florida is in Sarasota. It is Siesta Key. The sand is like flour.
    It is not hot to walk on and the water is gorgeous. I try and visit there at least once a year.

    By Debbie H on July 21, 2011 11:14 AM

    My favorite beach is Virginia Beach, I love the laid back style, I love the sun coming down over the ocean and I love the memories. I grew up in Virginia beach, can still feel the heat on my feet as I ran across the hot sand to the cool water, can still see my dad, no longer with us, throwing us over his shoulder into the water, and being finally a strong enough swimmer to make it to the sand bar. Great place, great memories, coming home every time.

    By ruby on July 21, 2011 11:15 AM

    The best summer beach is along Vancouver's seawall at English Bay. An amazingly beautiful setting with great restaurants nearby so you can do takeout and sit down and enjoy the beach and people-watching! And don't forget setting up a great spot to watch the annual fireworks show!

    By TERRY ALLEN on July 21, 2011 11:17 AM

    COCOA BEACH IS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BEACH IN THE WORLD.

    By SARA PAIVA on July 21, 2011 11:25 AM

    The best beach I have been to is Second Beach, Forks, Washington. My sister and I went during low tide and were able to walk out on the beach after a lovely hike through the woods. We were greeted by these tall pillars of land just sitting on the beach or out in the ocean. Every rock and layer of earth up to eye level is covered in oysters, clams, muscles and star fish. Tidal pools are visible all over the beach, while massive logs line the coast having washed up. It's so quiet and peaceful out there and perfect for families, friends, and couples.

    By RB on July 21, 2011 11:25 AM

    The best beaches are the beaches in Terrace, BC .. quiet untouched natural beauty. How can you beat that?

    By Linda Donohue on July 21, 2011 11:28 AM

    Mission Beach SanDiego California. Boardwalk great for walking on, beach volleyball. even surfing the waves. Beach is kept immaculately clear of debris. Great Best Western right on the Beach. restaurants within walkin g distance. Everything one could wish for right at your fingertips. Just relax and enjoy Next spring will be our 4th trip to this paradise.

    By Rebecca Hauschildt on July 21, 2011 11:30 AM

    The best beach is Nagshead Beach, North Carolina in the winter. The peace cannot be beaten anywhere in the world.

    By Talex on July 21, 2011 11:32 AM

    Pasadena Beach in NL is a great beach, people flock there all summer to take advantage of the clean sand and beautiful vista.

    By martha olsen on July 21, 2011 11:37 AM

    I love Myrtle Beach. You are never closer to God than to be on the beach during the early morning or late evening with the wet sand under your feet and the sound of the waves bringing music to your ears. The vivid colors of the sky are a picture to be captured by our soul.

    By Erica on July 21, 2011 11:41 AM

    Myrtle Beach, SC is absolutely beautiful!

    By Tracy Kruser on July 21, 2011 11:48 AM

    The best beach is Seaside, CA!

    By Bob on July 21, 2011 11:51 AM

    Kaanapali Beach on the Kahana side of Black Rock is wonderful. The sand does not get scorching hot, the water is warm, and deep within 15 feet of the shore, and very swim-able, and you are close enough - right on the other side of Black Rock - to some of the best restaurants, hotels and bars on Maui.

    By Susan on July 21, 2011 11:52 AM

    I have visited so many beautiful beaches but by far the nicest is Pensacola Beach in Pensacola , Florida.

    By ED SCHROEDER on July 21, 2011 11:52 AM

    BEST BEACH IN THE WORLD IS GRAND BEACH in MANITOBA. BEST SAND, BEST WATER, BEST DEPTH OF WATER FOR ANYONE TO PLAY IN AND HAVE FUN.

    By Sherry Hokanson on July 21, 2011 11:55 AM

    I enjoy memories of Newport Beach in California, as we always visited every summer while visiting my grandparents in Garden Grove. Collecting Sea Shells, building sand castles, playing on the Jetty and the pier with a restaurant on it. Great Memories!

    By THERESA on July 21, 2011 11:56 AM

    GRAND BEACH. The name says it all and once you go visit the beach you will know why.

    By taue on July 21, 2011 11:59 AM

    The Miami beaches! North Beach is gorgeous and quiet and South Beach has the best people watching in the world! People from all over the world are there-- I once was serenaded by Brazilian guitarists and a bagpipe player-- all at the same time!

    By Mary Lyman on July 21, 2011 12:01 PM

    The nicest beach with white sand that I have seen is in Varadero, Cuba. Looking forward to checking out another one of their resorts in the fall.

    By Donna Wilson on July 21, 2011 12:02 PM

    The beach at Normandy, France. I would love to experience that history again!

    By Jennifer Pierce on July 21, 2011 12:03 PM

    My love for Bolinas Beach began when I was a mere child. My parents used to take me there and i learned to identify sealife and enjoy nature at an early age. One of the things I like most about Bolinas, north of San Francisco is that it is little known and hard to find. While the people tend to be recluses in that town, the fact that it is a sealife preserve insures that you will find an abundance of sealife to watch. When it is lowtide, you can watch and look into tidepools. I love to watch the tiny hermit crabs scatter about, along with the abundance of limpits, snails, sea anenomies, urchins etc. I love to feel the fresh sea air on my face and listen to the quiet of nature at work. It is always enjoyable to visit there, and I go many times a year. We should really appreciate nature to the fullest and preserve all of the ocean in this manner.

    By Jennifer Pierce on July 21, 2011 12:08 PM

    My love for Bolinas Beach began when I was a mere child. My parents used to take me there and i learned to identify sealife and enjoy nature at an early age. One of the things I like most about Bolinas, north of San Francisco is that it is little known and hard to find. While the people tend to be recluses in that town, the fact that it is a sealife preserve insures that you will find an abundance of sealife to watch. When it is lowtide, you can watch and look into tidepools. I love to watch the tiny hermit crabs scatter about, along with the abundance of limpits, snails, sea anenomies, urchins etc. I love to feel the fresh sea air on my face and listen to the quiet of nature at work. It is always enjoyable to visit there, and I go many times a year. We should really appreciate nature to the fullest and preserve all of the ocean in this manner.

    By Mary Heidt on July 21, 2011 12:10 PM

    By far the best beach Ive been on is Negril Jamaica's 7 mile beach in Negril. Gorgeous.

    By Jennifer Pierce on July 21, 2011 12:12 PM

    My love for Bolinas Beach began when I was a mere child. My parents used to take me there and i learned to identify sealife and enjoy nature at an early age. One of the things I like most about Bolinas, north of San Francisco is that it is little known and hard to find. While the people tend to be recluses in that town, the fact that it is a sealife preserve insures that you will find an abundance of sealife to watch. When it is lowtide, you can watch and look into tidepools. I love to watch the tiny hermit crabs scatter about, along with the abundance of limpits, snails, sea anenomies, urchins etc. I love to feel the fresh sea air on my face and listen to the quiet of nature at work. It is always enjoyable to visit there, and I go many times a year. We should really appreciate nature to the fullest and preserve all of the ocean in this manner.

    By dalena99 on July 21, 2011 12:17 PM

    I love the beaches in Maui!!!!

    By Betty Seacord on July 21, 2011 12:17 PM

    No. 1 beach in the World, WAIKIKI

    No place like it. Transportation by foot or "The Bus",
    try it, you cannot help but Like and Love it.

    By JoAnne Wavra on July 21, 2011 12:22 PM

    Lincoln City, OR. Have been going there since I was a small child. Love the sandy beaches, fresh sea air & beautiful sunsets. And, of course, fresh local seafood.

    By Kris C on July 21, 2011 12:34 PM

    The best beach i have been to is Gravel Lake, Saskatchewan, lots of smooth sand great for sandcastle building.

    By Martha P on July 21, 2011 12:38 PM

    What we refer to as Ladybug Beach near Yachats, OR. It was covered in migrating ladybugs one March. It is breathtakingly beautiful by itself--pristine and wild--but add the ladybugs, and it was magical!

    By Janice Laube on July 21, 2011 12:46 PM

    We absolutely are in love with Siesta Key in Sarasota, FL. Beautiful white sand that never gets hot. After playing on the beach, just a hop away from some of the best local eateries and bars around.

    By NJ Brown on July 21, 2011 12:53 PM

    Newport, Oregon Beach.............especially in the summer...............so pristine, scenic and finally warmly enjoyed by us Oregonians!

    By Janica Ramirez on July 21, 2011 1:00 PM

    I have been to Cuba linda (beautiful) 5 times now, and have loved it EVERY time. The beach in Varadero is white, fine sand, and the waters are every shade of blue and green you can think of. The fact that there is very little American influence in Cuba, makes it seem like you have stepped back in time. People riding bicycles and carts pulled by horses. I love all of Cuba, but the beaches are especially nice in Varadero.

    By teri williams on July 21, 2011 1:03 PM

    myrtle beach- lots to do and the beach is awesome

    By Sallie Leibhart on July 21, 2011 1:07 PM

    Pacific Beach in San Diego, California is the best.

    By Ricki Vardy on July 21, 2011 1:12 PM

    I would never be able to pick a favorite beach. Each beach I have been to has had its own unique characteristics. The best beaches are always on the ocean. I love to watch the waves, smell the air, hear the sounds. Its all so relaxing

    By Kim on July 21, 2011 1:17 PM

    I have been to beaches all over the world. My personal favorite is Nags Head, NC. I enjoy it's white sand and it's lack of commercialization. I love to walk on hard sand and have walked for miles in North Carolina.

    By Postcards From Deb & Diane on July 21, 2011 1:21 PM

    Hampton Beach, New Hampshire! Ran across it by accident a few years back. Never have seen anything like it again anywhere. Sunrise over the water and the beautiful clean sand is worth waking up early for. The town is like stepping back in time to the 1940's. Its a perfect total experience. Try it in September during the annual seafood festival!

    By chris dixon on July 21, 2011 1:32 PM

    my fave beach ever is south padre island texas because we can take the whole family with us and the beaches are beautiful and the water is clear and great and we got to see baby sea turtles released into the ocean!!!

    By Jessie Rende on July 21, 2011 1:38 PM

    Tybee Island is the best of both worlds: quiet small town beach and a fantastic, historical city just a short drive away. I have so many great memories with my family there. Definitely my favorite!

    By Nancy Fugleberg on July 21, 2011 1:44 PM

    The best beach HAS to be Capistrano Beach, CA. I grew up going to that beach and have had the privilege to take my children there too. It's the best beach because it's given us so many great memories!

    By Kurt Knowles on July 21, 2011 2:02 PM

    I vote for Herring Cove Beach at the end of Cape Cod. I was just there 2 days ago and it's the best ocean swimming I can remember.

    By Carla Roper on July 21, 2011 2:11 PM

    Sandbanks, in Prince Edwared County...love this beach since I was a kid..

    By Terry on July 21, 2011 2:16 PM

    Antigua....the best beaches in the world.

    By Candace Thompson on July 21, 2011 2:16 PM

    The beach in Sayulita, Nayarit, Mexico is by far the most all-around rewarding beach experience ever --- first thing in the morning, you can have breakfast at one of the beachside cafes and view the peaceful Pacific blue water; or, throughout the day as the surf builds, you can boogie board, swim, surf, parasail, or go fishing with one of the Capitans offshore for Dorado, Pez Vela, or Roosters!

    By Rein Koor on July 21, 2011 2:17 PM

    Seven Mile beach on Grand Cayman. Right in front of best western

    By Tony Cooke on July 21, 2011 2:19 PM

    Destin Florida
    The sand is white
    The water is emerald green, We love it

    By Theresa Smith on July 21, 2011 2:23 PM

    Kailua Beach on O'ahu!!! THE BEST!!

    By William Mills on July 21, 2011 2:25 PM

    Wasaga Beach, Ontario, Canada

    By Atul Bhatnagar on July 21, 2011 2:30 PM

    Best beach : Pattaya Thailand and the beach at Andamans in India
    At Pattaya the water is different shades of blue starting from light blue to turquoise , acquamarine , azure blue and you can walk upto almost a kilometre into the sea and still be able to watch your toes wriggling in the sand!
    Andamans got to be the most undisturbed .....You can walk in and if you stand still for sure you will see a school of fishes near you

    By Erin Stauffer on July 21, 2011 2:33 PM

    It's not the prettiest beach by any means, but Galveston Beach- the west end, is the best place to make memories. My family has had a beach house there since 1960 and it's awesome, the air, the friends and the relaxation.

    By Devena on July 21, 2011 2:39 PM

    Oh, with out a doubt..it has to be beer can alley....near coquina beach in Florida! The most beautiful water...the whitest of beach sand I have ever seen. The beauty of the beach, the gulf, and the trees that fell over due to the horrible hurricanes a couple of years ago. That devastation is masked due to the thousands of sea shells that people have put on the roots of the trees...making it the most beautiful, memorable beach that I have Ever been to.

    Kind Regards,
    Devena

    By Ted on July 21, 2011 2:51 PM

    Best Beach in Canada!

    Of all the beaches I have visited, I liked Naikoon Provincial Park (used to be called Queen Charlotte Islands but now Haida Gwaii). These extensive beaches face Hecate Strait on the British Columbia west coast. There are good agate pebbles to be found. Hiking is great and the remoteness is quite peaceful. The East Beach Trail is quite popular with hikers and goes for several kilometers at the base of cliffs eroded in old glacial deposits.

    Greetings,
    Ted

    By JudyB on July 21, 2011 2:51 PM

    The beaches in Maui, Hawaii are the prettiest we've ever seen. Sit back and relax, and enjoy life as you watch the waves gently splashing upon the beach with the palm trees waving in the breeze. Best Western Pioneer Inn is located in Lahaina, Maui....how much better can life get!!! We celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary in Maui last year.

    By Tom Keilman on July 21, 2011 3:14 PM

    Myrtle Beach SC.. beautiful people.. beautiful golf.. just a really nice place to visit and relax. Best Western Carolinan Beach Resort is fabulous!

    By Shirene on July 21, 2011 3:15 PM

    The best beaches are in Destin, Florida. The beach was beautiful and clean...and clean matters.....Not to mention the food was wonderful and the shopping was fantastic....

    By donna thomas on July 21, 2011 3:31 PM

    Key West!! those the beach is small and man made, key west is such a beautiful place. when the sun goes down, there is a festival every night. it's like being in a totally diffrent country.

    By Steve on July 21, 2011 3:37 PM

    St.Augustine, FL is my personal favorite.

    By j. schuster on July 21, 2011 3:43 PM

    My family's favorite summer beach is our manmade beach on the James River in North Dakota. My mother and father-in-law have a garden next to ours right along the river in our small town of 500. We had gravel, dirt and sand hauled in after cleaning up the shoreline to make a beach for our 4 kids and the other family children. They fish, swim and scavenge for river treasures after working in the garden tending to the vegetables. There almost isn't a day that goes by that they don't ask to go to the "river garden" so that they can work and play at the river. It is so peaceful and beautiful. Every July 4th we bring down our grills and have a big evening picnic then watch the fireworks at dusk. This is the beach our family enjoys the most!!

    By Eileen on July 21, 2011 3:45 PM

    Atlantic City, NJ. Best surf and sand, greatest LifeGuards, miles of Boardwalk, with every kind of food you could imagine, all kinds of rides, casino's if it gets too hot and
    the original salt water taffy.

    By Eileen on July 21, 2011 3:48 PM

    Atlantic City, NJ. Best surf and sand, greatest LifeGuards, miles of Boardwalk, with every kind of food you could imagine, all kinds of rides, casino's if it gets too hot and
    the original salt water taffy.

    By sheryl hannah on July 21, 2011 3:50 PM

    Waikiki Beach as the sun is going down, you are laying in the cool water as the sun is setting on the sea, it is a sight to behold. I stayed there 7 days and went everyday at Sunset just to see the reflections against the ocean and sit on the cool sand, watch the dolphins go by and the turtle pop their heads up. What a sight to see. If you have never been to Hawaii, go now, don't wait. You will not regret one moment of your trip.

    By eileen on July 21, 2011 3:50 PM

    Atlantic City, NJ. Best surf and sand, greatest LifeGuards, miles of Boardwalk, with every kind of food you could imagine, all kinds of rides, casino's if it gets too hot and
    the original salt water taffy.

    By Harold Haugen on July 21, 2011 3:52 PM

    Hardisty Lake, Alberta is the best beach because my family has been going there for generations. It is close and the beach has nice sand.

    By Mark Stucker on July 21, 2011 3:53 PM

    The best beach in ca. is the strand on Coranado Island right in front of the Hotel Del Coranado! White sand, great waves, cool drinks!

    By sheryl hannah on July 21, 2011 3:54 PM

    Waikiki Beach at sunset. Watching the sun go down and the reflections on the ocean, is the most beautful sight while you are laying in the cool ocean or sitting on the beach. If you haven't been to Hawaii, Go, i regret going later in life and not when i was younger. I will go again as many time as i can.

    By Eugene (Gene) Moore on July 21, 2011 3:55 PM

    The best beach has to be MYRTLE BEACH, SC!!!

    By Teresa DItta on July 21, 2011 4:07 PM

    The best beach I've ever been to is Aloha state park in Cheboygan Michigan it has crystal clear water, volleyball, playground, party store, ice cream shop and grills all right their with a huge lawn. It is so relaxing and beautiful its on Mullet Lake. Anyone will love this beach.

    By Mary L on July 21, 2011 4:08 PM

    I love the Myrtle Beach area. We stayed at the Best Western when we were in Myrtle Beach and they had the softest towels I have ever felt in my life. I even wrote down the name brand so I could look for them I loved them so much and of course now I can't find it. I love Myrtle Beach!

    By BARBARA on July 21, 2011 4:53 PM

    Best beach is Ocean Beach in New London,CT. Soft white sand, food vendors, mile boardwalk, mini golf, rides, good parking, easy access to the city when finished at the beach.

    By Vicky A Jackson on July 21, 2011 5:12 PM

    Orange Beach, AL: beautiful beach, family friendly, quiet, nice for small kids, & close to our home! Don't have to travel far to get there! Plenty to do, plenty places to eat & very nice places to stay! Very friendly local folks too!

    By Carmen on July 21, 2011 5:12 PM

    I'm not sure it qualifies but the Radium Hot Springs is my favorite summer (and year round) place.......soaking in the hot springs and when you look up al you see are mountains - beautiful and relaxing!

    By Stacey on July 21, 2011 5:18 PM

    Island Beach State Park, NJ you can drive right on the beach, camp out overnight, have a bon fire, bring your dog and just relax and have a great time.

    By kevin on July 21, 2011 5:28 PM

    If I had to pick, it would be without a doubt Waikiki Beach on the beautiful shores of Hawaii, I can feel the water as I relax and take in the beautiful scenery, Aloha!!

    By Catherine L. Cummins on July 21, 2011 5:29 PM

    My parents gave both me and then my children great memories at Myrtle Beach, SC. Great place for a family vacation, even if it rains.

    By nikki robak on July 21, 2011 5:38 PM

    The best beach is Rattlesnake beach near Medicine Hat, Alberta. I just have so many great memories from that beach from when I was a kid. We used to go with my mom and a van full of friends it was great. It was a great place to go and walk and I'll never forget it.

    By SM on July 21, 2011 5:42 PM

    My favorite beach is in Monterey, California. I like the cool weather, and the smell of the air. The food in the area is wonderful, and the people at the Best Western Beach Resort make sure that your stay is perfect.

    By CE on July 21, 2011 5:53 PM

    My favorite beach is Carlsbad, California. It's got a small town feel, is easy to get to, and holds many great memories for me. I've stayed at the Best Western there several times and love it!!!

    By carrie on July 21, 2011 5:59 PM

    I love the beach in Watermill, NY, on the South Fork. Soft, white sand, beautiful birds, fun to watch the stars at night.

    By Karen on July 21, 2011 6:09 PM

    I love all the beaches along the coast of California. One of my favorites is Venice Beach - it's so big, lots of white sand, great waves, and lots of interesting people!

    By Stan Tsukamoto on July 21, 2011 6:16 PM

    HANALEI BAY - KAUAI We vacation in Hawaii twice a year and made it a point to visit the beach after it was voted #1 by the Travel Channel. It is by far and away the most beautiful beach of the 4 major islands.

    By cindy wentz hanson on July 21, 2011 6:29 PM

    Glass Beach, Fort Bragg, Ca

    By Joel Unruh on July 21, 2011 6:35 PM

    Morro Bay Ca. it the tops!

    By S Rood on July 21, 2011 6:42 PM

    Half Moon Bay, San Francisco, CA

    By Teri Allen on July 21, 2011 7:06 PM

    We have travelled extensively in the Caribbean, and the BEST beach hands-down is at Providenciales in the Turks & Caicos islands. The diving is good, too - we not only saw sharks on every dive, but a small nurse shark swam right up on the beach. It was amazing!

    By kat on July 21, 2011 7:11 PM

    i don't know the name, but there is a beach in PEI that is incredible! the whitest, softest sand i've ever seen

    By B Stickles on July 21, 2011 7:17 PM

    My favorite beach is Cowell's Beach in Santa Cruz. Fantastic waves
    for long board surfing, impressive roller coaster & Beach Boardwalk nearby.
    Take West Cliff Drive to see the coastline.

    By Rossana on July 21, 2011 7:21 PM

    The best beach is in Cuba off the Hotel Guardalavaca BECAUSE that is where my husband proposed to me. And it is truly a beautiful beach.

    By Steve on July 21, 2011 7:25 PM

    Koh Phi Phi Thailand.
    You want to know why this beach is the best?
    A picture is worth a thousand words: go to
    http://www.trekearth.com/gallery/Asia/Thailand/South/Krabi/Krabi/photo117068.htm

    By Lynsue on July 21, 2011 7:39 PM

    I love Coki Beach on St. Thomas. The fish come right to you if you have a little bread. No need for goggles & snorkel. It's amazing.

    By Ashley on July 21, 2011 7:47 PM

    I would have to say the best place I have been so far would be Shackleford Island. It is in North Carolina near The Outer Banks. It has a calm side for the younger kids and a rough side for the more experienced. It also has wild horses on the island to see and take some pictures of. It is a 5 mile long island and 3 miles wide so there is plenty of room for peace and quite unlike the public beaches. All and all it was a great experience and the family had a great time.

    By Tina Glenn on July 21, 2011 7:49 PM

    The best beach is located in South Padre Island because you receive the best of both U.S. culture and Mexico culture without leaving the states.

    By Cindy Lynn on July 21, 2011 7:58 PM

    Waikiki Beach on Oahu would be my favorite ...sand, scenery, ocean ...did I say WARM ;) ... yes ... it has been yrs since there .. but a person can dream!

    By Paul Naber on July 21, 2011 8:02 PM

    Kuaii, HI and the beach at Kapaa. It is friendly, quiet, beautiful, and all beaches on the Islands are open to the public. It's the best! Only a trifle better would be Molokai and the beach at Palaau State Park, only because it is more private!

    By Leslie Dickson on July 21, 2011 8:13 PM

    I love to go to Seaside, OR. That is also my mom's favorite place too. My parents used to go there a lot before my dad's passing. So we frequent there quite often. They have a lot for the whole family to do. We also have a camping resort in the area too. But the bakery and ice cream places are the best. Go Zingers!!

    By Carol Edwards on July 21, 2011 8:25 PM

    We love the beach in Santa Barbara California. We were there on our honeymoon and will be there again April 2012 to celebrate our 40th anniversary. We like to stay at the East Beach and walk the beach to the wharf. Beautiful and so many wonderful memories.

    By Rose Parks on July 21, 2011 8:25 PM

    The best beach was in Aruba. Beautiful sand. The water was so clean and an amazing blue green. Would love to go back someday.

    By Debbie Manthe on July 21, 2011 8:32 PM

    I try to go to Gulf Shores, AL as often as I can (as often as my pocketbook allows). Great weather, great sand, no reminders of the BP oil spill and wonderful food and nice people! I couldn't ask for a better place to relax by the beautiful blue water of the Gulf and clean, white sands on the spacious beach. Wish I could retire here one day.

    By Grady P Cheshire on July 21, 2011 8:44 PM

    Seabrook Island, SC is the most wonderful beach I've experienced in this country.First of all it is a private island meaning no hotels or public entry. Property owners frequently will rent their homes so it is not totally exclusive. The beach is wide...wide...wide...and watching the dophin at low tide is amazing. You can walk along the shore so close to them that you hear their breathing. The island is a preserve for so many of the native animals and it is not surprising to see a Cogar. panther, alligator and families of deer on your walk or bike ride.

    Seabrook also had great boating, kayking, shell hunting and of course crabbing. There is always an ocean breeze so on hot days it is still easy to spend a whole day (with umbrella and sunscreen) on the water and come home refreshed and engergized. I have been going ther for 30 years and even though I have been to many places in the Caribbean and in Europe......the BEST BEACH is SEABROOK ISLAND.

    Thanks for giving me the opportunity to applaud this little slice of Heaven.

    By Lisa D on July 21, 2011 8:47 PM

    Sea Isle City, Atlantic Ocean, NJ - my great aunt used to take the family for a couple of weeks every summer. It's very family oriented, no alcohol, and close to Ocean City and the boardwalk and the rides, salt water taffy, Atlantic City not too far. What a great time!

    By Josie S on July 21, 2011 8:59 PM

    I love the beaches along the California coast, especailly near Half Moon Bay, Pacifica, Santa Cruz and Monterey. My family and I go every year to relax and have fun jumping the waves, picking shells and making exciting things out of the sand. We love listening to the waves crashing and hope to see a seal wash up to shore.

    By C. J. Rexing on July 21, 2011 9:01 PM

    Love, Love, Love the Florida gulf coast. Destin is my favortie beach. Blue water, White, white, soft powdery sand between your toes, and golden sunsets make for the perfect beach vacation;))

    By Joanne on July 21, 2011 9:04 PM

    O CANADA ...THAT'S MY HOME...O CANADA!!!

    THE MOST AWESOME BEACH IS CAVENDISH BEACH IN PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND!
    SAND, SUN,SWIMMING,CLAMS,FABULOUS PEOPLE,GORGEOUS SCENERY!!!

    GOTTA LOVE IT!!!

    By M. Ashby on July 21, 2011 10:25 PM

    Favorite Beach has to be Hanama Bay on the Island of Oahu, Hawaii. Created by a collapsed Volcano, Hanama Bay has calm shallow waters with reefs and tropical fish that are easy for people to see whather they can swim or not. Modest swimmers can enjoy exploring channels and large sandy areas that vary in depth from 1-2 feet to about 10 feet, where some bigger fish and sea turtles can be seen. For more advanced swimmers, I like going out into deeper water through a channel in the reef for an inter-island phone cable. The colors of the coral are bright and unspoiled, unlike the coral in the shallows, which are mostly grey from people walking on and killing the coral. On a good day, the visibility of the water can exceed 100 feet.

    Hanama Bay is like a giant swim through aquarium. If you go, I recommend you arrive around 7:00am. By 10:00am, the beach and the waters are very crowded with all the other tourist who want to enjoy the fish.

    This is the ocean, and you should remember that the ocean can be dangerous if you do not pay attention to what you are doing.

    By Dayle B. on July 21, 2011 10:28 PM

    The best beach would be Long Beach on Vancouver Island.
    It is so awesome and powerful.
    Just a perfect setting for a lovely walk on the sandy shores.

    By ignaciodelacruz on July 21, 2011 10:42 PM

    Well I like South Padre Island that is hear in the Vally it where people come to relax and have fun with the family.Iam a family person that likes to take the kids out so they can have fun and get a god time in best western hotel and enjoy a good place to rest and have fun.

    By Marlene Franklin on July 21, 2011 10:47 PM

    I love the beach at the Hawii village on the big Island in Hawii. There is everything there a great pool and a beach and sun and surf, golf, shopping, greeat food and wonderful people serve you and see that you have a wonderful time in there house which is a wonderful hotel.

    By Elizabeth on July 21, 2011 11:08 PM

    Grayland, Washington -- yes, Grayland.
    Family excursions have been the inspiration for many, many writing experiences.

    Grayland,...
    recording -- children, nieces, nephews -- their antics in the sand & waves
    playing-- "pie", Bocci ball, croquet & getting snagged in all the dunes
    relaxing -- it IS sometimes sunny :-)
    reading -- always reading, rain or shine
    digging -- toes into sand; no barnacles -- shells & sand-dollars
    imagining -- ever-changing dunes, hidden fog; magic of the surf
    feeling -- gentle breeze or furious wind (depending on the month!)
    laughing -- always!
    remembering -- childhood.


    By M on July 21, 2011 11:22 PM

    English Bay in Vancouver BC. Absolutely BEAUTIFUL.

    By Jane on July 21, 2011 11:37 PM

    I love the playa concha located south of Empalme, Sonora off of Mexican Highway 15. Deserted with lots of shells. Found when vacationing in San Carlos, north of Guaymas, Sonora.

    By Marta Barker on July 22, 2011 3:27 AM

    Topsail Beach, NC is easily our favorite. It is like taking a step back in time. Except for a few blocks where there are acouple of restaurants and beach stores, there is little on the island except beach and homes. You are forced to do nothing! The sound of the Atlantic Ocen surf, coupled with beautiful sunrises makes it complete. This is stellar in terms of relaxation.

    By Alan England on July 22, 2011 4:44 AM

    Fairhaven Beach, NY. state park camping, can walk or bike to beach for your camp site. The best place to watch a sunset.

    By Deb on July 22, 2011 4:50 AM

    My favorite beach is Daytona Beach in Florida. I go there at least once a year and feel like it is a second home away from home. I love the relaxed laid back feel there. It always seems to be sunny and warm too.

    By mike mottishaw on July 22, 2011 4:58 AM

    i'd have to say that my alltime fave beach is always Lani Kai in Hawaii on Oahu,just up the windward side of the coast on you're way to the famous North Shore,where all the incredible surfing goes on.Lani Kai is so perfect,gentle ocean,gorgeous views,easy access and great facilities!

    By SHARON STALCUP on July 22, 2011 5:12 AM

    COCOA BEACH IN FLORIDA MOST DEFINITELY! WHITE SANDY BEACHES AND CLEAR OCEAN WATER.MY FAMILY AND I REALLY LOVE IT!!!

    By Ann Kaminski on July 22, 2011 5:49 AM

    St. Pete Beach in Florida.

    By Nancy Chandler on July 22, 2011 5:56 AM

    Oh so many to choose from, but its a toss-up between The Florida Keys, Siesta Key Florida and Disney's Private Island Castaway Cay.Those are my favorite and I have visited many in many different places/states...............These three are the best!!!

    By Tina on July 22, 2011 6:03 AM

    Through the years we have vacationed at numerous beaches throughout North Carolina and South Carolina. Myrtle Beach, Cherry Grove, Ocean Isle, Hilton Head, Atlantic Beach and Florida to name a few. Each had it's own special attractions that made it nice for family vacations. Eleven years ago my husband and I went on a Carnival Cruise " The Fantasy" to the Bahamas. We took one of the shore excursions and spent the day in Nassau. After a short tour, we arrived at the beach. It was breathtaking with it's soft white sand, coconut palms and crystal clear water. We sit on the beach for awhile, played in the water for awhile and rode in paddle boats where the water was so clear it looked like you could step off the boat and touch the bottom only it was much deeper than it appeared. At the day we had a feast onboard a sunken ship before returning to the Fantacy. They are memories I hold close to my heart today. And the memories are what makes it the best beach ever...

    By Andrea on July 22, 2011 6:24 AM

    Marconi Beach in Cape Cod.
    Beautiful dunes, white sand, and sparkling water . . . and lots of seals!

    By Melissa Taylor on July 22, 2011 6:30 AM

    Dauphin Island, AL-Beautiful beaches, great people, lovely restaurants-Great for the entire family. The water is beautiful, white sand and a breeze that cools the summer heat.

    By DENICE MORTON on July 22, 2011 6:33 AM

    My favorite beach is myrtle beach i have family down there,its always nice to combine vacations with family and friends,and good food.

    By Brad on July 22, 2011 6:35 AM

    Cozumel was beautiful, with snorkeling and para-sailing, along with the usual sunbathing and swimming. Got there by cruise, which made it even more outstanding!

    By Teresa C on July 22, 2011 6:36 AM

    We love to stay at Myrtle Beach , SC at Oceans and Lakes Family Campground,
    it is the best place to take the kids!!!

    By Denise on July 22, 2011 6:38 AM

    Placencia, Belize. The beautiful, white, powdery sand runs for miles up the coast line with gentle breezes, great restaurants, bars, kiosks, dive shops and loving, smiling, friendly people. A must go to once in your life.


    By J. Duane Schlenker on July 22, 2011 6:43 AM

    Best beach is Medano Beach in Cabo San Lucas. The weather is great , water warm and the people are friendly.

    By Lucy Rivera Cintrón on July 22, 2011 6:43 AM

    My favorite beach is Flamenco at Culebra Island in Puerto Rico in the Caribbean. Flamenco has clear blue waters and white sand. You can particpate in any type of water sports, have fun with friends and enjoy with your significant other. The nights at Flamenco Beach are romantic and magic because of the sky full of stars, the sounds of the waves and the fresh breeze.... Beautiful.

    By Lois Schipper on July 22, 2011 6:49 AM

    We have a lot of beaches we love but the best memories were at St. Augustine Beach, Florida. Beautiful water, sand, shells....great vacation!!

    By Doreen Wiszowaty on July 22, 2011 6:54 AM

    Myrtle Beach S. C. is fantastic! This will be my third trip this year. We are actually considering moving to the area. The beach is great, the sites are fabulous, the outside dining and restaurants is wonderful. Just being on the beach or sitting on the boardwalk, there is so much to see.

    By kajal unadkat on July 22, 2011 6:54 AM

    i love the juhu beach in bombay...
    it is a place where so many pictures take place at a time. For some, it is a place to meet the loved ones, for others it is a place to enjoy the sun set, and for some its a place to enjoy the flavours of india, the hot spicy dishes, the cool cool colas... it's business, it's love, it's life...all together at the heart of India

    By Tammy on July 22, 2011 6:56 AM

    Although I lived in Florida for almost 20 years and visited beaches from the pan handle to the Florida Keys, my favorite beach is Poipu Beach in Kauai, Hawaii. The water is a beautiful mix of blues and greens and it is so clear that you can see the fish swimming by. It has been over 15 years since I have been to Poipu Beach, but I remember it as if it were yesterday. I hope that I can return there some day and that it is as breath taking as it was many years ago!

    By Melissa on July 22, 2011 6:56 AM

    The best beach I've ever been to is myrtle beach. The area is beautiful with so much to do! I love the boardwalk and all the outlets and the sand is perfect :)

    By Melissa on July 22, 2011 6:56 AM

    You cannot beat the views of the snow-capped Sawtooth Mountains from the beach on the crystal clear water of Redfish Lake in Central Idaho. The reflection of the Sawtooths on the water just after sunrise = jaw dropping!

    By ru on July 22, 2011 6:59 AM

    destin florida is paradise on earth and best in the usa ive heard

    By cc on July 22, 2011 6:59 AM

    The singing sands beach in Basin Head P.E.I is amazing!

    By Diane Duffie on July 22, 2011 7:01 AM

    The Wedge at Balboa, California. It has amazing surf, wide white sandy beaches, dolphins, sandpipers and very few people except on weekends and holidays!

    By adub40 on July 22, 2011 7:02 AM

    Nothing beats the Sarasota Florida Beaches! Siesta Key beach has the softest sand you have ever touched!

    By Jennifer on July 22, 2011 7:11 AM


    Myrtle Beach, Sc. My parents rent a condo for the month of March every year. We visit for 1 week and it is the best vaction we have, my kids look forward to it every year. We enjoy looking for shells and collecting them for friends. This year we found a crab. The kids enjoy the waves even though the water is quite cold in March, but the make sure they take their boogie boards and have great time in the waves. It is a family beach for us.

    By Lloyd Shivrattan on July 22, 2011 7:12 AM

    Best summer beach in St. Lucia, Caribbean...white sandy beach...water very clean, transparent and warm..not crowded...no one bothering you..

    By Jo Beck on July 22, 2011 7:14 AM

    My favorite beach is on the Greek Isle, Aegina. The clear water with the fishing boats near-by is an awesome view. The water is cool, but not cold. The surrounding vistas are phenomenal; plus, across the roadway is terrific shopping, eateries, and gorgeous Greek Orthodox churches to have a quiet moment in.

    By Diane Rambo on July 22, 2011 7:14 AM

    My favorite beach is South Daytona Shores in Volusia County, Florida. The sand is pretty flat. At low tide, little pools form with swimming minnows. There is always a breeze. There is a restaurant on a fishing pier there called Sun Glow Pier. You can sit suspended out over the ocean, enjoying the green-blue sky and lazy ocean while sipping iced tea. Enjoy a fish reuben sandwich, too.

    By dareline molina on July 22, 2011 7:17 AM

    The American Riviera of South Beach Miami is all I need to clear my soul. Beautiful to my eye's, soft to the touch , the taste's and aroma of the tropical food make me content .. I could dance the night away and wake to feel the ocean breeze . I love it !!

    By Jen on July 22, 2011 7:22 AM

    Definitely the best beach would be Kihei Beach in Maui, Hawaii! Everything from soft sand and volcanic rocks to grassy/floral areas... absolutely the friendliest, laid back locals- you can go, relax & have no worries about anyone bothering you... My favorite place on earth!

    By bhoerz on July 22, 2011 7:28 AM

    Time Square on Ft. Myers Beach, FL Love the schools of stingrays !

    By Yolanda on July 22, 2011 7:28 AM

    Santa Monica, CA

    The pier is full of fun filled activities for the kids!! The breezy salt air hitting your face as you scream your head off on the winding & twisting rollercoaster. It doesn't get better than that!!

    By Gloria Comingore on July 22, 2011 7:33 AM

    As life passes us by so quickly, it is important to find time and a location that sets us on our heels and causes us to say awww! This place for us is Clearwater, Fl. The beaches our clean, clear and you can find the quaint hideaways in several locations there. We all lead fast stressful lives and we try to go there as often as we can manage to chill out and to relax and reconnect with each other.

    By Debra on July 22, 2011 7:35 AM

    I haven't been to many beaches, but my favorite beach is in San Diego, CA!

    By Christ'l on July 22, 2011 7:43 AM

    Wow, there are so many wonderful beaches with wonderful memories to choose from, but I would have to say that the nicest beach I have ever been to is Kata Beach on Phuket Island, Thailand. The water is calm and soothing with very soft white sand. Wonderful!

    By Pamela on July 22, 2011 7:50 AM

    Most favorable beach for my husband and I , Atlantic City, very beautiful beach.. I love the boardwalk there , so many things to do, and so many concession stands with lots of food. I love how they have the carnival out on a pier on the ocean, and their mall out on the water as well. They have nice resturants on the beach, with a beautiful scene looking at the sandy beach and the beautiful water! and the Casinos right there in reach for a little gamble action. lots of shops to shop at. the nightlife is wonderful.. we were there July 4th so we got to see the awesome fireworks on the beach!!! We love to go there , such a great beach! so relaxing and enjoying all the wonderful things they offer there....

    By mary on July 22, 2011 7:50 AM

    my favorite beach is cancun on carribean side. i lived there for little while when i was younger and any time i had a problem. those pretty blue waters could always wash them away. and loved how you never had to wear sandals cause the sand didnt get hot.

    By Valerie on July 22, 2011 7:51 AM

    Rehoboth Beach, DE. The water and beach are clean and we've spent alot of fun family time there.

    By Kim Camara on July 22, 2011 8:01 AM

    My favorite beach to visit is in Half Moon Bay, Ca. The beaches are spottless and the views are breathtaking! You can sit and watch the seals and dolphins play and sometimes even spot a whale! It"s the perfect destination for a fun time with your family!!!

    By Alison on July 22, 2011 8:01 AM

    White Bay, Jost Van Dyke. Crystalline waters, Painkiller from the Soggy Dollar, relaxed vibe. I day dream about it often, looking forward to finding my way back there someday...

    By Lysa on July 22, 2011 8:03 AM

    While I've visited many beaches, I will always believe the white sands between Destin and Panama City Beach Florida are the best. Not only is the sand as white as sugar, the water looks as clear as if it were in a glass - magical blue and green colors as far as the eye can see. My memories are filled with family, friends and even my own children swimming in the clear waters, tanning on the soft, clean beach; clearly making the location even more special.

    Progress encroached on our Florida paradise and my family had to sell the old home we loved so when we were growing up. Times will never be like they were in the 60's and 70's (my parents would say the same about their time in the 40's and 50's!, and their parents, too even earlier!), but having spent wonderful times here make the memories of these beautiful beaches engrained forever.

    By Rosa Paiva on July 22, 2011 8:06 AM

    The best beach is Nags Head, North Carolina. It's a short drive from my house and I can get in the car anytime I want to find peace and quiet. I stay right on the beach, and there is so much to see and do in the Outer Banks, one never gets bored. It is not too crowded and the restaurants are excellent with great prices.

    By Wendy Schaefer on July 22, 2011 8:06 AM

    Negril Jamaica has the best beach in the world! 7 miles of beautiful white sand beach. The beautiful Carrabiean Sea is the perfect backdrop for the perfect beach.

    By Tammy M. on July 22, 2011 8:07 AM

    Little Gasparilla Island, Florida

    No streets, no stores, no hussle n bussel. Nothing but private beaches crystal clear water and relaxation.

    By Angie on July 22, 2011 8:10 AM

    Last fall a friend and I went to Sullivan's Island, SC. It was in the evening and we walked on the beach. We saw dolphins swimming in the ocean and the sunset was amazing. It was quiet and very romantic. We walked around Fort Moultrie before calling it a day. That has been the best trip to the beach in my life. I'll never forget that trip!

    By holli on July 22, 2011 8:11 AM

    White sandy beaches of good ole Panama City Beach Fl

    By Sally White on July 22, 2011 8:13 AM

    I am fortunate to live in CA. The beaches are beautiful! My favorite is Half Moon Bay. It is very peaceful and serene there.

    By Bonny Millard on July 22, 2011 8:16 AM

    Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, near the Coral Resort Hotel is the best beach for me and my husband! It doesn't have any rip tides. It is midway between two piers, so you can walk, walk, walk on the beach in the morning and evening. The water is warm and the waves are only about two to three feet high so it is fun to swim. If you stay on other parts of Myrtle Beach there are rip tides and dangerous currents. We have stayed in the Myrthle Beach other at least three times and the best beach is right near the Coral Resort.

    We love beaches!

    Sincerely,
    Bonny

    By Sally L White on July 22, 2011 8:17 AM

    Carlsbad beach CA

    By Noreen on July 22, 2011 8:18 AM

    I have 2 favourite beaches - one local and one not.
    My favourite local beach is at Silent Lake Provincial Park near Bancroft, Ontario. The lake is pristine, spring fed and there are NO motors allowed on the lake so it is great for swimming out as far as you can. The beach is sandy - great for kids wanting to build sand castles - and so is the lake bottom. I go there almost everyday in the summer.
    I went to Bermuda many years ago and the beaches there were fantastic. I wish I could remember the name of one place we went, it was a small cove the had little caves in the rock surrounding the cove it was so beautiful. Some day I would love to visit Bermuda again to see if I can find that beach again .... yes, someday .....

    By Joanne Seaberg on July 22, 2011 8:24 AM

    Kaanapali Beach in Maui. It is beautiful and goes on forever and has fabulous swimming.

    By Michele LaPorte on July 22, 2011 8:30 AM

    Sunset Beach in Oahu, Hawaii....My daughter got married there at sunset....SO beautiful!!!!!

    By Ruth on July 22, 2011 8:32 AM

    La Jolla, CA is the best! Not too far from San Diego Best Western! Enjoy the beach during the day and San Diego nite life at night---now that's real livin'!!

    By Mark Maczorowski on July 22, 2011 8:33 AM

    My favorite beach is St Croix in the Virgin Islands. Off the beaten path of St Thomas, it has breath taking beaches and makes you feel at peace with the world.

    By John Nail on July 22, 2011 8:35 AM

    My family and I visited Siesta Key Beach, Siesta Key, FL this Summer and we were very impressed. Even though it was cloudy that day, the water was still very clear. The sand was incredibly white and light to the touch.

    By Sharon DArcey on July 22, 2011 8:35 AM

    In Ontario - The best place to go for a beautiful beach and fantastic Sunsets is Sauble Beach. off Lake Huron, near Southhampton.
    The beautiful soft white sands go on forever and the fresh water lake makes for a great swim, or play. All those that come, have a great relaxing time... sharing the beach or all that the town has to offer the visitors.
    Stay for a few days, - or just play for a day - You'll love it and want to keep coming back to make more memories.

    By chris austrum on July 22, 2011 8:38 AM

    My favorite beach is in Cayucos, CA. Small town feel so it's never very crowded...pet friendly and surfer friendly.....

    By Cristobal Vidal on July 22, 2011 8:41 AM

    My favorite is Naples Pier Beac...I love it.

    By Lois M. on July 22, 2011 8:49 AM

    This summer beach is just as beautiful in any season. Seven mile beach in the Grand Cayman!!! The sand is like fine white sugar and the aqua water is crystal clear!! The perfect beach destination!

    By Alicia Gauthier on July 22, 2011 8:52 AM

    In Victoria BC I love Durrance lake. It is small, surrounded by forest, quiet and serene. Theres Not a lot of land to lay on but tons of space for swimming which makes it one of the less populated ones. The clearest water you will find from the main beaches.

    By m. salfert on July 22, 2011 8:59 AM

    Waikiki Beach in June, July or August - lots of great sun and not as crowded as in the winter months. Beautiful tourquoise waters and just the right waves for floating on and/or surfing.

    By Louise Rood on July 22, 2011 9:08 AM

    Ke'e Beach at Ha'ena State Park, Kauai, Hawaii. One of the most gorgeous spots on my favorite Hawaiian Island, Kauai. It looks and feels like Hawaii did many years ago, and definitely away from the hustle and bustle. Yet it is perfectly accessible since it's at the end of the road in North Kauai.

    By kandas on July 22, 2011 9:10 AM

    My favorite beach visited was heart lake in haliburton Ontario. It's a man made crystal blue lake and it's absolutely beautiful with a heart shaped rock in the middle of it. Gorgeous and definitely worth returning over and over too!! Highly recommended.

    By Pearlie Diamond on July 22, 2011 9:28 AM

    My favorite beach is Garden City Beach at Garden City, South Carolina. This is a family beach and not so commerical and very relaxing. The food in the area is wonderful. I just love the beach.

    By Marci on July 22, 2011 9:32 AM

    I love Reoboth Beach in Delaware. But I will take any beach at all!

    By Cathy Benjamson on July 22, 2011 9:49 AM

    The beaches in Bandon, Oregon the southern coast of Oregon. The sky is bright red at sunset with hues of green, blue, orange and yellow, The low tides allow you to walk forever out into the seafloor to view anomes and starfish. Agates and seaglass everywhere and the ocean can be heard miles inland. I miss it and the beautiful daughter who stayed.

    By Michelle on July 22, 2011 9:50 AM

    Any of the beaches on St. John. Most are completely secluded and you have them to yourself. Beautiful and quiet with nice snorkeling!

    By Ted on July 22, 2011 9:51 AM

    If you've never been to La Concha in San Sebastian (Spain) you've missed what must be the most beautiful beach in the world.

    By Jerry Martin on July 22, 2011 9:59 AM

    I would have to say the best summer beach would be Playa Conchel in Guancaste, Costa Rica. It is semi horseshoe in shape with the whitest sand and turqouise watrer with a lot of little sand areas to enjoy in seclusion. Although our summer is their rainy season so I'd recommend Nov - April for a warm summer day

    By Gerald Brady on July 22, 2011 10:09 AM

    Best beach for me is in Jaco, Costa Rica

    By Diane Huffine on July 22, 2011 10:10 AM

    My favorite beach is Stinson Beach just north of San Francisco on Hwy 1. It is pet friendly and never very crowded. You can walk on the wide sandy beach for miles.

    By Heather L. on July 22, 2011 10:13 AM

    Corpus Cristi Texas

    By Andrea R. on July 22, 2011 10:15 AM

    While I've traveled all over the world and have enjoyed beaches in Bora Bora, Bali, and South Africa, my favorite beach of all-time is Bowman's Beach on Sanibel Island in Florida. Beautiful powdery sand, lots of pretty shells, and a lovely picnic area.

    By larry lee on July 22, 2011 10:17 AM

    misson beach ,california , great waves sand girls,fun

    By Patrick K. on July 22, 2011 10:29 AM

    Bucerias, Mexico. WOW and WOW. Endless beautiful sand/sun and view of ocean in any direction. Seems like endless walking along the Ocean. Banderas Bay is just the place to be, period. Watch dolphins and whales from shore, where else? Climate is the same every day, just perfect.

    By lisa h on July 22, 2011 10:36 AM

    My fave beach is the Outer Banks of NC. Best place to go and relax and not have to worry about a crowded beach. Even in the middle of the summer.

    By Phil on July 22, 2011 10:39 AM

    Myrtle Beach, SC. Long and wide and warm.c

    By Jennifer Mott on July 22, 2011 10:42 AM

    SeaSide, is my the best place to go. It is a small town with a big ocean feel. Good shopping lots for a family to do or for a nice weekend alone.

    By Lisa O"Neal on July 22, 2011 10:53 AM

    The North Carolina beaches are the best! Each beach that I have visited is the amazing and a worthwhile adventure! Holden Beach, North Carolina for its secluded adventure on an island, which is much like Ocracroke Island, North Carolina - an island only several miles long with a small village and amazing locals! The Outter Banks of North Carolina have all the private beaches and the public accesses too. The ocean, the smell of salt air and the relaxing sound of the waves...BEST WESTERN - you must be tripping if you do not send me away to my favorite place to be - THE BEACH!

    By Jeffrey M Mitchell on July 22, 2011 10:59 AM

    The best beach is hidden on the backside of Maui's Haleakala where the crowds don't go because the road is closed and you have to walk a bit to get there. Hope you never find this beach because that would mean too many people are finding out how great the waves & seclusion really are!

    By Tania on July 22, 2011 11:08 AM

    Best beach I've been to is Seven Miles Beach in Grand Cayman.

    The water is gorgeous....the beach is incredible and best of all, it's an escape away from home. Great vacation!

    By Sally Balazs on July 22, 2011 11:14 AM

    My family LOVED Big Beach on Maui. It has something for everyone: my husband and teen-aged kids loved boogie boarding in the big waves at one end of the looong beach, my younger nephew loved playing in the soft sand and milder waves of the middle section of the beach, and my sister and I loved being able to lay in the sand and work on our tans while watching everyone else!

    By Thomas Stephens on July 22, 2011 11:24 AM

    Our best family vacation yet was our trip to Daytona Beach, Fl. We had the best time of our lives d the kid absolutely loved it. We enjoyed everything in the area and highly recommend the Best Western Aku Tiki. Affordable, great location, great price and overall excellent service and experience.

    By Adam S on July 22, 2011 11:32 AM

    The beaches of Redang Island in Malaysia!

    By Derek Hofer on July 22, 2011 11:33 AM

    St. Malo Beach in Manitoba. It is a beautiful man made beach and very accessible. Love the sandy beach and nice clear water on a hot summer day.

    By Ed Hoffman on July 22, 2011 11:41 AM

    The best beach by far is Polihale Beach on west coast of Kauai, Hawaii. The beach is 15 miles long, up to 300 feet wide and has active sand dunes up to 60 feet high. The fine sand is soft, clean and hot. The beach is great for swimming, surfing, wind surfing in crystal clear aqua blue water and is renowned for the most fantastic sunsets. Being remote away from resorts, the best feature of this beach is that it is not inundated by fast food/drink concessions and not flooded by sun-screen-greased sun tanning tourists.

    By aaron on July 22, 2011 11:45 AM

    the best beach ive ever been to is cocoa beach florida.

    By Julie Michaelson on July 22, 2011 11:53 AM

    Pensacola, Florida has the whitest beaches and access to the sound and different bays. It also provides a Best Western! I lived there for 12 years in the 70-80s. The beaches are just beautiful. I took my now 32 year old son to the beach several times a week. He learned to swim when he was 6 months old and loved the water! In addition to the beautiful white beaches, there are shops and dining locations that are super! I have not been back since 2002 when my mother died but I have 3 brothers there and a sister. They love it so much that they never left after they arrived in l974! BEST BEACH IN AMERICA!

    By Brent Bryan on July 22, 2011 12:02 PM

    The best beach summer getaway stay is at Pismo Beach,Ca. My wife and I spent our 26th weddings anniversary there in May of this year. We stayed at The Cliffs Resort in Pismo Beach. It was the best place we have ever stayed at and the staff was terrific and the room with the view was unbelivable.

    The weather was perfect and we visted the Beach at Pismo and also Avila Beach.

    For the money and the fun......it's The Cliffs Resort and Pismo Beach for my Family!!

    By Robin Durham on July 22, 2011 12:03 PM

    Myrtle Beach, stayed at the Landmark Inn, got a room facing the ocean. We played golf, swam in the many pools and just had a ball. Wish we could have stayed longer than 3 nights!

    By Ry on July 22, 2011 12:14 PM

    There's a reason it's name means "heavenly sea"...Lanikai Beach on O'ahu, Hawai'i with it's fine and dreamy white sand surrounded by swaying tropical palm trees; warm, calm, crystal clean waters in amazing hues of aquamarine, azure, and turquoise; and breathtaking scenery under the beautiful aloha sun. It's Paradise!

    By Stephen on July 22, 2011 12:29 PM

    Makapu Point, Ohau Not too crowded and sometimes good waves.

    By Dana R. on July 22, 2011 12:30 PM

    Since it's harder to get to the Carribean or the oceans of Greece, Hobe Sound
    Beach in Hobe Sound Florida can totally take you to paradise without leaving the country. Just a short picturesque drive off rt.1 in Stuart lies a beach that has white sands and blue tropical water. Visiting my family there I always make a stop, rejuvinating and tranquil the sun and sand makes you feel further away than you actually are.

    By susan boady on July 22, 2011 12:36 PM

    my favorite beach is Panama City beach - cool, fine white sands - beautiful scenery and great restaurants right on the beach. It's a great place to take the family.

    By tmccoy on July 22, 2011 12:36 PM

    MY FAVORITE BEACH IS IN MONTEGO BAY JAMACIA, BEAUTIFUL WATER AND
    WHITE SANDY BEACHES. THE WEATHER IN FEB. IS MID TO UPPER 80'S.

    By susan boady on July 22, 2011 12:38 PM

    My favorite beach is Panama City beach - cool, fine white sand, clean clear water and great restaurants right on the beach. It's the perfect place to go to with your family.

    By susan boady on July 22, 2011 12:45 PM

    My favorite is Panama City Beach - cool, fine white sands, clear, clean water and great restaurants right on the beach. Perfect place for the family as well.

    By Debbie Di on July 22, 2011 12:56 PM

    Nags Head, NC my favorite beach in the world

    By Naomi Ferguson on July 22, 2011 1:06 PM

    Love any of the Gulf of Mexico beaches, but most family trips have been to Panama City Beach area.

    By Jeane Kennedy on July 22, 2011 1:12 PM

    Love the Outer Banks at Nags Head, North Carolina.......private-ish, family oriented and great for small groups or large.

    By Monica Bezore on July 22, 2011 1:34 PM

    Love, love, love Martinique...with a lovely beach, blue blue water, and a beautiful bay. You can swim, windsurf, sail, waterski, scuba, snorkle or jog. Pull those loungechairs right down into the water and RELAX. Need time away from the water? There is a great rain forest, lovely town, volcano, etc.

    By CJ on July 22, 2011 1:42 PM

    HELLO!!!!
    Wasaga Beach and all the surrounding beaches.
    Freshwater and beautiful.

    By Richard Callihan on July 22, 2011 2:13 PM

    Biloxi, Mississippi is my favourite. Miles and miles of nothing but white sand. Heavenly!

    By Matt Sisko, Jr. on July 22, 2011 2:22 PM

    Playalinda North of Kennedy Space center Fl, especially the north end... The sun really gets hot there.

    By Brianna Pahl on July 22, 2011 2:25 PM

    This past June I visited the Big Island of Hawaii. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity with some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. By far my favorite beach was a place known as "The 69's" to the locals. With soft, clean, white sand and palm trees overhead, it was the most secluded place on the entire Island. Definitely one of Hawaii's best kept secrets. It isn't a tourist trap like Waikiki, and there were less then 20 people spread along the entire beach. It felt like we were the only people there. The palm trees created your own oasis, blocking you off from everyone else. Sitting underneath the shade we listed to locals strum their ukeleles, as the waves crashed along the shore. Truly an experience not found anywhere else.

    By Meghan Costello on July 22, 2011 2:45 PM

    My favorite beach is Nauset Beach on Cape Cod, where my grandmother always used to take me when I was a little kid. Fond memories, and really instilled in me my extreme love for the sea!

    By Mike on July 22, 2011 2:59 PM

    My favorite "Wow" beach is at Seaside, Oregon. Several miles of pounding surf all year round allow for lots of walking, swimming, sunbathing, games and just hanging out. Even walking there in the winter is great! We stay at the Best Western Ocean View Resort, which overlooks the whole beach as far as you can see, which is a long way.

    By Joanne Bass on July 22, 2011 3:13 PM

    Indian Rocks Beach, Florida. Sunrise and sunset are favorite times when it feels as though a sense of peace and well-being is around you and part of you. During the day it's fun to watch the dolphins, wildlife and humans at play.

    By Barb on July 22, 2011 3:13 PM

    The best beach - any in Sanibel, Florida. A GREAT place for walking and looking for shells!

    By NIkki on July 22, 2011 3:15 PM

    The beautiful beaches along Lake Michigan in Wisconsin. Nice sandy beach with clear, cool water on a hot summer day :-)

    By Joanne Bass on July 22, 2011 3:15 PM

    Indian Rocks Beach, Florida. Sunrise and sunset are favorite times when it feels as though a sense of peace and well-being is around you and part of you. During the day it's fun to watch the dolphins, wildlife and humans at play.

    By Nancy Langlois on July 22, 2011 3:43 PM

    For me, the best summer beach is in Old Orchard Beach, Maine. As a child, we took our family vacation there. I continued the tradition with my kids , and we go there every summer even though they are now teenagers. They both love it there, and so do my husband and I. It's very peaceful hearing the waves hit the beach, and watching the sunrise in the morning, and the sunset in the evening. It's a great vacation spot.

    By Cathy Kadatz on July 22, 2011 3:59 PM

    Hi! My favorite beach so far has been Maui. Your toes feel so good in the snd, the water is amazing blues and greens. It is so relaxing and serene. It is clean ad fresh feeling. You never want to leave!

    Cathy

    By Mike on July 22, 2011 4:03 PM

    Virginia Beach...great for family or an adult weekend. Has a nice boardwalk, long beaches, and plenty to do when you are not at the ocean.

    By Debbie Speziale on July 22, 2011 4:07 PM

    By FAR THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BEACH IS IN CANCUN MEXICO. WITH THE WATERS SO PURE , SO BLUE YOU CAN SEE RIGHT THRU THE WATERS THAT JUST WANT TO MAKE YOU JUMP IN AND ENJOY THE WARM WATERS OF THE GULF OF MEXICO. I COULD SIT RIGHT IN THE WATERS ALL DAY. NOT TO MENTION THE BEAUTIFUL SUN SETS AT NIGHTS AND HEAR THE OCEAN WAVES. BEAUTIFUL, SERENCE , CALMING AND MAKES YOU WANT TO PACK UP AND MOVE AND SPEND THE REST OF YOUR LIFE JUST WALKING ON THE BEACHES, SWIMMIMG, SNORKELING AND LYING IN THE SAND. ROMANTIC EVENINGS ARE JUST WAITING TO HAPPEN!

    DEBBIE

    By Larry Brown on July 22, 2011 4:08 PM

    My favorite beach is Myrtle Beach. I love the beautiful sunrises and the clean beach. They have the best of the Best Western Hotel in the USA.

    By V Clark on July 22, 2011 4:17 PM

    Folly Beach SC is the best beach! On the north end of the island the county park beach is totally undeveloped. Wonderful view of the Morris Island Lighthouse and the Sullivan Island lighthouse is also visible in the distance.

    By Gabrielle on July 22, 2011 4:27 PM

    My favorite beach is Pismo Beach in California. It has everything you could ask for. There is the sand that is clean with not too much washed up seaweed. You walk along the waters edge until the ocean starts to meet with the cliffs and it is an amazing sight. There are some rocks that you can climb, others that are so straight that you couldnt possibly and there are large boulders on which to take great vacation photos. The colors of the rocks themselves are pretty beautiful themselves. They range form a pure white to a marbeled orange and tan to hunter green. Last but certainly not least is when you walk back in the opposite direction you can take in the most amazing sunset on the long pier. After the sun has gone down you can see the lights of the town reflecting on the water and it is beautiful. And you can always do some fishing off of the pier. I absolutely love Pismo Beach.

    By Wendy Elder on July 22, 2011 4:33 PM

    Juno Beach , Florida. Great Pier, Sea Turtles chose it as their nesting site, Maine life Center with great picnic area just across the street. Clean, great sunrises, large enough waves to bring windsurfers out, free parking and plenty of it, and if you are lucky the dolphins might decide to show themselves. Sea Oats and Sea Grapes add to the beauty. Palms line the roadway and briny breezes rustly their fronds.

    By Pam on July 22, 2011 4:38 PM

    Key West. Where else can you be at the 0 mile and put your foot in two bodies of water at the same time? Lovely beaches and town - and a great ride to get there!

    By Ray on July 22, 2011 4:48 PM

    Panama City Beach, Florida..... Sand is white and beautiful.... Soothing sunrises and sunsets.... many nice restaurants in the area and lots of attractions in area and the natives are fiendly.... especially during spring break....

    By Daniel Teepen on July 22, 2011 4:56 PM

    My favorite beach is Flamenco Beach on the island of Culebra off the coast of Puerto Rico. Beautiful white sand, turquoise clear water, teeming reefs you can wade to...what more could you ask for?

    By cheryl bergum on July 22, 2011 5:01 PM

    Myrtle Beach south carolina is the best. The ocean is warm and the waves are great for body surfing and skim boarding. 4 of us went as a family and had a blast. The kids were never bored and the new boradwalk was within walking distance or trolley ride. The beach was clean and lifeguards are on duty till 5:00p.m. so you always felt safe.

    By glynn klaras on July 22, 2011 5:10 PM

    our favorite beach in the world is megan' bay in st. thomas virgin islands. it is impecable with it's beautiful white sand beach, little coves, & shady trees. the water is so pristine that you can see the bottom with the naked eye at 80 ft. deep. it is truly a magical place!

    By Kyle Hatten on July 22, 2011 5:45 PM

    I would have to say it is Hunnington Beach, Calif. for its beautiful beaches and crystal clear blue waters and a wonderful backdrop view to soak in!

    By Todd Blan on July 22, 2011 6:09 PM

    I grew up in Southern California so I love the O.C. beaches, but my absolute favorite beach is the north shore in Hawaii.

    By Joan Crouse on July 22, 2011 6:24 PM

    The beach I like the best is Rissers Beach in Lunenburg County, on the South Shore of Nova Scotia. The waves and sand are spectular. There are change rooms, showers, and a great outdoor canteen with the best ice-cream you ever tasted after a day in the sun. Along side this beach is a wonderful campground where you can spend days or weeks enjoying sun, surf and campfires. Also adjacent is a boardwalk that takes you out into the seaside marsh area. One can usually see some wind surfers doing their thing also. Lots of parking on the other side of the road in a huge parking lot with access to the beach thru a short tunnel under the road. Even the short walk to the beach is restful and enjoyable with a picnic area outside the canteen to set and rest in the shade. And did I mention that the sand is white and beautiful....and the surf is great fun to just let wash your cares away. I'm lucky to live only appx. 1/2 hour away. There are numerous white sand beaches on the South Shore and really each one offers a great sea view and clean, cool breezes. Come and enjoy...

    By Joan Crouse on July 22, 2011 6:29 PM

    Rissers Beach in Beautiful Lunenburg County on the South Shore of Nova Scotia. A great ocean beach with white sand and cool sea breezes. Also has change rooms, showers and toilets and a canteen and picnic area. A campground is adjacent for nightly or weekly camping.

    By Angela Chambers on July 22, 2011 6:58 PM

    The absolute best summer beach to visit is Folly Beach in Charleston SC. Its gorgeous and not overwhelming. Its pure beauty!

    By ann newbill on July 22, 2011 7:06 PM

    Kee' beach Kauai, Hawaii, bluegreen water, white sand, wet and dry caves , palm trees, wind surfing, beach picnics.

    By Teresa Finch on July 22, 2011 7:08 PM

    Corrola,NC on the ocean was beautiful with wild horse tours on the beach and unspeakable sun rises from the patio..Waves were great for boggie boarding Sand was warm on your feet while walks at sunset were unbelieveable. =) the sound of the waves were calming. Lightnight storm even were awesome watching them from the patio as the lightning lit the whole sky and I could see the shore line I reccomened the location =)

    By karen mueller on July 22, 2011 7:17 PM

    trunk bay st john usvi great snorkeling, great sand, lifeguards, and safe for the kiddies

    By Scott Borse on July 22, 2011 7:26 PM

    Nags Head, NC miles and miles of beautiful beaches! Enough so that you can enjoy without people close by and BIG body surfing waves! Heaven on earth!!!

    By Rosanna Simboli on July 22, 2011 7:40 PM

    For myself, it would be Emerald bay in St Thomas. The beauty of swimming out into the bay and stop on one of it's many little 10 X 15 spred of sand with only a Pelican floating in the water to keep you company, admiring the patrons and families on the beach from afar and the homes nestled in the cliffs along the bay. Your very own personal oasis until reality kicks in and you swim back to shore.

    By Dianna Dirksen on July 22, 2011 7:53 PM

    I've only been to a few beaches, but i live in Coos Bay, Oregon. On my honeymoon we went to the Bahamas. The water was beautiful and warm and so nice to play and swim in and just relax. We were on the Island that Gilligans Island was filmed on. It was great, the colors were magnificent.

    By Darlene on July 22, 2011 8:05 PM

    Panama City FL

    By Linda on July 22, 2011 8:09 PM

    Hanauma Bay, Oahu, Hawaii. Its very accessible, yet they cap the number of daily visitors to keep crowds down. Great Snorkling.

    By Seedpearl on July 22, 2011 8:17 PM

    A lovely beach is on the shores of the Shuswap Lake near Kamloops. A little of everything for everyone.

    By jen schulz on July 22, 2011 9:49 PM

    I absolutely loved the soft sandy beaches of Kaanapali in Maui! The palm trees and ocean were so beautiful and i loved the warm tropical breeze. The smell of flowers was amazing.

    By Lexie on July 22, 2011 9:59 PM

    I would have to say that the best beach is Waikiki in Oahu, Hawaii. The temperature of the ocean is always PERFECT and the water is always a clear blue color. It is absolutely beautiful! Not to mention the sea turtles sometimes come in closer to shore and you can swim with them.
    The ocean water is perfect for swimming AND just a little further out the waves are ideal for surfing.

    By J Douglas on July 22, 2011 10:02 PM

    Balboa in Orange county CA. has big waves and the prettiest girls. Simply the best.

    By vurnice on July 22, 2011 10:06 PM

    my best beach is destin fl,its peaceful and its the most perfect color sometimes it looks black but most of the time its a pretty clear blue with the white sand running throw your feet. we make it a family vacation every spring

    By mike N on July 22, 2011 10:40 PM

    Pensacola beach florida. It has beautiful white sand, clear water, and lots of restaurants, hotels, and beach bars all within walking distance of the main public beach. You can catch live bands and at the right of the year, see the Blue Angels fly with their aerial acrabatics!

    By Jim Mclaughlin on July 22, 2011 10:51 PM

    Kailua Ohau hawaii.

    Incredible water colors, great sand, and its sure not Waikiki

    By cyedrysek on July 22, 2011 10:54 PM

    Cape Hatteras!!! When you cross that bridge between Kitty Hawk and Hatteras, it's like time takes a really cool twist. An amazing escape, always beautiful, always interesting, always fun! Love going home in November with a tan!

    By Brad on July 22, 2011 11:05 PM

    The best beach I have had the pleasure of running between my toes is the Red Frog beach off of Panama. Its a "resort" just starting to grow with beautiful new $500k villas and the most clear beautiful coral I have ever seen. The only thing on this island is the resort, as well as a hostel for any travelers who would like to enjoy this one of a kind beach for a more inexpensive price. This place is not well known yet, due to it just starting up, but it has been rated as one of the top 10 beaches in the World. If anyone ever gets the opportunity to go to Panama, you do not want to miss this island, it is sure to leave you wanting more.

    By Teresa K. on July 22, 2011 11:09 PM

    Maui, Hawaii

    Baldwin beach park in Paia. This spot has flawless sand and gorgeous water.

    By Doreen Morash on July 22, 2011 11:17 PM

    The best beach that I enjoyed was Ipenema Beach in Rio de Janeiro. The white, soft, fluffy, warm sand between your toes is unbelievable! The scenery is amazing, both physically and people-wise. When you are on the beach, you can shop with the travelling vendors, eat or drink. Taking a swim in the warm Atlantic is lovely and just playing in the waves is fun. Hot weather, hot music and hot people. It has everything that a traveller could want when in Brazil.

    By cathy on July 23, 2011 12:49 AM

    Cannon Beach, or most of the central Oregon coast

    By edward gutierrez on July 23, 2011 1:59 AM

    LAGUNA BEACH, CA. The mountains, the cliffs, the sandy beaches and the best ocean view of the CA coast. Many hidden treasures and lots of fun for the whole family. The city is artsy with cool shops and restaurants. The main beach is clean and lots of fun, and there are many secrets spots along the cliffs and coast. It is a canyon, a mountain and a beach......TOTALLY UNIQUE !!!!!

    By Michael L. Houseal on July 23, 2011 3:39 AM

    I've always treasured time spent at Pawley's Island, S.C. as my best beach time. The beaches there, northward to Myrtle, and southward to Litchfield and Murrell's Inlet, are a creamy color, guarded by beautiful dunes resplendent with Sea Oats, and washed with a sea that ranges from clear to greens and blues, dependent on the underlying structure. The locals are real people, who share a culture steeped in Low-Country tradition and folklore and who come from a wide range of social strata. When you cross the bridge to Pawley's from Hwy 17, turn your watch back 50 years...and relax. It's all going to be smooth and peaceful...which is why you vacation in the first place.

    By Jim Paar on July 23, 2011 4:26 AM

    Holmes Beach, on Anna Maria Island Florida. It has a beautiful beach, great views,and clear waters. One of those places you never want to leave. Great for families, or just you and your loved one.

    By constance bible on July 23, 2011 5:53 AM

    siesta key; unspoiled, relaxing beach
    our family has traveled to mexico, caribbean, florida, & bahamas
    we love the serenity of siesta key beach, florida the best!!

    By susan boady on July 23, 2011 7:16 AM

    My favorite beach is Panama City Beach - cool, fine white sands, crystal clear water, and restaurants on the beach. Perfect for the family.

    By Scott Darnall on July 23, 2011 7:21 AM

    NAVARRE BEACH, FLORIDA. Sugar white sand, clean clear water and its not over populated with development. You have the beach to enjoy and its wonderful. If you want to go out Pensacola & Fort Walton Beach are just minutes away.

    By Ken on July 23, 2011 7:26 AM

    LBI LONG BEACH ISLAND
    New Jersey has the most beautiful beaches in the country. Beach Haven NJ

    By kathy seelye on July 23, 2011 7:35 AM

    The best beach that i have ever been on was in ST. THOMAS , my girlfriend and i was there 15yrs. ago on our cruise dock there. I have seen the clear blue water and white sandy beaches on tv . but when i planted my feet in the white soft hot sand and saw the clear blue water i thought i was in heaven ! when we enter the water u could see the fish swimming around u . We also had wonderful person bring over cold drinks and making us feel very imporant ! Its one beach i would love to see again.

    By kathy seelye on July 23, 2011 7:39 AM

    ST. THOMAS IS THE BEST BEACH WITH WHITE SOFT SAND AND CLEAR BLUE WATER , WAS THERE 15 YRS. AGO ,WOULD LOVE TO SEE IT AGAIN

    By John. L Bonvicino on July 23, 2011 7:41 AM

    i would have to say the best beach any where has to be in turks & caicos at the beaches resort you have to see to it.

    By Brenda Whitson on July 23, 2011 8:27 AM

    Since I have only been to one beach it would have to be South Padre Island. Very nice, especially economically and imagine since it's not one ot the Island's that come to mind when thinking of going to a coast, you get a small town ole' time Beach Boys Atmoshpere, I'm not a surfer, just a water lover, I'm in OZ so it is a definate place of relaxation and the$250.00 would almost pay for my gas there!!!!!

    By Tom Moylan on July 23, 2011 8:28 AM

    Best for scenery and isolation s Renvyle Beach in the Connemara area of Ireland. Great water color and green islands with grazing sheep and abandoned Monastery. Perfect U-Shaped beach.

    By Melinda Routh on July 23, 2011 8:54 AM

    New Brighton Beach in Capitola California. Been going there all my life. There is a campground high above the beach on the cliff for overnight stays. The beach is covered with families enjoying the mild surf, and taking long walks down the beach to the Cement Ship at Seacliff Beach. The sealions and dolphins play very close to the shore for extra excitement for people who love to watch for ocean life. My son who is now 14 has been going all his life and my father who is 68 has been going all his life as well. The is a beach that generations of families have been enjoying which makes if special. As a bonus we discovered a few years back a Best Western (Aptos) only a mile away and have stayed there many times. They have an amazing breakfast, great rooms, a nice pool, beautiful gardens with Koi fish, and withing walking distance to Sea Cliff beach!

    By Sharron on July 23, 2011 9:14 AM

    Tribune Bay, Hornby Island, BC. Not only warm water, sandy shores and magnificent scenery, but the charm and beauty of this island paradise offers summer visitors so much for families to enjoy.

    By Rebecca Evers on July 23, 2011 11:58 AM

    Believe it or not, I like the one in Seaside, OR. On a good day its absolutly beautiful. There is also a trail, Tillimook Trail Head, you can hike, its absolutly stuning, you see the beach the whole way :)

    By C.J. on July 23, 2011 12:19 PM

    Hanauma Bay. Good snorkeling for beginners.

    By lenny dreyer on July 23, 2011 1:13 PM

    Tel Aviv Beach in Israel on the Mediterranean Sea with a view of the old port in Jaffa.
    Always lots going on including dance, exercise, surfing and lots more.
    Worth a visit.

    By kurt martin on July 23, 2011 1:19 PM

    My choice is Big Sur California beaches, wild beauty, the mountains jut up from the sea.

    By Joy on July 23, 2011 2:08 PM

    My favorite Beach is Crescent Beach in WhiteRock BC. It is stunningly beautiful with pristine forests along one end and warm, sandy beaches at the other. Fabulous eateries, wonderful people and more:)

    By leslie on July 23, 2011 2:15 PM

    The best beach that I have been to is Sable beach in Ontario. There is lots to do, fun for everyone, and the dunes are amazing. It's the longest beach in Ontario. Beautiful!

    By laura on July 23, 2011 2:43 PM

    The most gorgeous beach I have been to is Grace Bay in the Turks and Caicos. It has pristine white sand and miles of it. Plenty of shells to be collected and many restaurants to pick from.

    By N.M. on July 23, 2011 3:57 PM

    The best beach ever is at Little Creek Cove at Newport, Oregon. Our family went there every summer for years when our children were small. It is very family friendly & there is miles and miles of beach to walk. The kids always loved playing in the sand. We went back numerous times after the kids were grown. Many happy memories linger on........

    By Arlene on July 23, 2011 4:44 PM

    On the North Shore of the Island of Oahu. Thats is definatly where the best beach is :) There are Giant rocks that you can jump off into the Ocean where large sea turtles are swimming. And just at the end of the beach where noone else is, there is a huge cave half underwater with waves crashing in on it SUPER COOL!

    By Jim on July 23, 2011 5:43 PM

    Jone Beach Long Island New York

    I grew up there and really miss it
    Hope to someday get back there
    I live in the mountains now no beach fo hundreds of miles

    By David Jones on July 23, 2011 5:47 PM

    I think Gulf Shores Alabama is a perfect beach with crystal clear blue water. Even though I live less than 3 miles from Folly Beach South Carolina, I really like the white sand beaches and clear water to swim in, instead of the murky water we end up with along the Atlantic Ocean. Plus, there is A Best Western right on the beach in Gulf Shores Alabama.

    By Betty on July 23, 2011 5:51 PM

    Anywhere in the Caribbean is beautiful beaches. Got married in St. Croix 14 years ago and would love to go back.

    By Karen on July 23, 2011 5:52 PM

    My favorite beach is Virginia Beach because its a clean beach and it has a Best Western Plus on the beach with all oceanfront rooms. When traveling I like to stay at Best Westerns because it is a popular chain and I can expect it to be clean and neat. I haven't been able to afford a vacation in 5 years

    By Debi on July 23, 2011 6:24 PM

    My favorite beach is in Folonica, Italy. It is so warm, sandy and perfect for swimming. All along the beach there are beach houses and great little restaurants where youcan enjoy a cold beer and pizza after a day on the beach or rollerblading the boardwalk. Awesome!

    By Debbie on July 23, 2011 7:42 PM

    Tofino beach is the best. Beautiful big beach with surf and whatever else you want to do.

    By Phyllis Rostek on July 23, 2011 8:01 PM

    My favorite summer beach is in south Maui , Hawaii

    By Deborah on July 23, 2011 8:07 PM

    Out of all the places I've traveled, my most favorite beach/vacation spot is Ocean City Maryland. It's all things fun and family. There is so much to do, see and explore. I never tire of that town. I can't wait to go back and soon!!

    By Janice Hannon on July 23, 2011 9:59 PM

    Best beach ever is the Outer Banks of NC!!!! Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head!!!! Its is beautiful, much less crowded than other beaches, and the ocean is SO clear!!!! I have spent more summers on the outer banks than anywhere else in my life!!! If you have never been there, go NOW!!!!! You dont wnat to miss it! Try

    By David Greensides on July 24, 2011 4:34 AM

    I usually like any beach I come across. But lately I have spent a lot of time on The 25 mile stretch of beach on South Padre Island Texas. You can walk the beach looking for seashell, you can fish from shore,you can watch the birds,Pelicans skimmers, gulls, ploversand a whole lot more. If your lucky you might come across a sea turtle or two. There is sand dunes to explore, you can bbq on the beach or you can just watch the other people or the water. Its great.

    By Katrina Snow on July 24, 2011 7:17 AM

    The best beach that I have ever set foot upon was on Aruba. A high school friend of mine took me with him on a business trip and I really enjoyed the sun and sand and the animals.

    By Dale Peterson on July 24, 2011 7:32 AM

    OCEAN SHORES, WASHINGTON Ocean Shores is a quiet beach town on the coast of Washington. The beach runs for miles and is a beautiful sandy beach. There is great places to stay and plenty of restaurants. The town is small and right in the middle of the town is a small rain forest! When the summer arrives, this beach is the best and most beautiful in the world. We love it.

    By James Moore on July 24, 2011 7:53 AM

    Our favorite beach is Gulf Shores/Orange Beach in Alabama. It is very family-oriented and the white sand beaches cannot be more beautiful! There is plenty of activities for kids, teens, and adults alike both on the beach and in nearby Foley. We love it there!

    By marsha witte on July 24, 2011 9:08 AM

    Assateague, Virginia. No buildings, just beach, sand and water. Best Western is the closest hotel to this gem.

    By Mark W on July 24, 2011 9:25 AM

    The best beach is Fort Myers beach, Florida. The Best Western beach resort is perfectly located in a quiet area with attractions, restaurants and nightlife within walking distance on the beach. The resort is beautiful, well kept and has lots of amenities.

    By Karen on July 24, 2011 10:12 AM

    Gaviota Beach just outside of Santa Barbara is the best beach for our family.
    I stayed there as a child camping with my parents. I have taken my children as they grew up. And now they return with their their friends and family. There is something for everyone there. A Pier for fishing, rocks for fishing, you can still find sea shells, and when the tide goes out you can find pools where there is sure to be some starfish to view. There is a railroad tressel that runs over the beach for train enthusiasts, hiking paths, bike paths, and at night the winds will test your tent staking capabilities. Always excitement at this beach.

    By John Anderson on July 24, 2011 10:18 AM

    South Pacific Islands, Tahiti, Moorea is the best. beautiful clean blue/green waters. White sandy beach, quite, coconuts. I'm ready to go again.
    Lovin it !!!!!!!

    By Lisa N. on July 24, 2011 10:22 AM

    The beach in Cozumel in front of the Iberrostar. It's the last resort on the south end of the island, no one wanders through, it's isolated and , obviously, b-e-a-utiful!!

    By nkorel on July 24, 2011 10:23 AM

    Beach's they are all very nice in their own way. I do believe the Condono Beach in San Juan is a hair nicer then all the rest. The water is as blue as it gets and the Sand is as white as any sand in the World. The people are very friendly, the food is excellant and the night life is second to none. The cost is a little less then most of the other resort areas, and there are Casino's for your enjoyment. I would suggest if you can afford this type of travel to do your best to visit all of them.

    By Vicki on July 24, 2011 11:02 AM

    Our favourite beach is Long Beach, Vancouver Island, BC.
    It is just awesom. The beach is huge & beautiful scenery for the backdrop.

    By Connie on July 24, 2011 11:05 AM

    Gulf Breeze, FL has white sandy beach, wonderful!!!!

    By Chuck on July 24, 2011 11:34 AM

    Best beach my wife and I have ever been to is Hanauma Bay in Oahu. Crystal clear water and snorkeling was awesome

    By Laura M on July 24, 2011 12:03 PM

    Three Rivers Beach in Gulfport, Mississippi. Home.

    By Charline Williams on July 24, 2011 1:10 PM

    I would love to go Dunns River Falls in Jamaica it is the best there.

    By pam childs on July 24, 2011 1:12 PM

    gulf shores alabama. it's close to home, and super clean, and to support local economy since oil spill.

    By Wendy on July 24, 2011 1:17 PM

    The beaches along Lake Michigan, especially in South Haven, Michigan. I love that we can walk on the pier & get splashed by the waves & visit the Lighthouse. We also enjoy the designated kids area. The best sunsets ever!

    By Jen on July 24, 2011 1:19 PM

    The best summer beach is Long Beach in Tofino BC! The wind cools you off, the huge crashing waves are amazing to surf (or watch others surf!) and the view can't be beat, it is gorgeous there!

    By Jeremy on July 24, 2011 1:21 PM

    Kits Beach in Vancouver BC is one of the best summer beaches! Tons of interesting people to watch, great view of the ocean and mountains and there is also a pool at the beach to go into too!

    By scott ricks on July 24, 2011 1:23 PM

    Santa Monica Beach is absolutely Epic! Great Fishing! or Venice Beach to catch sandcrabs

    By Becky Flowers on July 24, 2011 1:52 PM

    I would have to say, the best beach that I've been to is McKenzie Beach, just out side of Thunder Bay. The water is always warm and the sand bars go on forever! The best thing about are all the good memories I have growing up and visiting my friends there. My daughter was able to experience that last year and I hope to return there at least for one day in the following summers to come. We live in Edmonton so we drive to Thunder Bay for a month to see family and friends!

    By Am on July 24, 2011 2:16 PM


    The beach by our house. Tranquil and private, rocky coastlines, whale watching, puffins, privacy.
    It's not a hot sandy beach, but we're hoping to get to one soon!

    By Ray H. on July 24, 2011 2:19 PM

    Waikiki beach, Oahu, Hawaii-- Beautiful water, sky, surfing, and people. You can't ask for anything more.

    By Am on July 24, 2011 2:19 PM


    The beach by our house. Tranquil and private, rocky coastlines, whale watching, puffins, privacy.
    It's not a hot sandy beach, but we're hoping to get to one soon!

    By Aimee Buck on July 24, 2011 2:23 PM

    I think Newport Beach is the best because it is in California and it is really sandy. It's also perfect for surfing and swimming. There's also a great mall and boardwalk close by.

    By Judy & Don Barker on July 24, 2011 3:16 PM


    Waikiki Beach, Oahu Hawaii...favorite place to enjoy for winter vacation..swim in ocean, warm tradewinds, handy bus system to travel into Honolulu for visit to Chinatown for fresh fruit and lunch.

    By Judy & Don Barker on July 24, 2011 3:20 PM

    Waikiki Beach, Oahu Hawaii....favorite destination for January holiday and would return anytime!!

    By Robin Montgomery on July 24, 2011 4:05 PM

    Heta Heta Island, Isabel Province, Solomon Islands. About 27 hours by ship from the capital city, this tiny coral atoll boasts pristine white sand beaches, virtually untouched by people. A perfect getaway from civilization!

    By Tina Walling on July 24, 2011 4:19 PM

    Such a difficult decision. I have been to Aruba, the Bahamas, Hawaii, California, Key West, Louisiana, Connecticut, lakes in upstate New York, the list goes and on but when it comes down to it, I will always be a Jersey Girl at heart. My favorite beach is Ocean City, New Jersey. Beginning at 2 months old, I have visited Ocean City every year of my life and even had the privilege to live there. For years on end, it has ranked in the top ten Best Family Friendly Vacation Towns in several different magazines and questionnaires. Ocean City, New Jersey, now and forever!

    By Lynda on July 24, 2011 4:20 PM

    Frio river, Garner State Park, Texas
    Best river for floating or just being in the water. Go there every summer at least once. Clear cool water.

    By Ravzie on July 24, 2011 4:23 PM

    For divers, the Holy Grail is the beaches of Bonaire. The best shore diving!!! You want to be in the Carribean Sea, in deep over your head.

    By Debra on July 24, 2011 4:34 PM

    If you are looking for a place for family as well as private go to Navarre Beach Florida. . . WOW it was fabulous. . . . everything you could ask for . . close to Pensacola, Ft Walton Beach and Destin. . but nestled all by itself so you get the sense of "not so crowded" and yet not so far away from all the hussell and bussel of the bigger commercial draws. Really beautiful with food, the tiki hut, fun, boggie boarding, waves, volleyball, and jet ski's for rent to make your stay whatever pace you want it to be. . . fast - - or oh so slow!!! Really . . Navarre Beach is the way to go!!

    By D.G. on July 24, 2011 6:17 PM

    Hands down...Fort Walton Beach, Florida. I have been going there since I was a young girl, and now I take my own children there. This is a beach that you will never out grow. A tradition in the making. Kid friendly...Parent friendly. Beautiful beaches, great hotels, condos, beach houses. Great night life. Great restaruants. Something for everyone!!!

    By Loretta on July 24, 2011 8:15 PM

    Santa Cruz Beach and Boardwalk. I think that says it all.....beach, swimming, tanning, surfing, food, rides, shopping!

    By K.M. on July 24, 2011 8:37 PM

    Best family beach experience was in Honolulu, HI. However, I enjoyed the all-inclusive and fulltime nanny for the kids in Runaway Bay, Jamaica.

    By Todd Pease on July 24, 2011 9:15 PM

    The best beach i've ever been on was with my beautiful wife on Maui. Whales were breaching all over the place. Mama's with calves. It was our first and so far only trip to Hawaii/Maui. We can't wait to go back.

    By sandi on July 24, 2011 9:25 PM

    Fernandina Beach baby!!!

    By gillian on July 24, 2011 10:03 PM

    After an amazing road trip through Cali, and visits to many amazing beaches from Carmel to San Diego- picking one is nearly impossible. I see comments about many we visited and have to agree. However, the kids had the most fun playing in the awesome surf we experienced at Ocean Beach in San Diego. Great fun!!!

    By Christina on July 25, 2011 1:29 AM

    The most amazing beach i have seen is Cannon Beach in Oregon. The way the waves come from all directions and wrap up around you.

    By Lori on July 25, 2011 3:59 AM

    The only beach that I have been to outside Canada was Jamaica. It was wonderful! Best in Ontario would have to be Long Point.

    By Angela on July 25, 2011 5:13 AM

    Any beach is perfect! nature watching and the sounds of the water... mmmmmmm so relaxing.... However i like Kure beach NC... we can make an educational fun day with th kids.. go to the aquarium or fort fisher and then play in the ocean...love it.

    By Lori Mires on July 25, 2011 5:20 AM

    My favorite beach to go to is Myrtle Beach. There is a place called Ocean Annies and you can sit out on the huge deck while enjoying food and drinks and they also have a live band that plays awesome music. Then when you get the urge to go onto the beach or into the ocean you walk off the deck right onto the beach and there you are It couldn't be any better than that and I so look forward to getting back there again.

    By B Fulton on July 25, 2011 5:45 AM

    Best Beach is Siesta Key Beach in Sarasota, FL. Beautiful white sand and azure blue ocean; extremely relaxing. Perfect Day Recipe: Breakfast at the Broken Egg, good book at the beach, after-beach Libations at the Daiquiri Deck, dinner at the Rod-&-Reel (highly recommend the jalapeno poppers), and Ice Cream at Kilwin's on St. Armand's Circle.

    By Lindsay on July 25, 2011 6:04 AM

    The beach at Blomidon Park in NS. Gorgeous sand with fresh water waterfalls that pour into the basin. Beautiful!

    By Carmen on July 25, 2011 6:49 AM

    South Padre Island

    By GLORIA BUNCH on July 25, 2011 6:57 AM

    tybee island is the best beach really quite and relaxing

    By lisa russo on July 25, 2011 7:57 AM

    Mansion Beach on Block Island off the coast of Rhode Island is perfection. This curved beach tucked at the tip of the island is endowed with clear water, a sandy bottom, and rolling body surfing waves. Unspoiled by snack shops and banana boats you can indulge in examining the cliffside tide-pools teeming with marine life for hours.

    By Pamela Lawless on July 25, 2011 8:21 AM

    The beaches of Fort Morgan, Alabama are dear to my family and me. We have had many-many family vacations there. My husband's adult siblings (from different states) meet there with their spouses and children for the week and share a beach front house. Everyone can play in the sand and surf. When one party gets tired or has a little too much sun they can go back into the house and there are always aunts, uncles and cousins left to play with the ones that want to stay out in the water. By sharing a house all the extended famiy members get to spend much quality time with each other and if needed they can always retreat to the privacy of their suite in the house. My husband always rounds up the kids (big and little) after dark. He equips each one with a flashlight, bucket and net and they go treasure hunting up and down the beach. Ahhhh-it doesn't get better than that!

    By Kim Karcher on July 25, 2011 8:30 AM

    The BEST Summer beach to me is my best friends swimming pool, yard and home. They have a lovely place to just relax and hang out with friends, with people stopping in all the time just to chill and relax with mutual friends!! LOVE IT!! But anyplace on the shorline of Huron Lake in Michigan is gorgeous in the summer!!

    By Thomas on July 25, 2011 11:19 AM

    Summer implies a place that isn't too hot and humid and the water isn't too cold. That says Waikiki Beach to me, best people-watching ever and walk to anything barefoot!

    By Clifford on July 25, 2011 11:44 AM

    Any of the South Carolina beaches, depending on mood. From Myrtle Beach to Hunting Island, there is a wide variety for everyone.

    By Bob Wright on July 25, 2011 1:09 PM

    Bonjour! I would have to pick a beach near Nice, France. Why? Well, for starters, Monaco and Monte Carlo are near by.

    By Mary Gebhardt on July 25, 2011 3:17 PM

    Key West Beach... It's magical!

    By Carrie Jaffe Pickett on July 25, 2011 4:38 PM

    My favorite beach is in Watermill, on the south fork in Long Island, New York. Loved the ocean there growing up, beautiful white sand, with the bay alongside, so you can take a raft and float from the ocean to the bay!

    By Carolyn on July 25, 2011 8:31 PM

    Most definetly Mackenzie Beach, Tofino British Columbia.

    Growing up my family always went camping there. I've continued to visit there, and 6 years ago my husband and I got married on that beach. We love it so much that we named our daughter Mackenzie!! We now have purchased a camper and will continue our tradition of going there every year. Such a magical beach with nothing but magical memories!

    By Margarita Viera on July 25, 2011 11:27 PM

    I have to say Waikiki Beach in Hawaii is the best beach I have been to. The pristine water/beach and scenery is breathtaking while it's close to everything where you can shop, dine or even go dancing. It was well worth the long trip!

    By darlene spahr on July 26, 2011 4:18 AM

    The beaches of the Outer Banks in NC. The beaches are beautiful, not too crowded. Very relaxing. We've been going there since our children were little. Now, the entire family rents a beach house and we go with children and grandchildren.

    By Brian Grouhel on July 26, 2011 9:57 AM

    Mackenzie Beach at Tofino, Vancouver Island BC gets my vote for the best beach ever. Flat sand that goes on forever and when you look out over the ocean the next stop is Japan. The constant surf noise both calms and relaxes making for exquisite breaks from real life. Winter storms or summer heat, this is one beautiful beach.

    By Rosequeen on July 26, 2011 10:40 AM

    Haifa, Israel as the sea wraps around three sides of Haifa with the most incredibly blue water and gold beaches.

    By jeff on July 26, 2011 12:39 PM

    i would have to say galleon beach in st martin it has a nice bar /restaurant bathrooms and a true quiet atmosphere it is a cove so it has no waves so its perfect for kids water is as clear as ever and always warm water also not popular so nice and quite check it out

    By Janet on July 26, 2011 2:24 PM

    The best beach for a family or couples is Lake Willoughby in Westmore, Vermont.
    It is a glacier lake which goes to 300 feet in spots. It is a Natural National Landmark.
    The beach itself on the north side is open to the public and you can go out in the water for quite some time and the water is still up to your knees. The water itself is so clear you can see your feet and the sandy bottom no matter how far you go out.
    It is surrounded by mountains on both sides. It is the most beautiful and relaxing beach.
    There is also fishing, boating, hiking, rock climbing and biking

    By Kirsten on July 26, 2011 3:37 PM

    BEVERLY BEACH STATE PARK in Oregon. Actually I love the whole Oregon coastline...Cannon Beach is beautiful as well.

    By Karna on July 26, 2011 3:37 PM

    I love the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk in California. If you get bored soaking up the sun on the beach, you can go play on the Boardwalk or wharf. During the summer they offer concerts and entertainment right on the beach. Nothing beats the fun and the sun the Beach Boardwalk offers.

    By Lissette on July 26, 2011 6:25 PM

    My favorite beaches are the ones in Key West. Not only is there lots of activities to do in the water but outside of the water as well. The water is so clear and warm. I just love to be able to stay in the water the whole time I am there.

    By Joann Tompkins-Winborn on July 26, 2011 6:31 PM

    My favorite beach spot is Key West, Florida where they celebrate the sunrise and sunsets 365 days a year! The pier is filled with people watching and applauding the beginning and ending of every day!
    The shops are wonderful, the hotels are grand, the people are friendly and the southern most spot in America is truly the place to be!

    By Luz N Ocasio on July 26, 2011 7:29 PM

    The best beach is Siesta Key in Sarasota, FL. The sand is white, are constantly cleaning and has employee to waste the garbage.There is always safety has lifesavers. policemen service and is suitable for childrens, because the distance of begin the water of the us to get at least 5 feet is long of depth.

    By Luz N. Ocasio on July 26, 2011 7:41 PM

    The best beach is Siesta Key in Sarasota, FL. the sand is white, are constantly cleaning..There is always safety and is suitable for small or years because the distance us to get at least 5 feet lenght to the depth.Always have lifesavers and paramedica.

    By Luz N Ocasio on July 26, 2011 7:49 PM

    The best beach is Siesta Key in Sarasota, FL. the sand is white, are cleaning constantly.

    By Luz N Ocasio on July 26, 2011 7:51 PM

    The best beach is Siesta Key in Sarasota, FL.

    By Janet on July 26, 2011 8:07 PM

    The best summer beach of all time is the one in Michigan City, IN. Why? Because it's got the best sand and you can't beat Lake Michigan for a refreshing swim.

    By Michael Thompson on July 26, 2011 8:10 PM

    Napili Bay has great snorkling, surf is great ( if the swell is right) but nothing can compete with any of the beaches in Yap of Micronesia it has all that without any of that (people restaurants hotels) just beauty and peace nothing like it.

    By Angie on July 26, 2011 8:39 PM

    Playa del Carmen baby! Great little international village. Cozumel is the best for snorkeling/diving, with almost 100% visibility, alot to see and do...

    By Judy Meyer on July 26, 2011 8:45 PM

    The Beaches of Anna Maria Island in Manatee County, Florida and THE BEST! The sand is silvery white, soft and clean. The wildlife is abundant, nearby and fascinating. The visitors are friendly, interesting and quiet. The public beach amenties are convenient, fair-priced and famkily oriented. The Island restaurants and shops are unique, varied and accessable via the Island-wide FREE Trolley. But back to the beaches, they are THE BEST! Come today and see the beautiful beaches of Anna Maria Island, Florida USA.

    By steve locke on July 27, 2011 7:37 AM

    Santa barbara baby!

    By Ursula B on July 27, 2011 7:39 AM

    IPANEMA, RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL

    INCREDIBLE. Beautiful summer bodies, beautiful culture, beautiful beach. The incredible sizzling food stands, the gorgeous slurring Brazilian portuguese, the samba, I could go on and on. This place is paradise, if you've ever been here you will know that there is no other place on earth.

    By phyllis kopec on July 27, 2011 9:21 AM

    honeymoon island, florida

    By Marti on July 27, 2011 11:13 AM

    The best beach is the rocky sandstone shelf right in front of our home on Pender Island, British Columbia. The tide pools are filled with critters and the resident Orca pods travel past, often within 500 metres of the shore. Ferries, freighters, tugs with tows, small recreational vessels all pass by. Couldn't be better.

    By Lois Matarazzi on July 27, 2011 11:22 AM

    Myrtle Beach

    It's a beautiful place and there is always something to do - even when it rains!!!

    By PEGGY SANDOVAL on July 27, 2011 12:52 PM

    The best beach in oregon is Gold Beach. It is a breathtaking place when the sun goes accross the horizon when the day is ending. I wish everybody could have the chance to see it at least one time in their life. You can walk quite a ways in either direction and enjoy the beauty.

    By SANDY on July 27, 2011 2:06 PM

    st thomas

    By Ken Michelson on July 27, 2011 2:07 PM

    I can't say enough about Kiawah Island beaches in South Carolina. They are wide, clean, shallow, and not very busy. Great for families, relaxing, or an all around great beach experience.

    By sean callahan on July 27, 2011 2:07 PM

    Atlantic city NJ , Its free and whenu get done hit the casinos up win some loot


    By Tracy Robertson on July 27, 2011 2:09 PM

    I want to try Key West. I haven't been there yet, but I heard of the beautiful beach and the bottomless boat tours. I would love to go!

    By Rod Lyver on July 27, 2011 2:12 PM

    St. Pete Beach!!! The sand is white, the drinks are delicious, the people are wonderful, the swimming is refreshing!!!

    By Michelle Simons on July 27, 2011 2:13 PM

    Virginia Beach oh how wonderful. Such clean water and pretty sand. Loved it.

    By Rod Lyver on July 27, 2011 2:14 PM

    St. Pete Beach!!! The sand is white, the drinks are delicious, the people are wonderful, the swimming is refreshing!!!

    By cynthia deadmon on July 27, 2011 2:17 PM

    The best beach vacay in my humble opinion is Wrightsville Beach NC its is quaint and has a private beach feel while still a public beach

    By Nicole C on July 27, 2011 2:19 PM

    The beach at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve in Hawaii was amazing and something I will never forget.

    By Laurie Genishi on July 27, 2011 3:47 PM

    Lanaikai Beach. Clean, not too crowded & beautiful!

    By Angela on July 27, 2011 6:25 PM

    Coast Guard Beach on the Cape is the best!

    By Tammie on July 27, 2011 6:57 PM

    The White sandy beaches of Panama City Beach, Florida !
    I love it!

    By Lynda on July 27, 2011 8:31 PM

    Veradero, Cuba - absolutley beautiful, warm water, peaceful, white sand, sailboats and palm trees, paradise!

    By Diane Baum on July 28, 2011 5:14 AM

    The best beach is clean, with soft white sand, family friendly and not very deep-located in Traverse City Michigan. It's only one hour from other great sights like Sleeping Bear Dunes and Mackanaw Island.

    By Gayle W on July 28, 2011 7:11 AM

    We are beach people, and I have been to many beautiful beaches around the world. However, I would have to throw in a vote for the beaches close to my home. The beaches of Englewood, FL are wonderful for a summertime destination. White sandy beaches; calm, clear warm water; great shelling and shark tooth hunting; no crowds; watch manatees, dolphins and various fish swim by; great restaurants all around and lots of choices for places to stay. The weather is nearly always perfect. And of course, boating, water-skiing, jet-skiing, boogie boarding, tubing and fishing can all be on the vacation agenda!

    By sfsteph on July 28, 2011 10:16 AM

    Well it has to be a beach where there's a Best Western, right? A bit of history along with the beauty helps too. I vote for Monterey State Beach. Read Cannery Row before you go, and stay at the Best Western Plus Beach Resort (right ON the beach). I'm looking forward to staying there in September!

    By Phillamena Williams on July 28, 2011 11:25 PM

    The best and most beautiful beach is The Gold Rock Beach found in the sunny Freeport in Grand Bahama, Bahamas.

    This is the most beautiful and best beach because it is located in a remote area on the Island of Freeport, therefore it offers untouched natural beauty like palm trees, bountiful white sand stretching for miles, whistling tall rushes, Cedar Trees. Sea life example, crabes, numerous small colorful fish, astoundingly beautiful Coral. Sea Gulls, wild Dolphins,

    When you are on this beach you feel like you are in another world. The peace, beauty and tranquility is second to none..

    By Carol B on July 29, 2011 12:14 AM

    Without a doubt..Daytona Beach, Florida is the BEST!!!! Daytona Beach has it all!

    By Carol B on July 29, 2011 12:29 AM

    Without a doubt...Daytona Beach Florida!!!! Daytona Beach has it all! On this picturesque beach you can just drive right onto the sand and drive for miles literally right next to the ocean or park on the sand and soak up the sun. It's a family friendly area with lots of fun things to offer including a water park, miniture golf etc. Great for single female travelers too as it's a safe area. Plus they have two really awesome Best Westerns in the area...the BEST WESTERN PLUS Aku Tiki Inn & the BEST WESTERN Castillo Del Sol both right on the ocean!

    By Michelle on July 29, 2011 8:55 AM

    El Salvador! Beautiful black sand that transitions into white sand. Gorgeous sunsets over the Pacific Ocean along with clear water. It's so quiet you have the place to yourself; just the local fishermen! I want to go back. (We don't have beaches in Nebraska!) :-(

    By Barbara Beezley on July 29, 2011 9:08 AM

    Our favorite beach is the beautiful white sand beach of Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. We have been there 3 times, to 3 different resorts, and the beach was Always clean, not too crowded, and simply perfect! Add a Pina Colada made with Domincan dark rum and THAT is a perfect beach vacation!!

    By Mike on July 29, 2011 9:33 AM

    Gulf Shores is our families favorite beach. The white sands and family frendly area makes it perfect for a quiet relaxing vacation.

    By Rachel Warren on July 29, 2011 10:39 AM

    My personal all time favorite beach to go to is Top Sail Island! This is a very family oriented beach. It is very cool because it is a small island that seperates off of the coast. Before going there I had never been able to find a whole sea shell that hadnt been broken. When my family and I went out on the beach there was enough sea shells for all of us to take a bag full home. Also while we were there a sea turtle laid eggs on one of the dunes out in front of the condo. While we were there we also went to the turtle hospital they had for recovering turtles. It was so awesome to see these huge creatures up close! I hope everyone can go visit one day!

    By James Flournoy on July 29, 2011 2:09 PM

    The Nicest, and most beautiful beach I have ever been to is Black Sand Beach on the Island of Hawaii. The sand comes from the Volcanoes that are active on that Island

    By Lizzie C on July 29, 2011 7:16 PM

    Grand Bend (Ontario CND).

    By Molly Howard on July 30, 2011 6:49 AM

    Silver Strand beach, Coronado Island, CA

    My son's first time at the beach, he wanted to build sandcastles and find sea shells. One of the best vacations we ever had.

    By Tammera Widell on July 30, 2011 10:25 AM

    The Best Beach still is Magic Sands Beach on the Big Island of Hawaii.
    Swim, lay in the Sun, Complete Fun! *-*

    By Anne Mostella on July 30, 2011 10:25 AM

    The best beach is Kure Beach, NC It was the first beach we took our son too. Its not too overpopulated, the people are friendly, and its the perfect spot for families. It is also home to the NC aquarium, which is a must see, and also a short drive to shopping in Wilmington at the Cotton Exchane, or visting the NC battleship, or many other activities :)

    By MICHELLE WASHBURN on July 30, 2011 10:31 AM

    I love the beach at the Devil's Lake in Wisconsin. I t is a very clean beach and you can actually see the fish by looking into the water. The sand is nice and soft and clean as well.

    By Sara PIppus on July 30, 2011 11:43 AM

    Our family just returned from a wonderful beach. Newport, OR. takes the cake for us. Oregon beaches are open to the public, the beaches are not privately owned making for mile after mile of open beach to enjoy. We spent hours relaxing, hunting for shells and looking in wonder at tide pools. A beautiful spot with great weather which we enjoyed as a family.

    By JANET on July 30, 2011 3:59 PM

    The best beach is Anagada BVI it is the carribian on one side and the atlantic on the other, there is a shack for a bar and restaurant on the atlantic side hammocks in the trees and you can walk around the whole island is you feel like it. There is a great restaurant on the C side with the best and biggest lobster I've ever had. It's a great place for a romantic getaway.

    By Jill on July 30, 2011 4:28 PM

    The beaches in Ochos Rios, Jamaica are beautiful! White sands and warm blue waters!

    By Jennifer Liu on July 30, 2011 5:56 PM

    The best beach has gotta be Wasaga Beach. Clean sand and waters, less crowds, and close to all your necessities for the nighttime ;)

    By John Hanthorn on July 31, 2011 8:10 AM

    The best beach ever is Sturgeon Bay out sideof Mackinaw City MI.

    By Rhonda Head on July 31, 2011 9:56 AM

    Pancake Bay on Lake Superior, beautiful beach on the great lakes. As you drive by you on a hot summer's day, you can't help but want to stop and take a dip.

    By Linda Ballinger on July 31, 2011 12:03 PM

    Ft Myers Beach, FL-get place for family vacation, girlfriend getaways-couples
    retreat-or if you like the night life-the beach has places for this too. But if you
    just want a nice easy place--beach has this too. something for everyone.
    Great Best Western there offering something for all the above.

    By Clyde on July 31, 2011 3:40 PM

    Hapuna Beach on the island of Hawaii. Cleanest white sand flowing into the bule Pacific ocean with generous surf for surfing and boogey board riding. If you are a fishing enthusiast, you can fish along the sides where no one is swimming. At sunset, you can see dthe most beautiful red sun with the green flash if you are lucky!!! At night, the millions fo stars let you know that you are lucky to be one of the billion who are witnessing part of the univers expansion!!!

    Clyde N.

    By Jennifer Peck on August 1, 2011 9:14 AM

    Wollongong Australia. Clean, warm, and considered some of the best surfing in the world if you are brave enough!

    By Anthony Underhill on August 1, 2011 1:06 PM

    The best beach on the planet is located in Los Organos, Peru. Los Organos is a sleepy village in northern Peru, with beautiful white semi course sandy beaches, with a back drop of mountains, and an anclave of colorful wooden fishing boats anchored offshore. And the best part of all, it was this beach where the most beautiful woman on the planet was made, my wife.

    By Deborah on August 1, 2011 3:02 PM

    If I were to choose my favorite beach in the US, it would be on Isle of Palms, SC. I have great memories of this beach and went with my future husband on our first date there in 1978. I loved picking up sand dollars and star fish on the beaches early in the morning before the masses came to spread out their blankets, and paraphernalia for a fun-filled day at the beach.

    By Colin on August 1, 2011 3:49 PM

    Anywhere where there is not a single best western hotel in sight is the perfect vacation destination.

    By Brenda McDonald on August 1, 2011 5:30 PM

    KGrowing up in the Northwest, my families favorite escape is Seaside Oregon. Besides the beautiful beaches, there is so much to do! Horseback riding, go-carts, kayaking, museums, art galleries, historical tours, lighthouses, aquariums and sites to see. Not to mention the FABULOUS restaurants, arcades for the children, and shopping!! I love the import store at the Carousel Mall full of goodies from around the world. And when your day is done, returning to our room at the Best Western is an even bigger treat. Containing an in-house restaurant, indoor pool and spa, the most comfortable beds ever smothered in fluffy pillows and top notch room service, you might not want to ever leave your hotel! I highly recommend Seaside, OR. For any vacationer traveling with or without children, there's always something for everyone!

    By Brian Lee on August 1, 2011 10:22 PM

    Varadero Cuba, best in the whole world

    By Lesly on August 1, 2011 11:55 PM

    The most beautiful beach I have ever had the pleasure of enjoying was Varadero Beach in Cuba. It is so tranquil, with white sand and clear (almost) torquiose water. It was amazing!

    By Kelvin on August 2, 2011 2:06 PM

    Nothing can beat coming out of your room at the Tin Wis Resort Lodge, McKenzie Beach, Tofino, early in the morning, just sitting on a bench, with a coffee and enjoying the beach and the pacific ocean.

    By B Peters on August 3, 2011 5:20 PM

    Our favourite beach is Sauble Beach on the shores of Lake Huron in Ontario, CANADA! You can stay at nearby Best Western's in Kinkardine and Owen Sound.

    It's a great beach for everyone. Family friendly!

    Enjoy the beautiful sunsets!

    By EvilMom on August 6, 2011 7:33 AM

    The best beach we've seen so far is Redondo with all its sights, smells, and great seafoods! The best part? Best Western is a stone's throw away with all the amenities we've grown accustomed of (warm cookies, hot chocolate every afternoon). Redondo + Best Western = Sweet Summer Vacation of 2011

    By melody on August 6, 2011 7:39 AM

    The best beach we've seen so far is Redondo in California with all its sights, smells, and great seafoods! The best part? Best Western is a stone's throw away with all the amenities we've grown accustomed of (warm cookies, hot chocolate every afternoon). Redondo + Best Western = Sweet Summer Vacation of 2011!

    By melody on August 6, 2011 7:42 AM

    The best beach we've seen so far is Redondo in California with all its sights, smells, and great seafoods! The best part? Best Western is a stone's throw away with all the amenities we've grown accustomed of (warm cookies, hot chocolate every afternoon). Redondo + Best Western = Sweet Summer Vacation of 2011! f

    By Pamela White on August 6, 2011 12:20 PM

    Hanalei Bay on the island of Kauai Hawaii is the best beach I have visited. It is about 2 miles of pale sand and warm water. There are shade trees just off the beach and swimming is wonderful.

    By Christina on August 6, 2011 1:45 PM

    I grew up going to ocean City,MD. Its not the best beach i'm sure but to me it holds the best memories.

    By Rick M. on August 6, 2011 6:58 PM

    Garden City Beach, SC. In the late winter I walk for hours on that beach with a cool brisk wind in my face in the morning and the warmth of the sun by mid-day. Friendly smiles can always be found there too....especially when the perfect shell is found.

    By darlene fair on August 8, 2011 7:22 AM

    by: darlene f. I grew up 19 miles from Daytona Beach Fl. and New Smyrna Beach so great beaches I have enjoyed. Both have the WOW factor. As a parent you hunt for cheap, safe and new places all the time. So in the middle of one of those hunts I came across Howard's Park. It's between Clearwater Fl. and just south of Tarpon Springs, on the west coast of florida. The sand white the water clear and blue, but this beach has something else, turtle grass in the water 100 yards out. It,s like being in the florida keys colored fish and marine life everwhere. We went during scallop season , we didn't know it at the time, but you can get a license to catch the swimming scallops. The kids just loved the day watching the scallops and the fish swimming around. We did alot of swimming and later enjoyed the beach and grill area, eating our sandwiches and watching one of the hottiest hot pink and orange sunsets. Park opens sunrise and closes at sunset, enjoy we did!!!!

    By mark piper on August 9, 2011 9:55 PM

    The Best beach is Lanikai beach on Oahu. It is the perfect hawaiian beach, white gold sand, deep blue water looking out to the Mokuluas,two little islands just off shore ,coconuts palms swaying. Fabulous!!!

    By Tampa77 on August 10, 2011 10:27 AM

    My favorite summer beach would have to be Megan's Bay, US virgin islands!
    It is breath taking! I would recommend to everyone to go one day! It is truly one of the most beautiful beaches in the world!
    Younger, I was able to go many times and it is some of the best memories I have!

    By Jeannette on August 10, 2011 6:38 PM

    Oh the beach in Montego Bay Jamaica. It is absolute paradise. I was on vacation in Jamaica and met my husband there. We also returned for our honeymoon. Nothing more beautiful than the teal colored water....ahh wish I was there right now!

    By burcu on August 16, 2011 9:07 AM

    Birds Hill Lake in Winnipeg. It is great for a family picnic.

    By Wanda on August 16, 2011 5:44 PM

    Grand Beach in Manitoba is the best one I know. Miles and miles of sand and incredible beauty!

    By James on August 18, 2011 2:15 PM

    Just came back from Australia. 2 words............Gold Coast. That is a beach my friends. I've been to Tahiti, Maui, Fiji, Greece, but the Gold Coasts beach stretches on forever and has some sick surf to boot. That being said, I can never get enough beach time and I'm looking forward to trying them all.

    By bonnie blanchet on August 18, 2011 4:25 PM

    The best beach ever is on Victoria Island in Nigeria Africa. The waves are unbelievably high and the sand has the the best shells ever.

    By bonnie blanchet on August 18, 2011 4:40 PM

    Best beach ever is located on Victoria Island in Lagos Nigeria Africa. It is awesome because there is a pristine shore lined with shells and extremely large waves.

    By Eugene Falik on August 22, 2011 4:36 PM

    Rockaway Beach, Queens, New York City. Beautiful soft white sand, easy access. Empty (thanks to John Lindsey).

    By maria asiain on September 9, 2011 1:13 PM

    While I do live in NJ and have to admit our beaches are the best in summer fun...I must say my favorite beach is in Florida. Sanible Island. I decided to travel alone for the first time and had heard how wonderful this spot was from so many people that it seemed like the perfect place to escape. ... AND IT WAS. Traveling over the bridges from Florida onto the island I instantly relaxed. It was a heavenly view. The island was lovely. It had such a cozy feel to it and so simple to get around. Traveling alone I felt absolutely safe and at home. The beach was AWESOME. The warm gentle waters were sooooooo relaxing and comforting. Shallow enough to walk out a nice distance and just float. The best morning was when the dolphins swam up.. YES, not kidding. Swam up to the shore. Kids were amazed and it was such a beautiful sight. Finding a good place to eat was a breeze. Driving down to Captiva is a great ride and you can get anywhere by bike. Lots to do, or nothing to do.... it was simply wonderful. Calm, quiet, clean and perfect for a beach escape!!!!! Love it.

    By J. Smith on September 15, 2011 9:22 AM

    Vanderbilt Beach - Fort Myers, FL

    Beautiful sand and rippling waves!

    By Nicole WC on September 18, 2011 11:46 AM

    My kids love any beach they can get to. There are so many nice beaches for different reasons.....along the Oregon Coast for summer fun and for winter storm watching. Hawaiian beaches for the golden sand and blue waters. Mayan Riviera for lagoon style beaches. Tofino BC for surfing and long stretches of beach to run on......ahhh, any beach any day.....

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