The Best Beaches in North America


Hollywood Beach in Florida may have not have made this short list, but you could still consider it to be among the best beaches in North America!

Hollywood Beach in Florida may have not have made this short list, but you could still consider it to be among the best beaches in North America!

You had your share of good times this summer, but one regret you do have is that you didn’t manage to fit in a trip to one of North America’s best beaches into your schedule. That will change next year, and while winter is well on its way at the moment, it’s never too early to begin planning your beach getaway for the next summer (besides, the thought of soaking up the sun on the best beaches in North America will do much to get you through the cold months that lie ahead).

In that spirit, here are some of the best coastal holiday spots that can be found throughout the big three North American countries: Canada, the United States, and Mexico.

Long Beach, Tofino, BC, Canada

1) Long Beach, near Tofino, British Columbia, Canada

If you have always wanted to pick up surfing, the best place to do so in Canada (and perhaps North America) is in Tofino. With consistent swell year around, you can hit the water through most of the year (though winter is a bit hairy with storms making the rip current particularly dangerous), and for those with little interest in shooting the pipeline, the west coast aesthetic of the rocks, tidal pools, and the trees of the temperate rainforest will make beach walks here a very engrossing activity.

Parlee Beach, New Brunswick, Canada

2) Parlee Beach, Shediac, New Brunswick, Canada

Planning on touring the Atlantic Provinces of Canada next year? While there are many great sights and events to see and participate in, the humidity here can be oppressive at times. For a break from the heat when passing through the province of New Brunswick, take Highway 15 east from the small city of Moncton to the beach resort community of Shediac.

Well known for its lobster in season, it also plays host to one of the East Coast most social seaside scenes at Parlee Beach. The warmest waters in all of Canada can be found here in peak season (July-August) with temperatures peaking in the mid 20’s Celsius (upper 70’s in Fahrenheit) at this time.

Bahia Honda Beach

3) Bahia Honda State Park, Bahia Honda Key, Florida, USA

Don’t want to wait until next summer to get away to an idyllic beach? You don’t even have to leave the lower 48 states to do this, as the Florida Keys constitute a sliver of land that can be considered truly tropical, as temperatures don’t fall low enough at any point of the year for frosts to occur, allowing plants like coconut palms to thrive here.

You’ll relish the sight of them at Bahia Honda State Park, where they are the icing on the cake in a scene that includes sand that resembles powdered sugar, and delightfully blue green water that will be begging you to jump from the first moment you lay eyes upon it.

The best part about being a beach bum here: there is a campground on site, allowing you to fall asleep in your tent while the gentle sounds of Caribbean waves gently lap ashore mere feet away from your site.

Venice Beach, California

4) Venice Beach, California, USA

Those that seek an urban beach experience will be suitably impressed by the daily human zoo that is Venice Beach. A SoCal beach located within the Los Angeles area, you can watch meatheads lift impossibly heavy weights at the bodybuilding compound known as Muscle Beach, or you can admire the creations of starving artists that set all along Ocean Front Walk.

Did we mention that there’s a beach here? On the sands themselves, surfers carve up the waves that Southern California is famous for, fishers cast lines in hopes of a free dinner, and those ever present Angelenos seek to get their skin the perfect hue of bronze.

Tulum Beach, Mexico

5) Beach below El Castillo, Tulum, Mexico

If your plans are taking you to the Mayan Riviera in Mexico anytime soon, then a day trip out to Tulum is an absolute must. While the Mayan temple located here is certainly worth seeing, don’t forget to take your swimming gear with you, as the beach beneath this archeological beauty will make for one of the more epic beach days you have ever had.

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