What is summer without long lazy days on the beach peppered with plenty of sunbathing, beach volleyball, surfing and more? So book your tickets, pack your bags and set off for the nearest beach destination. If you are undecided about which beach to visit, have a look at the annual list of the best and worst beaches in the United States compiled by the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC).
In fact, this year’s edition marks the 21st such list that has been put together by the NRDC. The beaches on the list get rated on NRDC’s 5-star scale. The list of two hundred beaches includes several popular names. Four of the best beaches on this list acquired the status of “Superstar Beaches”. That means they earned 5-star ratings this year along with perfect results over the last three years. Take a closer look at these sandy superstars.
1. Rehoboth Beach-Rehoboth Avenue Beach
Where: Sussex County, Delaware
The Reheboth Beach in Sussex County, Delaware is a two-hour drive from Washington D.C., Philadelphia and Baltimore. This is not your usual big city beach with way too many people. If you love small towns, prepare to be mesmerized by the scenic beauty and relaxed mood at Reheboth Beach. The waters here are crystal clear and so are the sandy shores. Tourists and locals alike head to the mile-long Boardwalk. The area enjoys great weather and fantastic restaurants. Plus, you can indulge in some tax-free shopping.
2. Dewey Beach
Where: Sussex County, Delaware
Dewey Beach is another small town with a tiny population of about 350. However, during summer weekends, it sometimes attracts crowds of about 30,000. Dewey Beach stretches for about a mile. It is located between the coastal town of Lewes and popular resort destinations Fenwick Island and Bethany Beach. Dewey Beach is particularly popular with the young crowd. So if you are looking for the best beaches to party at, this is a great choice. Of course, it always helps that the beach and the waters are so clean and clear.
3. Park Point Lafayette Community Club Beach
Where: St. Louis County, Minnesota
The third of the Superstar Beaches on NRDC’s 21st annual list rating America’s best and worst beaches does not border the sea. On the contrary, the sandy shores of the Park Point Lafayette Community Club Beach are located on the banks of the imposing Lake Superior in St. Louis County, Minnesota. Even as Lake Superior holds the title for being the world’s largest freshwater lake, the five-mile-long Park Point holds the unique distinction of being the longest freshwater sandbar.
4. Hampton Beach State Park
Where: Rockingham County, New Hampshire
If you are in a celebratory mood, you cannot go wrong with the Hampton Beach State Park. Located in Rockingham County, New Hampshire, this beach is popular among music lovers who flock to its shores for free evening concerts all summer long. Apparently, there are up to 80 such free evening concerts on offer at this beach paradise. And every week, fireworks displays add to the celebratory feel at this New Hampshire beach destination. The area is home to plenty of great hotels and restaurants. Add to your beach experience with a boat ride, or indulge your shopaholic gene with a stroll through the local shops.