America’s Best Beaches 2006

noneOcracoke Island, N.C.
Ocracoke’s remote beaches have lured visitors for centuries; in the 1500s it first appeared on maps, after Sir Walter Raleigh and his crew set foot upon the island’s sands … Read more.

noneMyrtle Beach, S.C.
As the largest resort along South Carolina’s 60-mile Grand Strand, Myrtle Beach is the East Coast’s ultimate vacation hub. The town teems with summertime action: the population explodes during summer months … Read more.

noneCoronado, Calif.
Just over the bridge from San Diego is a small, tree-lined beach haven known as Coronado. The “island,” as many locals call it, is really a peninsula connected to the mainland … Read more.

noneLaguna Beach, Calif.
Laguna Beach’s kaleidoscope of artisans, crafts and galleries mixes with just enough Beach Blanket Bingo-style fun to be the perfect stomping ground for the rich and crafty … Read more.

noneCarmel, Calif.
Carmel-by-the-Sea is located in a unique stretch of California’s coastal highway. The town was once a bohemian haven for artists, including photographer Ansel Adams and writers Upton Sinclair and Sinclair Lewis … Read more.

noneLittle Palm Island, Fla.
Nestled between the Florida mainland and Key West, and just past the Seven-Mile Bridge, lies the Lower Keys, a collection of tiny islands that prove just how much the towns and vibes vary … Read more.

noneSouth Beach, Fla.
The American Riviera, Hollywood of the East, Sobe, or the Art Deco District ? whatever you call it, Miami’s South Beach is hot year-round … Read more.

noneEast Hampton, N.Y.
Strolling along the broad stretches of white sand, listening to roaring waves and passing the glorious mansions of Lily Pond, it’s easy to forget that East Hampton is an extension of New York City’s Brooklyn and Queens … Read more.

noneWailea, Hawaii
Maui is the only Hawaiian island to be named after a demigod, and that comes as to no surprise to fans, as this tropical escape is heavenly … Read more.

noneSt. John, U.S.Virgin Islands
In 1956, tycoon Laurance Rockefeller purchased a large portion of St. John and turned it into a national park to preserve the beauty of the island … Read more.