Just in time for Spring Break, Trip Advisor has released their picks for the top 25 best beaches in the United States, so you can pretty much solidify your vacay plans now. Both Florida and Hawaii steal the spotlight, taking up the top 5 spots between the two of them, and we can definitely see why. Crystal clear warm waters, white sand beaches and that delicious ocean breeze make a family beach vacation a great choice for your upcoming break.

Here are the top five choices from Trip Advisor. Grab your towel and sunscreen and hit the beach!

Clearwater, Florida


Shallow waters and white sand mean Clearwater Beach in Florida is a great destination for young families. The beach is just one of 88 things to do listed by Trip Advisor for this destination. If sand between your toes isn't your thing, take the kids to the Clearwater Aquarium, on a ferry ride or head to a winery. Plenty of fun for everyone!

Siesta Beach, Florida


South of Sarasota, Siesta Beach, Florida is a great option if you have lots of little swimmers. Known for its hard-packed sand and gorgeous sunsets, Siesta Beach is nestled within the Siesta Keys. Volleyball courts, plenty of food options and chair rentals make this beach the perfect place to pick a spot and stay all day.

Ka'anapali Beach, Maui, Hawaii

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It would be flat-out wrong to visit Maui and not check out Lahaina's Ka'anapali Beach. Gentle winds and tons of sea life (think turtles and whales) make this a beach on the more relaxing side. Seasoned beachgoers report no seaweed and no sand flies, and plenty of restaurants and shops within walking distance.

South Beach, Florida

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Enjoy a relaxing beach vacation and probably spot a celebrity or two if you visit South Beach this Spring Break. Known for its fine sand and wide beaches, South Beach is home to many a fashion photo shoot and is great for families with pre-teens or teenagers. With tons of shops, restaurants and hotels in this hot-spot, you should have no problem finding a place to stay and eat, all within your budget.

Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, Oahu, Hawaii

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Novice and beginner snorkelers will love the beach at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve. Be prepared to pay for entering and allow time to watch a video on respecting the preserve and wildlife, but it's well worth it. Even if you don't plan on a snorkel trip, this beach is beautiful and a perfect spot to take in all the natural beauty that Hawaii has to offer.

You can find the remaining top 20 ranked beaches over at Trip Advisor.

Are you planning on taking a Spring or Summer beach vacation? We’d love to hear your travel plans! Share your details in the comments below.

––Karly Wood



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