Best Beach Resorts in USA

Travel + Leisure designates the following as the best beach resorts:

• Moorings Village Islamorada (Islamorada, FL)

• Lodge & Club, Point Vedra (Ponte Vedra, FL)

• LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort (Naples, FL)

• Elizabeth Pointe Lodge (Amelia Island, FL)

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• Little Palm Island Resort & Spa (Little Torch Key, FL)

• Ritz-Carlton, Naples (Naples, FL)

• Trump International Hotel Waikiki Beach (Honolulu, HI)

• Fairmont Orchid (Big Island, HI)

• Kahala Hotel & Resort (Oahu, Hi)

• Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel (Dana Point, CA)

• Stephanie Inn (Cannon Beach, OR)

• Tu Tu’ Tun Lodge (Gold Beach, OR)

24.7 Beaches With Ecological Integrity

Based on an assessment by experts in various tourism and preservation fields, National Geographic Traveler ranked the top beaches worldwide. Beaches were evaluated based on six criteria: environmental and ecological quality; social and cultural integrity; condition of historic buildings and archaeological sites; aesthetic appeal; quality of tourism management; and outlook for the future.

Of the 18 shore areas that landed in the Top Rated category, three are in the United States, as follows:

Hawaii’s Na Pali Coast: still has a degree of ‘unspoiltness’ about it

• The 363-mile Oregon coast: some beaches near population centers are overbuilt but, in general, tourism is appropriately managed

Georgia’s Sea Islands: most islands remain either undeveloped or tastefully developed.

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