What a roller-coaster ride it's been. After more than a year spent trying not to go insane indoors, this summer's going to be different. With spring now well and truly in the air, we owe it to ourselves to get (safely) outside and once again feel the sun on our skin, the sand between our toes and the refreshing splash of cool ocean water slowly soaking the legs of our jeans that haven't been rolled up quite high enough.
If the thought of some serious snorkeling, surfing, swimming or even just some much-needed take-it-easy time spent listening to the ASMR-like sound of waves crashing on the sandy shore appeals, then you're definitely going to need our guide to the very best beaches in the US.
Unfortunately, we live in an ever-changing world and the Covid-19 pandemic certainly made its presence felt in ways we couldn't even dream of before the outbreak.
Who'd have thought it would cause such an upset to the global shipping industry? Who could've conceived that would result in a container ship parking lot outside of Long Beach, California? And who could possibly have imagined that one of those container ships would accidentally snag an undersea oil pipeline with its anchor, resulting in a 13-mile wide oil slick off the coast of Orange County..?
As such, this crucial countdown might not contain some of the beaches you're expecting to find as we like to keep it current and that's why you need to keep checking.
So, what's the nicest beach in the USA right now? Well, this essential index spans the country, from East Coast gems and West Coast favorites to beautiful Hawaii coasts and even an essential respite in Chicago.
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