The snow is melting and Memorial Day is just around the corner. It’s time to start planning trips to the beach and this new list from says we don’t have…

The snow is melting and Memorial Day is just around the corner. It’s time to start planning trips to the beach and this new list from says we don’t have very far to travel to experience the best of what beach life has to offer.

Congrats to the THREE Western New York entries that made it in to this year’s list of America’s best beaches.


9) Coast Guard Beach, Eastham, Cape Cod, Massachusetts


This beach is about as close as you can get to touching the history of the United States. If you’ve had a couple of drinks and squint, you might be able to see the Mayflower approaching on the horizon.

8) Gallagher Beach, Buffalo, New York


Gallagher’s striking contrast between the beauty of the beach and the harshness of an industrious past leaves visitors with a unique and lasting impression. The newly built pier and boardwalk offer a beautiful locale to watch the sunset over Lake Erie.

7) Cape Hatteras, North Carolina


The iconic Cape Hatteras lighthouse sits upon a beach that, in 1953, was named America’s first National Seashore. We’re talking about 72 miles of vistas, fishing villages, surfing, and often choppy waters that remind you to respect the ocean.

6) Cape Florida State Park, Key Biscayne, Florida


Set on a barrier island off Miami, Cape Florida State Park earns bragging rights as one of the few places on the East coast to let you watch both the sunrise and the sunset over the water.

5) Woodlawn Beach State Park, Buffalo, New York


Most of America’s top beaches are on the ocean, but they don’t call these the Great Lakes for nothing. Nestled just a stone’s throw from resurgent downtown Buffalo, Woodlawn Beach features clean sand, competent lifeguards, and plenty of other visitor amenities.

4 – St. George Island State Park, Florida


You can fish, walk the dunes, swim, and sunbathe in the “snow” of this barrier island in the Florida Panhandle, southwest of Tallahassee.

3 – Evangola Beach, Irving, New York


Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of city life, Evangola Beach boasts one of America’s most storied (and accessible) contiguous freshwater shale abutments. It a relaxing getaway for the common man… and a geologist’s dream!

2 – Kahanamoku Beach, Honolulu, Hawaii


How great is Hawaii? You don’t even need to leave the state capital to visit this wonderful beach. It’s great for families thanks to an offshore reef, and if you ever decide to leave, the beach is flanked by boat and catamaran piers.

1 – Main Beach, East Hampton, New York


You’ve probably heard of the Hamptons but there’s a good chance you haven’t been there– it’s the Long Island playground of New York City’s elite.


  1. A couple of years ago, Sunset Bay was voted the best beach in WNY including beaches on Lake Ontario.  Not only is the beach clean and beautiful, you have food, booze, and music there.  WTF – they couldn’t cross over to Chautauqua County.  Grandview Bay (Mickey Rats/Capt. Kids) is even better than these and that still can’t compare to Sunset.

  2. Gallagher beach is discusting. There is no sand …just little pebbles that hurt your feet when u walk on them and you can’t go in the water bc of contamination. Smh…

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