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16 Sexiest Beaches in America

Hayley Matthews

Written by: Hayley Matthews

Hayley Matthews

Hayley has over 10 years of experience overseeing content strategy, social media engagement, and article opportunities. She has also written hundreds of informational and entertaining blog posts. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including Bustle, Cosmo, the Huffington Post, AskMen, and Entrepreneur. When she's not writing about dating news, relationship advice, or her fantasy love affair with Leonardo DiCaprio, she enjoys listening to The Beatles, watching Harry Potter reruns, and drinking IPAs.

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Between slipping on that polka-dot bikini and sipping Mai Thais, you can always count on the beach to heat things up. Whether you like to kick it poolside or explore local tiki bars, the beach is a constant sultry getaway.

But not all beaches are created equal.

To help you decide where to spend your next island vacation, we rounded up the 16 sexiest beaches in America — and some sexy adventures that await there.

16. Daufuskie Island, South Carolina

Tucked between Savannah, Georgia and Hilton Head, Daufuskie Island, South Carolina is the perfect beach escape.

Head over to Marshide Mama’s for a romantic dinner, drinks and live music at this charming beachside cafe. Plus, you can only get to the island via boat transportation, so you know traffic and tourist groups won’t interrupt your private time.

15. Seaside, Florida

Seaside is on Florida’s Gulf Coast, so you know the scenery will be stellar.

The beach town is bustling with specialty shopping and art galleries for daytime and waterfront bars and restaurants for when the sun goes down. If outdoor activities are more your scene, there are charming golf courses and a 19-mile-long bike path.

14. Flagler Beach, Florida

Flagler Beach is subtly sexy with its laid-back atmosphere and breezy beach bars.

Soak up the sun on the beach during the day, and watch the sun set a the Golden Lion Cafe. Come for the cool cocktails, but stay for the people watching.

13. Malibu Beach, California

From celebrity sightings to billion-dollar homes, Malibu Beach, California has certainly earned its status as a top-tier beach destination.

Pop some champagne at the Moonshadows Bar and Lounge that overlooks the ocean. Head over to the Blue Lounge for Saturday night house music or roll in for a boozy brunch Sunday morning.

12. Venice Beach, California

It might not be Italian, but this Venice has its fair share of sexiness.

From shirtless street performers to racy nightclubs, this California beach has every suggestive space you could dream up — perfect for meeting singles or spicing up a long-term love.

Spend the day people watching at The Sidewalk Cafe, which has champagne brunches on the weekends and weekday happy hours.

11. Jupiter, Florida

We will refrain from any out-of-this-world jokes, but Jupiter, Florida really is an otherworldly type of beach. From swanky boat rides to chic museum tours, this spot gets beachgoers’ blood pumping.

Trek up to the top of the lighthouse for a bird’s eye view of the city, and wrap up the day with a trip to Square Grouper Tiki Bar. The waterfront spot is perfect for sipping frozen cocktails and escaping reality.

10. Redondo Beach, California

Redondo Beach is home to one of the most iconic piers in the country — perfect for a sexy midday stroll.

Head to Old Tony’s on the pier for seaside snacks and booze. After a long day of lounging, get steamy with a couples’ massage in a fabulous California hotel.

9. Cannon Beach, Oregon

Oregon might not be your first beach trip instinct, but Cannon Beach’s quaint, small-town feel makes it feel extra intimate.

This beautiful beach offers a host of creative spaces, from local art to a live theater. Spend your time with natives at Wayfarer restaurant on the beach. The menu features locally grown produce to get you living like a local.

8. Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

It doesn’t take much convincing to recognize that Hawaii is home to some of the sexiest beaches on the planet, but Kailua-Kona goes above and beyond even Hawaiian standards.

Choose between an outdoor dining scene or a romantic dining room at the Beach Tree, a restaurant in the sand. Complete a romantic evening with a stargazing date in the mountains.

7. Cape May, New Jersey

“The Jersey Shore” might have wrecked Jersey’s beach reputation, but we don’t mind keeping Cape May to ourselves.

Relax with a brewery or winery tour (or both), followed by food at The Rusty Nail. The Nail is a surfer spot perfect for any meal of the day — it even offers a menu for your dog.

The posh beach town isn’t one you’ll want to leave soon, so book a vacation rental and waste the summer away.

6. Miami, Florida

Pitbull certainly knows his sexy beaches, and Miami tops off his list of the best.

The Florida beach is known for its abundance of beautiful people who are around day and night. Stick to South Beach strip for nighttime dance clubs and head to Nikki Beach for post-night out brunches.

5. Shelter Island, California

Shelter Island is a secluded oasis in San Diego that is famous for its stunning sunset views.

The piece of land is less than 2 miles long and only a few hundred feet wide, highlighting its intimacy. Have a picnic on a yacht, or eat in one of the many fine dining restaurants on the island.

4. Pensacola, Florida

Pensacola is a cozy beach town, perfect for fishing, boating and canoeing.

Plan a cool date night at the Flora-Bama lounge and oyster bar, where there’s live music and comfort food. Or if you’re in the mood for a more marina-esque meal, head to Peg Leg Pete’s for fresh seafood.

3. Atlantic City, New Jersey

In Atlantic City, the sand isn’t the only place you’ll catch sexy people.

A.C. is known for its bustling casinos and scandalous shows, and the fancy resorts top the list of some of the raciest places in the area. Stroll down the beachfront boardwalk to get a true taste for what A.C. is all about.

2. Wellfleet, Massachusetts

This Cape Cod town is particularly famous for harvesting oysters, one of the strongest aphrodisiacs you can consume.

Head to the Pearl for the raw bar, where all of the fish comes from the water across the street. After filling up on fish, hike through the swampy trails and wildlife sanctuaries.

1. Montauk, New York

Montauk tops off our list of sexiest beaches for good reason!

Secure some privacy by renting out a space at the chic Montauk Yacht Club, where you’ll have access to a private beach and secluded pools. During the summer, eat at the Surf Lodge Restaurant, which is run by world-renowned chefs. Go on a sexy adventure through park hikes or by taking a day trip to the local vineyards.

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