Paradise Found: 5 U.S. Beaches With the Bluest Water

When travelers seek out the very best beaches, they’re typically looking for soft, white sands along with a sparkling expanse of water in which to take a dip. The best sort of waters in which to swim and snorkel are those that offer the most clarity, opening up all kinds opportunities to explore and appreciate the wildlife around you (not to mention being able to see where you’re stepping). These 5 American beaches have the clearest and bluest waters you’ll find in the country.

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1. Kauna’oa Bay, Hawaii

Kauna’oa Bay is a quintessential Hawaiian beach, offering visitors powdery white sands, palm trees, and a vast spread of tranquil, clear blue water extending towards the horizon. Jump in the water to beat the heat, try your hand at snorkeling to see the exotic assortment of wildlife off the Hawaiian shore, or simply catch a nap as you listen to the waves crash on a bed of warm sand. National Geographic even names Kauna’oa on its list of the top 10 beaches in the world!

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2. Jenny Lake, Wyoming

Jenny Lake is a pristine backcountry getaway in Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park. While you’re visiting, be sure to explore the surrounding network of trails, appreciate the stunning mountain views, and take a dip in the freshwater paradise. Daily News Dig rated Jenny Lake’s waters among the top clearest waters in the world, noting that the site was formed about 12,000 years ago as a result of glacier movement. Today, the area’s beauty remains as pure and untouched as ever. Visit the National Park Service website for more details.

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3. Nantucket, Massachusetts

Nantucket and Cape Cod are the go-to getaway destinations for New Englanders, and it’s not just a matter of convenience. The beaches strung along the outer coast of Massachusetts are picture perfect, boasting clean, secluded sands and azure waters as far as the eye can see. The small town feel of areas such as Nantucket — which, being an island, is especially remote — are what make Cape Cod and its outlying isles so spectacular. National Geographic even named Nantucket one of the world’s top 10 beaches!

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4. Lake Tahoe, Nevada

Lake Tahoe is another victor on Daily News Dig’s list of the clearest waters in the world. This massive freshwater lake — the 27th largest lake in the world, by volume — is tucked away in the scenic Sierra Nevada. This lake was carved out 2 million years ago and to this day remains one of the clearest spots in the world to jump in and take a swim. Dry off with a hike through the incredible surrounding landscape, or simply lounge on the shores and appreciate all that this natural wonder has to offer.

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5. Siesta Beach, Florida

According to USA Today, Siesta Beach is heaven on earth, providing visitors with pure white beaches upon which to lounge and clear, sparkling water to help beat the heat. The news outlet even goes as far as naming Siesta the most beautiful beach in the United States. Fodors also named Siesta Beach one of the most beautiful beaches in America, writing that, “The nearly translucent cerulean water is perfect for snorkeling, with plenty of pretty coral and rocks beneath.”

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