The heat is on and I for one am always looking for the next watering hole. While we do have some spots to frequent in Colorado, when I am feeling like a beach day, it's usually to another state. If you are in dire need of a summer break, check out this list of top beached in the US and take your pick for a mid-summer getaway. Have a favorite beach of your own? Share it in our comments section, we would love to know your favorite sandy spot!
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  1. Manele Bay, Hawaii Hulopo'e Beach on the island of Lana'i, lies at the base of the Four Seasons Lana'i at Manele Bay. Overlooking the bay and a marine preserve filled with colorful fish and dolphins. With 70 degree waters, you will find some of the best snorkeling around with an amazing view to match. 2. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina As the largest resort along South Carolina's 60-mile Grand Strand, Myrtle Beach is the ultimate vacation on the East Coast. Full of summertime action with beaches along the Strand, water parks, restaurants and live entertainment, it is an amazing time for all. Myrtle Beach's actual beach is an extensive stretch of silky white sand, with opportunities for fishing, sunbathing, surf and swimmings. 3. Nantucket, Massachusetts This one is a personal favorite since I am spending half of my August there soon! Like a faraway fairytale land with a bright blue backdrop of ocean and bay in a community of historic, weathered white cottages surrounded by wild roses. This former whaling community has quaint neighborhoods and a beach for everyone, including Surfside Beach and Children's Beach, both of which feature calm waters and no shortage of sandcastles. I will be at them all enjoying the scene. 4. Kauna'oa Bay, Hawaii Located on the Kohala Coast of the Aloha-state's Big Island, Kauna'oa Bay is the exact idea that you think of when you picture Hawaii. It has stretches of white sand, palm trees along with calm blue water. The crescent-shaped beach is a a great spot for families, active types and loungers alike. 5. Clearwater Beach, Florida Clearwater Beach has brought countless families and couples to its sandy shores. The narrow 3-mile stretch of the Pinellas Peninsula on the Gulf Coast, it straddles the blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico to the west, and Tampa Bay to it's east. Enjoy sunbathing on white sand, renting fishing boats, parasailing or heading to a mainland museum or aquarium.. Plus, if you're lucky you can spot a dolphin or two in the pristine waters. 6. Coronado, California Coronado Central Beach is 1.5 miles behind the great homes residing along Ocean Boulevard. With the fabulous Hotel Del Coronado, swimmers, bodysurfers, boogie boarders, sand sculptors alike come from near and far to explore. North Beach attracts surfers in the morning, and at the far north is the best ever Dog Beach, where pups can frolic in the surf and play in the sand. 7. Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts As summer starts, the crowds flock to Martha's Vineyard in droves, but peace is found in the Vineyard's far eastern reaches -- up-island at Moshup Beach. Tucked beneath the infamous Gay Head Cliffs, Moshup Beach is an unspoiled paradise of soft, white sand framed by red, brown and tan striated cliffs looming from above. This is another spot I am hitting soon and can't wait to see for myself. 8. East Hampton, New York Beloved by New Yorkers near and far, this white sand beach with , roaring waves is beautiful in every season. Full of your favorite A-listers, and at the end of Main Street is Main Beach, with perfect white beaches and tasty lobster rolls await with crisp glass of chardonnay. 9. Cape Hatteras National Seashore, North Carolina With 72 miles along the Atlantic coast of the Outer Banks, the Cape Hatteras National Seashore is a skinny strip of barrier islands from Nags Head to Ocracoke Island. With high, sandy dunes and frothy surf, it is great for beachcombing and body-surfing. Climb up the 248 steps to the top of the nation's tallest lighthouse to view the shore in a one of a kind way. 10. La Jolla Cove, La Jolla,CA San Diego's most desirable spot for swimming, diving and snorkeling. The water is calm and the cove is ecologically protected. There is also a world famous dive site that is located in the La Jolla ecological preserve. I love going here on trips to San Diego and watching the silly sea animals loving their home and showing off for the visitors. Image Credit to Trip Advisor

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