Beach Lovers' Paradise: Which U.S. States Have the Most Beachfront Hotels?

April 18, 2024 by Akylina Printziou

Photo:  Perdido Beach Resort

Imagine the soothing sound of waves caressing the shore, the soft golden glow of sunrise painting the horizon, and the feeling of warm sand between your toes. Now, picture this blissful morning scene just steps away from your hotel room, where luxury meets the laid-back charm of beachside living. In the United States, a tapestry of coastlines awaits to offer this serene experience, from the rugged cliffs of the Pacific to the powdery sands of the Atlantic. Beachfront hotels and resorts become a lot more than mere accommodations, blending the comfort of refined stays with the untamed beauty of America’s shores.

But where do you find these gems of seaside tranquility? Let's delve into the heart of Travelmyth's category feature, showcasing our dedication to guiding you to your dream beachfront escape (and not only!). With over 5 million hotels and properties classified, including 28,026 beachfront hotels and other types of accommodations all over the world, Travelmyth stands as your compass to navigating the vast ocean of travel possibilities.

Of course, not every hotel near water qualifies for the coveted title of a "beachfront hotel". For a property to earn its place in this category, certain criteria must be met, ensuring guests the luxury of stepping directly from their room onto the sand. For a deeper dive into how we curate our beachfront category, check out our Behind the Scenes article that details our process and all the criteria.

Having established a refined understanding of what constitutes a genuine beachfront hotel, let's now explore which US states boast the most beachfront hotels and resorts:

Photo:  The Palms Hotel & Spa

Florida - The Sunshine State, Illuminated by 2,163 Beachfront Hotels and Properties

Securing the top spot as the US state with the most beachfront hotels and other types of accommodation on Travelmyth, Florida's allure is magnified by 2,163 beachfront hotels and properties, where each day begins with a symphony of waves.

Nestled in Miami Beach,  The Palms Hotel & Spa exemplifies eco-luxury, merging seamlessly with the rhythmic sound of the Atlantic to offer a serene oasis amidst the city's vibrant energy. Further up the coast,  The Breakers Palm Beach in Palm Beach presents an iconic retreat where luxury and heritage blend seamlessly, set against stunning ocean vistas that captivate the senses. Continuing the journey,  Acqualina Resort and Residences in Sunny Isles Beach epitomizes sophistication with its sumptuous accommodations, providing breathtaking views of the ocean that set the stage for an unforgettable beachside experience. No matter which part of Florida you choose to visit, a plethora of wonderful beachfront hotels await, ready to make your stay memorable.

Photo:  Wild Dunes Resort - Sweetgrass Inn and Boardwalk Inn

South Carolina - Home to 1,001 Beachfront Hotels and Properties

The genteel beauty of South Carolina is home to 1,001 beachfront hotels and properties, each offering a gateway to the charm of the Palmetto State, rendering the state number two on our list.

Nestled in Myrtle Beach, the  Marriott Myrtle Beach Resort & Spa at Grande Dunes offers a sanctuary of beachfront luxury, where the allure of the Atlantic enhances each stay. Further south,  The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa provides a peaceful retreat on Hilton Head Island, where Southern hospitality meets picturesque beach views. On the Isle of Palms,  Wild Dunes Resort - Sweetgrass Inn and Boardwalk Inn offers guests a unique blend of leisure and adventure, set against a backdrop of sandy shores and lush landscapes. Across these varied locales, South Carolina promises memorable coastal experiences, ensuring that every visitor finds a perfect beachside retreat.

Photo:  The Lodge at Gulf State Park, A Hilton Hotel

Alabama - A Hidden Gem with 363 Beachfront Hotels and Properties

Although not as widely known, Alabama comes third with 363 beachfront hotels and properties on our website, each offering a unique blend of Southern warmth and Gulf Coast serenity.

For instance, at  Perdido Beach Resort in Orange Beach, guests can bask in a world of relaxation and comfort, complete with panoramic views of the Gulf that captivate and soothe. Nearby,  The Lodge at Gulf State Park, A Hilton Hotel in Gulf Shores, exemplifies harmony with nature. Situated within a state park, this eco-conscious retreat offers a pristine beach as your backyard, ensuring every stay is as tranquil as it is environmentally aware. These examples underscore the diverse and inviting options available along Alabama’s coastline, promising memorable experiences for every visitor.

Photo:  Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa

Hawaii - 230 Beachfront Hotels and Properties in Paradise

With 230 beachfront hotels and properties, Hawaii is not only the epitome of paradise, where luxury meets the untouched beauty of the islands, but also the fourth US state with the most beachfront hotels on Travelmyth. Guests can visit  The Kahala Hotel and Resort in Honolulu, which offers secluded elegance on the shores of Oahu, with a private lagoon and beachfront access. Other options include  Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa on Maui and  Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa on Kauai, each one inviting guests to immerse in the splendor of their tropical settings, offering luxurious amenities against the backdrop of Hawaii’s breathtaking landscapes.

Some other states that are also worth exploring for their charming coastal experiences are:

Maryland (with 171 beachfront hotels and properties): Home to the classic Ocean City boardwalk, Maryland provides a quintessential East Coast beach experience.
Virginia (with 149 beachfront hotels and properties): Known for the bustling Virginia Beach, this state attracts sun-seekers and adventurers with its expansive sandy stretches.
North Carolina (with 127 beachfront hotels and properties): The Outer Banks of North Carolina offer quiet beauty and a touch of history, ideal for a serene getaway.
Texas (with 125 beachfront hotels and properties): Galveston Island blends Southern charm with seaside pleasures, offering a distinct Texan beach experience
California (with 120 beachfront hotels and properties): Though fewer in number, each beachfront hotel along California's vast coastline serves as a gateway to the Pacific's awe-inspiring grandeur.
New Jersey (with 75 beachfront hotels and properties): The Jersey Shore, with its iconic boardwalks and lively beach scene, epitomizes classic American seaside fun.

From Florida’s bustling beaches to the serene shores of Hawaii, the US boasts beautiful coasts riddled with amazing beachfront resorts. If you've ever wondered which US state has the most beachfront hotels, Travelmyth has already done the search for you! What’s left is for you to find your perfect seaside sanctuary—be it a pet-friendly spot, a luxurious retreat, or an adult-only paradise. Explore the magnificent coastlines of the United States with us, where each beachfront hotel offers its own unique narrative. With Travelmyth, discovering your ideal stay is just a few clicks away, perfectly matched to your preferences and awaiting your arrival!

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