Summer is nearly here, and that means it's time to hit the beach. Travel booking site Tripadvisor ranks U.S. beaches based on the quantity and quality of traveler reviews and ratings for beaches on the site, gathered over a 12-month period.

Sugar-white sands and crystal-clear water were a common thread of many of these beaches. Travelers also commented on the amenities available, such as restrooms and showers, and activities in the area. Florida's Clearwater Beach was the number one beach in America, up three spots from its U.S. ranking a year ago.

Many of these beaches are great for families, but we also found five more of the most popular beach destinations for kids based on reviews at, and added those at the end.

So grab your swimsuit and towel, here are the best beaches in the U.S.:

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