You probably know there are many outstanding beaches in the United States. You have probably read articles on the best beaches in the United States, the most crowded beaches in the United States, the least crowded beaches in the United States, the best beaches nobody knows about yet in the United States, and it goes on.
What we wanted to know was what is the most visited beach in the United States, not the prettiest, not the most crowded, not the best, though the most visited.
We researched back a few years, and there is a clear winner on the most visited beach in the United States.
A beachfront neighborhood of Honolulu, on the south shore of the island of Oahu, in Hawaii, United States.
It really should be known as Waikiki Beaches, with the many different sections that make up this two-mile stretch of white sand. Together, these beach sections make what everyone refers to as Waikiki Beach, one of the busiest and most cosmopolitan spots in Oahu where a plethora of activities geared towards tourists seem to go on all day and most of the night.
Whether you are looking forward to surfing, canoe paddling, snorkeling, swimming, boogie boarding, sand combing, catching a golden tan, people watching, or marveling at a few beautiful Waikiki sunsets, it’s very easy to have a good time on the different areas of Waikiki Beach . There is also a beautiful Waikiki Beach promenade, available for those who are interested in taking a leisurely stroll to absorb all the action.
Take note when visiting Waikiki that there are 8 main sections of beach that are distinctly different from one another.
1 Duke Kahanamouku Beach – This first section, located near the beginning part of Waikiki near the Ala Moana channel and harbor is Duke Kahanamoku Beach.
- Fort DeRussy Beach Park – This next area of Waikiki Beach is probably the one of the nicer sections of sand that is also less crowded. Fort DeRussy Beach Park is the only section in the surrounding upper Waikiki area that provides a beautiful grassy park setting with palm trees, shade, and picnic tables.
- Gray’s Beach – Probably one of the oldest sections of Hawaii Waikiki Beach. This beach was named after Gray’s By The Sea lodge that once stood at this point. The irony about Gray’s Beach, is that not only is the structure gone, but much of the beach is as well.
- Royal Hawaiian Beach – Also known as Waikiki Beach Center, is on the other side of Gray’s Beach and best described as activity central! Royal Hawaiian Beach is a great spot to catch a Catamaran chartered ride or paddle out on a Hawaiian outrigger canoe, or even take on surfing Waikiki Beach waves.
- Prince Kuhio Beach – Kuhio Beach has been nicked named “The Ponds”, because they constructed two back-to-back concrete walls that stretch about 40 yards into the ocean.
- Queen Kapiolani Beach – Located just after the Kuhio Ponds and busy stretch of Waikiki Hotels is Queen’s Beach. It’s a nice stretch of sand to relax and sunbath on.
- San Souci Beach – Not only is it off the hotel strip, but it also has a lovely quiet park in between here and the last section of Waikiki Beach. It is popular among the locals who love to frequent this spot.
- Outrigger Canoe Club Beach – Basically the last stretch of Waikiki Beach …and very private at that. There are two ways to access it. One is to walk across the eastern end of San Souci Beach which is mostly reef and old cement wall where there are stairs to take you over onto the small Outrigger Canoe Club beach. We would recommend crossing with caution and reef shoes during low tide! For easier access, walk through the Lotus at Diamond Head Hotel (formerly the W Hotel) parking lot, and look for a small alley way next to the Colony Surf Hotel, that will lead you to this little-known beach.
Waikiki beach basically lines the hotel skyline and Kapiolani Park. There are solid barriers in some sections such as Gray’s, San Souci , and the Outrigger Canoe Club Beach. Otherwise the beach sections run into one another, distinct from each other only as the character and ambience of the beach changes, with some more subtly than others.
When not relaxing and enjoying Waikiki beach, there is a ton of things to do in Oahu. Oahu known as “The Gathering Place” is the third largest of the Hawaiian Islands. It is home to about two-thirds of the population of the U.S. state of Hawaii.
Here are a few things to do in Oahu
Visit USS Arizona Memorial
Visit Pearl Harbor/WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument
Visit Diamond Head State Monument
Go on one of the many Sightseeing tours
Go Surfing, Windsurfing, or Kitesurfing
Visit Koko Crater Trail
Go on a biking tour
Watch Hawaiian sunset while enjoying dinner and live hula dancers
Snorkel with green sea turtles
Go on a shark dive
Go on Oahu Submarine Scooter Adventure
Take a helicopter tour over Oahu
Visit some of the fresh markets in Honolulu
Visit Iolani Palace
Take hike at Manoa Falls
Try the various local Hawaii foods