HONOLULU (KHON2) – Hawaii is known for its beautiful beaches, picture-perfect sunsets and tropical temperature. Millions of people flock to the islands every year to enjoy a vacation year-round.

Tripadvisor recently came out with their 2023 Travelers’ Choice award list for the “Best of the Best” beaches in the United States.

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Out of the 10 beaches listed, three of them are located in Hawaii with Kaʻanapali Beach on Maui taking the top spot. 

According to Tripadvisor, this award is their highest recognition. The beaches found on the list have earned excellent reviews from Tripadvisor travelers and are ranked in the top one percent of properties worldwide.

Kaʻanapali Beach on Maui is known for its three miles of white sand and crystal-clear water. According to the Hawaii Tourism Authority, one of Kaʻanapali Beach’s most famous attractions is the cliff diving ceremony off the beach’s northernmost cliffs known as Puʻu Kekaʻa or Black Rock.

You can view the rest of Tripadvisor’s the “Best of the Best” beaches below:

  1. Kaʻanapali Beach – Maui, Hawaii
  2. Siesta Beach – Siesta Key, Florida
  3. Driftwood Beach – Jekyll Island, Georgia
  4. Hanalei Beach – Kauai, Hawaii
  5. Hoʻokipa Beach Park – Maui, Hawaii
  6. Henderson Beach State Park – Destin, Florida
  7. Cannon Beach – Cannon Beach, Oregon
  8. Coronado Beach – Coronado, California
  9. Ogunquit Beach – Ogunquit, Maine
  10. La Jolla Cove – La Jolla, California

Hanalei Beach on Kauai came in fourth on Tripadvisor’s list. This beach is located on the north shore of Kauai and is perfect for surfers wanting to catch good waves. Tourists not only get beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean but also Hanalei’s misty green mountains. 

You can also check out the historic Hanalei Pier which was built in the late 1800s and has been known as a gathering spot for locals to go fishing, throw parties and hang out. According to HTA, the pier became world famous in the 1950s when 20th Century Fox featured Hanalei Pier in the classic film, “South Pacific.”

Hoʻokipa Beach Park on Maui was also on the list. This beach is known for its good waves, perfect for surfing, bodysurfing, windsurfing, parasailing and snorkeling.

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According to HTA, during the winter, waves can reach heights of 30 feet. Lifeguards remind the public that only experienced surfers should surf the waves when they become that large.