When you think of blue water in the United States where do you think of? My immediate first thought goes straight to the gulf coast of Florida or perhaps the Florida Keys. Behind that the water in Big Sur California. Other than that, I personally wouldn’t describe any water in the United States as “blue”. Well, I’m sure Hawaii would fit that description, but I’ve never personally experienced it. The prettiest water I’ve ever seen? Hands down Turks & Caicos. The straight-up teal color of the water is like nothing else I’ve experienced in the world. It makes even the gorgeous waters of the Bahamas just seem subpar. But back to the US. I grew up going to beaches in South Carolina and have paid a few visits to North Carolina beaches as well. And one word I’d never use to describe the water in either state is blue. That’s why I was so shocked when our friends at SIXT reached out with a study that named a North Carolina beach as having some of the bluest water in the United States.
They ranked 50 of the most beautiful bodies of water in the U.S. if you’re like me and want your blue water fix then give this list a once over. Here is what SIXT said was their methodology for compiling this list. “We color-picked more than 50 of the best bodies of water in the U.S. and found the nearest color shade to illustrate the various colors of water available in the nation. Colors are accurate as of February 17, 2023.” Use your own discretion, as I said before I wouldn’t include any North Carolina location as one with the bluest or even blue water. But to each their own.
The Bluest Water In The United States According To SIXT
- Blue Hole (Santa Rosa, NM)
- Chena Hot Springs (Fairbanks, AK)
- Las Olas Beach (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
- Grand Lake (Grand Lake, CO)
- La Jolla Cove (San Diego, CA)
- Sail Bay (San Diego, CA)
- Lake Conway (Edgewood, FL)
- Lake George (Lake George, NY)
- Coeur d’Alene Lake (Coeur d’Alene, ID)
- Glass Beach (Port Townsend, WA)
- Ditch Plains Beach (Montauk, NY)
- Latigo Beach (Los Angeles, CA)
- Betterton Beach (Betterton, MD)
- Monterey Bay (Monterey, CA)
- Maryland Beach (Ocean City, MD)
- Great Salt Lake (Salt Lake City, UT)
- Corolla Beach (Corolla, NC)
- Poipu Beach (Kauai, HI)
- Lake Tahoe (Reno, NV)
- Gulf Shores Beach (Gulf Shores, AL)
- Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve (Honolulu, HI)
- Clearwater Beach (Tampa, FL)
- Coligny Beach Park (Hilton Head Island, SC)
- Crystal Lake State Park (Barton, VT)
- Table Rock Lake (Branson, MO)
Some of these are lakes, which does make sense. I have seen some pretty blue lake water, the first that comes to mind is Lake Louise in Alberta, Canada. I’ve also seen photos of Bear Lake in Utah that I’d describe as clear. North/South Carolina lakes-not a chance. I still can’t see how anyone could rank any North Carolina beach as having the bluest water especially ahead of Clearwater and Hawaii. Respectfully I have not been to Corolla, but the Atlantic just can’t compare to the Gulf of Mexico or the Caribbean in my opinion. Am I missing something here? Perhaps it’s time to plan a visit to Corolla?
You can read the full study by SIXT here as well as see the color of the water in each of these locations.