Photo: Brittany Ambridge

Photo: Brittany Ambridge
By: Caroline Biggs
top 5 beaches in the u.s.a.
New York City-based photographer Matt Albiani teamed up with Santa Barbara's Ron Brand to open Mate Gallery, a California shop with seafaring East Coast style. They were our go-to sources for ranking the best beaches, coast to coast. Naturally.     

Miramar Beach in Santa Barbara, CA “It was love at first sight when I first moved to Santa Barbara in 1991,” says Brand. “It has a real locals-only vibe; I still talk to people in town who don’t know where it is!”
Hither Hills in Montauk, NY “For me, it’s unparalleled for its quiet beauty, great swimming surf, and incredible sunsets,” says Albiani.
Miacomet Beach in Nantucket, MA “The dunes are home to the most amazing cottages I’ve ever seen,” says Albiani.
Butterfly Beach in Santa Barbara, CA “Some of the most beautiful sunsets,” says Brand, “and one of the best spots in  town to watch surfers.”
Pawleys Island, SC “My first job as a photographer brought me there,” says Albiani. “The scope of the beach and its span of large Southern shore houses are totally inspiring.”
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