The World's Best Beaches, from Australia to the Seychelles

By Ben Steverman - 2012-05-30T12:46:33Z

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Most Expensive U.S. Beach

The average home price in Newport Beach, California, is $2.54 million, more than any other community in the U.S., according to Coldwell Banker. For example, an 8-bedroom, 17-bath mansion with ocean views is listed for $37 million. Of course, you can always pass up on the realtors and park yourself at the Newport Beach Hotel, where rooms start at $240 per night.