Best Beach

Headlands Beach State Park, Mentor

It's the longest beach in Ohio. The cleanest. The prettiest. It has bigger waves, more natural sand, and typically, it's the least crowded. It's also -- at least for now -- completely free, maintained by your tax dollars and there for your enjoyment. There are so many good things to say about the mile-long Headlands Beach State Park that it almost sounds like propaganda, so we'll offer one caveat: It's also the coldest. But that may not be such a negative. How else to explain the fact that it's not routinely overrun with beachgoers?