Americans make more than 400 million visits to the beach every year, according to The United States Lifesaving Association.
The beach towns listed below attract the largest number of visitors all year round, according to local tourist board data.
Panama City Beach, Florida
The Sunshine State's tourist board, Visit Florida, says that according to data from Arrivalist, "during the first 8 months of 2021, the top most visited beach towns in Florida have been Panama City Beach, Fort Lauderdale, and St. Petersburg." The list was the same in 2020.
Panama City Beach has been named the top 3 beach in the United States by TripAdvisor. Here visitors are welcome to enjoy 27-miles of stunning beaches as well as wonderful dinning experiences or fabulous retail and entertainment in Pier Park, Panama City Beach's premier shopping and entertainment destination.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Fort Lauderdale is one of the top three most visited beach towns in Florida in 2021, 2020 and 2019 on the report of Arrivalist.
Blue Wave certified since 1999, Fort Lauderdale Beach, is the first place to check out when visiting the city. Also known as "The Venice of America," visitors love the beautiful golden sand and the many stores and restaurants, particularly dining al fresco on Las Olas Boulevard while people-watching.
St. Petersburg, Florida
"The Sunshine City" located at the base of the Tampa Bay peninsula in Pinellas County, holds the Guinness World Record for the most consecutive days of sunshine at 768 days.
In downtown St. Petersburg you will find anything you need, bars, restaurants, shops as well as plenty of events and cultural attractions. St. Petersburg is home to the Salvador Dali Museum, and beautiful Fort De Soto Park. For those who like to keep it simple, admiring beautiful Tampa Bay from downtown St. Pete is always a great option.
Santa Monica, California
Just north of Venice Beach and about 30-minute by car from Los Angeles is the unique beachside city of Santa Monica.
In 2019, before the pandemic started, Santa Monica was getting 8,413,100 annual visitors who just like locals, love the year-round the Mediterranean climate. It does get busy at the Santa Monica's pier, amusement park, retail promenade and Muscle Beach, but the vibe is mainly positive and happy.
Newport Beach, California
One of the wealthiest enclaves in Southern California, this stretch of Orange County with mild climate and beautiful beaches draws nearly 10 million visitors each year. As described by Visit California, in Newport Beach "old California charm meets modern glamour."
Known for its many events, active boating harbor and over 400 restaurants, Newport Beach is the permanent home to around 86,831 people.
Huntington Beach, California
Known as Surf City, this Orange County beach is one of the most visited beaches in California, according to the city of Huntington Beach, it draws more than 11 million visitors to the city each year.
Visitors love the nearly 10 miles of sand, the casual lifestyle and the many restaurants, bars and retail stores.
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
The Myrtle Beach area, popularly known as the Grand Strand, welcomes more than 19 million visitors annually, according to Visit Myrtle beach.
Myrtle Beach area is the jewel of South Carolina attracting many families to its long stretch of sand, variety of entertainment options, including an amusement park, Ferris wheel, and plenty of eateries.
Waikiki, the Honolulu neighborhood on the south shore of the island of Oahu, is a very popular destination and one of the most visited destinations in Hawaii.
According to figures from Hawai Tourism, in 2019 the average daily census indicated that 114,596 visitors were on O'ahu on any given day. The majority of those on Waikiki beach.
This Hawaii beach town attract hordes of tourists to its nearly two miles of golden sand, palm trees and plenty of options for those looking for entertainment and a fun holiday.