Most Popular U.S. Beaches

The Daily Beast crunches the numbers to figure out which sand-and-surf destinations are America’s favorite.

With busiest beach month now upon us, The Daily Beast crunches the numbers to figure out which sand-and-surf destinations are America’s favorite.

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1. Jacksonville Beach, Fla.

Attendance 2010: 9,000,000
Resident Population: 22,051

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2. Ocean City, Md.

Attendance 2010: 4,000,000
Resident Population: 6,998

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3. Miami, Fla.

Attendance 2010: 14,214,282
Resident Population:  88,065

Charles Slate

4, Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Attendance 2010: 4,500,000
Resident Population: 16,221

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5, Belmar, N.J.

Attendance 2010: 3,000,000
Resident Population: 5,896 

Chelsea Sektnan

6, Laguna Beach, Calif.

Attendance 2010: 3,912,483
Resident Population: 24,131

Paul Bersebach

7, Newport Beach, Calif.

Attendance 2010: 7,102,152
Resident Population: 81,680 

Amy Toensing

8, Ocean City, N.J.

Attendance 2010: 3,056,601
Resident Population: 14,701

Lori Shepler

9, Huntington Beach, Calif.

 Attendance 2010: 7,986,932
Resident Population: 193,366

Sandy Huffaker

10, Del Mar, Calif.

Attendance 2010: 1,763,255
Resident Population: 4,543

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11, San Diego, Calif.

Attendance 2010: 23,969,337
Resident Population: 1,306,300

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12, Coronado, Calif.

Attendance 2010: 2,965,000
Resident Population: 22,225

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13, Encinitas, Calif.

Attendance 2010: 3,440,422
Resident Population: 61,593

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14, Daytona Beach, Fla.

Attendance 2010: 9,000,000
Resident Population: 495,890

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15, Clearwater, Fla.

Attendance 2010: 3,500,000
Resident Population: 106,081

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16, Honolulu, Hawaii

Attendance 2010: 15,554,292
Resident Population: 907,574

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17, Nags Head, N.C.

Attendance 2010: 916,375
Resident Population: 3,058

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18, Imperial Beach, Calif.

Attendance 2010: 25,92,600
Resident Population: 27,003

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19, Santa Rosa, Fla.

Attendance 2010: 3,500,000
Resident Population: 151,759

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20, Oceanside, Calif.

Attendance 2010: 3,835,213
Resident Population: 172,901