Beaches—some like it crowded, while others prefer it quiet. If you thrive off of busy atmospheres than these beaches fulfill that desire. Many beaches offer more than sun, sand and sea and towns that flaunt shoreline cafes to even amusement rides. So before you draw a line in the sand of business, visit one of these beaches to explore if the bustling beach atmosphere is for you.
Venice Beach, California
Each year Venice attracts approximately 16 million visitors. And there’s more to do than the sun, sand and surf thing. Strut your stuff on the boardwalk or try your luck with a street side tarot and fortune reader.
Miami Beach, Florida
Thanks to being the gateway to the Caribbean and a cheap flight away from the cool northeast, Miami welcomes over 13 million visitors each year. The hot, humid and steamy summers are jam-packed on the sand. Hands down, South Beach is the busiest with tourists.
Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York
If shopping is boring, or the playhouses don’t keep you cool, head to the busy but wonderful Coney Island beach. This beach became popular in the 1830’s and popularity keeps growing. Eat a famous Nathan’s hot dog and ride the Cyclone rollercoaster as well as sunbath and swim. But we recommend eating the hot dog after the rollercoaster ride.
The white sands of Hollywood attracts those who enjoys crowds, but not places as crowded as Miami. The spectacular boardwalk is popular for those who walk, jog or still rollerblade. Renting jet skis is a popular summertime activity, so get in line early in the morning.
Hawaii is known for seclusion, where Waikiki is popular with tourists, bars and tiki drinks. The two-mile beach is an iconic Hawaiian dream just with more people and crowds. The resorts are glamorous and the water is luxurious, thus another reason why Waikiki attracts over 7.5 million tourists each year.
Ocean City, Maryland
For those east coasters who can’t escape the MD, visitors and locals flock to stay cool in Ocean City. On Fourth of July weekend, this beach attracts more than 300,000 visitors crowding the beach, sidewalks, restaurants and the carousel.
Huntington Beach, California
Thanks to the popular surfing culture and competitions, Huntington is a popular So-Cal beach destination. Dig your feet in the sand or with a seaside volleyball match. The beach is consistently packed with people and action-packed sports. The 8.5 mile beach attracts approximately eight million tourists each year.
Daytona Beach, Florida
In the spring, college students flock to let it loose, while the summer attracts NASCAR and beach lovers to enjoy sun, sand sea and sexy cars. Approximately eight million visitors flock to Daytona every year, especially during the July NASCAR races.