These American Beach Towns Have the Most People Year Round

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

#24. Panama City Beach, FL
Panama City Beach has nearly 100 public accesses to 27 miles of beaches Canva

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

People walk on the beach on March 04, 2021 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Known as the ‘Venice of America’, visitors can enjoy gondola rides on the canals but the main attraction is not doubt the beautiful golden beaches. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images/Getty Images

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

Santa Monica
People walk in front of the Santa Monica Pier at Santa Monica State Beach on July 21, 2020 in Santa Monica, California. Photo by Michael Tullberg/Getty Images/Getty Images

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

Newport Beach, California
Aerial view of Newport beach, California pictured on April 29, 2021. DANIEL SLIM/AFP/Getty

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

Crowds in Huntington Beach, California on June 14, 2020 With miles of pristine beaches, warm weather, and plenty of entertainment options, Huntington Beach draws over 11 million visitors to the city each year. Apu Gomes/AFP via Getty Images

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

Myrtle Beach
People are seen in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, on May 23, 2020. Myrtle Beach is one of the major centers of tourism in South Carolina and the United States. Sean Rayford//Getty Images

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.

LA Honolulu Hawaii
Waikiki Beach and the Diamond Head Crater in Honolulu, Hawaii. Okimo/Getty

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.

Gulf Shores, Alabama

Gulf Shores, Alabama
Gulf Shores & Orange Beach claimed top spot of Most Visited Tourism Attraction in 2020. According to state officials, 6.1 million people visited Alabama’s coastal destination. Photo by Skip Bolen/WireImage/Getty Images

The city of Gulf Shores is Alabama's main beach area, each year, the 32 miles of sugar-white sand beaches along the Alabama Gulf Coast attract nearly 7 million visitors.

It is popular with families and college youngsters during spring break and whereas the long white-sand beach can get crowed, there is plenty of options for visitors to do during the day and night including an amusement park, zoo, chain eateries, championship golf courses, watersports and zip lines.

Ocean City, Maryland

Ocean City, Maryland
Aerial view of Ocean City, Maryland. Ocean City, MD is one of the most popular beach resorts on the East Coast welcoming about 8 million visitors annually. rypson/Getty Images

The whole city encompasses 4.5 square miles, and is home to around 7,000 citizens. However, according to Ocean City official site , they host about 8 million visitors annually, who are attracted to the 10 miles of beautiful sparkling sand.

Ocean city has more than 25,000 condominiums, around 10,000 rooms and more than 200 restaurants, so plenty of options for every budget.

Virginia Beach, Virginia

Virginia Beach
Virginia Beach, Virginia is pictured in July 2020. Virginia Beach offers wonderful white-sand beaches, a massive boardwalk and mouthwatering seafood. A good portion of visitors come from the D.C. metro area (a three- to four-hour drive away). Daniel SLIM/Getty Images

This coastal city welcomes nearly 10.1 million overnight visitors each year as per official figures. Virginia beach is home to miles of white-sand beaches and hundreds of hotels, motels, and restaurants along the Atlantic Ocean and Chesapeake Bay. No surprise then that the tourism and hospitality industry are two of Virginia Beach's largest industries.