Ranking the Best Beach Towns in the U.S.

A beach vacation is the highlight of the summer for many people. So good, some people are left looking to move to a beach town. Whether you’re looking for a new vacation spot or want to relocate, you can get overwhelmed by the number of beach towns America has. With so many options, they can start to blend together.

Some of the best beach towns in the U.S. each have unique identities that bring people there year after year. Here are some of the six best beach towns you can find.

Ranking the Best Beach Towns in the U.S.

La Jolla, California

Located in San Diego, La Jolla is a seaside community with white sand beaches and jagged cliffs along the beach. Filled with upscale boutiques and some of the best restaurants in San Diego, La Jolla is one of the top beach vacation destinations in the world. Its beaches have the perfect conditions for surfers, swimmers, snorkelers, and whale watching.

Key West, Florida

The Southernmost point of the country is one of the best beaches in Florida. The island is home is one of the largest barrier reefs in the world, filled with turtles, tropical fish, and coral. Around town, you can see unique architecture, from pastel home along the beach to Spanish colonial mansion rumored to be haunted. Key West is also famous for its unique dishes, key lime pie and conch fritters.

Ogunquit, Maine

The village of Ogunquit will give you the quintessential New England vacation you’ve always dreamed of. Ogunquit is well suited for art lovers with its art museum and playhouse located in the small town. The literal meaning of Ogunquit is “beautiful place by the sea,” which is clear to see while walking through the village. Walks along the beach are lined with wild flowers and roses that make it easy to understand why the area has a long history of being a community for artists.

Cape May, New Jersey

History lovers can get everything they need in Cape May. The town is the oldest seaside resort in the country and is filled with Victorian mansions. Cape May has beautiful, clean beaches that are great for whale and dolphin watching. You can find many great restaurants in the area, but you can also go on tours of local breweries and wineries. 

Chincoteague, Virginia

Chincoteague Island is part of a National Wildlife Refuge that remains pristine despite being a popular vacation spot. Unlike other beach towns, you won’t find any boardwalks or large hotels around. The beaches in Chincoteague look as if people have never been to the area before. One of the biggest attractions of the island are the wild ponies who roam around.

Seaside, Oregon 

Seaside is one of Oregon’s most popular beach destinations. You can spend your days on the beach at Seaside searching for one of many sand dollars hidden in the sand. While the wide beaches and Victorian promenade are enough on their own to bring in visitors, a quirky addition is arcade games. Along the shore, you can find all the well-known arcades games, fair rides, and food that will make you nostalgic for childhood.


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