The Most Popular Beaches in the U.S.

For a fun-filled day in the sun, lather on some sunscreen and join the crowds at these top beaches. According to data from our sister app, Swarm, they're the most popular in the country. Follow this list on Foursquare for the full thing in map form:
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    Venice Beach [Venice, CA]
    "Super soft sand and crashing waves make for a gorgeous setting." - Paul T.
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    Coney Island Beach & Boardwalk [Brooklyn, NY]
    "Just an awesome place to walk, eat, ride the games, hang out in general. No visit to NYC is complete without coming here." - Fernando E.
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    Ocean Beach [San Francisco, CA]
    "Absolutely loved this place. Soft sand, lots of area, and the sunset was spectacular." - Jeremy B.
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    Santa Monica State Beach [Santa Monica, CA]
    "Quintessential L.A. beach culture. People watch & feel inadequate." -Christine H.
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    La Jolla Cove [La Jolla, CA]
    "Go here for a close encounter with sea lions. You can swim with them, stand right next to them, it was awesome." - Jessica F.
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    Miami Beach [Miami Beach, FL]
    "Awesome beach, come during sunrise."
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    Waikīkī Beach [Honolulu, HI]
    "Great great beach! It's crowded, but you can definitely find a nice spot away from the crowd. Take some surfing lessons and enjoy yourself! Aloha" - Camilla H.
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    Laguna Beach [Laguna Beach, CA]
    "I could wander on the beach for hours... Keep an eye out for Dolphins!" - Sean V.
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    Baker Beach [San Francisco, CA]
    "Beautiful views of the ocean and Golden Gate Bridge. Less passable at high tide and you might see the occasional nudist." - David H.
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    Coronado Beach [Coronado, CA]
    "Soft sand! Great for a nap, sun bathing, and hanging out!" - Lilibeth
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    Siesta Key Beach [Sarasota, FL]
    "Beautiful and clean. Check out the drum circle at sundown on Sunday evenings." - John C.
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    Fort Lauderdale Beach [Fort Lauderdale, FL]
    "Beautiful beach with lots of authentic restaurants. Really great place to stay!" - Courtney C.
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    Clearwater Beach [Clearwater Beach, FL]
    "excellent beach its name describes it completely" - Hugo G.
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    Mission Beach [San Diego, CA]
    "Great place to start your day..." - Maria M.
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    Pacific Beach [San Diego, CA]
    "Great people watching and beautiful views" - Donovan
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    Manhattan Beach [Manhattan Beach, CA]
    "Such a fun place to walk and enjoy the beach!" - Justin L.
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    Carmel Beach City Park [Carmel, CA]
    "Not to miss while in Monterey or driving on Highway 1" - Nasser M.
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    Hollywood Beach [Hollywood, FL]
    "Go to a bar along the boardwalk and get your last drink to go and drink it on the beach." - C Bailey
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    North Avenue Beach [Chicago, IL]
    "Great people watching. Go further north past the volleyball courts if you want a calm beach spot" - Allison K.
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    Long Beach [Long Beach, NY]
    "One of the best public beaches near NYC" - Theresa R.
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    Redondo Beach [Redondo Beach, CA]
    "Beauty. Pure beauty." - Jay H.
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    Pacifica State Beach [Pacifica, CA]
    "One of the nicest beaches to enjoy some surfing or surfer watching." - Nadia I.
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    Alki Beach Park [Seattle, WA]
    "Beautiful views of the Sound and downtown Seattle. Cute walk." - Jordan R.
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    Lanikai Beach [Kailua, HI]
    "A truly stunning, serene beach. Clear water and sand with the texture of flour. One of the most tranquil places I've been." - Jack G.
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    Moonlight State Beach [Encinitas, CA]
    "The waves are awesome, life guards are great, snack bar has some very delicious acai" - Alana A.