Tis the season for beach bums! If you’re like me, there is nothing more relaxing, more refreshing, or more rejuvenating than lying on a beach with the rays of the sun casting upon your body as if they were a second layer of skin. That good ole vitamin D. However, also if you are like me, you can kind of do without the crowds. If you are planning a trip to the beach this Spring and Summer, there are a few beaches that you may want to avoid if you don’t enjoy large crowds.
South Beach, Florida
Admittedly, South Beach is actually my favorite beach. I visit all year round, but I tend to go more on off seasons. Miami has an average of 15 million visitors per year. Ocean Drive, Miami’s beachfront strip, has an abundance of bars, restaurants, live shows, and hotels, so it is no surprise that people flock to the beautiful beaches of Miami. Not to mention, there are sections of the beach that allows nudity or topless sunbathing. With all that it has to offer, expect a crowd on Miami beach.
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Also, with a whopping 15 million visitors each year, Virginia Beach is definitely one of the most visited beaches in the US. The beach is one that is family friendly and offers a variety of attractions, as well as a long stretch of boardwalk. The beach stretches 14 miles, so you may be able to find a less crowded area, but don’t get your hopes up.
Huntington Beach, California
California’s Huntington Beach is also one to avoid if you are not into big crowds. When you think of California beaches, you immediately think of surfing. That holds true for Huntington Beach. The beach does tend to draw more surfers, as it has nice and steady waves. Nevertheless, the beach also has 11 million visitors each year.
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Who hasn’t been to or ever wanted to go to Myrtle Beach? The area offers many family friendly activities and attractions such as amusement parks, museums, and boat rides. However, it is also a haven for Spring break students and also has an annual Biker’s week. Myrtle Beach attracts and astounding 17 million visitors a year. So, fun, but crowded.
Waikiki Beach, Hawaii
Located on the island of O’ahu in Honolulu, Hawaii’s Waikiki Beach is another major US beach that sees its fair share of crowds. I’ve been there. It is not necessarily over-crowded for any particular reasons such as attractions directly beachfront, but it is in Honolulu which draws over 7 million travelers each year. The island is also known for its high-end/luxury brand shopping and historic landmarks such as the Diamond Head Crater and Pearl Harbor.
Ocean City, Maryland
With an average of 8 million visitors a year, Ocean City, MD is known for being one of the most tourist-attracted beaches in the US. There are many family attractions such as water parks and amusement parks. There are also many bars, clubs, and restaurants. Maryland is known for its seafood, and Ocean City doesn’t fall short there either.