When temperatures are sizzling and the heat is really on, the only place to head is the beach. In America, though, sandy stretches aren’t just for bathing – posing, gym workouts and even dog walking are all regular activies enjoyed by the sea.
But some coastal areas are more scenic than others, and if Instagram hashtags are anything to go by, these are the top 8 beaches in the USA.
1. Miami Beach, Florida
Number of posts: 8.1 million
Famous for its historic Art Deco district, this seaside promenade easily has the best architecture. It’s also the perfect backdrop for gym bunnies to show off their hard work.
2. Long Beach, California
Number of posts: 4.3 million
This 22-mile stretch is sandwiched between Los Angeles and San Diego.
3. Venice Beach, California
Number of posts: 3 million
This neighbourhood was founded in 1905 by tobacco millionaire Abbot Kinney.
4. Huntington Beach, California
Number of posts: 2 million
A popular surf spot, this beach even has its own surfing museum stacked with longboards.
5. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Number of posts: 1.8million
Forget the blue sea – golfers galore come here to play the many greens.
6. Laguna Beach, California
Number of posts: 1.8 million
Many artists are drawn here to paint the beaches, rocky bluffs and canyons.
7. Virginia Beach, Virginia
Number of posts: 1.1 million
Virginia is listed in the Guinness Book of Records as having the longest pleasure beach in the world.
8. Manhattan Beach, California
Number of posts: 900,000
In 1902, developer Stewart Merrill named this beach suburb after his home in New York.
Data compiled by flight and hotel booking company Globehunters.