The Fourth of July is coming, which means it’s time for flaunting your fashionable stars and stripes, trying out various versions of patriotic-flavored ice cream and, of course, some fun in the sun. If you happen to live by water, then lucky you, because (safely) soaking up the rays and dipping into the water will always be a favorite way to celebrate. That’s all the more true if you happen to live near Ocean Beach, La Jolla Cove, Laguna Beach or any others that made the list of the 20 most popular beaches in the US, which also just happen to be the perfect place for your Fourth of July picnic.

Friends enjoying outdoor picnic on the beach.

According to Swarm, the game-like check-in app from Foursquare, some beaches are much more popular than others (i.e. receiving more check-ins via the app), with 20 nabbing the top spots for sandy greatness. Granted, the numbers also reflect the population of the particular areas (just because it’s the busiest doesn’t always mean it’s the best), but since so many people seem to like it enough to throw down their blankets, it’s surely worth a trip. Whether you’re looking for lotsa sun, soft sand or playful waves, here are the top waterside lounging spots.

Group of friends jumping at the beach


1. Venice Beach (Venice, California)

2. Coney Island Beach & Boardwalk (Brooklyn, New York)

3. Ocean Beach (San Francisco, California)

4. Santa Monica State Beach (Santa Monica, California)

5. La Jolla Cove (La Jolla, California)

6. Miami Beach (Miami, Florida)

7. Waikīkī Beach (Honolulu, Hawaii)

8. Laguna Beach (Laguna Beach, California)

9. La Jolla Shores Beach (San Diego, California)

10. Baker Beach (San Francisco, California)

11. Coronado Beach (Coronado, California)

12. Siesta Key Beach (Sarasota, Florida)

13. Fort Lauderdale Beach (Fort Lauderdale, Florida)

14. Clearwater Beach (Clearwater Beach, Florida)

15. Mission Beach (San Diego, California)

16. Pacific Beach (San Diego, California)

17. Manhattan Beach (Manhattan Beach, California)

18. Sunset Cliffs Natural Park (San Diego, California)

19. Carmel Beach City Park (Carmel, California)

20. Hollywood Beach (Hollywood, Florida)

Which beach is your favorite (whether it’s on the list or not) and why? Tweet us @BritandCo!

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