Sun, Sand, and Selfies: America’s Most Instagrammable Beaches

Social media platforms like Instagram influence the way we travel. People constantly look for the perfect spot for their next Instagram post or “Instagrammable” locations. In addition, as the travel season approaches, many folks love to hit the beach for vacation. 

It seems appropriate that new research has identified the most Instagrammable beaches in America. The research analyzed the number of hashtags compared to the length of the beach in meters to develop hashtags per meter. Yes, it’s a silly concept, but fun to explore nonetheless.

Stay tuned for the most Instagrammable beaches in America.

La Jolla Cove, California

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Hashtags per meter: 4,257

La Jolla Cove is about 15 miles northwest of downtown San Diego, tucked neatly away from busier beaches. This beach is a popular spot for watersports like paddle boarding, swimming, and snorkeling. Ellen Browning Scripps Park is steps away. Here visitors can relax on the vast grassy area, play frisbee, walk their dog, fly a kite, or enjoy the views of the Pacific Ocean.

South Beach, Florida

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Hashtags per meter: 2,037

Welcome to South Beach, with beautiful people, weather, and fantastic nightlife. In addition to amazing nightlife, visitors can find plenty of things to keep busy, like shopping, dining, and exploring the art deco architecture that makes this place famous. South Beach is the perfect spot if outdoor cafes and glamourous scenery are your things. 

Laguna Beach, California

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Hashtags per meter: 1,319

Five California beaches made this list, and Laguna Beach is third overall. This coastal community is about 50 miles south of Los Angeles, and several beaches dot the coastline. The area is a popular surf spot, is well known for its galleries, and has a beautiful boardwalk for those who prefer solid ground. 

Venice Beach, California

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Hashtags per meter: 899

This iconic destination is known for its eclectic and quirky atmosphere and Muscle Beach. The boardwalk is lined with vendors galore. You can pick up any unique gift or souvenir. Street performers and artists make for an exciting and interesting day at the beach. Oh, and remember the beautiful and very Instagrammable sandy beach.

Sandy Beach, Hawaii

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Hashtags per meter: 749

If you are after big waves, this is the spot. A popular place for watersports like boogie boarding and surfing, Sandy Beach is a local fav. The beach is not so great for swimming, but it has restrooms, food trucks, and showers. Sandy Beach is a fantastic spot to take and post your next selfie.

Manhattan Beach, California

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Hashtags per meter: 478

Another California Beach with a relaxed SoCal vibe is Manhattan Beach. Here you can walk or ride your bike on the boardwalk as you take in the beautiful scenery of the Pacific Ocean. Manhattan Beach is a hugely popular spot for beach volleyball and has played host to all the big names over the years. Visitors will also find an aquarium at the end of the pier, the perfect place for your next IG post.

Hermosa Beach, California

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Hashtags per meter: 433

Manhattan Beaches’ next-door neighbor Hermosa Beach is seventh on the list of most Instagrammable beaches. The boardwalk connects these two beach towns, and Hermosa is also known for beach volleyball. In addition, beachgoers enjoy surfing, swimming, and relaxing on the soft white sand. Finally, if fishing is your jam, you will love casting a line from the pier.

Sunset Beach, Hawaii

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Hashtags per meter: 413

Sunset Beach is part of Hawaii’s North Shore, known for its beautiful scenery and big waves. Surfing here is not for the faint of heart, and competitions are held yearly, drawing tourists and locals. Sunset Beach is a great spot to get away from the crowds at Waikiki and catch a fantastic sunset, with a selfie, of course.

Delray Beach, Florida

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Hashtags per meter: 321

Delray Beach sits on Florida’s east coast, north of Miami. In addition to beautiful, crystal-clear water and watersports you expect to find at a fantastic beach, Delray Beach has a great art scene and lively main street area. After a day of shopping, visitors can relax on one of the most Instagrammable beaches in the area.

Waikiki Beach, Hawaii

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Hashtags per meter: 295

Finally, a list of the most Instagrammable beaches is not complete without the iconic Waikiki Beach in Honolulu. Waikiki Beach offers plenty of opportunities to post pictures on Instagram. Visitors can try watersports like kayaking and snorkeling or relax on the beach. The beautiful natural surroundings make it one of the most picturesque places in the world.

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