10. Mission Beach, CA
Sea World San Diego is just behind Mission Beach in Mission Bay.
9. Cocoa Beach, FL
Kennedy Space Center (the home of NASA's space launch operations) is only a 30 minute drive north of Cocoa Beach.
8. Fort Myers, FL
Fort Myers is home to the neighboring winter retreats of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford.
7. Venice Beach, CA
Venice Beach is the 2nd most-visited destination in Southern California (behind Disneyland).
6. Main Beach (Santa Cruz), CA
The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, next to Main Beach, includes two National Historic Landmarks: a roller coaster and a carousel.
5. Port Aransas, TX
In the summer, the town's population swells 20 times larger thanks to an influx of tourists.
4. Gulf Shores, AL
Baldwin County, where Gulf Shores is located, is larger than the state of Rhode Island.
3. South Beach, FL
The Travel Channel rated South Beach as the #1 beach in America in 2008.
2. Santa Monica Beach, CA
Baywatch was filmed at Santa Monica Beach.
1. Panama City Beach, FL
Panama City Beach is also known as the "Spring Break Capital of the World."