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America’s Most Crowded Beaches

Miami’s South Beach


By Everett Potter

Independence Day brings to mind fireworks, barbecue, and, if you live in Ocean City, crowds. More than 300,000 sun-seekers flood this small Maryland town each July 4th, packing restaurants, boardwalk attractions, and, of course, the beach.

When the summer holiday strikes, fleeing to the beach seems like a no-brainer. After all, what could be better than a sea breeze to cool you off? You and those hundreds of thousands of fellow beachgoers, that is. That’s the kind of maritime mosh pit you’re likely to encounter at America’s popular beaches. And Ocean City, with 4.5 million annual visitors, is hardly the worst offender. Read more about the most crowded beaches in my Travel + Leisure story …

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