Most Popular Spring-break Beaches By Facebook Check-ins

Most popular spring-break beaches by Facebook check-ins
By Ben Abramson
For spring break, Facebook determined the most popular beaches for check-ins for both college-age visitors and those 25+. Pictured: Panama City beach, renowned for its spring break party scene, was the top spot for spring break check-ins for 18-24 year old Facebook users. 
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Wet T-shirt contests, beer pong, tacky bars, and chugging competitions helped earn Panama City Beach its partying reputation. 
Scott Wohrman, Panama City Beach CVB
While the long stretch of sand is pure California dreaming, Santa Monica also has numerous options for shopping, dining and entertainment within steps of the beach, which makes it a top pick for college students. 
Santa Monica CVB
The pier at Santa Monica Beach, replete with a solar powered Ferris wheel, is one of LA’s iconic images and serves as a gathering place for the city’s lively social scene — especially at night. 
Santa Monica CVB
Florida’s ultimate metro party beach, South Beach, constitutes the lower end of Miami Beach. A paved path teems with foot and bike traffic — people of all ages, really. The beach scene stays action-packed into the wee hours of the morning. 
Cris Ascunce
A boat tour of Miami waters goes in search of celebrity houses. 
Miami CVB
Alabama’s Gulf Shores beach features 37 miles of white sand and draws college kids every spring break. 
Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism
Gulf Shores Beach in Alabama was the 4th most popular spots for Facebook check-ins. The Lazy River at Caribe offers a break from a long night of drinking and dancing. 
Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism
Active college kids will love the water sport activities available at Port Aransas, such as windsurfing, kite boarding, parasailing, kayaking, jet skiing, surfing and more. 
Port Aransas Chamber of Commerce/Tourist Bureau.
Friendly vibes and plenty of pickup volleyball games keep Port Aransas, Texas, a top spring break destination for college students. 
Port Aransas Chamber of Commerce/Tourist Bureau
Main Beach in Santa Cruz’s great surf scene keeps the college kids coming back year after year. 
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An abundance of year-around events happening every week – many of them free – also makes Santa Cruz’s Main Beach a big hit for college students. 
Santa Cruz CVB
Venice Beach’s kooky, offbeat cool is famous for keeping things interesting — a necessity for college-aged spring breakers. 
Gary Leonard
The party never stops in Venice Beach, which is perfect for those looking for high-energy fun. 
Gary Leonard
One of the most affordable options on the Southwest Florida coast, the Fort Myers party kicks into high gear during spring break. 
The Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau.
Fort Myers Beach offers co-eds a lively pedestrian shopping and dining scene, no matter what time of day (or night, for that matter) it happens to be. 
The Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau.
Cocoa Beach’s pier draws a youthful, rowdy crowd with Coconuts on the Beach, an oceanfront party deck that plays live music and attracts crowds during spring break. 
Rick McKee, Florida’s Space Coast Office of Tourism
Cocoa Beach’s great surf scene doesn’t hurt its standing as a top spring break destination either — it’s known as the East Coast surfing capital of the USA . 
Florida’s Space Coast Office of Tourism
Mission Beach gives spring breakers the opportunity to try once-in-a-lifetime experiences, like hang gliding over Torrey Pines. 
SanDiego.org
Mission Beach is the distraction attraction of the Southern California coast, making it perfect for college-aged spring breakers looking to blow off steam. 
SanDiego.org
Unlike the less-developed seaside destinations further down the coast, Myrtle Beach is a veritable Disneyland by the sea. It was the top spot in Facebook’s survey for travelers 25 and older. 
VisitMyrtleBeach.com
Myrtle Beach’s pristine sands and 1.2-mile boardwalk make it an international magnet for families. 
VisitMyrtleBeach.com
Santa Cruz’s active Boardwalk offers plenty of activities for those who are looking for more to do on spring break than suntanning and drinking. 
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The boardwalk at Santa Cruz’s Main Beach is a great place for couples to sit and take in all the action. 
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Santa Monica’s long stretch of sand guarantees quiet pockets for those looking to avoid the crowds. 
Santa Monica Convention & Visitors Bureau
Palisades Park runs parallel to Santa Monica beach and is the perfect place for an after-dinner stroll. 
Santa Monica Convention & Visitors Bureau
Miami’s sunny South Beach draws the over 25 set as well as the co-ed scene. 
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Families, too, find their place in the sun in South Beach at Lummus Park, which supplies a variety of playground structures and colorful, friendly lifeguard stations. 
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Stretching to the Atlantic Ocean, Jupiter Beach features a delightful tropical climate and truly that “small town” appeal with big city benefits. 
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Jupiter Beach is great for history buffs — the earliest known records of the Jupiter Inlet date as far back as 1565. Jupiter’s most identifiable landmark, Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse, was erected in the 1800s. 
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There’s no better way to unwind from everyday life than spending your days building sandcastles and soaking up the sun on Orange Beach. 
Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism
Orange Beach has plenty of casual dining options just seconds from the beach, which is perfect for families. 
Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism
Banana Bend Beach in Texas is great for families — as a river beach, there’s less space for the little ones to run off. 
Banana Bend Beach
At Banana Bend Beach, families are welcome to pack a picnic lunch and pay only $5 for entry, with a DJ playing fun tunes all day long. 
Banana Bend Beach
Kids will love splashing through the surf around Huntington Beach’s pier. 
Huntington Beach CVB
Tons of family fun can be had on Huntington Beach by renting a surrey. 
Huntington Beach CVB
Long Beach is where the action begins and the fun never ends. From the regal Queen Mary and spectacular Aquarium of the Pacific to stirring Broadway shows, live music venues and hundreds of exclusive dining destinations–all centrally located. 
Long Beach CVB
Long Beach is a great place to try new things, like kite surfing! 
Long Beach CVB
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Newport Beach is California’s sophisticated beach scene. There’s a whiff of laidback surf culture in the air, but the prevailing aesthetic is chic on the beach. Trendsetters and the well-heeled come for the elegant resorts, top-flight dining and gold standard shopping. 
Newport Beach CVB
For golfers, Newport Beach is a haven. 
Newport Beach CVB
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