TurnKey’s 2019 Beach Report

The temperatures are warming up, which means millions of people will be flocking to the beaches over the next few months for some fun in the sun.

According to the Farmer’s Almanac, this year’s summer will be hotter and drier for states along the Pacific Coast, Interior West, and the High Plains. States across the South and Midwest can expect slightly cooler (but still hot) temperatures with some rain.

As the days get hotter and longer, there are hundreds of beaches across the country that travelers can choose to surf and swim on. According to HomeAway, most rentals for summer are already booked by April 1. If you’re still planning to take a trip to the beach within the next 3 months and haven’t locked down a vacation rental, we recommended starting your search ASAP!

To help you choose a destination this year, TurnKey Vacation Rentals pulled together information from Google Search data on the top 25 most searched beaches across the U.S. In our data, you’ll see the top ranking beaches based on search data in the past year. We’ve also included information about location, water conditions as of May 2019, and water sports available in the area.

Check below to see if your favorite beach made the top 25.

The top 3 most searched beaches are Palm Beach, Long Beach, and Virginia Beach. The two states with the most beaches in the top 25 are Florida and California (are you surprised?). These two states house 80% of our top 25. Because demand is higher for these areas, travelers should expect higher prices and more populous beaches. For families, couples, or solo travelers seeking out a quieter vacation, check out some of the beaches in states that didn’t make the list, like Texas and Oregon.

When it comes to watersports, the activities that appear at the most beaches on our list include stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, surfing, and fishing. Whether you bring your own equipment or choose to rent from a vendor near the beach, you’ll be able to stay active the whole trip at any of these locations.

As far as cost, all of the beaches on our list have areas with free public access. However, if you’re looking for a little more seclusion, search for state parks in the area around whichever beach you’re going to. These parks typically charge an entrance fee, so the beaches may be less crowded than the public access areas. For example, St. Andrews State Park at Panama City Beach charges an $8 entrance fee per vehicle.

If you’re planning on hitting up the public beach, do some research beforehand on parking. While the beaches may not cost anything, public parking might be hard to find. There’s a chance you may need to pay for parking at a meter or in a garage/lot to get to the beach. At Laguna Beach for example, parking meters on the streets surrounding the beach can cost anywhere from $1-$4.50 per hour.

We also recommend checking water conditions the day you’re heading to the beach. The water conditions of our report are from May 2019, but water can change day after day. Head to the website for your destination, and there should be a phone number to call or website to check that updates water conditions every morning.

No matter which destination you choose for your summer beach trip this year, you’re bound to have a great time surrounded by the ocean, white sand, and fun for the whole family.


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