The Most Instagram-Friendly U.S. Beaches Ranked in New Study

Florida Rentals analyzed Instagram posts and hashtags to come up with the results.

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Robert Landau/Corbis Documentary/Getty Images
Robert Landau/Corbis Documentary/Getty Images

Summer is right around the corner, and if you’re not planning an international vacation this year, you can rest assured that the US has some gorgeous spots to visit as well. Take beaches, for example. With almost 100,000 miles of coastline and the proximity of part of it to the Caribbeans, the US has some beautiful beaches to offer.

If you’re not really sure which one to pick, vacation rental marketplace Florida Rentals is here to help. In a recent study, the platform’s team analyzed the number of Instagram hashtags for the most-visited beaches across the countries, and then compared the numbers with the length of each beach. That way, it found out which beaches had the highest number of hashtags per meter and was able to come up with a ranking of the most beautiful beaches in the US, according to Instagram.

California’s La Jolla Cove is the most Insta-friendly one, according to the ranking. Boasting 4,257 hashtags per meter, the San Diego destination is widely popular on the social media platform, and it flaunts a total of 366,068 hashtagged Instagram posts made about it.

Second prize went to Florida’s iconic South Beach in Miami, with a whopping total of 8,027,955 hashtagged posts on Instagram and a hashtag-per-meter score of 2,037. Its second spot isn’t surprising: South Beach has long been a top destination for both spring breakers around the US and travellers looking to both relax and party, and over the years, it has always found a way to change and improve.

California comes back again and snags the third spot with its Laguna Beach. Thanks to its many festivals in the area, including the Festival of the Arts, Kelpfest, and Pageant of the Masters, the beach destination is a top-runner on Instagram, where it is hashtagged in 3,161,606 posts.

Take a look at the top 10 most Instagram-friendly beaches in the US, according to the study, below:

1. La Jolla Cove, California – Total hashtags: 366,068 ; Hashtags per meter: 4,257
2. South Beach, Florida – Total hashtags: 8,027,955 ; Hashtags per meter: 2,037
3. Laguna Beach, California – Total hashtags: 3,161,606 ; Hashtags per meter: 1,319
4. Venice Beach, California – Total hashtags: 4,341,671 ; Hashtags per meter: 899
5. Sandy Beach, Hawaii – Total hashtags: 764,196 ; Hashtags per meter: 749
6. West Palm Beach, Florida – Total hashtags: 3,199,380 ; Hashtags per meter: 485
7. Manhattan Beach, California – Total hashtags: 1,614,293 ; Hashtags per meter: 478
8. Hermosa Beach, California – Total hashtags: 1,268,190 ; Hashtags per meter: 433
9. Sunset Beach, Hawaii – Total hashtags: 2,387,506 ; Hashtags per meter: 413
10. Delray Beach, Florida – Total hashtags: 1,599,923 ; Hashtags per meter: 321

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Serena Tara is a Staff Writer on the News team at Thrillist. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.


Mad Mex’s New Menu Item Is Inspired by a Popular Mexican Street Food

mad mex chicken al pastor

Mexican restaurant chain Mad Mex has dropped a new protein, and it’s one of the most popular street foods in Mexico.

Enter, Chicken Al Pastor. It’s traditionally made with pork and grilled on a spinning rotisserie with a pineapple sitting a top, but Mad Mex has put its own spin on it, serving chicken bathed in an Al Pastor marinade with a touch of juicy pineapple.

You can order the protein-packed filling in your favourite burrito, bowl, quesadilla, nachos, or in a taco.

As always, these things are here for a good time, not a long time. Pop into your local Mad Mex restaurant, order delivery or through the Mad Mex app today.

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