The 8 Most Walkable Beach Towns in America

These quaint locales are best seen by foot.

It may not feel like it outside, but summer is starting to wind down. And what better way to spend the few weeks of the season than by sauntering down the boardwalks and sandy beaches of the country's most pedestrian-friendly shore towns?

recently compiled a list of the best beach towns to walk, after comparing the – a number that represents how easy eateries and attractions are to get to on foot – of numerous beaches around the country. Here's where they think you should head to next:


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1 Santa Cruz, California
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At California's oldest operating theme park, you'll find everything from miniature golf to the Giant Dipper Roller Coaster, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Santa Cruz's Shakespeare Festival is also notable, and runs through August.

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2 Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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Lively strips of shops, bars and restaurants earn this Florida city the second spot on the list.

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3 Coronado, California
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This town was originally founded to be a master-planned resort community — which means it was designed with walkability in mind.

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4 Newport, Rhode Island
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This New England getaway is full of historical charm, with side-by-side stores and cafes lining the cobblestone streets.

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5 Long Beach, New York
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The wide boardwalk in Long Beach overlooks the water and is perfect for bikers and walkers alike.

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6 Ocean City, New Jersey
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The iconic boardwalk in this beachside town has the usual ice cream shops and restaurants, but also bounce houses and miniature golf courses.

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7 Seaside, Oregon
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This tiny town has just 6,400 residents, all within close proximity to one another.

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8 Lahaina, Hawaii
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Front Street is the main drag in this Hawaiian town, where beachgoers will find art galleries, restaurants and shops.

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