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Laguna Beach Named Sixth Most Popular Beach in the Country

Who beat us? New Jersey and Florida! But we still outrank Newport Beach.

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A new poll just released from the website The Daily Beast has named Laguna Beach as the sixth most popular beach in the U.S.

That's the highest ranking of any California beach in their poll, beating out similar sandy destinations like Oceanside, Huntington Beach, San Diego, Del Mar, and even Newport Beach (Ha! Suck it, Newport!). The nation's most popular beach in this less-than-scientific poll? Jacksonville Beach, in Florida.

To compile the list, the Daily Beast pollsters say they "took the 2010 total beach-attendance figures from the United States Lifeguard Association, as well as the total resident population of each beach town according to the census, to determine which beaches had the most visitors overall, as well as those that lure the most guests compared with residents. Total visitors and a metric of visitors divided by residents were weighted equally to determine the overall rank."

Ouch. OK, maybe it's a little scientific.

We assume the Daily Beast peeps really mean beach towns, as opposed to actual beaches, since we all know there really isn't a beach named Laguna Beach, but instead, Main Beach, Aliso Beach, Picnic Beach, Victoria Beach, Sleepy Hollow Beach, Crescent Bay Beach, Thalia Street Beach, Brooks Street Beach, West Street Beach, Thousand Steps Beach … you get the idea.

These were the most popular beaches in the United States in 2010, according to The Daily Beast website:

1. Jacksonville Beach, FL
2. Ocean City, MD
3. Miami, FL
4. Myrtle Beach, SC
5. Belmar, NJ 
6. Laguna Beach, CA
7. Newport Beach, CA
8. Ocean City, NJ
9. Huntington Beach, CA
10. Del Mar, CA
11. San Diego, CA
12. Coronado, CA
13. Encinitas, CA
14. Daytona Beach, FL
15. Clearwater, FL
16. Honolulu, HI
17. Nags Head, NC
18. Imperial Beach, CA
19. Santa Rosa, FL
20. Oceanside, CA

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