These Are the 7 Oldest Beach Towns in the U.S.

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America's oldest beach town, Cape May, became a vacation destination in 1766. Philadelphians would travel by stagecoach and schooner to enjoy its beaches.

Cape May, New Jersey

Revere Beach, established in 1896, is America's first public beach. Located just north of Boston, it once featured one of the largest roller coasters in the country. 

Revere Beach, Massachusetts

Ocracoke flourished in the 18th century, attracting fishers, farmers, and mariners. It is infamous as Blackbeard the Pirate's looting ground and his final resting place.

Ocracoke, North Carolina

Key West, the southernmost part of the continental U.S., was settled in the 16th century by Juan Ponce de León. It became a port of entry in 1823 and grew as a military hub.

Key West, Florida

Pensacola, one of America’s oldest colonies, was conquered by Spanish conquistadors in the 16th century.

Pensacola, Florida

Astoria, founded in 1811, is the oldest American settlement west of the Rockies. Known for fur trading, Astoria features landmarks like the Lewis and Clark National Historical Park.

Astoria, Oregon

Newport has long been a summer retreat for America’s elite, including the Vanderbilts. Known for its mansions and picturesque 3.5-mile cliff walk.

Newport, Rhode Island