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Get your camera ready for the most Instagrammed beaches around the Americas

If you’re chasing that perfect sand-and-sunset shot, then you won’t be alone at the most Instagrammed beach spots in the Americas.

Miami Beach, Florida, USA on Ocean Drive at sunset. Image by ©Sean Pavone/Shutterstock

Travel booking site Globehunters analysed Instagram posts from across the continents to find out just what beaches and beach towns get the most posts, based on hashtags. Overall, Miami Beach, Florida comes out as the popular beach spot on the list – in fact, beaches in Florida make up 20% of the list of more than 60 spots. California has four in the top 10, and Playa Del Carmen and Cozumel Island in Mexico are the only beaches in the top 10 not in North America. Check out the top five here:

Miami Beach, Florida

Once you cross the causeway from Miami, you’ll find Miami Beach has a shiny glamour that makes it perfect for populating your Instagram feed. Even when you wander away from the water, there’s plenty of amazing art deco architecture that is worth a look.

Colorful Lifeguard Tower with flags in South Beach, Florida. Image by ©Olga Yudina/Shutterstock

South Beach, Florida

South Beach is one of the most famous neighbourhoods of Miami Beach, and while there are plenty of high-end offerings in the glitzy neighbourhood, you can always just wander down the beach and take in the view for free.

Long Beach, California, USA. Image by Adam C Bartlett/Getty Images

Long Beach, California

This Southern California town is where the beach meets the city. Visitors can spend the day hanging out by the water or wander over to explore attractions like the 1930s ocean liner Queen Mary or take a journey to Catalina Island.

High angle view of Venice beach during sunset. Tourists are walking on footpath by ocean. Shot of beautiful nature and people is taken from above. Image by ©Xavier Arnau/Getty Images

Venice Beach, California

This laid-back beach town is the epitome of California cool. Travellers can head down for a stroll along the famous Venice Boardwalk, where you can see drums circles, skateboarders and every sort of artist under the sun.

Beach in Xcaret Nature Park in Playa del Carmen. Image by ©Emma Shaw/Lonely Planet

Playa del Carmen, Mexico

This getaway in Quintana Roo is a hotspot for tourists who want to get a bit further from the crowds in spots like Cancun.

However, if you’d rather get away from the crowds of selfie-taking travellers, check out some other beaches that will blow your mind.