Safeguarding America’s Beachgoers

Crowded beach.

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Going to the beach is a family affair, with nearly four in ten U.S. households visiting the beach and taking a child on the trip. Nearly 100 million trips to the beach were made last year by U.S. households this year — up seven percent from 2006. And the average family spent $850 per trip. That’s a lot of saltwater taffy and suntan lotion.

But there is more to the shore than going to beaches and boardwalks, such as fishing, boating, scuba diving, biking, and inland golfing. The economic benefits of tourism and beach activities generate billions of dollars for their respective regions. 

To help keep these coastal communities thriving and your vacation enjoyable, NOAA provides a variety of services, including:

Key Biscayne, Florida.

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Travel and tourism is already America's largest industry, employer, and earner of foreign exchange; and beaches are the largest factor. For example, visitors to Florida beaches spent $9.1 billion in southeast Florida, $6.4 billion in southwest Florida, $2.8 billion in northeast Florida, and $1.0 billion in northwest Florida in 2005. (Tourism in Paradise: The Economic Impact of Florida Beaches), and California coastal industries contribute more than $17 billion and 370,000 jobs each year to the state’s economy (Economic Statistics for NOAA).

NOAA works with coastal communities to preserve our beaches and ensure that Americans enjoy these treasured places for many years to come.