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

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Cape May

America's oldest beach town, Cape May, became a vacation destination in 1766. Philadelphians would travel by stagecoach, sloop, schooner or horse-drawn carriage to make it to the beach.

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Revere Beach

The beach town was also home to one of the largest roller coasters in the whole country until the amusement park was closed in the late 1970s.

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Ocracoke

Ocracoke began to flourish in the 18th century when fishers, farmers, pilots and mariners all moved to the area to maintain the waters.

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Key West

Take a long drive down the coast of Florida and you'll find yourself at the southernmost part of the continental United States.

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Pensacola

One of America's oldest colonies, Pensacola was conquered by Spanish conquistadors in the 16th century. The city changed ownership many times over the years.

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Astoria

While many may recognize this Oregon coast town as the setting of the popular 1985 movie The Goonies, its history dates back to the 17th century.

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Newport

A beach haven for America's elite, Newport has served as the summer chill spot for celebrities, politicians and historically wealthy moguls like the Vanderbilts.

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