Yes, many college students love going to exotic destinations like Cancún and Cabo San Lucas. However, a recent Facebook study found that the 10 most popular spring break beach destinations are actually in the U.S. -- and the second hottest beach is Santa Monica!

L.A.'s own Santa Monica Beach, with its famous pier, boardwalk and promenade, beat out South Beach in Florida, Gulf Shores in Alabama and even its L.A. neighbor, Venice Beach.

Panama City Beach in Florida came in at No. 1.

To create this list, Facebook used data from last year, looking at the volume and increase in Facebook check-ins from February to March for people 18 to 24 years old.

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