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The Best Beaches in America to Travel to This Summer

The esteemed Dr. Beach has released his annual list of America’s top ten beaches, and you’ll want to visit all of them this summer—doctors orders.

Dr. Beach is actually Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman, a professor at Florida International University, who does a yearly study evaluating beach quality in America. Dr. Leatherman uses fifty criteria to rank the beaches, with a high priority placed on water and sand quality. He also awards higher ratings to beaches that prohibit smoking.

Here are this year’s winners.

Best Beaches in American According to Dr. Beach

  1. Kapalua Bay Beach, Maui, Hawaii
  2. Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach, Outer Banks, North Carolina
  3. Grayton Beach State Park, Florida panhandle
  4. Coopers Beach, Southampton, New York
  5. Coast Guard Beach, Cape Cod, Massachusetts
  6. Lighthouse Beach, Buxton, Outerbanks of North Carolina
  7. Caladesi Island State Park, Dunedin/Clearwater, Florida
  8. Hapuna Beach State Park, Big Island, Hawaii
  9. Coronado Beach, San Diego, California
  10. Beachwalker Park Kiawah Island, South Carolina

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