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Dr. Beach Releases Annual Top 10 List of US Beaches

27 May 2016, 12:04 pm

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The Florida International University coastal science professor named Hanauma Bay on the Hawaiian island of Oahu as his top pick on Thursday. Leatherman uses 50 criteria to create his list.

Beaches are evaluated on everything from water and sand quality, safety and management to water temperature, the number of sunny days, slope, amenities and water color.

10. Beachwalker Park Kiawah Island, South Carolina

9. Caladesi Island State Park Dunedin/Clearwater, Florida

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8. Coopers Beach, Southampton, New York

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7. Cooopers Beach, Southampton, New York

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6. Grayton Beach State Park, Florida Panhandle

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5. Coast Guard Beach, Cape Cod, Massachusetts

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4. Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach, Outer Banks of North Carolina

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3. Kapalua Bay Beach, Maui, Hawaii

2. Siesta Beach Sarasota, Florida

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1. Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, Oahu, Hawaii

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