Explore the Top Ten Beaches in America


I just discovered Dr. Beach – who knew? He’s been reviewing and evaluating beaches across the world for over 22 years and each year, he puts together a top list for America’s top beaches. Below is his list for this past year and you can visit his site for more details on all of them, as well as photos and the list of previous year’s winners. In addition to evaluating beaches, his time is spent trying to increase the awareness about the dangers of rip currents which plays well with his work as professor and director of the Laboratory for Coastal Research at Florida International University.

The first place winner on his latest American beach list went to Main Beach, which is located in East Hampton on eastern Long Island, New York. This idyllic beach is frequented by the rich and famous who so highly regard their beach that Leatherman has seen even super models picking up litter washed ashore from the sea.

This beach was heavily eroded by Super Storm Sandy and subsequent winter storms, yet it has largely recovered. The proud pavilion at Main Beach was little affected because it was set back several hundred feet from the water’s edge. A great team of lifeguards stands watch, making this a very safe beach for bathing and swimming.

The #2 slot went to Kahanamoku Beach Waikiki in Oahu Hawaii, which was named in honor of Duke Paoa Kahanamoku who was a gold medal Olympic swimmer, credited with introducing surfing to the outside world. Kahanamoku Beach is bounded by the Ala Wai small boat harbor and the Hilton Hawaiian Village catamaran pier.  A shallow offshore reef protects this beach from the big waves, making it a great swimming area for families.
And, the third place winner went to St. George Island State Park Florida panhandle. The Florida panhandle beaches are known for their powdery, super white sands. The sand here is squeaky clean (just rub your feet on the sand and hear it squeak).
The State Park beach is on the eastern end of the island. Pathways take you across the “walking” dunes to the bayside. Stingrays are sometimes resting in the shallow waters so shuffle your feet when entering. Birding and fishing are very popular activities.
As for the others, take a look below.
  • Hamoa Beach, Maui, Hawaii
  • Waimanalo Bay Beach Park Oahu, Hawaii
  • Barefoot Beach Bonita Springs, Florida
  • Cape Florida State Park Key Biscayne, Florida
  • Cape Hatteras, Outer Banks of North Carolina
  • Coast Guard Beach Cape Cod, Massachusetts
  • Beachwalker Park Kiawah Island, South Carolina

Photo credits: Where’s Andy Now and Orlando Sentinel.

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Renee Blodgett is the founder of We Blog the World. The site combines the magic of an online culture and travel magazine with a global blog network and has contributors from every continent in the world. Having lived in 10 countries and explored nearly 80, she is an avid traveler, and a lover, observer and participant in cultural diversity.

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