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.
- 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.