Cape Hatteras on the Outer Banks makes "Dr. Beach's" top 10 best beaches list, but it's not number one.
For people wanting a beach getaway, "Dr. Beach" says it may not get any better than Hawaii's Hanalei Bay. The crescent-shaped beach on Kauai is No. 1 on this year's list of the top 10 beaches in the U.S.
The list is prepared by "Dr Beach", Stephen Leatherman. He directs Florida International University's Laboratory for Coastal Research.
Leatherman calls Hanalei's sheer beauty "breathtaking" with
emerald mountains, white sand and blue water.
Next on the list is Siesta Beach in Sarasota, Fla., followed by Coopers Beach in Southampton, N.Y., Coronado Beach in San Diego and
Hamoa Beach in Maui, Hawaii.
Rounding out the top 10: Main Beach in East Hampton, N.Y., Cape
Hatteras in Outer Banks, N.C.; Cape Florida State Park in Key
Biscayne, Fla.; Coast Guard Beach on Cape Cod, Mass.; and
Beachwalker Park on Kiawah Island, S.C.
Leatherman uses 50 criteria, including water quality and temperature, cleanliness, weather, sand, safety and facilities.