Best Beaches

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.

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  • by Kenneth Location: Roper on May 22, 2009 at 04:13 PM
    Thank God for the beach becase I love to fish
  • by Dwayne Location: Greenville on May 22, 2009 at 11:35 AM
    We are truly blessed in Eastern NC to be so close to Hatteras and within less than a day's drive to beautiful mountains.
  • by mom Location: nc on May 22, 2009 at 06:26 AM
    I WISH we could afford to take our children to the POND, not to mention the beach. With the economy like it is,we'll be lucky to see a swimming pool this summer.It's sad.
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on May 22, 2009 at 05:40 AM
    Cape Hatteras is one very nice area I will agree. Not just cause of the beach, but also the fact that it's very a very chill place.

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