Best Beaches of 2013

Main Beach in East Hampton takes top honors

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted May 24, 2013 1:30 PM CDT

(Newser) – The annual "best beaches" list compiled by an expert at Florida International University in Miami is out for 2013, with one in the Hamptons taking top honors. Professor Stephen Leatherman, aka Dr. Beach, crunches several factors including water and sand quality, safety, and size of waves, notes LiveScience. Your 2013 winners:

  1. Main Beach, East Hampton, New York
  2. Kahanamoku Beach, Waikiki, Oahu, Hawaii
  3. St. George Island State Park, Florida panhandle
  4. Hamoa Beach, Maui, Hawaii
  5. Waimanalo Bay Beach Park, Oahu, Hawaii
  6. Barefoot Beach, Bonita Springs, Florida
  7. Cape Florida State Park, Key Biscayne, Florida
  8. Cape Hatteras, Outer Banks of North Carolina
  9. Coast Guard Beach, Cape Cod, Massachusetts
  10. Beachwalker Park, Kiawah Island, South Carolina

No. 1: Main Beach in East Hampton, N.Y.
No. 1: Main Beach in East Hampton, N.Y.   (AP Photo/KKM Photo, file)
No. 2: Kahanamoku Beach in Waikiki, Hawaii.
No. 2: Kahanamoku Beach in Waikiki, Hawaii.   (AP Photo/Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort & Spa, File)
No. 3: St. George Island State Park near Apalachicola, Fla.
No. 3: St. George Island State Park near Apalachicola, Fla.   (AP Photo/William Kronholm, File)
No. 4: Hamoa Beach in Maui, Hawaii.
No. 4: Hamoa Beach in Maui, Hawaii.   (AP Photo/MVB, Ron Dahlquist)
No. 5: Waimanalo Bay Beach Park in Oahu, Hawaii.
No. 5: Waimanalo Bay Beach Park in Oahu, Hawaii.   (AP Photo/O'ahu Visitors Bureau)
No. 6: Barefoot Beach in Bonita Springs, Fla.
No. 6: Barefoot Beach in Bonita Springs, Fla.   (AP Photo/Chris E. Griffith)
No. 7: Cape Florida State Park in Key Biscayne, Fla.
No. 7: Cape Florida State Park in Key Biscayne, Fla.   (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, file)
No. 8: Cape Hatteras National Seashore in Buxton, N.C., in the Outer Banks.
No. 8: Cape Hatteras National Seashore in Buxton, N.C., in the Outer Banks.   (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, file)
No. 9: Coast Guard Beach in Cape Cod, Mass.
No. 9: Coast Guard Beach in Cape Cod, Mass.   (AP Photo/Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce, Margo Tabb, File)
No. 10: Beachwalker Park on Kiawah Island, S.C.
No. 10: Beachwalker Park on Kiawah Island, S.C.   (AP Photo/Charleston Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, File)
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