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
No. 1: Main Beach in East Hampton, N.Y.   (AP Photo/KKM Photo, file)

(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

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May 25, 2013 11:55 AM CDT
The best US beaches. There are far better beaches if the world
May 24, 2013 7:32 PM CDT
I hope they never find the best beaches.
May 24, 2013 6:50 PM CDT
I hope they never figure out the wide pristine rivers and waterfalls in the temperate mountain rainforests of Montana are as good as any beach. We don't need any tourists ruining it.