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Florida's Siesta Beach is Dr. Beach's fav
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 25, 2017 12:45 PM CDT
This May 18, 2017, photo shows Siesta Beach on Siesta Key in Florida.   (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
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(Newser) – Just in time for summer, Dr. Beach—aka Florida International University professor Stephen Leatherman—is out with his ranking of the best beaches in the country. Leatherman has been rating beaches since 1991 and takes his job pretty seriously, examining 50 different factors, from sand and waves to parking, reports the AP. His favorite beaches of 2017:

  1. Siesta Beach (Siesta Key, Fla.)
  2. Kapalua Bay Beach (Maui, Hawaii)
  3. Ocracoke Beach (Outer Banks, NC)
  4. Grayton Beach State Park (Florida Panhandle)
  5. Coopers Beach (Southampton, NY)
  6. Coast Guard Beach (Cape Cod, Mass.)
  7. Caladesi Island State Park (Dunedin-Clearwater, Fla.)
  8. Hapuna Beach State Park (Big Island, Hawaii)
  9. Coronado Beach (San Diego, Calif.)
  10. Beachwalker Park (Kiawah Island, SC)
(A beach that disappeared 33 years ago has suddenly returned.)

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