The magnificent setting of Hawaii's Hanalei Bay helps make its beach this year's best in the US, according to Florida-based expert Steven "Dr. Beach" Leatherman. The runners-up, judged on 50 criteria including water quality and facilities:
- Siesta Beach in Sarasota, Fla.
- Coopers Beach in Southampton, NY
- Coronado Beach in San Diego
- Hamoa Beach in Maui
- Main Beach in East Hampton, NY
- Cape Hatteras in Outer Banks, NC
- Cape Florida State Park on Key Biscayne, Fla.
- Coast Guard Beach in Cape Cod
- Beachwalker Park on Kiawah Island, SC