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Top 10 US Beaches

Hawaii's Waimanalo Bay Beach Park is No. 1

(Newser) - Dr. Beach—aka Stephen Leatherman of Florida International University—is out with his annual ranking of the best beaches in America, and he's got a new No. 1. The honor goes to Waimanalo Bay Beach Park in Hawaii, reports AP . It's in a fairly secluded spot on the... More »

10 Best Beaches in the US

TripAdvisor offers its annual list

(Newser) - On this historically cold day ( at least in some places ), you're probably wishing you were on a nice, warm beach somewhere. Well, you can at least daydream, because TripAdvisor has released its annual ranking of the best beaches. The rankings are based on quantity and quality of... More »

Why Rubber Blocks Keep Appearing on Europe's Beaches

They come from shipwrecks—including, perhaps, the Titanic

(Newser) - From Britain to Spain to Denmark, rubbery blocks have recently washed up on beaches, all bearing the same word: Tjipetir. It's still not certain where each block comes from, but a woman who found one while walking her dog in England has a pretty good idea, the BBC reports.... More »

Sand Collapse in Oregon Kills Girl, 9

Child trapped under sand for 5 minutes as rescuers raced to dig her out

(Newser) - An end-of-summer trip to an Oregon beach turned tragic for a 9-year-old girl. As CNN reports, Isabel Grace Franks was digging a hole Friday evening with her siblings at Lincoln City's beach when the sand collapsed. "We heard screaming," says one tourist. "At first we thought,... More »

Florida to Beachgoers: Beware Flesh-Eating Bug

High levels of Vibrio bacteria found in state waters

(Newser) - Crash-landing planes aren't the only hazard on Florida beaches: The state has warned that high levels of flesh-eating Vibrio bacteria have been detected in its waters, Gawker reports. The naturally-occurring bacteria, which thrives in warm, moderately salty water, causes around 80,000 illnesses and 100 deaths in the... More »

Oregon May Ban Smoking Along Coast

Move would outlaw cigarettes on 362 miles of state beaches

(Newser) - Smoking may soon be off limits all along Oregon's coast—more than 360 miles of beaches, reports AP . The state is now taking public comment on the proposed ban, which could punish smokers with a $110 fine. (Though rangers say they'd mostly issue warnings, at least at first.... More »

10% of US Beaches Teeming With Bacteria

Stormwater runoff major culprit in unsafe beaches

(Newser) - They may look pristine, but one in 10 US beaches is ripe with enough bacteria to make you sick. New research shows 10% of coastal and lakefront beaches fail to meet the Environmental Protection Agency's water-safety standards and swimmers could develop a stomach bug, conjunctivitis, pink eye, or even... More »

How Border Collies Ward Off E. Coli

Researchers train them to keep gulls off beaches

(Newser) - A new defense against the nastiness of an E. coli infection during summer has four legs and a wagging tail. Researchers at Central Michigan University trained border collies to keep seagulls away from Lake Michigan beaches, a feat that in turn reduced the amount of infected droppings from the birds,... More »

Florida Beaches Desperately Seeking Sand

With supplies running out, officials go looking for a new source

(Newser) - Some South Florida beaches are running low on one very critical supply: sand. The Army Corps of Engineers had been bringing in sand for beaches in Miami-Dade and Broward counties from offshore sources, but now those reserves have run out. That's a problem not just for castle-building enthusiasts, but... More »

The Filthiest Beaches in the US

New report card ranks cleanest, dirtiest in the nation

(Newser) - There's something dangerous lurking in the water at many US beaches, and it isn't a shark. It's bacteria, and it's fouling up many of America's shorelines thanks to runoff from treatment plants and old sewer lines, which can put swimmers at risk of hepatitis, dysentery,... More »

Best Beaches of 2013

Main Beach in East Hampton takes top honors

(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... More »

Rich Defend Beach Homes ... but Put Beach at Risk

Environmentalists complain beach fortifications will increase erosion

(Newser) - In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, many of the uber-rich who have multimillion-dollar beach homes in the tony town of Southampton, NY, are seeking to keep the ocean from their mansions. They've been spending big bucks ($50,000, in one case, and that could be on the low end)... More »

Sharks Put Scare Into Spring Break Beaches

Thousands spotted near shore in later-than-normal migration

(Newser) - Thousands of visitors are swarming to beaches in South Florida, but not the kind welcomed by the chamber of commerce: sharks. Their annual migration up the East Coast is taking place later than usual this year, coinciding with the start of spring break season, reports ABC News . Several beaches had... More »

Sharks Spark Cape Cod Swim Ban

'He was big and he was close,' warns spotter

(Newser) - Sightings of at least two great white sharks —one 16 feet long—stalking the waters off Cape Cod have triggered a swimming ban at the popular summer tourist spot during one of busiest times of the year. One shark was spotted a half mile from shore; the other was... More »

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