America's Top 10 Beaches

Hawaii's Hanalei Bay comes out on top in 'Dr. Beach's' annual list
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 4, 2009 1:24 PM CDT
A couple takes a stroll along Hanalei Bay in Hanalei, Hawaii. Hanalei Bay was named the nation's No. 1 beach in "Dr. Beach" Stephen P. Leatherman's annual rankings.    (AP Photo/Jaymes Song)
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(Newser) – 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
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