Independent Reviews of Dr. Beach's Top 10 Beaches


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Just in time for the summer, Dr. Stephen Leatherman has done a spot of hard work and compiled a handy list of the Top 10 beaches in the United States. Now in its 20th year, "Dr. Beach," as he is called, announced his list just prior to Memorial Day weekend, as is his tradition since 1991.

The list compiled by Dr. Beach gives a wealth of information about each beach, including recommended activities and their history. Dr. Beach's descriptive list can be found at his site here. For more supplemental information, practical tips and independent reviews see the list below:

Rank Beach Pics & Video Comments, Reviews, Maps, etc.
1 Coopers Beach in Southampton, New York Video of Coopers Beach
Comments & Reviews
2 Siesta Beach in Sarasota, Florida Video of Siesta Key Beach
Map with a series of reviews of independent resorts offered by Google Maps.
3 Coronado Beach in San Diego, California Video of Coronado Beach
Google Map with a series of reviews of independent resorts offered by Google Maps.
4 Cape Hatteras in the Outer Banks of North Carolina Video of Cape Hatteras
Comments & Reviews
5 Main Beach in East Hampton, New York Comments & Reviews
6 Kahanamoku Beach in Waikiki, Oahu, Hawaii Google Maps (No reviews yet)
7 Coast Guard Beach in Cape Cod, Massachusetts Video of Coast Guard Beach
Comments & Reviews
8 Beachwalker Park in Kiawah Island, South Carolina Comments & Reviews
9 Hamoa Beach in Maui, Hawaii Video of Himoa Beach
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10 Cape Florida State Park in Key Biscayne, Florida Video of Cape Florida State Park
Google Maps
Bill Baggs Cape Florida Park

A quick and easy way to locate the beaches on Dr. Beach's list.

The Director of Florida International University's Laboratory for Coastal Research and world-renowned coastal scientist, Dr. Beach has published 16 books and hundreds of scientific articles about storm impacts, erosion, and ways to improve beach health and safety. The man knows his beaches, and keeps his eye out for a lot more than just the best beach bodies. Dr. Leatherman takes this research very seriously, and judges the various locations based on over 50 characteristics, including water quality, temperature, sand quality, cleanliness, safety and environmental management.

Proving to be the best-kept secret up until now, Coopers Beach in Southampton, New York took the top prize with its comfortable amenities and exquisite white sand. "When most people think of a beach vacation destination, they go south. I kind of think the east end of Long Island is a well-kept secret for most Americans," Leatherman says. Though Cooper's Beach may mourn never making the list again (Leatherman retires top beaches from consideration in future lists), typically those in the number one spot see up to a 20 percent hike in visitors.