2018's Best-of-the-Best Beaches
IN THE UNITED STATES
ACCORDING TO Dr. Beach

For years Dr. Beach, aka Dr. Stephen
Leatherman, professor and director of the Laboratory for Coastal Research at Florida National University and the author of America's Best Beaches, has compiled his list of the best beaches in the nation using a list of 50 criteria including cleanliness, access, views, sand softness, width of beach, water temperature, amenities, currents and amount of algae among them. How many have you visited? Did your favorite make the list?

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1. Kapalua Beach
 
 Maui, Hawaii

2. Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach
   Outer Banks of North Carolina

3. Grayton Beach State Park 
    Florida Panhandle

4. Coopers Beach
    Southhampton, New York

5. Coast Guard Beach
    Cape Cod, Massachusetts

6. Lighthouse Beach
    Outer Banks of North Carolina

7. Caladesi Island State Park
    Dunedin/Clearwater, Florida

8. Hapuna Beach State Park
    Big Island, Hawaii

9. Coronado Beach
    San Diego, California

10. Beachwalker Park
     Kiawah Island, South Carolina