Dr. Beach Reveals Top 10 Best Beaches in the US for 2019
May 23, 2019
Published May 23, 2019 at 8:25 AM
Oahu's Kailua Beach Park in Hawaii has been selected as the best stretch of sand for Dr. Beach's Top 10 Beaches list in 2019. Two other Hawaiian beaches, Duke Kahanamoku Beach in Oahu and Hapuna Beach State Park on the Big Island, also made the list.
Florida had two entries and North Carolina, South Carolina, California, New York, Massachusetts each had one on the annual list that ranks major public recreational beaches in the coastal U.S. states.
Florida International University professor Stephen Leatherman, also known as Dr. Beach, uses about 50 criteria to assess and rank beaches across the country. U.S. territories like Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands aren't included in the rankings. In recent years, he has given extra points to beaches that prohibit smoking, saying cigarette butts are not only environmentally damaging, but can ruin the experience for beach-goers. Safety and environmental management are other major factors, he said