Where are the best beaches in America?

Every year, Florida International University Professor Stephen Leatherman – also known as Dr. Beach – ranks the best beaches in the U.S. To create the list he takes into account 50 different factors including sand, waves and parking. He’s been doing it since 1991, and he takes it pretty seriously.

Here are his 10 best picks for 2017 … just in time to plan your summer vacation:

  1. Siesta Beach – Siesta Key, Florida
  2. Kapalua Bay Beach – Maui, Hawaii
  3. Ocracoke Beach – Outer Banks, North Carolina
  4. Grayton Beach State Park – Grayton Beach, Florida 
  5. Coopers Beach – Southampton, New York
  6. Coast Guard Beach – Cape Cod, Massachusetts
  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

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