For over 25 years, Dr. Stephen Leatherman (“Dr. Beach”) has reviewed, evaluated and rated beaches and coastal areas throughout the world. These are top 10 best beaches in the United States for 2019…


Kailua Beach Park


Kailua Beach Park is a beautiful white sand coral beach only minutes away from the village of Kailua. The generally small waves make it great for swimming and kayaking. A popular activity is to kayak to the nearby offshore islands. Kailua Beach Park has lifeguards on duty, free parking, bathrooms, showers, picnic tables, volleyball courts and kayak rentals and much more!

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Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach


Ocracoke, once the home of Blackbeard the pirate, is still a special place—it is my favorite getaway beach. Here you will find some of the wildest beaches in the country. Big surf dominates in late summer so families with children may want to come earlier in the year. Don’t expect to play golf or stay at the Ritz; the main pursuits are swimming and beachcombing.

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Grayton Beach State Park


This beach boasts of its sugar-white sand and emerald green water where development has been restrained so big sand dunes still dominate the landscape. All the amenities of restaurants and accommodations are near by in the town of Grayton Beach or Seaside. Many people choose to camp in this wonderful state park that also features tidal lakes and freshwater ponds.

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Coopers Beach


Coopers Beach is located on the south shore of Long Island, New York, shielded from the cold Labrador currents in the beautiful village of Southampton. Coopers Beach is hundreds of yards wide made of grainy white quartz sand. The beach is backed by large sand dunes covered by American beach grass interspersed with large and extravagant mansions.

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Duke Kahanamoku Beach


Kahanamoku Beach is located on the west end of Waikiki Beach, far from the large crowds elsewhere. It is the widest beach on this world-famous stretch of sand and protected by an offshore coral reef, making it a good beach for families with children. This is one of the most picturesque beaches in the USA with the iconic Diamondhead volcano in the distance.

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Coast Guard Beach


Coast Guard Beach, accessible by bicycle or shuttle bus from the Salt Pond Visitor’s Center, was formed where a sand spit attached to the glacial cliffs. The sand is fairly coarse so the beach slopes steeply into the water. The picturesque old Coast Guard station still sits atop the glacial bluffs, allowing for a spectacular view down upon the Nauset Spit barrier system and bay.

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Caladesi Island State Park


Caladesi is reached by pedestrian ferry boat, private boats or a long walk north from Clearwater Beach. The white beach is composed of crystalline quartz sand which is soft and cushy at the water’s edge, inviting one to take a dip in the sparkling clear waters. There are boardwalk trails, and kayak and canoe trails through the mangroves to see the many birds that frequent area.

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Hapuna Beach State Park


This white coral sand beach resides in a landscape dominated by black lava flows. During the summer months, Hapuna is a perfect place to swim, snorkel or scuba dive in the crystal clean waters, but big waves during the winter can generate powerful rip currents. Fortunately, there are well-trained lifeguards at this state park.

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Coronado Beach


Coronado Beach is the toast of Southern California. It is an oasis by the sea, with its lush subtropical vegetation, unique Mediterranean climate, and fine sparkling sand, beach-goers flock to this beach to enjoy the summer’s warm and mild surf. The Hotel del Coronado offers spectacular architecture and Old World elegance with food and drinks served on the beach.

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Beachwalker Park


South of Charleston, Beachwalker Park is the public beach located on the southern end of Kiawah Island. This is a nature-lovers coast so visitors should bring their canoes and kayaks to paddle through the tidal inlets. You can also walk or bicycle to Captain Sam’s Inlet to see thousands of birds. The water is not clear here, but it is clean and provides fantastic seafood for cooking.

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