Each year, Dr. Beach ranks Americas top 10 beaches. Heres a look at his picks for 2009.
“Dr. Beach,” also known as Stephen Leatherman, is director of Florida International University‘s Laboratory for Coastal Research. He uses 50 criteria in selecting the best beaches including water and sand quality, facilities and environmental management. This is the 19th year he has released his list.()
10. Beachwalker Park, Kiawah Island, S.C.
Dr. Beach says the water at Beachwalker Park is clean and provides for fantastic seafood for low-country cooking. In 2008, Beachwalker ranked No. 10 as well.
A part of the Cape Cod National Seashore, Coast Guard Beach is a prime swimming beach during the summer season, according to the National Park Service. The beach is home to seals, terns and various shorebirds.
Dr. Beach calls Hanalei Bay a spectacular white crescent-shaped sand beach that is considered by many residents and visitors alike to be the most beautiful beach setting in Hawaii. It has moved steadily up Dr. Beachs list, taking the No. 4 spot in 2007 and the No. 2 spot in 2008.