America’s favorite beach expert, Professor Stephen Leatherman, compiles a list each year of the best public beaches across the United States. Using a set of 50 criteria, Leatherman evaluates beaches based on their amenities, environmental management, sand quality, and water quality. Waimanalo Bay Beach Park in Waimanalo, Hawaii took the top spot, followed by Barefoot Beach in Bonita Springs, Florida and St. George Island State Park in Florida. Many other popular beaches to top the list are in Hawaii and Florida, along with a handful on the East and West Coasts.
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