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America's Best Beaches

Best Beach in America

The following table lists the top ten best beaches to visit in the United States for 2017, according to Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman, author of America's Best Beaches. In addition, find a list of the previous top-rated beaches in America below.

Rank

Beach

Location

1

Kapalua Bay Beach

Maui, Hawaii

 

2

Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach

Outer Banks, North Carolina

 

3

Grayton Beach State Park

Florida panhandle

 

4

Coopers Beach

Southampton, New York

 

5

Coast Guard Beach

Cape Cod, Massachusetts
 

6

Lighthouse Beach

Buxton, North Carolina

 

7

Caladesi Island State Park

Dunedin/Clearwater, Florida

 

8

Hapuna Beach

Big Island, Hawaii

 

9

Coronado Beach

Coronado, California

 

10

Beachwalker Park

Kiawah Island, South Carolina

 
Released since 1991, 650 major public recreational beaches in the U.S. are rated according to 50 criteria. Source: Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman (aka Dr. Beach), author of America's Best Beaches and professor of environmental studies at Florida International University.

Previous Winners of the Best American Beach Award

YearNameLocation
2015Waimanalo Bay Beach ParkOahu, Hawaii
2014Duke KahanamokuWaikiki, Oahu, Hawaii
2013Main BeachEast Hampton, New York
2012Coronado BeachSan Diego, California
2011Siesta BeachSarasota, Florida
2010Coopers BeachSouthampton, New York
2009Hanalei BayKauai, Hawaii
2008Caladesi Island State ParkDunedin/Clearwater, Florida
2007Ocracoke Lifeguard BeachOuter Banks, North Carolina
2006Fleming Beach ParkMaui, Hawaii
2005Fort DeSoto ParkNorth Beach, Florida
 
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