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Previous #1 Winners of the Best American Beach Award

NameLocation
1.Ocracoke Lifeguarded BeachOuter Banks, North Carolina
2.Caladesi Island State ParkDunedin, Fla.
3.Coopers BeachSouthampton, New York
4.Hanalei BayKauai, Hawaii
5.Coast Guard BeachCape Cod, Massachusetts
6.Hamoa BeachMaui, Hawaii
7.Main BeachEast Hampton, New York
8.Coronado BeachSan Diego, Calif.
9.Lighthouse Point ParkDaytona Beach, Florida
10.Siesta BeachSarasota, Florida

(excluded from 2007 list)

YearNameLocation
2006Fleming Beach ParkMaui, Hawaii
2005Fort DeSoto ParkNorth Beach, fla.
2004Hanauma BayOahu, Hawaii
2003KaanapaliHawaii
2002St. Joseph Peninsula State ParkFlorida
2001Poipu Beach ParkHawaii
2000Mauna Kea BeachHawaii
1999Wailea BeachHawaii
1998Kailua Beach ParkHawaii
1997HulopoeHawaii
1996Lanikai BeachHawaii
1995St. Andrews SRAFlorida
1994Grayton Beach SRAFlorida
1993HapunaHawaii
1992Bahia Honda SRAFlorida
1991Kapalua Bay BeachHawaii
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.
America's Best Beaches, 2008Travel StatisticsAmerica's Best Beaches, 2006
America's Best Beaches, 2006