Previous #1 Winners of the Best American Beach Award, 2008

Updated February 11, 2017 | Infoplease Staff

The following table lists the top ten best beaches to visit in the United States for 2008, 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.

1.Caladesi Island State ParkDunedin, Fla.
2.Hanalei BeachKauai, Hawaii
3.Siesta BeachSarasota, Florida
4.Coopers BeachSouthampton, New York
5.Coronado BeachSan Diego, California
6.Main BeachEast Hampton, New York
7.Hamoa BeachMaui, Hawaii
8.Cape HatterasOuter Banks, North Carolina
9.Cape Florida State ParkKey Biscayne, Florida
10.Beachwalker ParkKiawah Island, South Carolina

(excluded from 2008 list)

2007Ocracoke Lifeguard BeachOuter Banks, North Carolina
2006Fleming Beach ParkMaui, Hawaii
2005Fort DeSoto ParkNorth Beach, fla.
2004Hanauma BayOahu, Hawaii
2002St. Joseph Peninsula State ParkFlorida
2001Poipu Beach ParkHawaii
2000Mauna Kea BeachHawaii
1999Wailea BeachHawaii
1998Kailua Beach ParkHawaii
1996Lanikai BeachHawaii
1995St. Andrews SRAFlorida
1994Grayton Beach SRAFlorida
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.
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