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‘Dr. Beach ranks best U.s. beaches for 2019, turn idyllic Hawaiian spot at No. 1

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The “doctor” again the diagnosis Hawaii with having the best beach in America.

If he does that every year, “Dr. Beach — aka Stephen leatherman — has its list of america’s top ten places for sunbathers and swimmers. And topping 2019, the list is Oahu’s Kailua Beach Park.

Kailua Beach Park in Kailua, Hawaii is selected as the best piece of sand on an annual list of Dr. Beach top U.S. beaches
(AP Photo/Caleb Jones)

“Kailua Beach Park is a beautiful white sand coral beach, with generally small waves, making it ideal for swimming and kayaking,” wrote leatherman, who works as a coastal scientist and professor at Florida International University when he’s not relaxing on a beach. He gushed about the environment, free parking, volleyball, kayak rental, and in the nearby village of Kailua “, where there are good restaurants, or you can pick-up plate lunches and drinks for the beach.”

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“I love the Beach of Waikiki. No doubt that a world-famous beach — but Kailua is a lot smaller and calmer,” he added, according to the Associated Press. “It is much more than quiet… You don’t need the big high-rises and all that. Kailua is on the other side of the mountains. It’s like a different world.”

Coming in a close second, but on the opposite side of the United States, is Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach, North Carolina in the Outer Banks, also known as leatherman’s “favorite getaway beach.”

“Don’t expect that the play of golf or a stay in the Ritz; the main activities are swimming and beachcombing,” he writes of Ocracoke.

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Grayton Beach State Park in Florida came in next at Number 3, in part for its “sugar-white beaches and emerald-green water”; Coopers Beach in Southampton, new york, followed at Number 4, and was known for her particularly “big” beach; and then leatherman went back to Hawaii with his Number 5 pick, Duke Kahanamoku Beach in Oahu.

“This is one of the most picturesque beaches in the united states with the iconic Diamondhead volcano in the distance,” he said.

Completion of the rest of the top ten were Coast Guard Beach in Cape Cod, Mass. (No. 6); Caladesi Island State Park in Dunedin-Clearwater, Florida. (No. 7); Hapuna State Beach Park on Hawaii’s Big Island (no. 8); Coronado Beach in San Diego, California. (No. 9); and Kiawah Beachwalker Park on Kiawah Island, S. C. (No. 10).

Leatherman’s affection for the Hawaiian beaches is not new until 2019, either; he ranked Maui’s Bay, Kapalua Beach are a top choice for 2018, and the second choice in 2017.

Dr. Beach, or Stephen leatherman, has compiled an annual list of America’s best beaches since 1991.
(AP Photo/Mary Haggerty)

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Its rankings take into account 50 different criteria, with reviews for everything from the all year round climate, types of sand, views, close to all amenities, and noise, among others.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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