'Dr. Beach' ranks America's top 10 beaches for 2018
Kapalua Bay Beach in Maui, Hawaii, has been named the USA's best beach by Dr. Beach. Stephen Leatherman, a professor at Florida International University, used 50 criteria to come up with his annual list. They include sand and water quality as well as safety and management.
2. Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach, Outer Banks, N.C.
3. Grayton Beach State Park, Fla.
4. Coopers Beach, Southampton, N.Y.
5. Coast Guard Beach, Cape Cod, Mass.
6. Lighthouse Beach, Buxton, Outer Banks, N.C.
7. Caladesi Island State Park, Dunedin/Clearwater, Fla.