Dr. Beach Names 10 Best Beaches in the U.S. (2023)

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Dr. Beach, also known as Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman, selects the best beaches in the United States based on a comprehensive evaluation. Each year, he conducts a thorough assessment of numerous coastal locations using his established criteria. 

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Dr. Beach considers water quality, safety, cleanliness, beach width and sand quality, amenities, and environmental management efforts. Dr. Beach combines scientific analysis with his expertise in coastal processes and environmental stewardship to determine the rankings. 

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With that in mind, here’s a list of the ten best beaches in the United States for 2023.

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This tranquil paradise is famed for its pristine white sandy beaches, clear blue waters, and abundant bird life. A haven for hobbyist shell-seekers, it’s also a prime location for fishing and peaceful beachside camping.

St. George Island State Park, Florida Panhandle


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Named after the legendary Hawaiian Duke Kahanamoku, this iconic beach offers a stunning view of the Diamond Head volcano and is perfect for water sports enthusiasts. Its turquoise waters and golden sands make for a picturesque tropical escape.

Kahanamoku Beach, Oahu, Hawaii 


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Known for its beautiful dune landscapes and picturesque Atlantic shoreline, Coopers Beach boasts soft white sands, clear waters, and historic mansions. This well-maintained beach is a perfect getaway for a luxurious Hamptons summer experience.

Coopers Beach, Southampton, New York


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Accessible only by ferry, this secluded island beach in Clearwater, Florida, offers untouched beauty with its white quartz sand and crystalline waters. It’s one of the few untouched islands left in the area.

Caladesi Island State Park, Dunedin/ Clearwater, Florida


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Nestled near the historic Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, this beach offers a unique blend of history and natural beauty. Known for its large surfing popularity, fishing, and charming beach homes.

Lighthouse Beach, Buxton, Outer Banks of North Carolina


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