Dr. Beach’s Top 10 Best Beaches in the US for 2016

Florida International University professor Stephen Leatherman, also known as Dr. Beach, uses about 50 criteria to assess and rank beaches across the country. Here are the top 10 best beaches in the United States for 2016's list.

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This Jan. 9, 2012, photo shows sunbathers and snorkelers enjoying a balmy beach day at Hanauma Bay, on the east side of Oahu, Hawaii. Hanauma Bay is No. 1 on the list of best beaches for the summer of 2016 compiled by Stephen Leatherman, also known as Dr. Beach, a professor at Florida International University.
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This May 18, 2011, file photo shows the Siesta Key public beach in Sarasota, Florida. Siesta Key is No. 2 on the list of best beaches for the summer of 2016 compiled by Stephen Leatherman, also known as Dr. Beach, a professor at Florida International University.
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This undated photo shows a view of Kapalua Bay Beach in Maui, Hawaii. Kapalua Bay Beach is No. 3 on the list of best beaches for the summer of 2016 compiled by Stephen Leatherman, also known as Dr. Beach, a professor at Florida International University.
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Beach at Ocracoke, part of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Dr. Beach has awarded Ocracoke a No. 1 ranking. The Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach is No. 4 on the list of best beaches for the summer of 2016 compiled by Stephen Leatherman, also known as Dr. Beach, a professor at Florida International University.
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This undated photo shows Coast Guard Beach on Cape Cod in Massachusetts. Coast Guard Beach is No. 5 on the list of best beaches for the summer of 2016 compiled by Stephen Leatherman, also known as Dr. Beach, a professor at Florida International University.
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This undated photo shows Grayton Beach on Florida's Panhandle on the Gulf Coast. Grayton Beach State Park is No. 6 on the list of top beaches for the summer of 2016 as compiled by Stephen Leatherman, also known as Dr. Beach, a professor at Florida International University.
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In this May 22, 2012 file photo, people are seen walking on Coronado Beach in Coronado, Calif. Coronado Beach is No. 7 on the list of best beaches for the summer of 2016 compiled by Stephen Leatherman, also known as Dr. Beach, a professor at Florida International University.
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This May 13, 2010 file photo shows Coopers Beach in Southampton, N.Y. Coopers Beach is No. 8 on the list of best beaches for the summer of 2016 compiled by Stephen Leatherman, also known as Dr. Beach, a professor at Florida International University.
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This May 21, 2008 file photo shows the main beach at Caladesi Island State Park, a barrier island along the Gulf of Mexico, on Florida's West Coast. The beach is No. 9 on the list of best beaches for the summer of 2016 compiled by Stephen Leatherman, also known as Dr. Beach, a professor at Florida International University.
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This undated photo shows Kiawah Beachwalker Park in South Carolina. Beachwalker is No. 10 on the list of best beaches for the summer of 2016 compiled by Stephen Leatherman, also known as Dr. Beach, a professor at Florida International University.
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