Oahu’s Kailua Beach has been chosen as 2019’s best beach within the USA by Stephen Leatherman, better known as “Dr. Beach.” Since 1991, the coastal scientist and Florida International University professor has been ranking America’s best beaches based on fifty criteria that include water cleanliness, safety and management of the beach environment and its facilities. He has also given additional credit to beaches that prohibit smoking.
This year, Kailua Beach Park grabbed the highest honors. “Kailua Beach Park is a beautiful white sand coral beach with generally small waves, making it great for swimming and kayaking,” Leatherman wrote in a press release. “I love Waikiki Beach. No question about that, a world-famous beach, but Kailua is a lot smaller and quieter,” he told the Associated Press. “It’s so much more peaceful. You don’t have big high-rises and all that. Kailua is on the other side of the mountains. It’s like a different world.”
Leatherman noted that kayaking to nearby picturesque offshore islands is a well-liked activity at the beach. “Kailua Beach Park has lifeguards on duty, free parking, bathrooms, beach showers, picnic tables, volleyball courts and kayak rentals among other amenities,” Leatherman wrote. “It is only minutes away from the village of Kailua where there are good restaurants, or you can pick up plate lunches and drinks for the beach.”