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Best USA Beaches of 2019

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.”

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Another Hawaii beach, Kapalua Bay Beach on Maui, took prime honors in 2018, whereas Siesta Beach in Sarasota, Florida, won in 2017 and Hanauma Bay in Oahu was chosen as best beach in 2016.

The below list rounds out the top ten beaches in the USA for 2019

2. Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach on North Carolina’s Outer Banks

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3. Grayton Beach State Park in the Florida panhandle

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4. Coopers Beach, Southampton, New York

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5. Duke Kahanamoku Beach on Oahu

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6. Coast Guard Beach, Cape Cod, Massachusetts

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7. Caladesi Island State Park, Dunedin-Clearwater, Florida

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8. Hapuna State Beach Park on Hawaii’s Big Island

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9. Coronado Beach, San Diego, California

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10. Kiawah Beachwalker Park, Kiawah Island, South Carolina

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