Hawaii's Waimanalo Bay Beach Park tops Dr. Beach's list

Hawaii's Waimanalo Bay Beach Park tops Dr. Beach's list

Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - The coastal science professor known as Dr. Beach has named Waimanalo Bay Beach Park on Oahu, Hawaii, as the top U.S. beach on his annual list of best beaches.

Stephen Leatherman, a Florida International University professor, ranks beaches based on criteria including water and sand quality, safety and management.

Leatherman has been ranking the nation's beaches for a quarter of a century.

Waimanalo Bay has the longest stretch of beach on Oahu and boasts powdery white sand with bright turquoise water. Combined with cleanliness and safety, it beat out Barefoot Beach in Florida as the top pick for 2015, Leatherman says.

Hamoa Beach on Maui also made this year's list, joining beaches in Florida, Massachusetts, the Carolinas and California to round out the top 10.

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