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Hanauma Bay, Oahu, tops Dr. Beach’s list of Top Beaches for 2016

Hanauma Bay is the number one beach in the 26th annual Top 10 Beach List, complied by coastal expert Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman, professor at Florida International University. Below are Dr. Beach’s Top 10 Beaches of 2016, including his photos and description of each:

1. Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, Oahu, Hawaii. Hanauma Bay Beach Park is located on the eastern end of Oahu. There is limited parking so the best way is to reach this stunning white sand coral beach enclosed in a breached volcano is to take the Waikiki Beach Shuttle. The marine protected area, which has the best accessible snorkeling in Hawaii, is closed on Tuesdays to give the fish a chance to rest. In fact, this became the first no-smoking beach in Hawaii because of the necessity to protect the thousands of beautifully-colored tropical fish which span the rainbow. There are lifeguards along this crescent-shaped beach along with full amenities.


2. Siesta Beach Sarasota, Florida. According to Dr. Beach: “With some of the finest, whitest sand in the world, this beach attracts sand collectors from all over. Siesta Beach has clear, warm waters ideal for swimming. The beach is hundreds of yards wide in the shape of a crescent, due to anchoring of onshore rocks to the south. This beach is great for volleyball and other types of recreational fitness.”


3. Kapalua Bay Beach, Maui, Hawaii...

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10 Best Family Beach Vacations in the USA | U.S. News Travel

IMG_0884Taking the family to the beach can create lifelong memories, as long as every member of the family is satisfied. To help you choose your next family beach vacation, U.S. News considered factors like safe waters, kid-friendly attractions, dining options, spacious accommodations, multi-generational appeal and overall accessibility. The list below features destinations across the country that are most ideal for family getaways, according to travel experts and our readers. Weigh in by voting below, then use this list to plan your upcoming travels.

Source: 10 Best Family Beach Vacations in the USA | U.S. News Travel

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Kanhanamoku Beach at Waikiki is top beach for 2014, according to Dr. Beach


A relatively quiet stretch of Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, Hawaii, is the Number One beach in the United States, according to the 2014 ranking just released by Dr. Beach, a well-respected researcher who compiles the list annually.

Kanhanamoku Beach is located at the west end of Waikiki Beach, far from the large crowds elsewhere. It is widest beach on this stretch of famous sands and protected by an offshore coral reef, making it a good beach for families with children.

beach_maniac_blog_100pxThis is a safe beach with no known drownings. Official lifeguards are not present, but the beach and pool concessionaires have lifeguard training.

The nearby Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon is also a favorite bathing and swimming spot. Public access is via Kalia Road and Pahoa Place. Surprising to most visitors, this beautiful beach where smoking is not permitted, was created more than half a century ago by dredging through the shallow reef and importing sand.

Dr. Beach is Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman, professor and director of the Laboratory for Coastal Research at Florida International University. Dr. Beach has studied and evaluated America’s coastal beaches for more than 22 years, and issues an annual listing of the best, based on 50 factors that include sand softness, water quality, number of sunny days, water temperature, rip currents, amount of algea, seaweed, jellyfish, and much more.

This is Dr. Beach’s 2014 list of top beaches in the United States. Find out more about each beach location on TripAdvisor:

  1. Duke Kaha...
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Atlantic City, Miami Beach top list of East Coast beach destinations for kids

Atlantic City

Atlantic City, New Jersey. Source: Wikipedia

Looking for a great beach location where the kids will be entertained by more than just the shells and the sand, while offering plenty for Mom and Dad too? ABC Travel Guides for Kids has named Atlantic City, New Jersey, and Miami Beach, Florida, the top East Coast beach destinations for 2014. Here is their Top 5 and their rationale:

beach_maniac_blog_100px1. Atlantic City, New Jersey – AC is within a day’s drive of 1/3 of the country’s population.   AC’s unique attractions include a Surf School and the country’s third tallest lighthouse.  Even transportation is unique: Jitneys and Rolling Chairs.  More adventurous? Consider a Helicopter or Parasailing adventure.   But this resort city offers so much more: Joe Holiday’s magic show, Steel Pier, Ripley’s Odditorium, a White House (famous for submarines), Tony’s and Gilchrist for breakfast.  Ready for the original salt water taffy and fudge?  It started here with Steel’s, James and Fralinger’s.  The Caesars Pier water show, Boardwalk Hall light show and the Waterfront Sculpture Walk are hidden treasures.  The AC Sheraton’s location (near the Tanger Outlets) is the perfect launching pad to DO AC.

2. Miami Beach, Florida – We love Miami in the summer because the water is so warm.  Miami is about great food and diverse culture.  Start with a Grace Della food tour to learn about Miami’s culinary history.  The Seaquarium and Jungle Island shows are exceptional, as is the new PAMM...

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The Longest Beaches In The World

Sure, you can hang out on the beach in your bikini, walk along a boardwalk, go for a dip or even surf. Or, you can go for a really, really, really long walk. Here are eleven beaches where you can show your bikini bod for miles and miles. At roughly 150 miles long, Praia do Cassino Beach, Brazil is considered the world’s longest beach by many.

Beach Maniac‘s insight:

One of the longest beaches in the United States is Padre Island National Seashore, Texas.

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Hawaii, Florida top Dr. Beach’s 2013 list of Top 10 Beaches in the United States

Kahanamoku Beach, Oahu

Kahanamoku Beach, Oahu. Beach Maniac photo.

Hawaii and Florida accounted for six of the Top 10 Beaches for 2013, according to famed Dr. Beach, who releases an annual list.

The Florida beaches making this year’s list are:

  • St. George Island State Park, Florida panhandle.
  • Barefoot Beach, Bonita Springs.
  • Cape Florida State Park, Key Biscayne.

The Hawaiian beaches are:

  • Kahanamoku Beach Waikiki, Oahu.
  • Hamoa Beach, Maui.
  • Waimanalo Bay Beach Park, Oahu.

Main Beach East in Hampton, New York, is this year’s Number One beach, according to Dr. Beach, also known as Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman, Professor and Director of the Laboratory for Coastal Research at Florida International University. According to the Dr. Beach website: “This idyllic beach is frequented by the rich and famous who so highly regard their beach that Leatherman has seen even super models picking up litter washed ashore from the sea. This beach was heavily eroded by Super Storm Sandy and subsequent winter storms, yet it has largely recovered. The proud pavilion at Main Beach was little affected because it was set back several hundred feet from the water’s edge. A great team of lifeguards stands watch, making this a very safe beach for bathing and swimming.”

Here is the complete list, with links to Dr. Beach’s analysis of each, followed by link to TripAdvisor information about hotels at these beach locations:

  1. Main Beach East Hampton, New York … (TRIPADVISOR REVIEWS)
  2. Kahanamoku Beach Waikiki, Oahu, Hawaii … (TRIPA...
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Amelia Island, Bahamas, Galveston Island ranked among top family vacation destinations for 2013

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Amelia Island, Florida, the Bahama Islands and Galveston Island in Texas are the beach locations among the top family vacation destinations for 2013, according to Family Vacation Critic, an online family travel planning guide.

Family Vacation Critic offered this list of the top family vacations for 2013, based on family-friendly appeal and recent additions:

1. Amelia Island, FL: With 13 miles of beaches, this barrier island has a rich history and laid-back, outdoorsy vibe. In the spring of 2013, the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort will unveil its massive $85-million renovation.

2. Montreal: Montreal’s cobblestone streets, marvelous boutiques and creperies make it the ideal destination for those looking for a distinct change of pace. Kids will love the Biodome and La Ronde, the second-largest amusement park in Canada.

3. Bahamas: Convenient, relatively affordable, and teeming with activities for kids, the Bahamas  is always a popular choice for families. Princess Cruise Line’s new ship, Royal Princess, begins sailing in 2013, and will stop in the Bahamas on its maiden Caribbean voyage in October.

4. Park City, UT: A visit to the 400-acre Utah Olympic Park, a venue for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, is a must. Widely known as a hotspot for skiers, families can trade in their skis for hiking boots and bikes in the summer and explore miles of biking and hiking trails.

5. Galveston Island, TX: Galveston Island offers families tranquil bea...

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Distressed sea turtles rescued from cold waters of New England, flown to Florida for treatment

A Kemp’s ridley sea turtle is examined upon arrival at SeaWorld Orlando. Photos by SeaWorld Orlando.

Claire Erlacher-Reid, SeaWorld Orlando’s Animal Expert, performs a Doppler test upon the sea turtles arrival at SeaWorld Orlando.

More than two dozen distressed sea turtles have been rescued from cold ocean waters along the Cape Cod coast in New England and airlifted to rescue facilities in Florida. The hypothermic turtles were transported by a Coast Guard airplane to the Orlando International Airport where they were received by SeaWorld Orlando Animal Rescue Team. Twenty of the turtles were taken to SeaWorld Orlando to receive further evaluation and round-the-clock care at the park’s rehabilitation facility. Five loggerhead turtles were taken to the Volusia County Marine Science Center. Three other facilities in Florida also took in turtles. SeaWorld officials said unusual conditions in waters off New England have caused widespread distress for sea turtles. An unseasonably warm November caused to turtles to remain in Cape Cod Bay longer than usual, and when the water temperatures dropped suddenly, the turtles developed hypothermia. A record number have washed ashore. The turtles will be returned to New England waters after they are rehabilitated and water conditions there are appropriate for their recovery and survival.
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Miami artist Misael Soto turns huge beach towel into a living social art project

Misael Soto's Beach Towel projectIf you saw a huge, inviting, very comfortable and mostly empty beach towel draped over the sand at your favorite beach, would you just plop yourself down, introduce yourself to new friends and start basking in the sun? Well, if it the towel was placed there by Miami artist Misael Soto, that’s exactly what he would want you to do.

Misael Soto

Soto’s latest art project is a 56 foot by 29 foot beach towel. He lays it out on the beach, welcoming and encouraging anyone to occupy it and enjoy themselves. Soto says he hopes to “subert the way beach-goers claim their temporary real estate on the beach.” At the beach, he says, people usually separate themselves by using their personal beach towels to claim their territory. His project breaks down those barriers and brings people together. He provides sunscreen, drinks, snacks and games to help entice people to become part of his living art project.

Basically, he wants people to get together and have fun, but on his website he provides a much more profound narrative, saying he is providing a space “where I create the opportunity for communal transcendence above the conditioning of capitalism.” Soto also has Facebook, Tumblr and Twitter accounts about his project.

The towel weighs 250 pounds and seats 400 people. It takes four people about 15 minutes to lay it out on a beach. Soto first unveiled the towel in Miami Beach in June, and in July he began taking it on a tour of some of the east coast’s most famous beaches.

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5 things you can do to protect sea turtles during nesting season

Baby turtles crawl to the sea

Baby turtles find their way to the sea. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

The marine turtle nesting season runs from May 1 through October 31, and all beach-goers are asked to be very careful to follow some basic rules to protect these wonderful creatures. Sea turtles are one of our coastline’s greatest assets, and their nesting activities are vital to their survival. Our beaches and resorts have encroached on their natural terrain, and it is important that we respect them and go out of our way not to disturb them, or their nesting habits.

During nesting season, mother turtles crawl out of the sea during the night, dig a hole in the sand using their flippers and lay 100 to 150 eggs. One mother turtle may create as many as three to eight nests in the course of the season. After a 45 day to 70 day gestation period, hatchlings will emerge from the nest and use the light of the moon to direct them to the sea. It’s one of the most amazing – and adorable – sights on the beach! Most beaches monitor these activities carefully during nesting season to protect nests and hatchlings, so watch for signs and respect the process. In most areas, beachside homes, condos and resorts are asked to turn down or turn off lights at night during nesting season because the artificial light can confuse the mother turtle and the hatchlings, which rely on the natural light to direct them to the water. This season, a mother turtle was retrieved from a swimming pool in Hilton Head, Sou...

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