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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:

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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.


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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.”


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

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10 Florida beaches make TripAdvisor’s list of 25 best in U.S.

Siesta Key's sugary sand makes it a popular destination for beach walking and sun-bathing. TripAdvisor traveler photo.

Siesta Key’s sugary sand makes it a popular destination for beach walking and sun-bathing. TripAdvisor traveler photo.

The Beach Maniac Blog by Bill Hurley

We previously reported on TripAdvisor’s Top 10 Beaches for 2014, but the travel site has now expanded the list to the Top 25, and Florida beaches receive a lot of well-deserved recognition. Among the Florida beaches in the Top 25 are Siesta Key Public Beach (#3), St. Pete Beach (#9), Caladesi Island State Park (#11), St. Augustine Beach (#14), Bahia Honda State Park and Beach (#17), Pensacola Beach (#19), Panama City Beach (#20), Clearwater Beach (#21), Lido Beach in Sarasota (#22), and Navarre Beach (#25). In this article, the Palm Beach Post and VisitFlorida.com expand on the news:

10 Florida beaches make TripAdvisor’s list of 25 best in the U.S.

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