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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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Honolulu is top U.S. beach destination


BeachManiacBlogWithText_150pxTripAdvisor’s list of top U.S. destinations for 2015 includes some of our favorite beach locations. Mixed in with urban locations such as New York City (#1) and Chicago (#2) are few great beach locations in the areas we tend to favor at, including Florida and Hawaii.

The top beach destination in our top areas on this year’s list are:

Honolulu_250pxHonolulu, Oahu, Hawaii (#13). TripAdvisor says: The mere mention of Hawaii is enough to prompt visions of grass skirts and colorful cocktails with tiny umbrellas. While you will find some kitsch in Honolulu, you’ll also find art museums, bike paths, and some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. Popular Waikiki Beach has soft sands and great surf. For majestic Oahu views scramble to the top of Diamond Head – a 350-acre volcanic crater. Historic structures like Iolani Palace and Ali’iolani Hale are worth a visit on a non-beach day.

Miami_Beach_250pxMiami Beach, Florida (#14). TripAdvisor says: At the shore in Miami Beach, visitors can swim, surf and jet ski in the warm and crystal-clear Atlantic waters. You can also nap on the white sands, work on a tan or simply watch the beautiful people, especially at South Beach, a favorite of models and celebrities. We add this: Beach lovers need go no further than the famous South Beach to experience everything from amazing sun-kissed beach bodies to spectacular clubs that host one of the wildest night-life experiences in the country and beyond...

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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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Hawaii’s Best Beaches


Photo: Hawaii Tourism Authority

Some of the most beautiful beaches in the world are on some of the most beautiful islands of the world: the Hawaiian Islands. USA Today recently put together this slideshow highlighting some of Hawaii’s gems. Perhaps top on top of the list is one of best snorkeling sites you’ll every visit: The protected Hanauma Bay on the Island of Oahu. But Hawaii’s offering of great beaches definitely doesn’t stop there. View the USA Today slideshow:

Photo tour: Hawaii’s best beaches

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7 of TripAdvisor’s Top 10 U.S. Beaches for 2014 are in Hawaii

Hanauma Bay, Oahu, Hawaii. TripAdvisor photo.

Hanauma Bay, Oahu, Hawaii. TripAdvisor photo.

beach_maniac_blog_100pxHawaii has seven of the top 10 beaches in the United States, including the top beach: Lanikai Beach in Kailua on the island of Oahu, according to TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Awards for 2014.

The other Hawaii beaches in the Top 10 are Ka’anapali Beach, Lahaina; Maui (2), Hanalei Beach, Hanalei Kauai (4);  Wai’anapanapa State Park, Hana, Maui (5), Wailea Beach, Wailea, Maui (6); Manini’owali Beach (Kua Bay), Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii (8); Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, Honolulu, Oahu (10).

Two Florida beaches made the Top 10: Siesta Key Public Beach and Saint Pete Beach. Hunting Island State Park in Beaufort, S.C., was the other Top 10 beach.

Other non-U.S. beaches in our part of the world that made the list of the Top 10 Beaches in the World are Grace Bay, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos (2); Flamenco Beach, Culebra, Puerto Rico (3); and Playa Norte, Isla Mujeres, Mexico (10).

Top 10 beaches in the U.S.:

1. Lanikai Beach, Kailua, Oahu, Hawaii

2. Ka’anapali Beach, Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii

3. Siesta Key Public Beach, Siesta Key, Florida

4. Hanalei Beach, Hanalei, Kauai, Hawaii

5. Wai’anapanapa State Park, Hana, Maui, Hawaii

6. Wailea Beach, Wailea, Maui, Hawaii

7. Hunting Island State Park, Beaufort, South Carolina

8. Manini’owali Beach (Kua Bay), Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, Hawaii

9. Saint Pete Beach, Saint Pete Beach, Florida

10. Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii

Top 10 beaches in the world:


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Meet Kama, Hawaii’s surfing pig


Sometimes someone just walks into your life. Turns out that this pig named Kama loves the water, and soon Kama was jumping on Kai Holt’s standup paddle board. “I think he enjoys it, you know,” says Holt, “he really gets off on it. It seems like he has a good time out there.”

Beach Maniac‘s insight:

You gotta just love this quote: “It’s funny when there’s a big wave and a bump coming and he launches into the air,” says Holt’s son, Braiden, “I think he’s gonna drown, but he just pops right up out of the foam.”

Hawaii News Now – KGMB and KHNL

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Oahu: Where metropolis and paradise coexist

Oahu is Hawaii’s busiest and most populated island. It is home to the capital of Honolulu and the famous Waikiki Beach on the South Shore. On the North Shore, you’ll find the world’s best surfing.


Beach Maniac‘s insight:

The great thing about Oahu is there is so much to do and see. Unlike the other Hawaiian islands, Oahu has a large urban center (Honolulu) with unlimited restaurants, bars and entertainment venues. Not to mention great historic sites (including Pearl Harbor), and the amazing Diamond Head volcano. And, of course, there is the incomparable Waikiki Beach!

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Experience Waikiki Beach, Hawaii

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No beach is more famous in the Hawaiian Islands than Waikiki, a Honolulu neighbor fringed in white sand and long the playground of Hawaiian kings and queens.


Beach Maniac‘s insight:

If like lots of people, activities, restaurants, bars and beautiful scenery, Waikiki is perhaps the best beach in the United States!

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Top 10 Beaches – Travel – National Geographic

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Top 10 Beaches from National Geographic

Beach Maniac‘s insight:

National Geographic’s Top 10 beaches are: Seychelles; Maldives; Bora Bora; The Hamptons, New York; Lanikai Beach in Hawaii; Nantucket Island, Massachusetts; Fraser Island, Australia; St. Bart’s; Langkawi, Maylasia; and Kauna’oa Bay, Hawaii. What would you add to your Top 10 list of beaches?

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