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Dr. Stephen Leatherman, professor in the Department of Earth and Environment and American ecologist recently revealed the top 10 best beaches in the United States for 2019.

Water, sand quality, safety and management are just a few of the things he looks for when making the list. He awards bonus points for the prohibition of smoking on these tropical destinations. Oahu, Hawaii leads the pack by keeping its beaches clear of cigarette butts.

Top 10 beaches:

  1. Kailua Beach Park | Oahu, Hawaii
  2. Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach | Outer Banks of N.C.
  3. Grayton Beach State Park | Fla. Panhandle
  4. Coopers Beach | Southampton, N.Y.
  5. Duke Kahanamoku | Oahu, Hawaii
  6. Coast Guard Beach | Cape Cod, Mass.
  7. Caladesi Island State Park | Dunedin/Clearwater, Fla.
  8. Hapuna Beach State Park | Big Island, Hawaii
  9. Coronado Beach | San Diego, Cali.
  10. Beachwalker Park | Kiawah Island, S.C.