Happy National Beach Day: 'Dr. Beach' ranks America's top 10 beaches



Slide 1 of 5: 10. Beachwalker Park, Kiawah Island, South Carolina • What Dr. Beach says: "South of Charleston, Beachwalker Park is the public beach located on the southern end of Kiawah Island. This is a nature lover's coast so visitors should bring their canoes and kayaks to paddle through the tidal inlets. It is also fun to walk or bike down to Captain Sam’s Inlet to see thousands of birds. The water is not clear, but it is clean and provides fantastic seafood for low-country cooking."
Slide 2 of 5: 9. Coronado Beach, San Diego, California • What Dr. Beach says: "Coronado Beach is the toast of Southern California; it is a veritable oasis by the sea that is hundreds of yards wide. With its subtropical vegetation, unique Mediterranean climate, and fine sparkling sand, beach-goers flock to this beach for great ship-watching and the summer’s warm and mild surf. The local landmark, Hotel del Coronado, was built over a hundred years ago; kings, sheiks, actors, and actresses have stayed at this iconic hotel."
Slide 3 of 5: 6. Caladesi Island State Park, Dunedin/Clearwater, Florida • What Dr. Beach says: "Caladesi is reached by car ferry boat, private boats or a long walk north from Clearwater Beach—the inlet is closed so Caladesi is no longer a true island, but still a great getaway. The white beach is composed of crystalline quartz sand which is soft and cushy at the water’s edge, inviting one to take a dip in the sparkling clear waters. There are boardwalk trails, but my favorite is the kayak and canoe trails through the mangroves to see the large blue herons and other birds that frequent this wonderful natural area."
Slide 4 of 5: 5. Lighthouse Beach, Buxton, Outer Banks of North Carolina • What Dr. Beach says: "Lighthouse Beach is where the old spiral-striped Cape Hatteras Lighthouse once stood until it was moved landward in 1999 because of beach erosion. This lifeguarded beach is the number one surfing spot on the U. S. Atlantic Coast as the large offshore sand banks, known as Diamond Shoals, cause wave refraction focusing wave energy on this beach. I enjoy strolling down to the Cape Point where a long sand spit often exists, making me feel somewhat like Moses because the waves are coming from both directions as you walk along this narrow string of sand in the ocean."

Slide 5 of 5: 3. Coopers Beach, Southampton, New York  • What Dr. Beach says: "Coopers Beach is located on the south shore of Long Island, New York, shielded from the cold Labrador currents in the beautiful village of Southampton. As the first “Gold Coast” in the country, Coopers Beach is hundreds of yards wide, made of grainy white quartz sand. The beach is backed by large sand dunes covered by American beach grass interspersed with large and extravagant mansions. Some of the best beach access in the Hamptons exists on Coopers Beach; a snack bar serving lunch and drinks can be found here as well."
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