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May 29, 2019

"Dr. Beach" Names Hawaii's Kailua Beach Park America's Best Beach

Kailua Beach Park is number one in the 29th annual Top 10 Beach List, produced by coastal expert Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman, professor at Florida International University.

Kailua Beach Park is a beautiful white sand coral beach with generally small waves, making it great for swimming and kayaking. A very popular activity is to paddle a kayak to the nearby picturesque offshore islands; the larger one has a nice sandy beach. Kailua Beach Park has lifeguards on duty, free parking, bathrooms, beach showers, picnic tables, volleyball courts and kayak rentals among other amenities. It is only minutes away from the village of Kailua where there are good restaurants, or you can pick up plate lunches and drinks for the beach.


  1. Kailua Beach Park
    Oahu, Hawaii
  2. Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach
    Outer Banks of North Carolina
  3. Grayton Beach State
    Park Florida panhandle
  4. Coopers Beach
    Southampton, New York
  5. Duke Kahanamoku Beach
    Oahu, Hawaii
  6. Coast Guard Beach
    Cape Cod, Massachusetts
  7. Caladesi Island State Park
    Dunedin/Clearwater, Florida
  8. Hapuna Beach State Park
    Big Island, Hawaii
  9. Coronado Beach
    San Diego, California
  10. Beachwalker Park
    Kiawah Island, South Carolina

As "Dr. Beach" (, Leatherman has selected the annual Top 10 Beaches since 1991. Fifty criteria are used to evaluate beaches, which include water and sand quality as well as safety and management. Dr. Leatherman is an internationally known coastal scientist who has published 20 books and hundreds of scientific articles and reports about storm impacts, coastal erosion and ways to improve beach health and safety.

Bonus points are awarded for prohibition of smoking on beaches, and Oahu, Hawaii is leading the way by keeping their beaches clear of cigarette butts.

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