10 Beaches You Absolutely Need to Visit This Summer
If you want a truly phenomenal beach experience, then you’ll likely want to consider a special trip to one of America’s top-rated beaches. Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman, director of the Laboratory for Coastal Research at Florida International University, also known as “Dr. Beach,” has been ranking America’s best beaches since 1991, and with this year’s picks he’s pointed out 10 incredible beaches that are absolutely worth visiting. With a rigorous system that considers 50 different criteria, Leatherman evaluates beaches based on everything from water and sand quality to park safety and management. This year he placed an extra emphasis on beaches with exceptional environmental management and safety, and also awarded extra points for those that prohibit smoking. For 2015, these are the beaches that made the cut for Leatherman’s top 10 list.