Gulf Shores Public Beach, Alabama from 35 Beaches in the U.S. with the Cleanest Water for Swimming

35 Beaches in the U.S. with the Cleanest Water for Swimming

% of water quality samples that failed EPA health-protective standard

2013: 2%
2012: 0%
2011: 0%
2010: 0%
2009: 0%

NB: The Environmental Protection Agency introduced a tougher standard, the Beach Action Value (BAV), in 2013.

Source: Natural Resources Defense Council

Gulf Shores Public Beach, Alabama

% of water quality samples that failed EPA health-protective standard

2013: 2%
2012: 0%
2011: 0%
2010: 0%
2009: 0%

NB: The Environmental Protection Agency introduced a tougher standard, the Beach Action Value (BAV), in 2013.

Source: Natural Resources Defense Council

Gulf State Park Pavilion, Alabama

% of water quality samples that failed EPA health-protective standard

2013: 2%
2012: 0%
2011: 0%
2010: 0%
2009: 0%

NB: The Environmental Protection Agency introduced a tougher standard, the Beach Action Value (BAV), in 2013.

Source: Natural Resources Defense Council

Dauphin Island Public Beach, Alabama

% of water quality samples that failed EPA health-protective standard

2013: 0%
2012: 0%
2011: 0%
2010: 0%
2009: 0%

NB: The Environmental Protection Agency introduced a tougher standard, the Beach Action Value (BAV), in 2013.

Source: Natural Resources Defense Council

Newport Beach, 38th Street, California

% of water quality samples that failed EPA health-protective standard

2013: 0%
2012: 1.2%
2011: 2%
2010: 0%
2009: 2%

NB: The Environmental Protection Agency introduced a tougher standard, the Beach Action Value (BAV), in 2013.

Source: Natural Resources Defense Council

Dewey Beach-Swedes, Delaware

% of water quality samples that failed EPA health-protective standard

2013: 0%
2012: 0%
2011: 0%
2010: 0%
2009: 0%

NB: The Environmental Protection Agency introduced a tougher standard, the Beach Action Value (BAV), in 2013.

Source: Natural Resources Defense Council

Bowman's Beach, Florida

% of water quality samples that failed EPA health-protective standard

2013: 0%
2012: 0%
2011: 0%
2010: 0%
2009: 1.9%

NB: The Environmental Protection Agency introduced a tougher standard, the Beach Action Value (BAV), in 2013.

Source: Natural Resources Defense Council

Coquina Beach South, Florida

% of water quality samples that failed EPA health-protective standard

2013: 0%
2012: 0%
2011: 0%
2010: 0%
2009: 0%

NB: The Environmental Protection Agency introduced a tougher standard, the Beach Action Value (BAV), in 2013.

Source: Natural Resources Defense Council

Fort Desoto North Beach, Florida

% of water quality samples that failed EPA health-protective standard

2013: 0%
2012: 0%
2011: 0%
2010: 0%
2009: 0%

NB: The Environmental Protection Agency introduced a tougher standard, the Beach Action Value (BAV), in 2013.

Source: Natural Resources Defense Council

Tybee Island North, Georgia

% of water quality samples that failed EPA health-protective standard

2013: 0%
2012: 0%
2011: 1.9%
2010: 0%
2009: 1.9%

NB: The Environmental Protection Agency introduced a tougher standard, the Beach Action Value (BAV), in 2013.

Source: Natural Resources Defense Council

Hapuna Beach St. Rec Area, Hawaii

% of water quality samples that failed EPA health-protective standard

2013: 0%
2012: 0%
2011: 0%
2010: 0%
2009: 0%

NB: The Environmental Protection Agency introduced a tougher standard, the Beach Action Value (BAV), in 2013.

Source: Natural Resources Defense Council

Po'ipu Beach Co. Park, Hawaii

% of water quality samples that failed EPA health-protective standard

2013: 0%
2012: 0%
2011: 1.2%
2010: 1.3%
2009: 1.1%

NB: The Environmental Protection Agency introduced a tougher standard, the Beach Action Value (BAV), in 2013.

Source: Natural Resources Defense Council

Wailea Beach Park, Hawaii

% of water quality samples that failed EPA health-protective standard

2013: 1.6%
2012: 0%
2011: 1.5%
2010: 0%
2009: 1.3%

NB: The Environmental Protection Agency introduced a tougher standard, the Beach Action Value (BAV), in 2013.

Source: Natural Resources Defense Council

Singing Beach, Massachusetts

% of water quality samples that failed EPA health-protective standard

2013: 0%
2012: 0%
2011: 0%
2010: 0%
2009: 0%

NB: The Environmental Protection Agency introduced a tougher standard, the Beach Action Value (BAV), in 2013.

Source: Natural Resources Defense Council

Point Lookout State Park, Maryland

% of water quality samples that failed EPA health-protective standard

2013: 0%
2012: 0%
2011: 0%
2010: 0%
2009: 0%

NB: The Environmental Protection Agency introduced a tougher standard, the Beach Action Value (BAV), in 2013.

Source: Natural Resources Defense Council

Assateague State Park, Maryland

% of water quality samples that failed EPA health-protective standard

2013: 0%
2012: 0%
2011: 0%
2010: 0%
2009: 0%

NB: The Environmental Protection Agency introduced a tougher standard, the Beach Action Value (BAV), in 2013.

Source: Natural Resources Defense Council

Hampton Beach State Park, New Hampshire

% of water quality samples that failed EPA health-protective standard

2013: 0%
2012: 0%
2011: 0.6%
2010: 0%
2009: 0%

NB: The Environmental Protection Agency introduced a tougher standard, the Beach Action Value (BAV), in 2013.

Source: Natural Resources Defense Council

Wallis Sands Beach at Wallis Road, New Hampshire

% of water quality samples that failed EPA health-protective standard

2013: 0%
2012: 1.2%
2011: 0%
2010: 1%
2009: 0.8%

NB: The Environmental Protection Agency introduced a tougher standard, the Beach Action Value (BAV), in 2013.

Source: Natural Resources Defense Council

Wallis Sands State Park, New Hampshire

% of water quality samples that failed EPA health-protective standard

2013: 1.2%
2012: 0%
2011: 0%
2010: 0%
2009: 0%

NB: The Environmental Protection Agency introduced a tougher standard, the Beach Action Value (BAV), in 2013.

Source: Natural Resources Defense Council

Washington (Margate) Beach, New Jersey

% of water quality samples that failed EPA health-protective standard

2013: 0%
2012: 0%
2011: 0%
2010: 0%
2009: 0%

NB: The Environmental Protection Agency introduced a tougher standard, the Beach Action Value (BAV), in 2013.

Source: Natural Resources Defense Council

40th Street (Avalon) Beach, New Jersey

% of water quality samples that failed EPA health-protective standard

2013: 0%
2012: 0%
2011: 0%
2010: 0%
2009: 0%

NB: The Environmental Protection Agency introduced a tougher standard, the Beach Action Value (BAV), in 2013.

Source: Natural Resources Defense Council

40th Street (Sea Isle City) Beach, New Jersey

% of water quality samples that failed EPA health-protective standard

2013: 0%
2012: 0%
2011: 0%
2010: 0%
2009: 0%

NB: The Environmental Protection Agency introduced a tougher standard, the Beach Action Value (BAV), in 2013.

Source: Natural Resources Defense Council

Stone Harbor at 96th Street Beach, New Jersey

% of water quality samples that failed EPA health-protective standard

2013: 0%
2012: 0%
2011: 0%
2010: 0%
2009: 0%

NB: The Environmental Protection Agency introduced a tougher standard, the Beach Action Value (BAV), in 2013.

Source: Natural Resources Defense Council

Upper Township at Webster Road, New Jersey

% of water quality samples that failed EPA health-protective standard

2013: 0%
2012: 0%
2011: 0%
2010: 0%
2009: 0%

NB: The Environmental Protection Agency introduced a tougher standard, the Beach Action Value (BAV), in 2013.

Source: Natural Resources Defense Council

Wildwood Crest at Orchard, New Jersey

% of water quality samples that failed EPA health-protective standard

2013: 0%
2012: 0%
2011: 0%
2010: 0%
2009: 0%

NB: The Environmental Protection Agency introduced a tougher standard, the Beach Action Value (BAV), in 2013.

Source: Natural Resources Defense Council

Broadway (Pt. Pleasant Beach), New Jersey

% of water quality samples that failed EPA health-protective standard

2013: 0%
2012: 0%
2011: 0%
2010: 0%
2009: 0%

NB: The Environmental Protection Agency introduced a tougher standard, the Beach Action Value (BAV), in 2013.

Source: Natural Resources Defense Council

Long Beach City, New York

% of water quality samples that failed EPA health-protective standard

2013: 0%
2012: 0%
2011: 0%
2010: 0%
2009: 0%

NB: The Environmental Protection Agency introduced a tougher standard, the Beach Action Value (BAV), in 2013.

Source: Natural Resources Defense Council

Beach at Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, North Carolina

% of water quality samples that failed EPA health-protective standard

2013: 0%
2012: 0%
2011: 0%
2010: 0%
2009: 0%

NB: The Environmental Protection Agency introduced a tougher standard, the Beach Action Value (BAV), in 2013.

Source: Natural Resources Defense Council


Ocean Pier at Main Street and Sunset Blvd, North Carolina

% of water quality samples that failed EPA health-protective standard

2013: 0%
2012: 0%
2011: 0%
2010: 0%
2009: 0%

NB: The Environmental Protection Agency introduced a tougher standard, the Beach Action Value (BAV), in 2013.

Source: Natural Resources Defense Council

Ocean Pier at Ocean Blvd and Crews Ave in Topsail Beach, North Carolina

% of water quality samples that failed EPA health-protective standard

2013: 0%
2012: 0%
2011: 0%
2010: 0%
2009: 0%

NB: The Environmental Protection Agency introduced a tougher standard, the Beach Action Value (BAV), in 2013.

Source: Natural Resources Defense Council

Ocean Pier at Salisbury Street in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina

% of water quality samples that failed EPA health-protective standard

2013: 0%
2012: 0%
2011: 0%
2010: 0%
2009: 0%

NB: The Environmental Protection Agency introduced a tougher standard, the Beach Action Value (BAV), in 2013.

Source: Natural Resources Defense Council


Virginia Beach at 28th Street, Virginia

% of water quality samples that failed EPA health-protective standard

2013: 0%
2012: 0%
2011: 0%
2010: 0%
2009: 0%

NB: The Environmental Protection Agency introduced a tougher standard, the Beach Action Value (BAV), in 2013.

Source: Natural Resources Defense Council

Virginia Beach at 45th Street, Virginia

% of water quality samples that failed EPA health-protective standard

2013: 0%
2012: 0%
2011: 0%
2010: 0%
2009: 0%

NB: The Environmental Protection Agency introduced a tougher standard, the Beach Action Value (BAV), in 2013.

Source: Natural Resources Defense Council

Back Bay Beach, Virginia

% of water quality samples that failed EPA health-protective standard

2013: 0%
2012: 0%
2011: 0%
2010: 0%
2009: 0%

NB: The Environmental Protection Agency introduced a tougher standard, the Beach Action Value (BAV), in 2013.

Source: Natural Resources Defense Council

Virgina Beach, Little Island Beach North, Virginia

% of water quality samples that failed EPA health-protective standard

2013: 0%
2012: 0%
2011: 0%
2010: 0%
2009: 0%

NB: The Environmental Protection Agency introduced a tougher standard, the Beach Action Value (BAV), in 2013.

Source: Natural Resources Defense Council

Westhaven State Park, South Jetty, Washington

% of water quality samples that failed EPA health-protective standard

2013: 0%
2012: 0%
2011: 0%
2010: 0%
2009: 0%

NB: The Environmental Protection Agency introduced a tougher standard, the Beach Action Value (BAV), in 2013.

Source: Natural Resources Defense Council