May 21, 2024

Among the best beaches in America, as chosen by coastal expert Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman, aka Dr. Beach, the Director of Florida International University’s Laboratory for Coastal Research, the white quartz sands of Long Island’s Coopers Beach nabs top marks for its history and wide grass-covered dunes.  Competing against the likes of Florida, California, the Carolinas and Hawaii, it’s the first time a New York beach has claimed the number one spot in the annual list.  Here is the complete Top Ten, which are rated across fifty criteria, including views, pests, safety, natural environment, water color, currents, and sand softness.  Why, it’s almost enough to make me brave a Friday afternoon traffic meltdown on the LIE.


1. Coopers Beach, Southampton, New York

2. Siesta Beach, Sarasota, Florida

3. Coronado Beach, San Diego, California

4. Cape Hatteras. Outer Banks of North Carolina

5. Main Beach, East Hampton, New York

6. Kahanamoku Beach, Waikiki, Oahu, Hawaii

7. Coast Guard Beach, Cape Cod, Massachusetts

8. Beachwalker Park, Kiawah Island, South Carolina

9. Hamoa Beach, Maui, Hawaii

10. Cape Florida State Park, Key Biscayne, Florida

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