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America’s Top 10 Beaches

By Judi Desiderio, Wednesday, May 27, 2009
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It comes as no surprise that 2 of the Top 10 Beaches in the Nation are right here on Long Island, and for those of us fortunate enough to live here on the East End.. right in our backyard!

Yes, Cooper’s Beach in Southampton ranked #3 and Main Beach, East Hampton #6 in the entire United States according to Dr. Beach… coastal expert Stephen P. Leatherman, Director for Coastal Research at Florida International University.

The #1 most beautiful beach in America goes to Hanalei Bay on the Hawaiian island of Kauai.

According to Dr. Beach, he rates them via factors such as water quality, sand texture, safety, facilities and maintenance of the surrounding environment.

Being an East Hampton resident, I am partial to our local beaches… even after visiting almost all the beaches on Dr, Beach’s list.. which include Siesta Beach, Sarasota, Florida; Coronado Beach, San Diego, California; Hamoa Beach, Maui, Hawaii; Cape Hatteras, Outer Banks,N.C.; Cape Florida State Park, Key Biscayne, Florida; Coast Guard Beach, Cape Cod, Mass; Beachwalker Park, Kiawah Island, S.C. I’d like to invite Dr. Beach to visit some of my personal favorites like the hidden ones in Montauk & Sag Harbor… then let’s go watch the sunset from Southold!