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'Dr. Beach' picks nation's No. 1 beach

Hanalei, Hawaii, beat out other shores stretching from San Diego to Cape Cod as the best overall beach in the U.S. in the 19th annual Top 10 Beaches rankings produced by coastal expert Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman, Director of Florida International University’s Laboratory for Coastal Research.

Hanalei Bay is a spectacular white crescent-shaped sand beach that is considered by many residents and visitors alike to be the most beautiful beach setting in Hawaii. The two-mile long strand is lined by palm trees with a backdrop of waterfalls and mountain peaks that range to 4,000 feet high.

Click here to read the press release and learn which beaches round out the Top 10.