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Mr. Sandman

Top 10 places for sun, sand

Top 10 places for sun, sand

Renowned beach expert Dr. Stephen Leatherman picked Hanauma Bay on the Hawaiian island of Oahu as his top beach destination for 2004. Leatherman, aka Dr. Beach, began rating beaches around 1989, when a travel magazine asked him to pick his top 10 destinations. Since then he has traveled the nation ranking beaches based on 50 criteria, including cleanliness, beach material and size of breaking waves. He announces his top 10 picks each year. As in past years, Hawaii and Florida dominate this year’s list. More information is available at

Dr. Beach’s top 10 picks for 2004 are:

1. Hanauma Bay, Oahu, Hawaii

2. Fort De Soto Park, Mullet Key, Fla.

3. Ocracoke Island, N.C.

4. Caladesi Island (Fla.) State Park

5. Main Beach, East Hampton, N.Y.

6. Hanalei Bay, Kauai, Hawaii

7. Crescent Beach, Siesta Key, Fla.

8. Coast Guard Beach, Cape Cod, Mass.

9. Cape Florida State Park, Key Biscayne, Fla.

10. Coronado Beach, Calif.