America's Best Beaches, 2011

The following table lists the top ten best beaches to visit in the United States for 2011, according to Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman, author of America's Best Beaches. In addition, find a list of the previous top-rated beaches in America below.

  Name Location
1. Siesta Beach Sarasota, Florida
2. Coronado Beach San Diego, California
3. Kahanamoku Beach Oahu, Hawaii
4. Main Beach East Hampton, New York
5. Cape Hatteras Outer Banks, North Carolina
6. St. George Island State Park Eastpoint, Florida
7. Beachwalker Park Kiawah Island, South Carolina
8. Coast Guard Beach Cape Cod, Massachusetts
9. Waimanalo Bay Beach Park Oahu, Hawaii
10. Cape Florida State Park Key Biscayne, Florida

Previous Winners of the Best American Beach Award

(excluded from 2011 list)

Year Name Location
2010 Coopers Beach Southampton, New York
2009 Hanalei Bay Kauai, Hawaii
2008 Caladesi Island State Park Dunedin/Clearwater, Florida
2007 Ocracoke Lifeguard Beach Outer Banks, North Carolina
2006 Fleming Beach Park Maui, Hawaii
2005 Fort DeSoto Park North Beach, Florida
2004 Hanauma Bay Oahu, Hawaii
2003 Kaanapali Hawaii
2002 St. Joseph Peninsula State Park Florida
2001 Poipu Beach Park Hawaii
2000 Mauna Kea Beach Hawaii
1999 Wailea Beach Hawaii
1998 Kailua Beach Park Hawaii
1997 Hulopoe Hawaii
1996 Lanikai Beach Hawaii
1995 St. Andrews SRA Florida
1994 Grayton Beach SRA Florida
1993 Hapuna Hawaii
1992 Bahia Honda SRA Florida
1991 Kapalua Bay Beach Hawaii

Released since 1991, 650 major public recreational beaches in the U.S. are rated according to 50 criteria. Source: Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman (aka Dr. Beach), author of America's Best Beaches and professor of environmental studies at Florida International University.