The 10 Best U.S. Beaches for 2015

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If you’ve spent any time in the Cincinnati area the past couple weeks, you know for sure: It’s hot as you know what out there. When the temperatures creep into the 90s and the humidity becomes unbearable, one can’t help but think about heading to a beach near a large body of water. If you decide to take the plunge but aren’t quite sure where to go, take a few minutes to review the list of best beaches in the country for 2015 from Dr. Beach.

Each year, Dr. Beach compiles his list based on 50 different criteria, including water and sand quality, beach safety, environmental management, and no-smoking policies.

Released last week, the 25th-annual top 10 features beaches from Hawaii, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Massachusetts, and California. Florida led the way with a total of four beaches on the list, but Hawaii was the only state that had two beaches listed in the top 5.

For the complete list of beaches, see below. To review past winners, visit

  1. Waimanalo Bay Beach Park, Oahu, Hawaii
  2. Barefoot Beach Preserve County Park, Bonita Springs, Florida
  3. St. George Island State Park, Florida
  4. Hamoa Beach, Maui, Hawaii
  5. Cape Hatteras, Outer Banks, North Carolina
  6. Cape Florida State Park, Key Biscayne, Florida
  7. Coast Guard Beach, Cape Cod, Massachusetts
  8. Beachwalker Park, Kiawah Island, South Carolina
  9. Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park, Naples, Florida
  10. East Beach, Santa Barbara, California

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