Best Beaches in Hawaii – Annual list from Dr. Beach

Best Beaches in Hawaii

Each year Stephen P. Leatherman also known as Dr. Beach puts out a list of America’s Best Beaches. The beaches are rated on criteria including sand, water quality, weather, facilities and crowds. Many that make the list are the best beaches in Hawaii. America’s Best Beaches for 2012 are:

1.  Coronado Beach San Diego, California

2. Kahanamoku Beach Waikiki, Oahu Hawaii

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Kahanamoku Beach is one of the best beaches in Hawaii. This Waikiki beach is bounded by the Ala Wai small boat harbor and the Hilton Hawaii Village pier. It is a great swimming area for families with children because a shallow offshore reef protects this beach from big waves.

3. Main Beach East Hampton, New York

4. St. George Island State Park Florida panhandle

5. Hamoa Beach, Maui, Hawaii

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Hamoa Beach is the most famous of Maui’s Hana beaches. This crescent beach has a mixture of coral and lava sand. It is actually inside a breached volcanic crater. To get to Hamoa Beach you have to take the Road to Hana.

6.  Coast Guard Beach Cape Cod, Massachusetts

7. Waimanalo Bay Beach Park Oahu, Hawaii

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Waimanalo Bay Beach Park is another one of the best beaches in Hawaii.  It is popular with Hawaiians that live on Oahu.

8. Cape Florida State Park Key Biscayne, Florida

9. Beachwalker Park Kiawah Island, South Carolina

10. Cape Hatteras, Outer Banks of North Carolina

The reason there are not more Hawaii Beaches on the 2012 Best Beaches List is because once a beach is ranked #1 it is retired from the list.  Hawaii has dominated the #1 spot. The Best Beaches in Hawaii that have received the #1 spot on Dr. Beach’s America’s Best Beaches List include:

2009 Hanalei Bay, Kauai, Hawaii  One of my personal favorites.  This is not only a beautiful beach but a great spot for Kauai Surfing and sunning.  You probably recognize it from the movies South Pacific and The Descendants.

2006 Fleming Beach Park, Maui, Hawaii

2004 Hanauma Bay, Oahu, Hawaii If you want to experience amazing Oahu Snorkeling then Hanauma Bay is the place for you!

2003 Kaanapali, Hawaii

2001 Poipu Beach, Hawaii

2000 Kaunaoa Beach, Hawaii

1999 Wailea Beach, Hawaii

1998 Kailua Beach Park, Hawaii

1997 Hulopoe, Hawaii

1996 Lanikai Beach, Oahu, Hawaii  Lanikai Beach means heavenly sea. One of the best beaches in Hawaii, it is known for the softest white sand and aqua blue sea. It is a great location for snorkeling. The water is calm year round and is one of the few beaches on Oahu with no shore break waves. A great way to experience Lanikai Beach is by kayaking or stand up paddling to Lanikai from Kailua Bay.

1993 Hapuna, Hawaii This is another one of my personal favorites. This stunning white sand beach is just another example of the diversity and beauty of the Big Island.

1991 Kapalua Bay Beach, Hawaii Kapalua Bay Beach is the first beach to win the top spot for the Dr. Beach Best Beaches in America list.  Kapalua Bay Beach is a shallow family beach that is safe for children. It is also a great location for Maui snorkeling!

Which beaches do you consider to be the Best Beaches in Hawaii?


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