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The 5 Best Beaches in the U.S.

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by The Editors of Condé Nast Traveler.

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Each year, Steve Leatherman--also known as Dr. Beach--evaluates America's seashores based on criteria like water, safety, and sand quality. A recent list was released and unsurprisingly, the top ten is stacked with strips of sand in Hawaii the Carolinas, and Florida--which, with three beaches in the list, had more than any other state.

5. Coast Guard Beach, Cape Cod, Massachusetts

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4. Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach, Outer Banks of North Carolina

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3. Kapalua Bay Beach, Maui, Hawaii

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2. Siesta Beach, Sarasota, Florida

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1. Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, Oahu, Hawaii

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