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The Cleanest Beaches in the U.S.

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There is no place like the beach. Swimming in clear ocean water, sticking your toes into warm white sand, and viewing spectacular wildlife are just some of the many things to look forward to.

The Cleanest Beaches in the U.S.

But, then there's a dirty beach, where you run the risk of cutting your foot on glass, or lying on top of cigarette butts, not to mention swimming pollution and harmful toxins.

Luckily, some of the cleanest beaches in the world are right here in the U.S. From Newport Beach in California, to Gulf Shores Public Beach in Alabama, you will find the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) to be extremely helpful.

The NRDC "works to safeguard the earth--its people, its plants and animals, and the natural systems on which all life depends." The organization has also done work testing beach water quality in U.S. beaches.

Visit these beaches for a relaxing day of sun, sand and surf. Then leave the beach feeling refreshed, accomplished and most of all... clean!

- Nicole DosSantos, The Active Times