For anyone who lives near the ocean, beach life is most likely a commonality. Either it be rocky crags and smooth pebbles seen on beaches in the Mediterranean or northern Europe, or the fantastic white sands and tropical flora of beaches in the Caribbean, they can be a place where people come for leisure. Dr. Beach however always answers the question on what the best beach in the United States is every year. Today, we find out what that beach for 2014 is… and what do you know! It’s in Hawaii. Go figure, right?
According to Today, Dr. Beach has christened a beach in Honolulu named Duke Kahanamoku Beach as the best beach in the United States. Located on the west end of the Waikiki Beach, away from all of the big hotels at the east end, Duke Kahanamoku Beach is a rare jewel among many others. This is the reason why Dr. Beach picked it. He even had this statement to say about the beach:
“The east end of Waikiki Beach is where all the big hotels are and that’s where most people go, but Duke Kahanamoku Beach is pretty far away, on Waikiki’s west end, near the Hilton Hawaiian Village.”
“It’s got the widest stretch of beach in Waikiki and is protected by an offshore coral reef, which makes it a good beach for families with children.”
The summarized description for Duke Kahanamoku Beach sounds like poetry right? It sure does to me. Also, it would be wise to take Dr. Beach’s suggestion. Going by the moniker he’s best known for, Stephen Leatherman is the director for the Laboratory for Coastal Research at Florida International University in Miami. Not only does he know beaches, but the fact he directs a lab might mean he is checking every finite detail which may include looking at the smoothness of sand specks under a microscope. Clearly that is a stretch, but it is possible.
In another report by The Epoch Times, Dr. Beach chose Duke Kahanamoku Beach for another reason, that is considered extremely important to him: smoking is banned. Actually, almost all the beaches in Hawaii ban smoking, and his reasons are justified.
“Cigarette butts in the sand are disgusting. Some people think beaches are a giant ashtray, and I don’t like that idea at all. When I go the beach, I go for nature. I don’t want to have to put my hand down on a cigarette butt someone else was smoking.”
“I hope Hawaii sets the standard and the wave moves eastward to the mainland. South Beach is a hot beach in Miami but sometimes there I count 10 cigarette butts in a square meter.”
So congratulations are in order for Duke Kahanamoku Beach! It may be #1 this year, but it also did well last year, too. Back in 2013, the beach was just one spot down at #2. As for the rest of the beaches to make it on Dr. Beach’s top ten, they are listed below, most of which are from Hawaii and Florida. Did your favorite beach make it?
- Duke Kahanamoku Beach – Waikiki, Oahu, Hawaii
- Barefoot Beach – Bonita Springs, Florida
- St. George Island State Park – Florida Panhandle
- Waimanalo Bay Beach Park – Oahu, Hawaii
- Hamoa Beach – Maui, Hawaii
- Cape Hatteras – Outer Banks of North Carolina
- Cape Florida State Park – Key Biscayne, Florida
- Coast Guard Beach – Cape Cod, Massachusetts
- Beachwalker Park – Kiawah Island, South Carolina
- Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park – Naples, Florida
I find it amazing that not one beach from California cracked the top ten. Still, I’ll take Dr. Beach’s expert advice on this.
[Images via Promo Pics of Duke Kahanamoku Beach]