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    'Dr. Beach' names top 10 U.S. beaches

    1. Dr. Beach's first pick is a half-mile stretch of the "most pristine white sands in the world": Siesta Beach, in Sarasota, Fla. Waves are small, making the area child-friendly. Siesta, which is Spanish for "nap," seems to live up to its name. Go here to relax in a clean, family-oriented environment.

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    'Dr. Beach' names top 10 U.S. beaches

    2. Next time you're on the sun-kissed shores of the West Coast, consider spending time at Coronado Beach, a beach the Doctor describes as "the toast of Southern California." "With its lush subtropical vegetation, unique Mediterranean climate and fine sparkling sand, beach-goers flock to this beach for great ship-watching and the summer's mild surf," said Dr. Beach.

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    'Dr. Beach' names top 10 U.S. beaches

    3. If you're looking for a beach with history, make your way to Kahanamoku Beach, in Waikiki, Hawaii. The beach was named after Duke Paoa Kahanamoku, an Olympic swimmer who is credited with introducing surfing to the rest of the world. Surprisingly, this is not actually an ideal surfing venue. An offshore reef keeps the waves on the small side, which makes it perfect for families with children.

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    'Dr. Beach' names top 10 U.S. beaches

    4. Main Beach, in East Hampton, N.Y., is a perfect place for star-spotting. And the celebrities there certainly know how to pick a venue. Main Beach is wide, with lofty sand dunes made of finely granulated quartz. The water is clear and blue. And in Dr. Beach's words, it "provides the perfect blend of nature and built environment."

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    'Dr. Beach' names top 10 U.S. beaches

    5. Heads up, surfers! Cape Hatteras in Outer Banks, N.C., has some of the best waves on the East Coast. It's also home to the famous lighthouse that bears its name and was the first National Seashore. Visitors are also drawn here by the excellent beachcombing and fishing, as well as the area's historic fishing villages. Photo courtesy of NC Tourism - Bill Russ

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    'Dr. Beach' names top 10 U.S. beaches

    6. Tourism on the Gulf Coast is finally on the upswing. Say goodbye to oily birds and workers in hazmat suits. The region attracts more and more visitors every day. This is especially evident in Florida's St. George Island State Park, an area ideal for fishing and birding. Be careful when entering the water, as stingrays love to rest in shallow areas.

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    'Dr. Beach' names top 10 U.S. beaches

    7. Those looking for a livelier vacation should consider Beachwalker Park in South Carolina. Just south of Charleston, on the end of Kiawah Island, this 11-mile-long public park features a variety of activities for the energetic visitor. Everything from biking to kayaking, tennis, golf and nature tours is offered here.

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    'Dr. Beach' names top 10 U.S. beaches

    8. Coast Guard Beach, in Cape Cod, Mass., is a prime swimming beach for those willing to brave the 60- to 70-degree water. The sand is fairly coarse, and the beach slopes steeply. However, the glacial bluffs offer stunning views of the Nauset Spit barrier system and bay.

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    'Dr. Beach' names top 10 U.S. beaches

    9. Waimanalo Bay State Park, on Oahu, is attractive to visitors and residents alike. The beach slopes gradually into the water and is ideal for swimming and other recreational activities. Currents and big waves are rare, but lifeguards are present until the beach closes. The park has showers, restrooms and plenty of parking.

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    'Dr. Beach' names top 10 U.S. beaches

    10. Emerald-colored water, gentle surf and a white coral sand beach make up Dr. Beach's final choice: Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, located in Key Biscayne, Fla. It's also the home of a lighthouse built in 1825, the oldest standing structure in Miami-Dade County. Most visitors to the mile-wide park divide time between swimming, sunbathing and picnicking, though many also choose to bike and kayak around the area.

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