Every year Professor Stephen P. Leatherman of Florida International University ranks America's 10 best beaches based on a list of 50 criteria. This year's top pick? Main Beach in East Hampton, N.Y., gets the nod. Three of the best, according to the good doctor, are in Hawaii. And the rest are on the East Coast.
No. 1: Main Beach, East Hampton, N.Y.
Main Beach is a favorite of celebrities and a survivor of Super Storm Sandy. Along with being easy on the eyes, Leatherman gives the beach high marks for safety based on its crack lifeguard crew.