If you’re in search for the best beach in America, you’re going to want to head to Hawaii.
Leatherman, who is a professor at Florida International University, compiles a list every year after looking at criteria such as water quality, sand and amenities. It’s important to note that Leatherman only ranks public beaches and prefers non-smoking ones. He is also a big fan of safety. “There are a lot of beaches in Hawaii that are absolutely gorgeous but not very safe,” he said.
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If you’re wondering why you haven’t heard of Waimanalo Bay Beach, it’s because it’s a bit of a secret. Located on the island of Oahu, the 3-mile long beach is covered in white sand. Many ironwood trees can be seen, providing visitors with some shade to cool off. The beach is known for bodyboarding, for all you adventure seekers!