Dr. Beach - Best Beaches in America 1991-2009

Hanalei Bay, Kauai, Hawaii
Caladesi Island State Park, Dunedin/Clearwater, Florida
Ocracoke Lifeguard Beach- Outer Banks, North Carolina
Fleming Beach Park
, Maui, Hawaii
2005 Fort DeSoto Park - North Beach, St Petersburg, Florida
Hanauma Bay, Oahu, Hawaii
Kaanapali, Hawaii
St. Joseph Peninsula State Park, Florida
Poipu Beach Park, Hawaii
Mauna Kea Beach, Hawaii
Wailea Beach, Hawaii
Kailua Beach Park, Hawaii
1997 Hulopoe, Hawaii
Lanikai Beach, Hawaii
St. Andrews SRA, Florida
Grayton Beach SRA, Florida
Hapuna, Hawaii
Bahia Honda SRA, Florida
Kapalua Bay Beach, Hawaii

Beaches are the number one recreational destination for Americans. These sandy playgrounds that line our coasts are the most extensive natural parks in the country. Nothing restores the body and soul like a stay at the beach. We are naturally drawn to the rhythmic pounding of the waves as if returning to our primordial beginnings.

Who is Dr. Beach - Stephen Leatherman|
My love of sand began as a child. My parents had the notion that if one neighbor has a basketball hoop and another a treehouse, then my family should also have an attraction for the neighborhood kids. I had the biggest backyard sand box in Charlotte, North Carolina. I loved it. Every year I opted for a beach vacation to play in the world's largest sandbox and frolic in the surf.

I always knew that I wanted to be a scientist, but it wasn't until I got a job surveying beaches at Cape Hatteras after storms that I knew which kind. I definitely wanted to work outdoors and what better workplace than a beach? Little did I know that I would later appear on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" for having one of the best jobs in America.
My research takes me to beaches around the country and to many parts of the world. During the past 20 years, my principal focus has been studying beach erosion and storm impacts. But I also find myself helping to locate the best sandy beach for a solar-powered car race, dropping dye packets out of a helicopter so TV producers can film a killer rip current in action, deciphering 200 years of channel changes from old maps to find Revolutionary War artifacts, and helping billionaires select island properties to purchase or decide where best to build their mansion near the shore.

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