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1. Siesta Key public beach in Sarasota, Fla., (Credit: AP)

1. Siesta Key public beach in Sarasota, Fla., is ranked first on the list of Top 10 Beaches produced annually by coastal expert Stephen P. Leatherman, also known as "Dr. Beach," director of Florida International University's Laboratory for Coastal Research. (May 18, 2011)

10 best beaches of 2011

Steven Leatherman, aka Dr. Beach, has announced his annual ranking of the top 10 beaches in the United States.

1. Siesta Key public beach in Sarasota, Fla.,
(Credit: AP)

1. Siesta Key public beach in Sarasota, Fla., is ranked first on the list of Top 10 Beaches produced annually by coastal expert Stephen P. Leatherman, also known as "Dr. Beach," director of Florida International University's Laboratory for Coastal Research. (May 18, 2011)

2. Coronado Beach in San Diego was named
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2. Coronado Beach in San Diego was named second on the list of the top 10 beaches in the United States.
(Jan. 8, 2011)

3. Kahanamoku Beach in Waikiki, Honolulu, Hawaii, ranks
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3. Kahanamoku Beach in Waikiki, Honolulu, Hawaii, ranks third on the 2012 list of the top 10 U.S. beaches.

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Steven Leatherman, the Florida International University professor better
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Steven Leatherman, the Florida International University professor better known as "Dr. Beach," ranked Main Beach in East Hampton the fourth-best beach in the United States. (March 2, 2011 )

5. Cape Hatteras in the Outer Banks of
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5. Cape Hatteras in the Outer Banks of North Carolina ranks fifth on the list of Top 10 Beaches produced annually by coastal expert Stephen P. Leatherman, also known as "Dr. Beach," director of Florida International University's Laboratory for Coastal Research.

6. St. George Island State Park near Apalachicola,
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6. St. George Island State Park near Apalachicola, Fla., ranked sixth on the list of Top 10 Beaches produced annually by coastal expert Stephen P. Leatherman, also known as "Dr. Beach," director of Florida International University's Laboratory for Coastal Research.

7. Beachwalker Park in Kiawah Island, S.C., ranks
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7. Beachwalker Park in Kiawah Island, S.C., ranks No. 7 on the 2011 list of the top 10 beaches in the United States.

8. Coast Guard Beach, Cape Cod, Mass., ranks
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8. Coast Guard Beach, Cape Cod, Mass., ranks eighth on the list of Top 10 Beaches produced annually by coastal expert Stephen P. Leatherman, also known as "Dr. Beach," director of Florida International University's Laboratory for Coastal Research.

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9. Waimanalo Bay Beach Park in Oahu, Hawaii,
(Credit: AP File, 2007)

9. Waimanalo Bay Beach Park in Oahu, Hawaii, ranks No. 9 for 2011 on the list of Top 10 Beaches produced annually by coastal expert Stephen P. Leatherman, also known as "Dr. Beach," director of Florida International University's Laboratory for Coastal Research.

10. Cape Florida State Park in Key Biscayne,
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10. Cape Florida State Park in Key Biscayne, Fla., is ranked 10th on the list of Top 10 Beaches produced annually by coastal expert Stephen P. Leatherman, also known as "Dr. Beach," director of Florida International University's Laboratory for Coastal Research. (Feb. 2, 2011)

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