Grayton Beach, on the Floridian coast of the Gulf of Mexico, this year tops the list of the ten best beaches in the USA. compiled since 1991 by Professor Stephen P. Leatherman, better known as “Dr. Beach”.
Leatherman, professor of environmental studies and director of the Coastal Research Laboratory at Florida International University (FIU), is a subject matter authority who takes several factors into account in drawing up his annual list.
In the case of Grayton Beach, located in a state park, its “sugar white” sand was decisive, but also the fact that it is never saturated with the public, according to Dr. Beach.
The quality of the sand, the temperature of the water, the cleanliness, the presence of lifeguards and the fact that smoking is prohibited influence the development of a ranking that with COVID-19 still present in the lives of Americans takes on a different meaning.
The beaches were the dream of the inmates and now that the USA It has come out of that phase and begins to walk the path towards a different normality and it has become possible to visit them in some states and areas, many have turned to their arenas neglecting the protection measures.
In Florida, which has number six on the 2020 list, another beach, beaches reopened due to excess people had to be closed.
Grayton Beach is followed on this year’s list by Lifeguarded Beach on Ocrakoke Island in North Carolina, Coopers Beach in Southampton, New York, and Duke Kahanamoku Beach on Oahu, Hawaii.
There are also Lighthouse Beach in Buxton (North Carolina), Caladesi Island (Florida), Hapuna Beach in Big Island (Hawaii), Coast Guard Beach in Cape Cod (Massachusetts), Coronado Beach in San Diego (California) and Beachwalker Park in Kiawah Island (South Carolina).
In 2019 the number one on the list was the Hawaiian beach of Kalua, in 2018 Kapalua, also in Hawaii, and in 2017, the Floridian Siesta Beach.