A list of the best beaches in the U.S. has come out and there is a Tampa Bay beach in the Top 5. This comes from Dr. Beach, who picks the best beaches in the country. Dr. Beach’s real name is Stephen Leatherman. He is a professor in the Department of Earth & Environment at Florida International University. This is the 33rd year he’s rated the best of America’s 650 public beaches.
So, how does Dr. Beach come up with his list? He ranks the beaches based on 50 criteria. There is a focus on safety and cleanliness, whether lifeguards are present, level of development, and crowding. He also gives bonus points for beaches that ban smoking.
Since Dr. Beach lives in Florida he knows there are many great beaches in our beautiful state. Only two beaches in Florida made the Top 10 and both of them are in the Top 5. One Florida beach is the #1 overall beach and that is St. George Island in the Florida panhandle. The other Florida beach is right here in the Tampa Bay area and that is Caladesi Island State Park in Dunedin/Clearwater. Caladesi comes in at #4 on the list.
Below is the list of Top 10 best beaches in the U.S.