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New York beach ahead of Hawaii in annual top 10 beach list

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 03:55 p.m. HST, May 23, 2013

EAST HAMPTON, N.Y. Three Hawaii beaches are on an annual list of the best beaches in the country, but a New York beach is ranked No. 1.

The Main Beach in East Hampton, a vacation playground for the rich and famous, is tops in coastal expert Stephen P. Leatherman’s 23rd version of his Top 10 Beach List, released today.

Hawaii beaches on the list are Kahanamoku Beach in Waikiki (No. 2), Hamoa Beach on Maui (No. 4) and Waimanalo Bay State Park (No. 5)

“The thing about the Hamptons is that people are so proud of their beaches out there,” Leatherman told The Associated Press in an interview in advance of the release of his list. “People pick up their litter there, the bathrooms are clean; they provide good services.”

Leatherman, who goes by the nickname Dr. Beach, visited Main Beach earlier this month. He said that unlike many beaches farther to the west and in New Jersey, the beaches on eastern Long Island saw less erosion and flooding from the effects of Superstorm Sandy.

“Considering the magnitude of the storm, people will be very pleased to see that Main Beach is the way they remember it,” he said.

Leatherman, a professor at Florida International University in Miami, has visited beaches around the world and uses criteria like water and sand quality, as well as safety and environmental management, to compile his annual list. Once a beach reaches the pinnacle of No. 1, it is retired from future consideration, he said.

Coopers Beach in nearby Southampton, N.Y., was the No. 1 pick in the 2010 survey. Sarasota, Fla.’s Siesta Beach was tops in 2011 and Coronado Beach in California earned the top spot in 2012.

Other beaches on  on Leatherman’s 2013 list are: St. George Island State Park, Fla.; Barefoot Beach Preserve County Park, Bonita Springs, Fla.; Cape Florida State Park, Key Biscayne, Fla.; Cape Hatteras, Outer Banks, N.C.; Coast Guard Beach, Cape Cod, Mass.; and Beachwalker Park, Kiawah Island, S.C.

East Hampton village residents have free access to Main Beach, although parking permits are required from May 15 to Sept. 15. Non-residents can buy parking passes at $25 per day but they are limited in number, with only 40 non-resident daily parking passes sold on weekends and holidays.

Max Scainetti, a lifelong East Hampton resident, said the tiny grains of tan sand and the cleanliness of the beach are two of the things that make Main Beach special.

“This is one of the best beaches in the country and I’ve been to a lot of beaches,” Scainetti said. “I think basically it’s a lot to do with the sand. A lot of Long Island beaches tend to be rocky where these are more sandy beaches.”

Javier Baldo, an East Hampton cook, said he has visited Main Beach regularly for about eight years.

“It’s fairly civilized. It doesn’t get too crowded. The water is delicious,” he said. Delicious? “It’s really great water, it’s really clean. You just have a lot of space.”

Baldo said celebrities are sometimes seen at the beach, but people generally keep to themselves.

“It’s quiet, there’s no loud music playing. It’s obviously very safe; great lifeguards. There are really great lifeguards. They’re actually fit and very well experienced. That’s a big thing, just the safety,” he said.

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kaupani wrote:
It would be nice if people felt as much pride about our Hawaiian beaches. The amount of trash can be appalling.
on May 23,2013 | 04:04PM
aomohoa wrote:
And the cigarettes buts too. However I don't like the cold water in any beach in NY.
on May 23,2013 | 04:11PM
sayer wrote:
Yup cold water is no fun.
on May 23,2013 | 04:45PM
CloudForest wrote:
DLNR is in charge of the restrooms and I wouldn't leave my dog use some of them !
on May 23,2013 | 05:27PM
ejkorvette wrote:
Developers continue to over develop Hawaii islands, no more beach. Just look at Waikiki.
on May 23,2013 | 06:45PM
Tony96822 wrote:
Soap. lol. the water running into the swimming water looks like soup.
on May 23,2013 | 07:13PM
Tony96822 wrote:
I was at Ala Moana Beach Park yesterday and there were a group of Asian immigrants under a tree close to where the lantern festival is going to happen. I stood right in front of them and their tissue trash was flying all over the place. They probably thought it was doves. If the tissue was dirty, they would have thought it was pidgeons. Getting really sick of this disrespectful stuff. And the showers should have a huge sign in 10 different languages that says NO USE OF SOUP OR SHAMPOO ALLOWED. Stupid is that STUPID DOES. Don't think Ala Moana Beach Park could win any award any time soon.
on May 23,2013 | 07:12PM
soundofreason wrote:
So ya think their beaches have less homeless people hanging around or does New York just dress them up better?
on May 23,2013 | 08:13PM
sailfish1 wrote:
If Hawaii charged $25 a day for parking and only gave out 40 passes on weekend and holidays, our beaches could probably be no. 1. We could even extend that to $5 a day for walk-ins. That would keep all the riff-raff out. With the money, we can pay a contractor to keep the beach and restrooms clean.
on May 23,2013 | 09:20PM
DPK wrote:
Today's article concerning the pollution in Keehi Lagoon is an example of how the Island's greatest resources are being destroyed. People don't visit us for the mountains. How can the local government allow the decay of our cash cow?
on May 24,2013 | 02:10AM
clum56 wrote:
I'm sure all Kama'ainas are prod of all our beaches and public parks. It's just a minority that is ruining the beauty of all our pristine local beaches and parks. The Hamptons on upper East Coast are for the wealthy residents. Hawai'i beaches are always nubma 1 in my heart and for those kama'ainas on the mainland.
on May 24,2013 | 02:10AM
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