Dr. Beach Names America's Best Beach 2013:
Main Beach in East Hampton, New York
                                              
 

during vacation/holiday season

1

2 3 4 5
           
Beach width at low tide <10 m
narrow
10-30 m 30-60 m 60-100 m >100 m
wide
           
Beach material cobbles sand/cobbles coarse sand ----- fine sand
           
Beach condition or variation erosional ----- stable ----- depositional
           
Sand softness hard ----- ----- ----- soft
           
Water temperature cold/hot ----- ----- ----- warm
(70°-80° F)
           
Air temperature (midday) < 60° F
> 100° F
----- ----- ----- 80°-90° F
           
Number of sunny days few ----- ----- ----- many
           
Amount of rain large ----- ----- ----- little
           
Wind speeds high ----- ----- ----- low
           
Size of breaking waves high/dangerous ----- ----- ----- low/safe
           
Number of waves/width of breaker zone none 1-2 3-4 5 6+
           
Beach slope (underwater) steeply sloping bottom ----- ----- ----- gently sloping bottom
           
Longshore current strong ----- ----- ----- weak
           
Rip currents often ----- ----- ----- never
           
Color of sand gray black brown light tan white/pink
           
Tidal range large (>4 m) 3-4 m 2-3 m 1-2 m small (<1 m)
           
Beach shape straight ----- ----- ----- pocket
           
Bathing area bottom conditions rocky, cobbles, mud ----- ----- ----- fine sand
           
Turbidity turbid ----- ----- ----- clear
           
Water color gray ----- ----- ----- aquablue
           
Floating/suspended human material (sewage, scum) plentiful ----- ----- ----- none
           
Algae in water amount infested ----- ----- ----- absent
           
Red tide common ----- ----- ----- none
           
Smell (eg, seaweed, rotting fish) bad odors ----- ----- ----- fresh salty air
           
Wildlife (eg, shore birds) none ----- ----- ----- plentiful
           
Pests (biting flies, ticks, mosquitoes) common ----- ----- ----- no problem
           
Presence of sewarage/runoff outfall lines on/across the beach several ----- ----- ----- none
           
Seaweed/jellyfish on the beach many ----- ----- ----- none
           
Trash and litter (paper, plastics, nets, ropes, planks) common ----- ----- ----- rare
           
Oil and tar balls common ----- ----- ----- none
           
Glass and rubble common ----- ----- ----- rare
           
Views and vistas - Local scene obstructed ----- ----- ----- unobstructed
           

Views and vistas -

Far vista

confined

-----

-----

-----

unconfined
           
Buildings/Urbanism overdeveloped ----- ----- ----- pristine/wild
           
Access limited ----- ----- ----- good
           
Misfits (nuclear power station, offshore dumping) present ----- ----- ----- none
           
Vegetation (nearby). Trees, sand dunes none ----- ----- ----- many
           
Well-kept grounds/promenades or natural environment no ----- ----- ----- yes
           
Amenities (showers, chairs, bars, etc) none ----- ----- ----- some
           
Lifeguards none ----- ----- ----- present
           
Safety record (deaths) some ----- ----- ----- none
           
Domestic animals (eg, dogs) many ----- ----- ----- none
           
Noise (cars, nearby highways, trains) much ----- ----- ----- little
           
Noise (eg, crowds, radios) much ----- ----- ----- little
           
Presence of seawalls, riprap, concrete/rubble large amount ----- ----- ----- none
           
Intensity of beach use overcrowded ----- ----- ----- ample open space
           
Off-road vehicles common ----- ----- ----- none
           
Floatables in water (garbage, toilet paper) common ----- ----- ----- none
           
Public safety (eg, pickpockets, crime) common ----- ----- ----- rare
           
Competition for free use of beach (eg, fishermen, boaters, water-skiers) many ----- ----- ----- few
 
 
 
 
  1. Main Beach East Hampton, New York
  2. Kahanamoku Beach Waikiki, Oahu, Hawaii
  3. St. George Island State Park Florida panhandle
  4. Hamoa Beach, Maui, Hawaii
  5. Waimanalo Bay Beach Park Oahu, Hawaii
  6. Barefoot Beach Bonita Springs, Florida
  7. Cape Florida State Park Key Biscayne, Florida
  8. Cape Hatteras, Outer Banks of North Carolina
  9. Coast Guard Beach Cape Cod, Massachusetts
  10. Beachwalker Park Kiawah Island, South Carolina  
 
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