Dr. Beach's 'Best Beaches In America 2011'

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For 21 years, Dr. Stephen Leatherman (aka Dr. Beach) has released his picks of America's best beaches. This year's top 10 is comprised of some consistent favorites, as well as some surprises.

For 21 years, Dr. Stephen Leatherman (aka Dr. Beach) has released his picks of America's best beaches. This year's top 10 consist of some consistent favorites, as well as some surprises.

Leatherman, the director of coastal research at Florida International University in Miami, judges the beaches on 50 criteria, including water and sand quality, safety and environmental management, not to mention more mainstream concerns like water temperature, smell, pests and local scene.

He has even set up a new website, Beachfinder.org, to help people find their perfect beach in America. The site has reviews, contact information and local attractions, helpful for any tourist or local alike.

This year's top 10, though it seems to be a bit of a recycled list, still makes waves with every passing year.

See if last year's winner, Southampton, Long Island's Cooper Beach, falls on this year's list below.

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