'Dr. Beach' names top beaches of 2016

Before you go, we thought you'd like these...
Before you go close icon
'Dr. Beach' Names Top Beaches of 2016

With summer weather on its way, there's nothing worse than driving an hour to the beach, only to find the sand is nasty and the water's worse.

That's where the "Best Beaches" list comes in. The list comes from Stephen Leatherman, the Director of Florida International University's Laboratory for Coastal Research, better known to many as "Dr. Beach."

His criteria includes water and sand quality, as well as safety. Plus, non-smoking beaches got extra points.

Flip through the gallery below to see the top 10:

12 PHOTOS
Dr. Beach's top 10 beaches of 2016
See Gallery
'Dr. Beach' names top beaches of 2016
This undated photo provided by the Kiawah Island Golf Resort shows sunrise as seen from Beachwalker Park, Kiawah Island, South Carolina. Beachwalker is No. 10 on the list of best beaches for the summer of 2016 compiled by Stephen Leatherman, also known as Dr. Beach, a professor at Florida International University. (Kiawah Island Golf Resort via AP)
This undated photo provided by Visit Florida shows Caladesi Island State Park in Dunedin, Florida. The beach is No. 9 on the list of best beaches for the summer of 2016 compiled by Stephen Leatherman, also known as Dr. Beach, a professor at Florida International University. (St. Petersburg/Clearwater Area CVB via AP)
FILE - This May 13, 2010 file photo shows Coopers Beach in Southampton, N.Y. Coopers Beach is No. 8 on the list of best beaches for the summer of 2016 compiled by Stephen Leatherman, also known as Dr. Beach, a professor at Florida International University. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)
FILE - In this May 22, 2012 file photo, a child chases a sea gull on Coronado Beach in Coronado, Calif. Coronado Beach is No. 7 on the list of best beaches for the summer of 2016 compiled by Stephen Leatherman, also known as Dr. Beach, a professor at Florida International University. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi, File)
This undated photo provided by Visit South Walton shows Grayton Beach on Florida's Panhandle on the Gulf Coast. Grayton Beach State Park is No. 6 on the list of top beaches for the summer of 2016 as compiled by Stephen Leatherman, also known as Dr. Beach, a professor at Florida International University. (David Bailey Photography/Visit South Walton via AP)
This undated photo provided by the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce shows Coast Guard Beach on Cape Cod in Massachusetts. Coast Guard Beach is No. 5 on the list of best beaches for the summer of 2016 compiled by Stephen Leatherman, also known as Dr. Beach, a professor at Florida International University. (Margo Tabb/Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce via AP)
This undated photo provided by VisitNC.com shows a boy on the beach at Ocracoke on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach is No. 4 on the list of best beaches for the summer of 2016 compiled by Stephen Leatherman, also known as Dr. Beach, a professor at Florida International University. (Bill Russ/NC Department of Commerce via AP)
This undated photo provided by the Hawaii Tourism Authority shows a view of the Kapalua coastline in Maui, Hawaii. Kapalua Bay Beach is No. 3 on the list of best beaches for the summer of 2016 compiled by Stephen Leatherman, also known as Dr. Beach, a professor at Florida International University. (Tor Johnson/Hawaii Tourism Authority via AP)
FILE - This May 18, 2011 file photo shows the Siesta Key public beach in Sarasota, Fla. Siesta Key is No. 2 on the list of best beaches for the summer of 2016 compiled by Stephen Leatherman, also known as Dr. Beach, a professor at Florida International University. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)
In this May 11, 2016 photo, the sun rises over Oahu's Hanauma Bay near Honolulu. Hanauma Bay is No. 1 on the list of best beaches for the summer of 2016 compiled by Stephen Leatherman, also known as Dr. Beach, a professor at Florida International University. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones)
In this May 11, 2016 photo, people swim in Oahu's Hanauma Bay near Honolulu. Hanauma Bay is No. 1 on the list of best beaches for the summer of 2016 compiled by Stephen Leatherman, also known as Dr. Beach, a professor at Florida International University. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones)
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE
SHOW CAPTION +
HIDE CAPTION


So grab your swimsuit and towel and head out! Time and tide wait for no man, after all.

Related: Also see the top 10 islands:

11 PHOTOS
Top 10 Islands in the world
See Gallery
'Dr. Beach' names top beaches of 2016

10. Fernando de Noronha, Brazil 

(photo: Getty Images)

9. Bora Bora, French Polynesia

(photo: Spaces Images)

8. Mauritius

(photo: ExtremeTravel)

7. Bali, Indonesia

(photo: Shutterstock)

6. Madeira, Portugal 

(photo: Robert Harding)

5. Ko Tao, Thailand 

(photo: Getty Images)

4. Santorini, Greece

(photo: Artie Photography)

3. Roatan, Honduras

(photo: Getty Images)

2. Maui, Hawaii, USA

(photo: 7Michael)

1.  Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands

(photo: Shutterstock)

of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE
SHOW CAPTION +
HIDE CAPTION

Read Full Story

From Our Partners