'Dr. Beach' names top beaches of 2016

'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:

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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:

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10. Fernando de Noronha, Brazil 

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9. Bora Bora, French Polynesia

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8. Mauritius

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7. Bali, Indonesia

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6. Madeira, Portugal 

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5. Ko Tao, Thailand 

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4. Santorini, Greece

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3. Roatan, Honduras

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2. Maui, Hawaii, USA

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1.  Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands

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