Maui's Kapalua Bay Beach tops Dr. Beach's best beach list

 
 
Updated 5/25/2018 7:23 AM
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  • The Kapalua coastline in Maui, Hawaii. Kapalua Bay Beach is No. 1 on the list of best beaches for the summer of 2018 compiled by Stephen Leatherman, also known as Dr. Beach, a professor at Florida International University.

    The Kapalua coastline in Maui, Hawaii. Kapalua Bay Beach is No. 1 on the list of best beaches for the summer of 2018 compiled by Stephen Leatherman, also known as Dr. Beach, a professor at Florida International University. Associated Press

  • 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. 2 on the list of best beaches for the summer of 2018 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 VisitNC.com shows a boy on the beach at Ocracoke on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach is No. 2 on the list of best beaches for the summer of 2018 compiled by Stephen Leatherman, also known as Dr. Beach, a professor at Florida International University. (Bill Russ/NC Department of Commerce via AP) Associated Press

  • FILE - This May 13, 2010, file photo, shows Coopers Beach in Southampton, N.Y. Coopers Beach is No. 4 on the list of best beaches for the summer of 2018 compiled by Stephen Leatherman, also known as Dr. Beach, a professor at Florida International University.

    FILE - This May 13, 2010, file photo, shows Coopers Beach in Southampton, N.Y. Coopers Beach is No. 4 on the list of best beaches for the summer of 2018 compiled by Stephen Leatherman, also known as Dr. Beach, a professor at Florida International University. Associated Press

  • 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 2018 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 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 2018 compiled by Stephen Leatherman, also known as Dr. Beach, a professor at Florida International University. (Margo Tabb/Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce via AP) Associated Press

  • FILE - This 2003, file photo, shows the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and the village of Buxton, N.C. Lighthouse Beach in Buxton is No. 6 on the list of best beaches for the summer of 2018 compiled by Stephen Leatherman, also known as Dr. Beach, a professor at Florida International University.

    FILE - This 2003, file photo, shows the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and the village of Buxton, N.C. Lighthouse Beach in Buxton is No. 6 on the list of best beaches for the summer of 2018 compiled by Stephen Leatherman, also known as Dr. Beach, a professor at Florida International University. Associated Press

  • This undated photo provided by Visit Florida shows Caladesi Island State Park in Dunedin, Florida. The beach is No. 7 on the list of best beaches for the summer of 2018 compiled by Stephen Leatherman, also known as Dr. Beach, a professor at Florida International University. (St. Petersburg/Clearwater Area CVB via AP)

    This undated photo provided by Visit Florida shows Caladesi Island State Park in Dunedin, Florida. The beach is No. 7 on the list of best beaches for the summer of 2018 compiled by Stephen Leatherman, also known as Dr. Beach, a professor at Florida International University. (St. Petersburg/Clearwater Area CVB via AP) Associated Press

  • This undated photo provided by Kirk Lee Aeder shows Hapuna Beach in Hawaii. The beach is No. 8 on the list of best beaches for the summer of 2018 compiled by Stephen Leatherman, also known as Dr. Beach, a professor at Florida International University.(Kirk Lee Aeder/www.kirkaederphoto.com via AP)

    This undated photo provided by Kirk Lee Aeder shows Hapuna Beach in Hawaii. The beach is No. 8 on the list of best beaches for the summer of 2018 compiled by Stephen Leatherman, also known as Dr. Beach, a professor at Florida International University.(Kirk Lee Aeder/www.kirkaederphoto.com via AP) Associated Press

  • FILE - In this May 22, 2012, file photo, a child chases a sea gull on Coronado Beach in Coronado, Calif. Coronado Beach is No. 9 on the list of best beaches for the summer of 2018 compiled by Stephen Leatherman, also known as Dr. Beach, a professor at Florida International University.

    FILE - In this May 22, 2012, file photo, a child chases a sea gull on Coronado Beach in Coronado, Calif. Coronado Beach is No. 9 on the list of best beaches for the summer of 2018 compiled by Stephen Leatherman, also known as Dr. Beach, a professor at Florida International University. Associated Press

  • 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 2018 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 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 2018 compiled by Stephen Leatherman, also known as Dr. Beach, a professor at Florida International University. (Kiawah Island Golf Resort via AP) Associated Press

A crescent-shaped beach on Maui got the top slot Thursday in the annual list of best beaches issued by a Florida professor known as Dr. Beach.

Hawaii's Kapalua (kaa-paa-LOO-ah) Bay Beach topped the list released by Stephen Leatherman, a professor at Florida International University in Miami.

The other nine beaches on Leatherman's list are Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach, Outer Banks, North Carolina; Grayton Beach State Park in the Florida panhandle; Coopers Beach, Southampton, New York; Coast Guard Beach, Cape Cod, Massachusetts; Lighthouse Beach, Buxton, Outer Banks, North Carolina; Caladesi Island State Park, Dunedin-Clearwater, Florida; Hapuna Beach State Park, Big Island, Hawaii; Coronado Beach, San Diego; and Kiawah Beachwalker Park, Kiawah Island, South Carolina.

Dr. Beach says the volcano that's spewing lava hasn't impacted either of the Hawaiian beaches on his list.

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