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Friday, May 22, 2009

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HANALEI, Hawaii - If life is a beach, Hanalei Bay must be heaven. This remote, two-mile crescent-shaped beach on Kauai where the emerald mountains meet the sparkling sea was selected No. 1 on “Dr. Beach” Stephen P. Leatherman's 2009 list of top 10 beaches, which was released Friday. Hanalei beat out other shores stretching from San Diego to Cape Cod.

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1. Hanalei Bay Kauai, Hawaii
2. Siesta Beach Sarasota, Florida
3. Coopers Beach Southampton, New York
4. Coronado Beach San Diego, California
5. Hamoa Beach Maui, Hawaii
6. Main Beach East Hampton, New York
7. Cape Hatteras Outer Banks of North Carolina
8. Cape Florida State Park Key Biscayne, Florida
9. Coast Guard Beach Cape Cod, Massachusetts
10. Beachwalker Park Kiawah Island, South Carolina

I can personally attest that all of the beaches on this side of the Mississippi are gorgeous! We visited Hanalei Bay and Hamoa Beach when visiting Hawaii last month, and we live minutes from the #4 beach.

This is The Mr and I at the pier in Hanalei Bay (#1 on the list) in Kauai. Truly, this island has the most beautiful beaches. Paradise on earth indeed.

The movie "South Pacific" was filmed here... here we stand in the sands of "Bali Hai"!

The #4 beach is in our backyard, so to speak, on the lovely island of Coronado. This is the Hotel Del Coronado, reflecting in the water of this gorgeous beach.

Turn around, and this is your view - spectacular!

And this is looking down at Hamoa Beach (#5).  We had cloudy cool weather the day we were here, but I imagine that on a warm sunny day this must be even more wonderful!

Hope you enjoyed my views of 3 beaches from Dr. Beach's Top Ten.  What is your favorite beach?

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  1. hi, here from OSB, just saw your before and after pics... may i just say: you GO girl!! also, these hawaii photos are a-ma-zing! in short: love your blog! will visit again soon. cheers!