05/27/2011 08:26 am ET Updated Jul 27, 2011

Dr. Beach's Best Beaches In America 2011 (PHOTOS)

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.

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