Stephen Leatherman, a coastal scientist and professor at Florida International University, also known as “Dr. Beach”, has been ranking the nation’s beaches for 30 years. This year he selected Grayton Beach in Walton County as the best beach in the United States. It is one of two Florida beaches that were on the 2020 list, along with Caladesi Island State Park in Dunedid (“Done-E-Din”) ranked number 6. Other beaches making his list were in North Carolina; South Carolina; New York; Hawaii; Massachusetts; and California.

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