Florida Panhandle Beach Named Top in US by ‘Dr. Beach’


What to Know

  • Stephen “Dr. Beach” Leatherman, a coastal scientist and professor at Florida International University, has been ranking the nation’s beaches for 30 years
  • It is one of two Florida beaches that were on the 2020 list released Thursday, along with Caladesi Island State Park at No. 6
  • Leatherman says he gives bonus points for beaches where smoking is banned and that are staffed with lifeguards

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