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A North Carolina beach was named the best beach in the country! Another NC beach came in the top 10 and the SC made the list too! Memorial Day weekend is here, which usually means folks across the country will be hitting the beach. But let’s face it, not all U.S. beaches are created equal. So, which ones are the best?

According to Yahoo, Stephen Leatherman, a.k.a. Dr. Beach, has come out with his 32nd annual list of the Best Beaches in the U.S. His list is based on 50 different criteria, with an emphasis on safety and cleanliness.

He also awards bonus points for the prohibition of smoking on beaches. Topping the list this year is Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach in the Outer Banks area of North Carolina. He calls it his favorite beach, with “16 miles of undeveloped beach and American beach grass-covered sand dunes.” He notes that Ocracoke is an “idyllic island,” with “pristine beaches.”

  • NC

    Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach, Outer Banks of North CarolinaBeach in NC

  • Florida

    Caladesi Island State Park Dunedin/Clearwater, Florida

    Florida Crowded Beach

  • NY

    Coopers Beach Southampton, New York

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     (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

  • Florida

    St. George Island State Park Florida Panhandle

    Florida Crowded Beach

  • Hawaii

    Duke Kahanamoku Beach Oahu, HIbveach

  • North Carolina

    Lighthouse Beach, Buxton, Outer Banks of North Carolina

    Head to the Beach!

  • California

    Coronado Beach , San Diego Californiabeach

  • Hawaii

    Wailea Beach, Maui Hawaii,1 Maui, Hawaii 600%

  • South Carolina

    Beachwalker Park, Kiawah Island, South Carolina

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     (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

  • Massachusetts

    Coast Guard Beach, Cape Cod MassachusettsMassachusetts