Hanalei Bay Beach, Hawaii

No. 1: Hanalei Bay - Kauai, Hawaii

Somewhat off the beaten tourist path on Oahu is the quieter island of Kauai, home to what some argue is the finest beach on Hawaii's long list of fine beaches.

Hanalei Bay beach on the island's north shore is a secluded two-mile crescent of undeveloped white sand sandwiched between sparkling blue water and green forested mountain. It's a favorite of locals for surfing, swimming and snorkeling.

"The sheer beauty of Hanalei Bay is breathtaking," Dr. Beach said. He ranked Hanalei Bay No. 1 in 2009 and has called it his favorite beach in Hawaii.

Of course, Hanalei Bay's claim to best beach in Hawaii is highly debatable. Dr. Beach himself has ranked these in previous years as the nation's best beach: Fleming Beach Park on Maui; Hanauma Bay; Kaanapali; Poipu Beach; Kaunaoa Beach; Wailea Beach and Kailua Beach Park.

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