June 6, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- The Top 10 Beach List for 2014 has ranked four Florida beaches among the best in the nation.
Barefoot Beach in Bonita Springs ranked second and St. George Island State Park in the Panhandle came in third, while Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park in Key Biscayne ranked seventh and Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park in Naples nailed the tenth slot.
The list is produced by coastal expert Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman, who is also a professor at Florida International University. Dr. Beach, as he's known, bases the ratings on 50 criteria including beach material, water temperature, sand softness, smell, trash, safety record, and algae in the water.
Three of the four nationally ranked beaches are found within Florida State Parks.