These lists suck.

Okay, call me biased, but I swear Maine has some of the best beaches around. I could sit here and argue with you all day why Ogunquit should have made the lists. Both USA Today and CNN recently put out lists of the top 10 beaches in the country. USA Today broke down the beaches by region and CNN just did the whole country.

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Google Maps

I guess we should go over their lists. USA Today gathered their 10 best beaches from readers. What? No one in Maine reads USA Today?

  1. Ocean City Beach - New Jersey - Ocean City, New Jersey
  2. Jones Beach State Park - Wantagh, New York
  3. Bethany Beach - Bethany Beach, Delaware
  4. Cape May beaches - Cape May, New Jersey
  5. Ocean City Beach - Maryland - Ocean City, Maryland
  6. Mohegan Bluffs - New Shoreham, Rhode Island
  7. Good Harbor Beach - Gloucester, Massachusetts
  8. Belmar Beach - Belmar, New Jersey
  9. Rehoboth Beach - Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
  10. Atlantic Avenue Beach - Amagansett, New York

Listen, don't get me wrong. I'm sure these beaches are gorgeous and wonderful. I mean, you're at the beach, right? But how does Ocean City Beach in New Jersey beat out Old Orchard Beach? You have to go to New Jersey! Here you get to come to Maine.

Old Orchard Beach
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The list from CNN's 'Dr. Beach' is certainly based on more things than readers' opinions. In fact, he uses...

50 criteria to evaluate hundreds of public beaches in the United States. The criteria include beach width, sand softness, water temperature and color, wildlife and more.

The following list is heavy on Florida and Hawaii. It's gonna be hard to beat Hawaii, so I consider that cheating.

  1. St. George Island State Park, Florida
  2. Duke Kahanamoku Beach - Oahu, Hawaii
  3. Coopers Beach - Southampton, New York
  4. Caladesi Island State Park - Dunedin/Clearwater, Florida
  5. Lighthouse Beach, Buxton - Outer Banks of North Carolina
  6. Coronado Beach - San Diego, California
  7. Wailea Beach - Maui, Hawaii
  8. Beachwalker Park - Kiawah Island, South Carolina
  9. Poipu Beach - Kauai, Hawaii
  10. Coast Guard Beach - Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Again, these are some really nice beaches. But have you been to Popham Beach?

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Townsquare Media

Come on! I stand by my opinion that these lists are crap. You can't beat the charm of Ferry Beach in Scarborough or the sea glass from Kettle Cove in Cape Elizabeth. But alas, I'm not a doctor.


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