Road Trip! Best Beaches of 2014 Named

May 22, 2014 8:07 PM

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Road Trip! Best Beaches of 2014 Named

The Hawaiian island of Oahu took first prize for the best beach of the year, thanks to the new smoke-free policy at Duke Kahanamoku Beach in Waikiki.

Named after an Olympic gold medalist in swimming, the beach is artificial and protected from large waves by a small reef, said Stephen Leatherman, a coastal scientist at Florida International University. Leatherman, who goes by the nickname "Dr. Beach," ranks U.S. beaches every year, taking into acc...

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