Beachcomber nightmares


Just in time for another fun-filled summer weekend – this weblink to the Natural Resources Defense Council website provides a detailed and comprehensive report on the 200 cleanest (yay!) and dirtiest (boo!) beaches in the United States. Nothing like a little grossing out to keep one home (or your shoes on). Congratulations to those beaches/communities in Alabama, California, Delaware, Maryland, Minnesota, and Texas that received five star ratings for cleanliness. Here they are the cleanest beaches:

  • Gulf Shores Public Beach, Alabama and
  • Gulf State Park Pavilion, Alabama
  • Newport Beach, California
  • Bolsa Chica Beach, California
  • Huntington State Beach, California
  • Dewey Beach, Delaware
  • Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
  • Ocean City, Maryland
  • Park Point Franklin Park, Minnesota
  • 13th Street South Beach Park Point, Minnesota
  • Lafayette Community Club Beach, Minnesota
  • Hampton Beach State Park, New Hampshire
  • Wallis Beach, New Hampshire
  • South Padre Island, Texas

One would think that local and state tourism and health departments would be making sure area beaches are kept clean, pristine, and safe. No one wants to play beach tippy-toe or harpoon dodge-m. Here is the list of the worst beaches:


  • Avalon Beach, California
  • Doheny State Beach, California
  • Winnetka Elder Park Beach, Illinois
  • North Point Marina North Beach, Illinois
  • Constance Beach, Louisiana
  • Gulf Breeze, Louisiana
  • Little Florida, Louisiana
  • Long Beach, Louisiana
  • Rutherford Beach, Louisiana
  • Beachwood Beach West, New Jersey
  • Woodlawn Beach, New York
  • Ontario Beach, New York

The last thing any place whose economy is partially or fully dependent on tourism wants to do is gross out the vacationers. Bad word-of-mouth is very difficult to overcome, no matter how much money is sunk into advertising and marketing campaigns.

Here again is a weblink the more comprehensive list of 200 beaches across the country. Much of the list is very disappointing and some of it is downright alarming. It is truly sad to see how we continue to treat our beautiful resources in such a contemptible manner.

Thank you to Laurel for forwarding me this story from Mother Jones.

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