When you visit the doctor,
the first thing you do is fill out a questionnaire to complete your
patient history. Dr. Beach's 50 criteria is a survey of his
"patients", the 650 public beaches along the U.S. coast.
The beach rating scale provides an objective appraisal of our
nation's major public recreational beaches along the Atlantic, Gulf
and Pacific coasts.
Criiteria with a sliding scale from 1 to 5 are used to measure
beach quality. The survey was primarily designed for swimming
beaches, but this information is also used to determine the best
beaches for walking, scenery, sports, and other activities.
Click here to view Dr. Beach's 50 Criteria.
Click here to view water temperature
averages for swimming at the beach.
Which beaches are best-suited for your
Under The Microscope:
Click here to learn about
beachcombing and sand collecting.
When bad things happen.
The need to intervene.
glossary of beach terminology.