NJ Beach Among Best for Swimming: Dr. Beach

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Marie Todd

Looking for that perfect beach to take a dip this summer?

Look no further than Long Beach Island along the Jersey Shore.

A recent list of the Best Beaches for Swimming in America listed LBI at No. 2. The Men’s Journal survey was compiled by “Dr. Beach,” Florida International University Laboratory for Coastal Research professor and director Stephen Leatherman.

"Long Beach Island has some of the clearest water I've seen in New Jersey," said Leatherman.

Dr. Beach called the water temperature along the 18-mile-long barrier island ideal, especially for the Garden State.

"It's pretty much in the high 70s, maybe low 80s," he said.

Leatherman suggested taking a stop at nearby Barnegat Lighthouse for once you return to land.

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Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce marketing director Lori Pepenella said the town is delighted with the news.

"The article fits in wonderfully with the effort of the entire Jersey Shore tourism community," she said.

Other top swimming beaches on the list include Main Beach, N.Y. -- which came in at No. 1 -- Siesta Beach, Fla.; Cronado Beach, Calif.; and Waimanalo Beach, Hawaii.

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