5-star beaches open, safe and monitored

Summer is in full swing, all those summer travel tips are either being used or ignored and it’s time to head to the beach. If that beach is open. An annual survey of water quality and public notification at U.S. beaches found that the number of beach closings and advisories in 2010 reached 24,091 the second-highest level in 21 years.

Our friends at WalletPop.com reported last month on The Best — and the Dirtiest — Beaches in the U.S. They told us about the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and their 21st annual list rating many popular beaches. Let’s take a closer look at the top beaches that made “Superstar Beach” status in the NRDC 5-star rating guide. Those Superstar beaches deserve special notice for not only receiving a 5-star rating this year, but for having perfect testing results for the past three years, indicating a history of very good water quality.Delaware: Rehoboth Beach-Rehoboth Avenue Beach, in Sussex County

More information from Rehoboth.com:

“Rehoboth Beach is a beautiful small town on the East Coast featuring enjoyable year round weather, beautiful real estate, great restaurants, and tax free shopping – all just two hours from Washington, D.C., Baltimore and Philadelphia. Rehoboth Beach offers plenty for the whole family to do, including its one mile Boardwalk, its beautiful clean beaches and water, and its many other recreational activities.”

Delaware: Dewey Beach, in Sussex County

NorthJersey.com describes Dewey Beach

“A sun-dappled and libido-fueled testament to hedonistic beach life, come the height of summer, tens of thousands of fun-seekers flood into Dewey Beach, Del., a costal town with a year-round population of about 350 that can swell to 30,000-plus on summer weekends. On a mile-long stretch of sand between the quiet seaside town of Lewes and the popular family resorts of Bethany Beach and Fenwick Island, this is where hard-partying, binge-drinking youth congregate for all-night wilding.”

Minnesota: Park Point Lafayette Community Club Beach, in St. Louis County

GoDuluthMn.com tells us:

“As you drive along Duluth’s Skyline Parkway, you will see something unusual as you look down towards Lake Superior. In the central part of Duluth, just across the Aerial Lift Bridge, is a long strip of land. Park Point is the world’s longest freshwater sandbar (more than five miles long) that stretches out into the largest freshwater lake in the world.”

New Hampshire: Hampton Beach State Park in Rockingham County

From HamptonBeach.org:

“Where else along the Seacoast can you find 80 free evening concerts taking place throughout the summer and fantastic fireworks displays every week? Where else can you spend a spectacular summer day on the sands, sandwiched between refreshing Atlantic surf and row after row of accommodations, amusements, boating adventures, restaurants, and shops?

Only at Hampton Beach, a great beach and a whole lot more!”

See more beaches at NRDC Ratings for a Selection of U. S. Popular Beaches.

The National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is an environmental action organization that uses law, science and the support of 1.3 million members and online activists to protect the planet’s wildlife and wild places and to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all living things.