Despite having some of the world’s greatest beaches here at home, Aussie travellers simply can’t get enough of the sand and sea, and are travelling abroad to get their fix.

With the US summer just around the corner, Stephen P Leatherman of the Laboratory for Coastal Research at Florida International University — better known as Dr Beach — has dropped his annual list of the country’s top beaches.

Leatherman uses 50 criteria to evaluate beaches, with the most important categories being water cleanliness, safety and management of the beach environment and its facilities.

Click through to see which beaches made the list.