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Florida's best beaches: East coast-Gulf coast smackdown

It's the time of the year when visions of sugar soft sands top travelers' wish lists. Florida, with its 825 miles of beaches, lures sunbathers, surfers, action lovers and solitude seekers to its shores.
To find the best Florida strands, USA TODAY hosted an east coast-west coast smackdown. "Dr. Beach," aka Stephen Leatherman, professor and director of the Laboratory for Coastal Research at Florida International University in Miami, helped select the destinations for each of five categories. Each week, readers voted for one pair of contenders. Here are the champs they chose:  [Go there...]