Grab the towel. Beachwalker Park makes Dr. Beach’s Top 10 — again

Beachwalker Park, the Charleston County public access strand on gated Kiawah Island, is the ninth best beach in America, according to Dr. Beach. (File/Staf)

KIAWAH ISLAND — Don’t let a little tropical storm stop you on the first summertime holiday weekend. The soft sands of one of the nation’s best beaches waits just down the road.

Beachwalker Park, the Charleston County public access strand on gated Kiawah Island, is the ninth best beach in America.

That’s the word from Dr. Beach, the Florida International University professor who’s made an industry out his annual rankings.

The doctor, Steven Leatherman, tends to turn a nose up on South Carolina beaches because of murky ocean waters, but the Kiawah beach routinely makes his top 10. In 2011, Beachwalker was ranked seventh. It also made the list in 2009, 2008 and 2002.

The man is enraptured. Listen to him: “This is certainly a nature lover’s coast, so visitors should pack their canoes and kayaks to paddle through the tidal inlets or walk down Sam’s Inlet to see thousands of birds.”

Aaaaaaah. Sure, the list neglects the Folly (Beach) frolic, the swarm of skin at Isle of Palms or the sedate history of Sullivan’s Island — not to mention the $8 fee for Beachwalker.

But it’s the beach, man. Kick back.

Read more in tomorrow’s The Post and Courier.

Science and environment reporter. Author of Washing Our Hands in the Clouds.