GULF SHORES, AL- Alabama has some of the best beaches in the country.
That's according to a study by the Natural Resource Defense Council, an independent environmental group.
The Gulf Shores Public Beach and the Gulf State Park Beach received a five-star rating.
Beachgoers say that it makes them feel better about taking their family there.
"You feel much more safe going here, especially if you know what the water quality is, so if we know it's safe we want to be down here. We want to be swimming and having a good time with all our kids."
There were 13 "Superstar" beaches that received the five-star rating. They include beaches in: California, Delaware, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota and New Hampshire.