Coronado Beach in San Diego, California, is the best beach in the United States, according to the person many consider the Number One beach expert in the nation. Dr. Beach, also known as Stephen P. Leatherman, is a professor at Florida International University. He has studied and evaluated America’s coastal beaches for more than 22 years, and issues an annual listing of the best, based on 50 factors that include sand softness, water quality, number of sunny days, water temperature, rip currents, amount of algea, seaweed, jellyfish, and much more.
Dr. Beach said Coronado Beach – located on Coronado Island – “is a 1.5 mile long, wide sandy beach set against the backdrop of the iconic Hotel del Coronado (pictured above) with its peaked red roof and classic Victorian architecture. The beach is popular for swimmers, surfers, sunbathers and beachcombers. The beach is very flat, making it great for skim boarding and walking, and the sand has a silvery sheen because of the presence of mica.”
He also noted that the beach is on the “quaint small island” of Coronado and is blessed with “sophisticated luxury and the wonderful Mediterranean climate.”
- About Coronado Island
- Top-rated hotels on Coronado Island
- Top-rated hotels in San Diego
- Dr. Beach’s website
Last year, Siesta Key Beach in Florida, was Dr. Beach’s top choice. Once a beach is selected, it is removed from contention in future years.
The rest of this year’s Top Beaches are:
2. Kahanamoku Beach, Oahu, Hawaii
3. Main Beach, East Hampton, N.Y.
4. St. George Island State Park, St. George Island, Fla.
5. Hamoa Beach, Maui, Hawaii
6. Coast Guard Beach, Eastham, Mass.
7. Waimanolo Bay Beach Park, Oahu, Hawaii
8. Cape Florida State Park, Key Biscayne, Fla.
9. Beachwalker Park, Kiawah Island, S.C.
10. Cape Hatteras, Outer Banks, N.C.
Past Best Beach winners are:
2011: Siesta Beach, Sarasota, Florida
2010: Coopers Beach, Long Island – Southampton, New York
2009: Hanalei Bay, Kauai, Hawaii
2008: Caladesi Island State Park, Dunedin/Clearwater, Florida
2007: Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach, Outer Banks, North Carolina
2006: Fleming Beach Park, Maui, Hawaii
2005: Fort DeSoto Park – North Beach, St Petersburg, Florida
2004: Hanauma Bay, Oahu, HI
2003: Kaanapali, Hawaii
2002: St. Joseph Peninsula State Park, Florida
2001: Poipu Beach, Hawaii
2000: Kaunaoa Beach, Hawaii
1999: Wailea Beach, Hawaii
1998: Kailua Beach Park, Hawaii
1997: Hulopoe, Hawaii
1996: Lanikai Beach, Oahu, Hawaii
1995: St. Andrews SRA, Florida
1994: Grayton Beach SRA, Florida
1993: Hapuna, Hawaii
1992: Bahia Honda SRA, Florida
1991: Kapalua Bay Beach, Hawaii
Where is Coronado Beach?
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