Siesta Beach named best beach in US

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You just can’t beat the soft white sands of Siesta Key, Florida. And it was that inviting, sugary, soft-on-the-feet substance that helped Siesta Beach win recognition from Dr. Beach as the best beach in the United States.

“Siesta Beach in Sarasota boasts that it has the finest and whitest sand in the world, and I cannot argue with this claim; the powdery sand is nearly pure quartz crystal,” writes Stephen Leatherman, director of Florida International University’s Laboratory for Coastal Research, and also known as Dr. Beach. “The beautiful blue-colored water is clean and clear, making it so inviting to bathers and swimmers.  The beach is hundreds of yards wide, attracting volleyball players and beachcombers as well as those who just want to find their place in the sun.”

This is the 21st year that Dr. Beach has ranked America’s beaches. Leatherman scores beaches based on 50 criteria  that include wave size and water quality, sand color, cleanliness and the availability of lifeguards and on-site amenities.

Here is his 2011 Top Ten:

  1. Siesta Beach in Sarasota, Florida
  2.  Coronado Beach in San Diego, California
  3. Kahanamoku Beach in Waikiki, Oahu, Hawaii
  4. Main Beach in East Hampton, New York
  5. Cape Hatteras in the Outer Banks of North Carolina
  6. St. George Island State Park, Florida panhandle
  7. Beachwalker Park Kiawah Island, South Carolina 
  8. Coast Guard Beach in Cape Cod, Massachusetts
  9. Waimanalo Bay Beach Park on Oahu, Hawaii
  10. Cape Florida State Park in Key Biscayne, Florida


Update: Coronado Beach, California, named Best Beach for 2012


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2 comments to Siesta Beach named best beach in US

  • beachmaniac  says:

    Siesta Key has by far the whitest sand I have ever seen. It is almost like sugar. And it does not get hot, even under the Florida summer sun!

  • Siesta Key : Beach Maniac  says:

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