Soft sand under your feet, a touch of salt in the air, and the sound of pounding surf are what the best beaches in the U.S. are all about. USA Today and other national media announced “Dr. Beach’s” annual picks for the best beaches in May 2011, and Coronado was named No. 2 in America. “Dr. Beach” — also known as Stephen Leatherman, director of Florida International University’s Laboratory for Coastal Research — uses 50 criteria in selecting the best beaches, including water and sand quality, facilities and environmental management.
Additional beaches in the top 10 include: Siesta Key Beach in Sarasota, FL; Kahanamoku Beach, Waikiki, HI; Main Beach, East Hampton, NY; Cape Hatteras, Outer Banks, NC; St. George Island State Park, FL; Beachwalker, Kiawah Island, SC; Coast Guard Beach, Cape Cod, MA; Waimanalo Bay State Park, Oahu, HI and Cape Florida State Park, Key Biscayne, FL.
Coronado’s expansive white sand and endless sunshine make it the perfect spot for adventures for all ages. The sprawling shoreline is great for jogging or walking along the Pacific. Coronado’s generally small waves are perfect for learning to surf or boogie board. And the Coronado bike trail, which runs along Glorietta Bay and the beachfront walk, is safe, easy to navigate and beautiful year-round.
Source: The Hotel del Coronado press release.
See the complete Dr. Beach list here: http://www.drbeach.org/Detailed%20List.htm