America’s Top Beaches This Year

As the summer approaches, thoughts of the beach and sunshine abound. Before you plan your upcoming vacation, you may want to consider which beaches will best suit the needs of both you and your family.

According to Stephen Leatherman, also known as Dr. Beach, Florida’s Siesta Beach is the number one U.S. beach this year. Leatherman is the director of Florida International University’s Laboratory for Coastal Research in Miami. He explained that the gentle white sand and clear waters make the beach unique.

“It’s an idyllic place,” Leatherman said.

In total, three of Florida’s beaches were ranked among the top ten. Others include vacation spots in California, the Carolinas, New York, Hawaii and Massachusetts.

Dr. Beach’s rankings are published annually. While evaluating each beach he considers the water and sand quality, environmental treatment and safety. Communities are not notified before an inspection.

He says, “I’m still searching” for the perfect beach. “But I’ve found a lot of great beaches.”

This year’s number two spot was given to Coronado Beach in San Diego. Leatherman described it as “the toast of Southern California” and “a veritable oasis by the sea.”