CRAIG LITTEN, ASSOCIATED PRESS
BEST BEACH: The main beach at Caladesi Island State Park, a barrier island along the Gulf of Mexico, on Florida's West Coast is seen in Dunedin, Fla.
Stephen P. Leatherman, a Florida International University professor dubbed ``Dr. Beach,'' picked Caladesi Island as the best beach in the 2008 ranking for his annual list, which was released May 22, 2008. Caladesi beat out beaches in Hawaii, along the Eastern Seaboard and in California for this year's honor. The runners-up on Leatherman's list of best beaches this year were Hanalei Beach, Hawaii; Siesta Beach in Sarasota, Fla.; Coopers Beach in Southampton, N.Y.; Coronado Beach in San Diego; Main Beach in East Hampton, N.Y.; Hamoa Beach, Hawaii; Cape Hatteras, N.C.; Cape Florida State Park near Miami; and Beachwalker Park on Kiawah Island, S.C.