Beach expert Dr. Beach selected Siesta Beach in Sarasota, Fla., as America’s best beach in 2017. Only one California site made it into the top 10: Coronado Beach in San Diego.
Every year, Dr. Beach, a.k.a. Stephen P. Leatherman, professor and director of the Laboratory for Coastal Research at Florida International University in Miami, seeks out beaches with the softest sand, cleanest shores, clearest water, best environmental records, safest shores and other criteria.
It last held the No. 1 spot in 2011 and came in at No. 2 in 2016.
Coronado Beach dropped from No. 7 last year to No. 9 this year. The website describes the beach fronting the Hotel del Coronado as the “toast of Southern California; it is a veritable oasis by the sea …”
Here’s Dr. Beach’s 2017 list of top 10 beaches:
1. Siesta Beach
Location: Sarasota, Fla.
Location: Maui, Hawaii
Location: Outer Banks, N.C.
Location: Florida Panhandle
Location: Near Southampton, N.Y.
Location: Cape Cod National Seashore in Eastham, Mass.
Location: Dunedin/Clearwater, Fla.
Location: On the island of Hawaii
9. Coronado Beach
Location: San Diego, California
Location: Kiawah Island, S.C.