Friday, May 27, 2011

Dr. Beach Says: Siesta Beach In Sarasota County Fl Ranks No. 1 Among U.S. beaches For 2011 See Photos.

Clean, clear water and hundreds of yards of fine, white sand landed the Sarasota locale top billing on the 21st annual roundup of best beaches released Friday by coastal scientist Stephen Leatherman, otherwise known as "Dr. Beach."

"It's an idyllic place," said Leatherman, director of Florida International University's Laboratory for Coastal Research in Miami. His Top 10 list arrives just in time for Memorial Day, the traditional kickoff of the summer beach season.

Three Florida beaches made the cut this year, as did vacation destinations in California, Hawaii, New York, Massachusetts and the Carolinas. Leatherman has selected the best public beaches since 1991 using 50 criteria to evaluate water and sand quality and safety and environmental management.

He doesn't get paid for his ratings and doesn't alert communities before he checks them out.  No beach has ever received a perfect score, he said. "I'm still searching" for a perfect beach, he said. "But I've found a lot of great beaches.

Leatherman liked plenty at Siesta Beach, which moved up from second place on last year's list. He gave it high marks for its beauty, wide beach, safe water, cleanliness and amenities.

Coronado Beach in San Diego earned the No. 2 spot, described by Leatherman as "the toast of Southern California" and "a veritable oasis by the sea." Filling out the top five were Kahanamoku Beach in Waikiki, Oahu, Hawaii; Main Beach in East Hampton, New York; and Cape Hatteras in the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

Rounding out the rest of the list, in ranking order: St. George Island State Park in the Florida panhandle; Beachwalker Park on Kiawah Island, South Carolina; Coast Guard Beach in Cape Cod, Massachusetts; Waimanalo Bay Beach Park in Oahu, Hawaii; and Cape Florida State Park in Key Biscayne, Florida.

The bay and boat dock area in downtown Sarasota Fl isn't too bad either.

1. Siesta Beach, Sarasota, Florida, With some of the finest, whitest sand in the world, this beach attracts sand collectors from all over. Siesta Beach has clear, warm waters that serve for ideal swimming.
2. Coronado Beach, San Diego, CaliforniaCoronado Beach is the toast of Southern California.
3. Kahanamoku Beach, Waikiki, Hawaii This beach was named in the honor of Duke Paoa Kahanamoku.
4. Main Beach, East Hampton, New YorkMain Beach provides the perfect blend of nature and built environment.
5. Cape Hatteras, Outer Banks, North CarolinaBulging far offshore of the mainland coast as a barrier island, Cape Hatteras was the first National Seashore. 
6. St. George Island State Park, Florida in the Florida Panhandle.
7. Beachwalker Park, Kiawah Island, South CarolinaSouth of Charleston, Beachwalker Park is the public beach located on the southern end of Kiawah Island.
8. Coast Guard Beach, Cape Cod, MassachusettsCoast Guard Beach, accessible by bicycle or via shuttle bus from the Salt Pond Visitor’s Center
9. Waimanalo Bay State Park, Oahu, Hawaii.
10. Cape Florida State Park, Key Biscayne, FloridaCape Florida State Park, located at the south tip of Key Biscayne.

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