Thursday, December 2, 2021

Coronado Beach Again Makes the Dr. Beach Top 10 Beaches in America List


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Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman, a professor at Florida International University and coastal expert, aka “Dr. Beach,” has released his 30th annual Top 10 Beach List and Coronado has once again made the list, coming in at #8 this year. Dr. Leatherman is an internationally known coastal scientist who has published 20 books and hundreds of scientific articles and reports about storm impacts, coastal erosion and ways to improve beach health and safety.

Dr. Beach” has selected the annual Top 10 Beaches in America since 1991 using fifty criteria to evaluate beaches, including water and sand quality as well as safety and management.

  1. Hapuna Beach State Park Hawaii Island, Hawaii
  2. Coopers Beach Southampton, New York
  3. Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach Outer Banks of North Carolina
  4. St. George Island State Park Florida Panhandle
  5. Lighthouse Beach, Buxton Outer Banks of North Carolina
  6. Duke Kahanamoku Beach Oahu, Hawaii
  7. Caladesi Island State Park Dunedin/Clearwater, Florida
  8. Coronado Beach San Diego, California (view live beach cam from the Del)
  9. Beachwalker Park Kiawah Island, South Carolina
  10. Coast Guard Beach Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Learn more about Dr. Leatherman’s work and the Best Beaches in America List at



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Managing Editor
Originally from upstate New York, Dani Schwartz has lived in Coronado since 1996. She is thrilled to call Coronado home and raise her two children here. In her free time enjoys hitting the gym, reading, and walking her dog around the “island.” Have news to share? Send tips, story ideas or letters to the editor to:
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