Ten Best U.S. Beaches 2011

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If you expect to spend this summer on a favorite beach in the U.S., let's take a look at the 2011 list of top ten best beaches of the country made by Stephen Leatherman, director of Florida International University's Laboratory for Coastal Research in Miami.

Leatherman surveyed 650 public beaches along the Atlantic, Gulf and Pacific coasts. He then ranked them based on 50 criteria including sand softness, frequency of rip currents, size of waves, presence of shorebirds, water color, the presence of oil and tar balls, whether it's overcrowded, public safety, maintenance of grounds and other factors.

According to the list, Florida's Siesta Beach spots No. 1 thanks to its sparkling sand, beautiful water, perfect waves and safety.

 

Siesta Beach in Sarasota, Florida


The Siesta Beach features clear and warm water that offers an ideal condition for swimming as well as the finest and whitest sand in the world that widely attracts sand collectors

The Siesta Beach features clear and warm water that offers an ideal condition for swimming as well as the finest and whitest sand in the world that widely attracts sand collectors

 

Coronado Beach in San Diego, California


With various subtropical vegetation, unique Mediterranean climate, and fine sparkling sand, the Coronado Beach ranks No. 2 in the list of ten best U.S. beaches 2011

With various subtropical vegetation, unique Mediterranean climate, and fine sparkling sand, the Coronado Beach ranks No. 2 in the list of ten best U.S. beaches 2011

 

Kahanamoku Beach in Waikiki, Oahu, Hawaii


The Kahanamoku Beach is a good swimming area for families with children because it is protected by a shallow offshore reef from the big waves

The Kahanamoku Beach is a good swimming area for families with children because it is protected by a shallow offshore reef from the big waves

 

Main Beach in East Hampton, New York


The Main Beach offers swimmers towering sand dunes plus beautiful clean and clear blue water

The Main Beach offers swimmers towering sand dunes plus beautiful clean and clear blue water

 

Cape Hatteras in the Outer Banks of North Carolina


With historic fishing villages and the most famous lighthouse in the U.S., the Cape Hatteras attracts millions of beachgoers each year

With historic fishing villages and the most famous lighthouse in the U.S., the Cape Hatteras attracts millions of beachgoers each year

 

St. George Island State Park, Florida


You may feel relaxed and joyful when spending your summer holiday at the St. George Island State Park

You may feel relaxed and joyful when spending your summer holiday at the St. George Island State Park

 

Beachwalker Park Kiawah Island, South Carolina


The place notably attracts visitors by its beach outdoor activities and fantastic seafood

The place notably attracts visitors by its beach outdoor activities and fantastic seafood

 

Coast Guard Beach in Cape Cod, Massachusetts


During the summer, the water temperatures of the Coast Guard Beach only reach 60-70 degrees so beachgoers can take quick, refreshing dips in the ocean

During the summer, the water temperatures of the Coast Guard Beach only reach 60-70 degrees so beachgoers can take quick, refreshing dips in the ocean

 

Waimanalo Bay Beach Park on Oahu, Hawaii


Waimanalo Bay Beach Park is rather safe for beachgoers because big waves and dangerous currents rarely occur as well as lifeguards make their appearance everywhere

Waimanalo Bay Beach Park is rather safe for beachgoers because big waves and dangerous currents rarely occur as well as lifeguards make their appearance everywhere

 

Cape Florida State Park in Key Biscayne, Florida


Situated at the south tip of Key Biscayne, the Cape Florida State Park provides clear, emerald-colored waters and gentle surf

Situated at the south tip of Key Biscayne, the Cape Florida State Park provides clear, emerald-colored waters and gentle surf

 

Siesta Beach: One of Ten Best US Beaches 2011


Related links:

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This article was published on 2011/06/03