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
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
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
Main Beach in East Hampton, New York
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
St. George Island State Park, Florida
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
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
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
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