Stephen Leatherman, better known as Dr. Beach, is a coastal scientist who has been creating a Top 10 list of best beaches to kickoff the summer season for 21 years. Topping the list is Florida’s Siesta Beach, on the Gulf Coast. Calling upon its “clean, clear water and hundreds of yards (meters) of fine, white sand” it took the lead over other list makers in Florida, California, Hawaii, New York, Massachusetts, and North
and South Carolina. The criteria for Dr. Beach’s Top 10 are water and sand quality along with environmental management.
Though no beach has ever received a perfect score, Leatherman said, "I'm still searching, but I've found a lot of great beaches." This year’s winner is up from last year’s number 2. Coming in at number 2 this year is California’s beautiful Coronado Beach, in San Diego, which Leatherman referred to as "a veritable oasis by the sea."