Coronado Beach: best US beach of 2012

Coronado Beach is the number one beach in the 22nd annual Top 10 Beach List, produced by coastal expert Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman, a professor at Florida International University.


Coronado Beach in San Diego is a 1.5 mile long, wide sandy beach set against the backdrop of the iconic Hotel del Coronado with its peaked red roof and classic Victorian architecture.

The beach is popular for swimmers, surfers, sunbathers and beachcombers. The beach is very flat, making it great for skim boarding and walking, and the sand has a silvery sheen because of the presence of mica.

Families arrive in the morning, toting umbrellas, beach towels and picnic coolers for an all-day stay. A great team of lifeguards stands watch. Coronado is a quaint small town combined with sophisticated luxury and the wonderful Mediterranean climate.

The best way to get around town is by bicycling on the relatively flat, mile- long city of Coronado. A scenic way to reach Coronado is by pedestrian ferry or water taxi from downtown San Diego.