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.

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Sunset Beach: in the future, ocean will prevail

An alarming study, released last week, reveals that 70 percent of beaches on Maui, Kauai and Oahu are experiencing long-term erosion.


The study says 85 percent of beaches on Maui are eroding, while more than 70 percent on Kauai are eroding. The study says 60 percent of Oahu's beaches are eroding. Scientists studied more than 150 miles of island coastline, and essentially every beach.

While a small percentage of beaches had built up or stayed roughly the same, the average rate of coastal change was 0.4 feet of erosion per year from the early 1900s to 2000s.

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Bioluminescent waves: great for night surfing | Photo: Doug Perrine

Doug Perrine, a marine biology photographer, has captured stunning images of bioluminescent waves, in Vaadhoo Island, Maldives.

The spot holds a concentrated population of bioluminescent phytoplankton, much to the delight of photographers.

Various species of phytoplankton are known to bioluminesce, and when washed ashore by the tides, their chemical energy is turned into light energy, illuminating waves all over the world.

The biological process is ancient, natural and found around the world. If you've never seen it, it's most easily observed on nice, warm beaches after dark.