Dr. Beach, aka Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman, released his annual list of the top 10 U.S. beaches today, and Siesta Beach in Sarasota, Fla. has come out on top.
"Siesta Beach in Sarasota boasts that it has the finest and whitest sand in the world, and I cannot argue with this claim; the powdery sand is nearly pure quartz crystal," Leatherman said. "The beautiful blue-colored water is clean and clear, making it so inviting to bathers and swimmers. The beach is hundreds of yards wide, attracting volleyball players and beachcombers as well as those who just want to find their place in the sun."
Cape Cod's Coast Guard Beach once again made the list, falling a spot to No. 8.
"Coast Guard Beach, accessible by bicycle or via shuttle bus from the Salt Pond Visitor?s Center, was formed where a sand spit attached to the eroding glacial cliffs," Leatherman said. "The sand is fairly coarse, so the beach slopes steeply into the water. The picturesque old Coast Guard station still sits atop the glacial bluffs, allowing for a spectacular view down upon the Nauset Spit barrier system and bay. During the summer, beach-goers take quick, refreshing dips in the ocean, as water temperatures only reach 60-70 degrees."