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California's Coronado named nation's best beach

The Florida professor known as Dr. Beach has come out with his 2012 survey, and he says it

FOR USE FRIDAY, MAY 25, 2012 AT 12:01 A.M. THIS PHOTO MAY NOT BE PUBLISHED IN PRINT, BROADCAST OR ONLINE UNTIL MAY 25 - In this May 22, 2012 photo, a couple enjoys the sun and sand on the Coronado Beach in Coronado, Calif. Coronado Beach tops the 2012 list of Top 10 Beaches produced annually by coastal expert Stephen P. Leatherman, also known as "Dr. Beach," director of Florida International University's Laboratory for Coastal Research. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

What's the best beach in the U.S.?

The Florida professor known as Dr. Beach has come out with his 2012 survey, and he says it's Coronado Beach in California, across the bay from San Diego.

Prof. Stephen Leatherman of Florida International University bases the ranking on environmental quality and safety for swimmers.

And Leatherman says Coronado's near-perfect Mediterranean weather and a postcard backdrop makes it "one of the most super beaches around."

The next top two beaches are Kahanamoku Beach in Waikiki, Honolulu, Hawaii and Main Beach in East Hampton, N.Y.


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