Three Hawaii Beaches Make 2012 Best Beaches in America List
Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman, aka Dr. Beach, has released his annual list of America's Best Beaches for 2012, and once again Hawaii has done quite well with three of the top ten beaches selected.
Leatherman is Professor and Director of the Laboratory for Coastal Research at Florida International University and is generally considered the country's foremost authority on beaches.
2012 Winner - Best Beach in America
Coronado Beach, San Diego, California - Photo Courtesy of the Florida International University Media Relations Office
For 2012, Coronado Beach, San Diego, California has been selected as the number one beach.
As detailed in the release announcing this year's winner, "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."
The Hawaii beaches which were included in the 2012 list are:
2 - Kahanamoku Beach Waikiki, Oahu
Kahanamoku Beach - Photo courtesy of Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort & Spa
Kahanamoku Beach is located at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort & Spa near the Ala Wai small boat harbor.
5 - Hamoa Beach, Maui
Hamoa Beach - Photo Courtesy of the Hotel Hana Maui (now Travasa Hana)
Hamoa Beach is the official beach for the Travasa Hana, which provides shuttle buses to and from the beach.
7 - Waimanalo Bay Beach Park Oahu
Waimanalo Bay Beach Park - Photo Courtesy of the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau
Waimanalo Bay Beach Park is located about nine miles north of Hanauma Bay, in the Windward Oahu community of Waimanalo Beach.