Dr. Beach Names America's Best Beach 2012: Coronado Beach in San
For more than 22 years, Dr. Stephen
("Dr. Beach") has reviewed, evaluated
and rated beaches and coastal areas
throughout the world. In addition to
his annual ranking of America's Best
Beaches, he works tirelessly to increase
awareness about the dangers of rip
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.
(see the full
Dr. Beach's Water Tracer is a method of
detecting surface water currents,
especially life-threatening rip currents
at surf beaches, has been
developed. The water tracer is
bio-degradable and non-toxic.
are powerful currents of water moving away from
the shore, capable of sweeping even the
strongest swimmers out to sea and are often
called "killer currents" for a good reason.
Although estimates vary, rip currents are
responsible for approximately 150 deaths every
year in the US and likely thousands worldwide.
Through raising awareness and increasing
understanding, we seek to dramatically reduce
the number of fatalities from this lurking
danger. For more information about rip
currents and beach safety, please visit www.ripcurrents.com
FIELD GUIDE TO THE WATER'S EDGE.
As summer approaches, many vacationers will be
heading to favorite beach, lake or river
destinations - and this book is a perfect
companion to any water adventure. This
book is designed for those who enjoy the many
natural wonders along North America’s ocean
beaches, lakeshores, riverbanks, streams, ponds
and marshes. The book is written by two veteran
scientists and water edge experts, Stephen
Leatherman, better known as Dr. Beach, and Jack
Williams, longtime weather editor of USA Today.
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