CORONADO, Calf. — Every year, “Dr. Beach” ranks the top 10 sandy stretches in the US — and in 2019, a San Diego County beach made the cut.
Coronado Beach ranks ninth on the list as the only California representative. Two beaches from Hawaii, including the top ranked beach — Kailua Beach Park on Oahu — made the top 10.
The list also ranked beaches in South Carolina, Florida, Massachusetts, North Carolina and New York among the top 10.
The full list played out as follows:
Dr. Beach is Dr. Stephen Leatherman, a professor and director at Coastal Research at Florid International University. He specializes in environmental (coastal) sciences and geosciences. According to his bio, Leatherman’s love for beaches started as a child, and his expertise developed when he got a job surveying beaches in North Carolina.
Now his annual lists spur a mix of pride and debate among beachgoers and proud locals across the country.