Nation's Best Beach: Coronado
California locale tops annual survey
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 26, 2012 8:55 AM CDT
A woman walks barefoot along the Coronado Beach in Coronado, Calif.   (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

(Newser) – If you're yearning for a little beach time this summer, California's Coronado Beach is the place to be, according to an annual survey. The 1.5-mile stretch of sparkling sand wins top honors in the 2012 survey by a Florida professor known as "Dr. Beach," reports AP. Coronado's main drawback: The water is a bit chilly. The top 5 winners in the survey, which takes into account a host of factors including water quality and safety:

  1. Coronado Beach, California
  2. Kahanamoku Beach, Waikiki
  3. Main Beach, East Hampton, New York
  4. St. George Island State Park, Florida
  5. Hamoa Beach, Maui
Click the AP story for the rest.