The Nation's Best Beach?

Florida's Caladesi Island is at the top of a professor's annual list
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 22, 2008 7:40 PM CDT
The main beach at Caladesi Island State Park, a barrier island along the Gulf of Mexico, on Florida's West Coast is seen on Wednesday, May 21, 2008 in Dunedin, Fla.    (AP Photo/Craig Litten)
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(Newser) – With its fine, white sand and relative seclusion, Florida's Caladesi Island—on the Gulf of Mexico near Tampa Bay—is the nation's best beach, says a Florida professor who issues annual rankings. This year's runners-up, from the AP:

  • Hanalei Beach, Hawaii
  • Siesta Beach in Sarasota, Florida
  • Coopers Beach in Southampton, New York
  • Coronado Beach in San Diego

  • Main Beach in East Hampton, New York
  • Hamoa Beach, Hawaii
  • Cape Hatteras, North Carolina
  • Cape Florida State Park near Miami
  • Beachwalker Park on Kiawah Island, South Carolina