I’m SO frustrated! We were just in the Tampa area and were choosing between a few beaches in the area and DIDN’T go to Caladesi Island State Park Beach. And NOW, only now, do I read that Dr. Beach rates Caladesi Island SP as the TOP beach in America!
Caladesi Island is a barrier island north of Clearwater (which is not far from Tampa Bay) with white sands, crystal clear, steel-blue Gulf waters, and forests filled with birds and wildlife.
Stephen P. Leatherman (a.k.a. Dr. Beach) makes a list of the nation’s best beaches every year, and I ALWAYS look at, but for some reason it escaped my mind this year.
The other beaches in the top ten for 2008 are:
- Hanalei Bay Beach, Kauai, Hawaii
- Siesta Key Beach, Sarasota, Florida (which is also not SO far from Tampa…grrrrr.)
- Coopers Beach, (Southampton, New York)
- Coronado Beach, San Diego, California
- Main Beach, East Hampton, New York
- Hamoa Beach, Maui, Hawaii
- Cape Hatteras, Outer Banks, North Carolina
- Cape Florida State Park, Key Biscayne, Florida
- Beachwalker County Park Beach, Kiawali Island, South Carolina
So no big deal…just next time I need to check the list before heading out to the beach!
- Beaches in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Cape Canaveral and Central Florida
- Beaches in Na Pali Coast, Lihue on the Hawaiian Island of Kauai
- Beaches in Long Island, the Hamptons, Montauk, Fire Island, Jones Beach
- Beaches in San Diego, Laguna Beach, Los Angeles, Southern CA coast
- Beaches in Hawaiian Islands of Maui, Molokai and Lanai
- Beaches in Delmarva, Virginia Beach, Williamsburg, Outer Banks, NC
- Beaches in Key West, Ft. Lauderdale, Miami Beach, Southern Florida
- Beaches in Myrtle Beach, Hilton Head, SC, Atlanta, Savannah, GA
- Miami and Matthew
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