Crowned Among America’s Best

SAN DIEGO — San Diego’s Coronado Beach is no stranger to national accolades, securing another spot on a list of the best in the country.

Travel + Leisure published its ranking of the 25 best beaches in the United States last month, naming the best places from New York to Hawaii to Florida and, of course, the best city in the United States.

Coronado, home to shimmering golden sand and the iconic red-roofed “Hotel Del,” ranked third on the list.

It’s one of San Diego’s most memorable stretches of coastline, captured on countless postcards, travel guides, and other tourist memorabilia. But it’s also popular with locals, from the lucky folks who call the “island” home, to those who take to the Coronado Bridge to build a campfire with friends.

The wide sandy beach literally sparkles due to a mineral called mica, and is set against a backdrop of seaside haciendas and charming streets that are perfect for a long walk or bike ride.

Here are the other ten beaches mentioned in the report:

  1. Poipu Beach, Kauai, Hawaii
  2. Ocean City, Maryland
  3. Coronado Beach, San Diego, California
  4. Papa Beach, Lake Tahoe, Nevada
  5. Clearwater Beach, Clearwater, Florida
  6. Harris Beach, Oregon
  7. Crystal Beach, Port Townsend, Washington
  8. Oak Street Beach, Chicago, Illinois
  9. Carlsmith Beach, Hilo, Hawaii
  10. Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina

The full list of the top 25 beaches in the country can be found on the Travel + Leisure site.

The best beach in the country is Poipu Beach in Kauai, Hawaii, according to the magazine. That stretch of sand is actually made up of two picturesque beaches divided by a narrow tombolo. One side is known as “Baby Beach” because the water is shallow and sheltered. The other side is for thrill seekers, popular for surfing, snorkeling, windsurfing, and boogie boarding.

Travel + Leisure said the quality of the sand, the waves, the level of isolation, accessibility to parking and even the number of shady trees were included in the ratings.

In February, two beaches in San Diego County also made Tripadvisor’s Best of the Best Beaches list. In those rankings, Coronado was placed at number 15 while La Jolla Cove landed at number nine.

WFLA’s Athina Morris contributed to this report.

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