America's Best Beaches

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"Evidence that beautiful beaches still abound along America’s coastlines. . . . The book is filled with great photos that just might make you start planning your next excursion to the shore."--Honolulu Star-Bulletin

"A beautiful, full-color tribute to the beaches and their seas."--Miami Herald


Travel with Stephen P. Leatherman (a.k.a. Dr. Beach) along the U.S. coastline to discover hundreds of spectacular beaches--from the wild and rocky shores of Maine to the jewels for swimming and surfing in Hawaii--one of them bound to fit your personality.
 America’s Best Beaches, a full-color illustrated guide to 650 major public recreational oceanic beaches, describes all the national winners of Dr. Beach’s famous annual list of Top 10 Beaches. It also surveys the best beaches regionally for various activities: swimming, walking, surfing, sports, wilderness recreation, city action, and novelty events.
 More than an access guide, this book helps you
· compare key features--such as water temperature and quality, surf, and sporting opportunities--of beaches on the Atlantic, Gulf, and Pacific coasts,
· recognize less obvious advantages (city access, good beachcombing) and disadvantages (overcrowding, dangerous "rip" currents) of individual beaches, and
· identify the best beaches for you, using Dr. Beach’s 50 rating criteria.
Leatherman also provides state by state and beach by beach local contact information for access to detailed tourism materials.
 Grab your towel, put on some sunscreen, and join the nation’s top "beachologist" for an invigorating tour of America’s Best Beaches.

Stephen P. Leatherman, professor and director of the Laboratory for Coastal Research at Florida International University in Miami, Florida, is an internationally recognized expert on beaches. He has written 14 books and more than 200 scientific articles on his lifelong passion. Each year he announces his list of the Top 10 Beaches on the NBC Today Show during the Memorial Day weekend. Dr. Beach has been featured on Travel Channel’s World’s Best Beaches and on more than 60 television programs, including The Oprah Winfrey Show, and Live with Regis and Kathie Lee, and on the Discovery Channel and Travel News Network and has been profiled in such magazines as People, Life, and Southern Living.

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Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman is one of the world's foremost beach experts and a professor at Florida International University in Miami, Florida. Each year Dr. Leatherman releases his ranking of America's Best Beaches on Memorial Day Weekend; the long-requested book America's Best Beaches was finally published in 1998. Dr. Leatherman has a Ph.D. in Environmental (Coastal) Sciences from the University of Virginia and a B.S. degree in Geosciences from North Carolina State University. He has authored and edited 13 books and written over 100 journal articles and technical reports. Dr. Leatherman has given expert testimony ten times to the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. He was the on-screen host and co-producer of the award-wining documentary "Vanishing Lands".

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There is a complete range of water activities, and swimming is great in the calm, clear waters of Clearwater Beach. Pier 60 is quite long in order to span the wide beach and reach deep water for fisherman, but it is also great for girl and boy watching. Clearwater offers the visitor a wide variety of accommodations from historic to modern hotels and motels as well as good but very reasonably priced restaurants. The local seafood is highly recommended, especially shrimp and stone crabs when in season. Clearwater is a beehive of activity and rated the Best City Beach in the Gulf. To the south of Clearwater Beach is Sand Key Park, a natural oasis among skyscrapers that dominate this shoreline.

Caladesi Island State Park, just to the north of Clearwater Beach, is one of the Top 10 Beaches in the country. The waters are nearly placid, being protected by Honeymoon Island to the north. The white sand is soft and cushy at the water's edge, inviting one to take a dip in the sparkling clear water. Wooden boardwalks take you across the sand dunes and past the palm trees so that you can explore some of the inland trails or get a bite to eat at the snack bar on this offshore island which is only reachable by boat. Caladesi is a real getaway beach; it is the closest beach as the crow flies from Tampa, but few residents here have ever heard of it. This means that the beach is never crowded like the city beaches of Clearwater or St. Pete.

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