Friday, May 23, 2008

“Dr. Beach” Names Caladesi Island America’s Best

BUSINESS WIRE--Caladesi Island State Park takes the number one spot in the 18th Annual Top 10 Beaches ranking produced by coastal expert Dr. Stephen Leatherman, Director of Florida International Universitys Laboratory for Coastal Research.

Caladesi is a pristine getaway beach in the Clearwater/St. Petersburg area, only 20 miles west of bustling downtown Tampa. Traveling to this island is an experience itself, as it is reached by pedestrian ferry, complete with old salts telling interesting tales, or by private boat. The bayshore is a mangrove forest interlaced with kayak trails and is a bird lovers paradise. The only mode of transportation on this lovely island, dominated by palm trees, is by foot over the super fine white sand. There is a great snack bar and other creature comforts to enhance your island experience, and both the grounds and landscape are well maintained. Lifeguards are on duty during the summer beach season, but the waves are generally only measured in inches so dont bring your surfboard.

Caladesi is a well-kept secret. Surrounded by the beauty of a lush state park, few people in Tampa seem to know its whereabouts, while everyone is familiar with the popular Pier 60 at nearby Clearwater Beach. Caladesis real attraction is its powder white sand, warm, crystal clear water and beautiful nature, all making it the number one beach to enjoy and decompress.

As Dr. Beach, Leatherman has selected the annual Top 10 Beaches since 1991. Fifty criteria are used to evaluate the beaches, including water and sand quality, as well as facilities and environmental management, as part of the National Healthy Beaches Campaign.

What makes Dr. Leathermans selections unique is his knowledge as a Ph.D. coastal scientist with over 30 years of experience studying storm impacts, beach erosion and ways to improve beach health and safety.

The National Healthy Beaches Campaign was established to acknowledge the many beautiful and healthy beaches around the country, from seaside to lakeside destinations, for any taste. The Storm & Tides Project is a component of the NHBC.

Watch for a forthcoming debut TV Special on Americas Best Beaches during Independence Day weekend; check your local listings.



Caladesi Island State Park

Clearwater/Dunedin, Florida


Hanalei Beach

Kauai, Hawaii


Siesta Beach

Sarasota, Florida


Coopers Beach

Southampton, New York


Coronado Beach

San Diego, California


Main Beach

East Hampton, New York


Hamoa Beach

Maui, Hawaii


Cape Hatteras

Outer Banks of North Carolina


Cape Florida State Park

Key Biscayne, Florida


Beachwalker Park

Kiawah Island, South Carolina

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