Sarasota's Siesta Key clenches the No. 1 spot in 2011 for America's Best Beach! And you can take Dr. Beach's word for it.
This year marks the 21st annual list of Best Beaches in America from Dr. Beach. So, who IS this guy? Well, his real name is Stephen Leatherman and he's Professor and Director of the Laboratory for Coastal Research at Florida International University (FIU). He has a Ph.D. in Environmental (Coastal) Sciences from the University of Virginia – so he really is a doctor of beaches!
Siesta Key nabbed the No. 2 spot in 2009 and 2010, so I for one am thrilled that this fantastic family beach has landed the top spot in 2011. I love referring families here because of the powdery soft sand that's nearly pure quartz. And with a gradual slope into the water, it's ideal for little ones. Plus, this is a non-smoking beach, so it's very clean!
Congrats to Siesta Key; we'll come see you again this summer!