By Alexandria “Wisteria” Prejido, Staff Writer

Sunny, hot summer weather is here and the coasts are calling. Where are the best beaches, you ask? Stephen P. Leatherman, Director of Florida International University’s Laboratory for Coastal Research, also known as “Dr. Beach,” selects the top U.S. beaches every year since 1991 and now has spoken and pinpointed the top three U.S. beaches of 2010.

Ranking in third place is Coronado Beach in San Diego, Calif. Located at the southern tip of California, it is great for ship watching and brings in waves of warm and mild surf. The local landmark, Hotel del Coronado, has been around for over hundred years. It offers breathtaking architecture of the Old World. Famous celebrities such as Babe Ruth, U.S. President Benjamin Harrison and the presidents after him  have stayed at the hotel, where they serve food and drinks on the beach.

Siesta Beach located in Sarasota, Fla., is in second. Having the finest and whitest sand in the world, this beach attracts sand collectors as well as beach-goers everywhere. This Floridian coastal spot has a unique underwater structure of coral rocks and caves, which are great for snorkeling and scuba diving. This beach is ideal for recreational fitness activities and its clear warm waters are perfect for swimming.

Last but not least, ranking in first place is Coopers Beach in Southampton, N.Y. Located in the beautiful village of Southampton,  Coopers Beach is one of America’s Gold Coasts, where the rich and famous reside. This coastal getaway is hundreds of yards in length and consists of grainy white sand. The shoreline is backed by majestic sand dunes covered with American beach grass. Along the background are large and extravagant mansions. The beach offers a snack bar that serves lunch and drinks, helping you make the best of your beach going experience.

Coopers Beach. Photo Credit: National Geographic, Best Beaches