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Credit: Coronado Convention and Visitors Bureau
Located in San Diego, Coronado Beach (shown here at sunset) snagged the top spot on the Top 10 Best Beaches of 2012. Its fine, hard-packed sand extending for over a mile and the iconic Hotel del Coronado helped lift this bicycle- and kid-friendly beach to No. 1. And for those who live on the West Coast, the water should feel warm, reaching perhaps 70 degrees Fahrenheit. This is the 22nd year of the Best Beaches list, put together by Stephen Leatherman, director of Florida International University's Laboratory for Coastal Research in Miami, who is also called Dr. Beach. Check out the other hot spots for beachgoers.