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Coronado Municipal Beach in San Diego was ranked as the #1 beach in America in the 2012 survey by "Dr. Beach" Florida International University Professor Stephen P. Leatherman. Every year "Dr.Beach" ranks beaches based on their environmental qualities from the sand to the sea, facilities and crowds among several other factors. San Diego Coronado Municpal Beach's inviting waters and sparkling sand proudly beat Florida and Hawaii coasts in the best beach classification.
San Diego Coronado Municipal Beach contains four beach areas including Coronado City Beach, Tidelands Park, Glorietta Bay Park and Centennial Park. Tidelands Park and Glorietta Bay Park both have picnic areas, grassy fields and play areas for children. Each of theses beaches at Coronado Municipal Beach San Diego has glittery sand due to the presence of mica, which makes it sparkle under the San Diego sun causing many visitors to ask if it's gold. While the sand isn't made of gold, the San Diego Coronado Municipal Beach is very much like a gold mine, as guests are attracted to the San Diego beach for its calm waves and serene sunsets. Coronado Municipal Beach San Diego is the ideal spot for walking along the coastline, flying a kite or skim boarding in the refreshing water because the beach is so wide and flat. These gentle Pacific Ocean waves are appealing for children, novice swimmers and beginner surfers and body boarders. Beach goers are also welcome to bring their four-legged furry friends along to enjoy San Diego Coronado Municipal Beach as the northern section of the beach allows dogs to freely roam in the sea and sand.
In addition to the picturesque landscape, Coronado Municipal Beach in San Diego is home to the famous Victorian wooden beach resort Hotel Del Coronado, which was built in 1888 as the "talk of the Western world." This popular hotel has since been a gathering spot for presidents, royalty and celebrities over the years, hosting the likes of Thomas Edison, Charlie Chaplin, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Madonna to name a few of the hotel's honored guests. The hotel at San Diego Coronado Municipal Beach also famously starred in the Marilyn Monroe film Some Like it Hot. Today the Hotel Del is a National Historical Landmark, but its doors and rooms are still open to visitors and admirers.