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Caladesi Island named one of top 10 beaches in America by Dr. Beach

The slice of paradise in Dunedin has made the list before.
The main beach at Caladesi Island State Park.
The main beach at Caladesi Island State Park. [ CRAIG LITTEN | AP ]
Published May 27, 2021
Updated May 27, 2021

Tampa Bay residents don’t have to travel far to find a bit of paradise. Dr. Stephen Leatherman, a.k.a. “Dr. Beach,” recently ranked Dunedin’s Caladesi Island seventh on his top 10 list of best beaches in America.

Related: An insider guide to Caladesi Island

Leatherman has a Ph.D. in environmental science and serves as the Director of the Laboratory for Coastal Research at Florida International University in Miami. He’s ranked Caladesi on his top beach list before.

Here are this year’s rankings:

1. Hapuna Beach, Hawaii Island, Hawaii

2. Cooper’s Beach, Southampton, New York

3. Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach, Outer Banks of North Carolina

4. St. George Island State Park, Florida Panhandle

5. Lighthouse Beach, Buxton, Outer Banks of North Carolina

6. Duke Kahanamoku Beach, Oahu, Hawaii

7. Caladesi Island State Park, Dunedin, Florida

8. Coronado Beach, San Diego, California

9. Beachwalker Park, Kiawah Island, South Carolina

10. Coast Guard Beach, Cape Cod, Massachusetts