"With some of the finest, whitest sand in the world, this beach attracts sand collectors from all over," Leatherman writes on his site. "Siesta Beach has clear, warm waters ideal for swimming. The beach is hundreds of yards wide in the shape of a crescent, due to anchoring of onshore rocks to the south. This beach is great for volleyball and other types of recreational fitness."
"We’re really thrilled," says Lynn Hobeck Bates, communications manager for Visit Sarasota County. "It's not often that a former No. 1 beach makes it back on the list, so when we saw it this morning we were surprised and excited for the exposure. I think that the new renovations, which have made the beach even better, have to come to Dr. Beach's attention."
This year's No. 1 beach is Maui's Kapula Bay Beach, but two other Florida beaches also made their way into the top 10: Grayton Beach State Park in the Panhandle, and Caladesi Island State Park Dunedin/Clearwater. Siesta Key Beach was named No. 1 beach in the U.S. in 2011 by Dr. Beach.
To see the complete list of this year's best beaches, click here.