The coastal expert, Dr. Beach, just released his 2012 Top 10 List of beaches, and a California beach tops the list for the first time. Coronado Beach in San Diego was picked this year based on 50 criteria to determine the environmental quality and safety for swimmers. And if you’re curious about your favorite beach spot, Heal the Bay’s 2012 Beach Report Card has also been published – there are many great Los Angeles area beaches including Dockweiler State Beach which is on the Honor Roll thanks to year round great conditions. The best thing to do before you pick your beach is to check Heal the Bay’s updates on their website here (and they have a phone app you can download as well). And of course, drive safely in the crazy traffic and crowds that are surely expected.