May 23,  2008

Cape Hatteras beach makes Top Ten list

Buxton Beach at Cape Hatteras has been named the No. 8 beach on Dr. Beach’s Top Ten list for 2008.

This is the 18th year that coastal expert Dr. Stephen Leatherman, director of the Florida International University’s Laboratory for Coastal Research, has chosen America’s Top 10 beaches.  His rankings are based on 50 criteria, including water and sand quality, as well as facilities and environmental management. More than 650 beaches in the country are included in his judging.

Last year, the No. 1 beach was the Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach.  Leatherman said then that one of his criteria is visitor safety, and the Buxton Beach has National Park Service lifeguards from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The Buxton Beach is located in the shadow of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse.

Being named to Dr. Beach’s list is always a cause for celebration for the beaches he chooses, since a lot of publicity comes with the announcement of his new list. 

“We are so excited about having another one of our beaches on the Outer Banks make the Dr. Beach list of best beaches,” says Carolyn McCormick, Managing Director of the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau.  “I can’t think of a better way to kick off the Memorial Day Weekend, the official start of the tourist season.  It’s a great honor to be included in such a prestigious list. Kudos to the village of Buxton.”

This year’s top No. 1 beach is Caladesi Island State Park in the St. Petersburg/Clearwater area of Florida.

Once a beach is named No. 1, as Ocracoke was, it is “retired” from competition.  But there’s still room for the beach at Cape Hatteras to move up.

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