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
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.
For more information, go to www.DrBeach.org.