Beach says Cape Hatteras is No. 4 for 2010
at Cape Hatteras has moved up a notch on Dr. Beach’s Top Ten list of
America’s best beaches for 2010.
This year the lifeguarded beach near the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse ranks
No. 4 on the list – up from No. 7 last year and No. 8 in 2007.
Coastal expert Dr. Stephen Leatherman, director of the Florida
International University’s Laboratory for Coastal Research, has chosen
America’s Top 10 beaches since 1991. His rankings are based
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.
This is what he said about Cape Hatteras:
“Bulging far offshore of the mainland coast as a barrier island, Cape
Hatteras was the first National Seashore. Providing some of
best board surfing along the East Coast, as well as the most famous
lighthouse in the United States, Cape Hatteras attracts beachgoers to
its historic fishing villages. Nature lovers adore the
beachcombing and superb fishing.”
The specific Cape Hatteras beach he has named has been the Park
Service’s Buxton lifeguarded beach.
In 2007, the No. 1 beach was the Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach.
Leatherman said when he visited Ocracoke that one of his criteria is
visitor safety, and the Buxton Beach, like the beach he chose on
Ocracoke, has National Park Service lifeguards for most of the summer.
The Buxton Beach is located in the shadow of the Cape Hatteras
Lighthouse on the largely undeveloped Cape Hatteras National
Seashore. Being undeveloped and natural is another thing that
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.
This year’s No. 1 beach is Coopers Beach on the east end of Long
Island, New York.
Here is why Leatherman said Coopers Beach received the honor:
“It is the main beach in the tony Village of Southampton. The Hamptons
are world famous; this is one of America’s Gold Coasts along with Palm
Beach and Malibu where the rich and famous reside and frequent during
the season. Southampton is also steeped in history; it was the first
English settlement, dating back to 1640. Historic mansions grace the
beautiful, grass-covered sand dunes; the turrets of Calvin Klein’s
mansion are among the views visible from Coopers Beach.
Coopers Beach is officially only 500 feet long, but this stretch of
sandy shore extends for seven miles for the delight of beachcombers and
strollers. A mile or so trek to the east is the one-of-a-kind St.
Andrews Dune Church with its interesting architecture and tiffany
windows; the original wooden frame was once a U.S. Lifesaving Station.
While the U.S. Northeast coast was pummeled by storms this past winter,
Coopers Beach stood up well with no damage. A wide beach awaits your
Once a beach is named No. 1, as Ocracoke was, it is “retired” from
There’s still hope for the Cape Hatteras beach at Buxton Beach to get
to the No. 1 spot. Ocracoke was on the Top Ten list for
years before it was crowned the best beach in America.
For more information, go to www.DrBeach.org.
Dr. Beach’s 2010 Best Beaches in
America for 2010
1. Coopers Beach in Southampton, New York
2. Siesta Beach in Sarasota, Florida
3. Coronado Beach in San Diego, California
4. Cape Hatteras in the Outer Banks of
5. Main Beach in East Hampton, New York
6. Kahanamoku Beach in Waikiki, Oahu,
7. Coast Guard Beach in Cape Cod,
8. Beachwalker Park in Kiawah Island,
9. Hamoa Beach in Maui, Hawaii
10. Cape Florida State Park in Key