May 22, 2015
Dr. Beach chooses Cape Hatteras
as No. 5 on Top 10 list
By IRENE NOLAN
Beach’s 25th annual list of the Top 10 U.S. beaches was released
yesterday, just before the Memorial Day weekend, and Cape
Hatteras Beach in the Cape Hatteras National Seashore is again on
This year the seashore beach ranks No. 5 on the list – up one from last year’s No. 6 spot and up three from No. 8 in 2012.
The lifeguarded beach in Buxton has been on the Top 10 list for eight
consecutive years. In the first couple years, Dr. Beach
specifically named the Buxton Beach, but in recent years, the listing
has been the "Cape Hatteras Beach."
Its highest rankings have been No. 4 in 2010 and No. 5 in 2011. It was also No. 8 in 2008 and No. 7 in 2009.
The top beach this year is Waimanalo Bay Beach Park in Oahu, Hawaii.
The top beaches are retired from the list. Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach was the top beach in 2007.
has the most beaches on this years list at four. Hawaii has two,
and one beach each in North Carolina, South Carolina, Massachusetts,
and California made the Top 10.
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 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.
More emphasis is being placed on environmental management and beach
safety. Bonus points are awarded for prohibition of smoking on beaches.
Oahu is leading the way as smoking at all beaches on this Hawaiian
island is now banned.
This is what Dr. Beach's website says about Buxton Beach:
“Bulging far offshore of the mainland coast as a barrier island, Cape
Hatteras was the first National Seashore. Providing some of the 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 excellent
beachcombing and superb fishing.”
For more information, go to www.drbeach.org./
TOP 10 BEACHES 2015
1. Waimanalo Bay Beach Park, Oahu, Hawaii
2. Barefoot Beach, Bonita Springs, Florida
3. St. George Island State Park, Florida panhandle
4. Hamoa Beach, Maui, Hawaii
5. Cape Hatteras, Outer Banks of North Carolina
6. Cape Florida State Park, Key Biscayne, Florida
7. Coast Guard Beach, Cape Cod, Massachusetts
8. Beachwalker Park, Kiawah Island, South Carolina
9. Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park, Naples, Florida
10. East Beach, Santa Barbara, California