Cape Cod Beach Makes ‘Top 10’ List Again

Sunrise at Coast Guard Beach

EASTHAM-  A Cape Cod beach has again been awarded a prestigious spot on the famous ‘Dr. Beach’s’ America’s Top 10 Beach Award lineup.

Coast Guard Beach in Eastham is number 5 on the list this year.

Fifty categories are used to evaluate sites.

“I look at clean water and clean sand. If you don’t have that, you don’t have anything, and certainly outer Cape Cod definitely has that. They have that in spades. The second thing I look at is beach safety, and there is a very good life guard program there,” said Dr. Stephen Leatherman, also known as “Dr. Beach.”

“Certainty this area is very well managed and a beautiful pristine area going back and first mapped in 1605 by Champlain. Here’s where the coastal cliffs meet the barrier beaches and it’s a very special place,” said Leatherman.

Also on the list were Coopers Beach in Southampton New York, earning the #4 spot, and Kapalua Bay Beach in Hawaii which took home gold as number 1.

Dr. Beach is an internationally known coastal scientist who has published 20 books and hundreds of articles and reports on beaches and their structures and quality.

Leatherman has been selecting top area beaches around the United States since 1991.

Here is Dr. Beach’s complete 2018 list:

1. Kapalua Bay Beach
Maui, Hawaii

2. Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach
Outer Banks of North Carolina

3. Grayton Beach State Park
Florida panhandle

4. Coopers Beach
Southampton, New York

5. Coast Guard Beach
Cape Cod, Massachusetts

6. Lighthouse Beach, Buxton
Outer Banks of North Carolina

7. Caladesi Island State Park
Dunedin/Clearwater, Florida

8. Hapuna Beach State Park
Big Island, Hawaii

9. Coronado Beach
San Diego, California

10. Beachwalker Park
Kiawah Island, South Carolina

BY: JOHN BONDAREK- Cape Cod.Com News Center

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