Contests and rankings can be frustrating. Unless, of course, you win. But even then, it’s important to make sure that the organization that bestows upon you the honor is legitimate and reputable.
And we are incredibly proud of our latest W in the beach world as the #3 Best Beach in the Country for 2017.
Dr. Beach’s rankings of “America’s Top Beaches,” not only is one of the longest running ratings of beaches in the country, it is also one of the most popular and prestigious. Even Oprah rated Dr. Beach, aka Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman, director of the Laboratory for Coastal Research at Florida International University, as having one of the best jobs in the United States.
As Triad’s Business Journal’s May 26th article, notes, Dr. Beach “uses criteria such as beach width at low tide, beach material and sand softness” along with 47 other characteristics to rank each site.”
And now the moment many of us look forward to every year: the annual list of the best beaches in the country:
- Siesta Beach; Sarasota, FL
- Kapalua Bay Beach; Maui, Hawaii
- Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach, Outer Banks, NC
- Grayton Beach State Park, Florida panhandle
Coopers Beach; Southampton, NY
- Coast Guard Beach; Cape Cod, Mass.
- Caladesi Island State Park/Dunedin; Clearwater, FL
- Hapuna Beach State Park; Big Island, Hawaii
- Coronado Beach; San Diego, CA
- Beachwalker Park; Kiawah Island, SC
Dr. Beach, a North Carolina native describes what went into his decision: “Ocracoke, once the home of Blackbeard the pirate, is still a special place—it is my favorite getaway beach. Here you will find some of the wildest beaches in the country. Big surf dominates in late summer so families with children may want to come earlier in the year. Don’t expect to play golf or stay at the Ritz; the main pursuits are swimming and beachcombing.”
Raleigh’s television station WRAL agreed and put together this segment for the annual announcement last week:
Who is Dr. Beach and Why is This Such an Honor?
Not only has Dr. Beach traveled all over the world during the past 20 years studying beach erosion and storm impacts, he also is the resident expert in all things beach related.
According to his website, he has helped find the answers to:
- Should we move this historic building or lighthouse?
- What will this hurricane likely do?
- How much beach erosion should be anticipated because of rising sea level?
- Why did these islands disappear and what were they like?
- How should building setback laws be established?
- Did stone groins rob sand from my beach?
- And his most recent inquiry came from crime detectives: Where did 14,000 pounds of beach sand that replaced a shipment of French cognac come from?
Dr. Beach’s love of sand began as a child when he “had the biggest backyard sand box in Charlotte, North Carolina and loved it.”
After years of scientific research, Dr. Beach began noticing that Americans took ratings very seriously ranking “everything from hotels and restaurants to graduate programs in universities, so why not beaches?”
He then developed his famous 50 criteria to rate each beach, taking over two years to complete the first survey of the 650 major public recreational beaches in the United States.
Again, we love to win, but this one is extra special coming from the doctor of beaches himself! Take amount to appreciate what some folks can only read about and dream that Outer Banks sand was between their toes!