EASTHAM (CBS/AP) — The sixth-best seaside in all of America is barely a drive away for Massachusetts residents, based on a brand new rating.
Coast Guard Seashore in Eastham as soon as once more lands on Dr. Seashore’s Prime 10 checklist. The Cape Cod seaside fell one spot from its No. 5 place final 12 months.
“The picturesque previous Coast Guard station nonetheless sits atop the glacial bluffs, permitting for a spectacular view down upon the Nauset Spit barrier system and bay,” Dr. Seashore mentioned. “Through the summer season, beach-goers take fast, refreshing dips within the ocean as water temperatures solely attain 60-70 levels.”
Oahu’s Kailua Seashore Park with its “stunning white sand coral seaside” took the highest spot this 12 months.
Right here’s the complete Prime 10 from Dr. Seashore:
10. Beachwalker Park Kiawah Island, South Carolina
9. Coronado Seashore, San Diego, California
eight. Hapuna Seashore State Park, Huge Island, Hawaii
7. Caladesi Island State Park Dunedin/Clearwater, Florida
6. Coast Guard Seashore, Cape Cod, Massachusetts
5. Duke Kahanamoku Seashore, Oahu, Hawaii
four. Coopers Seashore, Southampton, New York
three. Grayton Seashore State Park, Florida panhandle
2. Ocracoke Lifeguarded Seashore, Outer Banks of North Carolina
1. Kailua Seashore Park, Oahu, Hawaii
Stephen Leatherman, a coastal scientist and professor at Florida Worldwide College, has been drafting the checklist below the alias “Dr. Seashore” since 1991.
Leatherman makes use of 50 standards to guage seashores, with a very powerful classes being water cleanliness, security and administration of the seaside setting and its amenities. Leatherman makes use of information from the U.S. Environmental Safety Company to grade the seashores on water high quality and has been to all of the seashores on his checklist.
Leatherman acknowledged that not everybody appreciates the publicity his lists give to high seashores.
“I get lots of people who’re very blissful about it. They wish to know the place to go,” Leatherman mentioned. However “I at all times get some pushback. Oh sure, individuals say, ‘Oh no, we have already got too many individuals coming right here. What are you doing?’ It’s virtually like they suppose it’s a secret seaside or one thing.
Leatherman’s objective in producing the checklist every year, he says, is to reward high-quality, protected seashores that steadiness nature with accessibility and facilities. He hopes seashores that haven’t made his checklist will make adjustments for a greater expertise and a more healthy coastal ecosystem.
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