Dr. Beach issues his annual list on the basis of 50 criteria, including water and sand quality. He recently began including beach safety, environmental management and bonus points for no-smoking policies. This is the 25th anniversary for Dr. Beach, also known as coastal expert and Florida International University professor Stephen P. Leatherman.
Established in 1937, Cape Hatteras National Seashore was the very first National Seashore designated to preserve our precious barrier islands on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Home to quaint historic fishing villages and the nation’s tallest plus most famous lighthouse, Cape Hatteras made #5 on Dr. Beach’s list for 2015.