MA Beach Ranked Top 5 Best in U.S.

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EASTHAM, MA -- Looking for that perfect beach getaway but don’t want to go far? You’re in luck if you live in Massachusetts, because Coast Guard Beach on Cape Cod is the fifth-best beach in the country - number one in New England - according to the annual list from expert Dr. Beach.

The local hotspot has moved up one position from its sixth-place finish on the 2017 list. Hawaii’s Kapalua Bay Beach in Maui was ranked first overall.

The annual list was created by Stephen “Dr. Beach” Leatherman, a Florida professor, in 1991. Prior to starting the list, he had visited every ocean beach in the United States for a Department of Interior study.

Leatherman devised a set of 50 criteria for his rankings, which include everything from sand softness, water temperature, rain, rip current and safety records.

Here’s the full 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, 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

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