Professor Stephen P. Leatherman of Florida International University has a pretty sweet gig as the go-to source for rating beaches in the United States. I’m not exactly sure how this guy “Dr. Beach” has been able to pull off making a career out of rating beaches every year, but when I see a man living the dream, I have to give respect.
This year, San Diego’s Coronado Beach took the number one spot from Dr. Beach as the best beach in the United States, but the number 3 slot went to good old Main Beach, East Hampton.
Sadly, on Dr. Beach’s list, Cooper’s Beach in Southampton was nowhere to be found, which is odd, considering it has had the number two spot in recent years.
No matter however, because Dr. Beach FINALLY has some competition. National Geographic also has a rating system that is making headlines, and they put Cooper’s Beach as the “Second best family beach in the world.” Here’s how they described it.
Coopers Beach – Southampton, New York
Rub elbows with the rich and famous along this wide, white-sand beach, a true Hamptons treasure. A stroll along Coopers Beach offers the unique view of a seemingly endless Atlantic on one side and historic mansions on the other. Ideal for families, the gently sloping beach has lifeguards, a snack bar, chair and umbrella rentals, and a summer concert series. Allow time for shopping in town on quaint, tree-lined streets like Jobs Lane. Parking is pricey and can be tight, so arrive early.
Pretty spot on if you ask me. So if you are at either Cooper’s or Main Beach this weekend, just know for a fact that you are literally, the best place to be IN THE WORLD at that moment.