“As the first ‘Gold Coast’ in the country, Coopers Beach is hundreds of yards wide, made of grainy white quartz sand,” Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman, a coastal expert and professor at Florida International University who has produced the list for the past 30 years, wrote in his review.
“The beach is backed by large sand dunes covered by American beach grass interspersed with large and extravagant mansions,” he continued. “Some of the best beach access in the Hamptons exists on Coopers Beach, and a snack bar serving lunch and drinks can be found here as well.”
Coming in at No. 1 this year was Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Coast Guard Beach in Cape Cod came in at No. 2 this year. The full list can be found at drbeach.org.
Dr. Beach bases his annual list of 50 criteria, including categories such as softness of sand, water temperature, air temperature, amount of rain, wind speeds, sand color, water color, presence of wildlife, presence of lifeguards and even the overall smell of the beach.